racing injuries

View From The Eighth Pole: California Safety Initiative A Model To Follow

Racing in California has a lot of problems. In the last 10 years, Bay Meadows near San Francisco and Hollywood Park near Los Angeles have been closed for development. Land on which most racetracks, farms and training facilities sit is more valuable for other uses, whether residential or business. A 2011 increase in takeout designed […]

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Fatal Injuries Prompt Del Mar to Move Sunday’s Turf Races to Polytrack

Del Mar will move two turf races carded on Sunday to the Polytrack main track after three fatalities occurred on the newly installed surface during Friday and Saturday’s programs. An additional fatality occurred on Polytrack on Friday, bringing to four the number of equine deaths during the two programs. Track crews will evaluate the condition of the racecourse […]

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Jockey Hughes Suffered ‘Bumps and Lumps,’ Fractured Vertebra in Sheema Classic Spill

Irish jockey Richard Hughes said he sustained a “stable fracture of a vertabra” after his mount, Mars, threw him over the outside rail after the horse suffered a heart attack during the running of the Dubai Sheema Classic in Meydan on Saturday. Hughes told the Racing Post that the injury will not require surgery but […]

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Gulfstream: Jockeys, Horses Escape Serious Injury in Spill

Two jockeys and horses escaped serious injury Saturday in a spill during the first race at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Dylan Davis, riding Leveraged Loan, and jockey Abdiel Jaen aboard Cool Colony were both involved in the spill around the turn of the one-mile event. Jaen was uninjured while Davis was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital […]

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New Technology May Help Detect Stress in Racehorses

Scientists hope a new type of “smart textile” can help prevent injuries on the track, according to a report by Popular Science. Technology currently in use to humans’ heart rate via sports bras and chest bands is being modified to work in girths, according to the report. The monitoring could help prevent catastrophic breakdowns that happen […]

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Injured Giant Ryan euthanized after onset of laminitis

Shivananda Parbhoo, owner of Grade 1 winner and reigning New York-bred Horse of the Year Giant Ryan, confirmed late Thursday afternoon that the 6-year-old son of Freud was euthanized at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center due to the onset of laminitis. Giant Ryan broke both sesamoid bones in his left front fetlock during […]

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Chavez will be out 5 months with broken collarbone

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Jockey Jorge Chavez, who was unseated during the running of the ninth race at Aqueduct Racetrack on Sunday, December 4, was diagnosed at North Shore University Hospital with a left clavicle fracture, five left rib fractures, and fractures of the L1 and L2 vertebrae, according to the NYRA Jockey Advocate. He […]

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Penn National incident points out serious flaws in oversight

Injuries during racing and training are an unfortunate but inevitable part of this game. Research, scientific breakthroughs, advanced veterinary medicine, and common sense can be applied to reduce the incidents of injury and save horses that might have required euthanasia in the not-so-distant past. When injuries do occur – especially those catastrophic injuries when a […]

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Horse bucks odds, returns after three-year layoff

Blogger Mike Kane profiles a horse named Cribnote, who last seen at Saratoga finishing second in the 2008 running of the Hopeful Stakes – a juvenile showing tons of promise.  He went on to finish third in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont.  Then, he disappeared.  Remarkably, Cribnote is back, returning Saturday after three years […]

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Morning Line has surgery; expected to return to racing

Press Release Grade 1 winner and millionaire Morning Line, who will stand at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky on his retirement from racing, had chips removed from both knees today. Dr. Larry Bramlage performed the surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and reported that Morning Line is […]

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