racehorse deaths

Rafael Bejarano Breaks Wrist In Spill; Boom Boom Bango Euthanized

Jockey Rafael Bejarano’s agent said the rider suffered a broken left wrist in Sunday’s final race at Santa Anita and will probably miss about a month of action, reports the Daily Racing Form. “Rafael most likely fell onto an outstretch arm and suffered a radius fracture,” agent Tora Yamaguchi told DRF. The jockey was thrown […]

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Despite Slight Uptick In Equine Injuries, Overall Trends Remain Positive

An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) has shown a modest increase in the rate of fatal injury in 2017 (1.61 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2016 (1.54 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. Prof. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow and consultant to the EID, […]

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Smarty Jones Winner Mourinho Euthanized After Training Incident, Says Baffert

Kentucky Derby contender Mourinho was euthanized Monday morning after suffering a severe sesamoid fracture in his front leg, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. Baffert said the Super Saver colt was going easily in a breeze at Santa Anita and took a bad step. “Up and down, every day. It’s a shame,” he […]

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Pimlico Incidents: Homeboykris Collapses After Win, Centeno Hospitalized

It was a dark start to the day of racing at Pimlico. Homeboykris, a 9-year-old gelding, was victorious in the day’s first race, a starter allowance. After visiting the winner’s circle, reports indicate that he collapsed on the way back to the barn, suffering what appeared to be a heart attack, according to trainer Francis […]

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Horse Drowns In ‘Freak’ Accident At Delta Downs

A racemare walking back to her barn after schooling in the paddock Thursday night at Delta Downs got loose and drowned in a retention pond. Trainer Karl Broberg said his groom tried to save 7-year-old Cajun Chu Chu, but the groom also got stuck in the pond and had to be pulled to safety. “Cold […]

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Racing Official Fires Back After Protests Over Melbourne Cup Deaths

After the Melbourne Cup was marred by the deaths of two horses, animal activists protested outside Flemington Race Course, an action deemed “exploitive and ghoulish” by the head of the Australian Racing Board. Favorite Admire Rakti from Japan, who fell back in the field and finished last, collapsed and died in his stall following the race. […]

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Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of Thoroughbred racehorses at California tracks said that “no trainer or trainers have been mentioned in our discussions of sudden deaths.” Derek’s statement overlooked the numbers […]

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