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NTRA Safety And Integrity Alliance Releases Best Practices For Spectator-Free Racing

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Safety and Integrity Alliance today released a document outlining best practices for North American racetracks determined to prioritize the health and safety of all participants and employees, when conducting live racing in a spectator-free environment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The comprehensive document will assist racetracks that […]

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Equine Injury Database 2019 Results: Fatality Rate Lowest Since 2009; Synthetic Rate Drops Below 1.0

An analysis of data from the 11th year of reporting to the Equine Injury Database (EID) shows a decrease in the rate of fatal injury in 2019 (1.53 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2018 (1.68 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. The 2019 rate of fatal injury is the lowest number since the EID […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing’s first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse racing – just for the racetracks who were members of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which had hired him. McGrath had no juice with regulatory bodies, […]

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NYRA’s Enhanced Safety Initiatives Include Racing Surfaces, Race-Day Scrutiny

Live thoroughbred racing returned to Belmont Park on Friday, April 26 for its 48-day spring/summer meet, and the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today highlighted its broad-based safety program currently in effect at all NYRA tracks. In addition to accreditation of each NYRA track by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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Keeneland Reaccredited By NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Keeneland, which also includes the world’s leading Thoroughbred auction house, is a National Historic Landmark and has served as a model of the best in Thoroughbred racing since its inception […]

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RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press release on RCI letterhead stating: “Entire Arkansas Horse Racing Industry Opposes Federal Bills.” Among other things, Lamberth said any initiative to […]

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Monmouth Park Impresses With Backstretch Community Assistance Program

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Monmouth Park has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Home to 17 graded stakes – including the $1 million Haskell Invitational and the $500,000 United Nations Stakes – the Oceanport, N.J., track opened its 70th live racing season earlier this month. Monmouth Park […]

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Irad Ortiz Jr. Pilots Mubtaahij In Three Furlong Work At Belmont

Trainer Mike de Kock’s Belmont Stakes hopeful Mubtaahij continued to keep busy Wednesday morning with his fourth timed workout since arriving at Belmont Park on May 15. Ridden for the first time by Irad Ortiz Jr., who has been named to ride on June 6, Mubtaahij visited the main track shortly after the renovation break, […]

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