NYRA Announces New Safety Initiatives, Entry Rule Changes For Belmont Meet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced a number of safety initiatives and entry rule changes for the upcoming 25-day spring/summer meet at Belmont Park. The Belmont spring/summer meet kicks off on Wednesday, June 3. Following a five-day opening week, live racing at the 25-day Belmont spring/summer meet will be conducted Thursday through […]

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World Equestrian Center In Ohio To Close Between September 2020 And March 2021

Experts predict that a second wave of the coronavirus is likely later this year. Given those predictions and after discussions with our state and local health officials, we have elected to close World Equestrian Center Ohio from September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Due to the facility’s enclosed environment, we believe this is the […]

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Grants Pass Downs Receives Six-Figure Grant To Improve Track Safety

Grants Pass Downs, Oregon’s premier horse racing track, has been awarded a $165,200 safety grant from the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to enhance its already high standard of racing. The funds will be used for a series of specific projects that extend the track’s commitment to creating a secure environment for all horses, […]

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‘Pursuit Of Increased Transparency’: Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Launches Accountability Tracker

While the Thoroughbred racing community comes together to protect and support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition also remains committed to its ongoing equine safety and reform efforts and has continued to make progress on these reforms. On Tuesday the TSC launched a new online tool to mark the progress its […]

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Breeders’ Cup Announces New Safety Measures, $4 Million In Purse Increases

The Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors met during a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss future business plans for the Company including next steps in advancing safety measures and purse levels for the two-day World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup Board continued its commitment to using the organization’s leadership position within the industry to encourage the adoption […]

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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 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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