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Questions And Answers About The Finer Points Of The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

After several racing organizations gathered to announce the formation of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition on Tuesday, members of the media – and readers – had questions. We’ve chosen to reprint a sampling of the questions asked of Coalition members and their answers.  According to a release announcing the Coalition’s existence, “the group seeks to create […]

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Fornatale: Horse Racing’s ‘Risk Of Death Cannot Be Eliminated Altogether’

Handicapper and co-creator of the World Horseplayers’ Tour, Peter Thomas Fornatale, tried to bring some perspective to the horse racing industry with an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle this week. He opined on Mongolian Groom’s breakdown in the Breeders’ Cup Classic: “His death demonstrates an unfortunate truth about racing and about any shared animal […]

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‘Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link’: Racing Needs To ‘Admit We Have A Problem’

After reading Donna Brothers’ article about PETA earlier this week, long-time fan and gambler Jonathan Stettin penned a response published at pastthewire.com. While he agreed with parts of Brothers’ piece, he took issue “with the cheerleading and the potential for that to lead to a false sense of complacency.” Stettin’s response points out a number of […]

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University of Kentucky Study Helping Jockeys And Horses

The  University of Kentucky Sports Medicine Research Institute launched the Jockey and Equestrian Initiative (JEI) in 2018 after a pilot study sought to create baseline protocol for concussion testing in jockeys.  With a mission “to optimize health, wellness and performance for the equestrian athlete through research,” one of the core values of the JEI is to […]

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Team Of Seven Veterinarians To Oversee Santa Anita’s Racing And Training Operations

Santa Anita Park has announced it will be served by a highly respected team of equine veterinarians as it readies for its 23-day Autumn Meet opener this Friday, Sept. 27. Under the auspices of Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG), a team of seven individuals (including Benson and Santa Anita’s […]

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Santa Anita To Install Prototype Data-Gathering Technology On Track Maintenance Equipment

During Wednesday night’s “Racing Surfaces” panel discussion hosted by the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program, Dr. Mick Peterson revealed he is working closely with Santa Anita in the lead up to the Breeders’ Cup to install new prototypes of data-gathering technology on the track maintenance equipment. The director of the University of Kentucky Ag […]

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New Zealand Study Shows Vet Students Need Hands-on Help

Many veterinary students are not as familiar with horses as students have been in years past, in part because many are raised in settings that are more removed from the farming lifestyle older veterinarians may have experienced. A recent study in New Zealand found that many vet students need to learn basic equine behavior and […]

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Tradition Plays Large Role In How Humans Act Around Horses

Australian researchers recently conducted a study on human interactions with horses, looking specifically at the perception of risk, influences on safety behavior and what has affected these behaviors and beliefs. The researchers determined that safety principles are influenced by tradition: the Western and Australian respondents were very vocal about their traditions, while the English and […]

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Harper: Del Mar Working Hard ‘To Put The Safety And Interest Of The Horses First’

Joe Harper is CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In April, Tiger Woods completed an amazing comeback to win the Masters. According to the Nielsen television ratings, 18.3 million people watched the final holes and Tiger get another green jacket. A few weeks later, when Country House was made the winner of the Kentucky […]

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Ryan Urges Tracks To Take A Good, Hard Look At Medical Protocol – And Not Just For Jockeys

In summer 2017, a groom collapsed in the paddock at Laurel Park while leading a horse, stricken by a heart attack. While the people immediately around him panicked, racetrack security knew exactly what to do – they called for a medical doctor to the paddock, and Dr. Kelly Ryan of Medstar Sports Medicine responded. Ryan […]

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