Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Begins Outlining Evaluation Process; Donna Brothers Named Strategic Advisor

The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee met in Florida to advance ongoing safety reform initiatives. Coming out of this meeting, the coalition made progress in developing a framework for reform implementation, approved new members and agreed on coalition team expansion. Reforms The coalition is dedicated to furthering and adding to the reforms committed to in […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Practice What You Preach On Equine Safety

The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racetrack in October 2006 and brought together a respected group of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys veterinarians, racetrack officials and regulators. The summit was arranged months after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro sustained a severe injury in the Preakness that eventually took his life. […]

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Hayward: Passage Of Horseracing Integrity Act Critical For Industry’s Future

Veteran horse racing executive Charles Hayward says “nothing could be more important to the future of the sport” than passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act by the United States Congress. Writing in his View From the Rail column at ThoroughbredRacing.com, Hayward said he is encouraged by the fact that a majority of the 435-member House […]

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Reuters/Ipsos Public Opinion Poll Shows Challenges Ahead For Horse Racing

Sixty-two percent of Americans polled by Reuters/Ipsos have a less favorable impression of horse racing because of a series of high-profile fatalities over the past year, culminating with the death of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. The online poll surveyed 1,005 individuals, 74% of which said […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Surface Changes?

A horse racing industry that has seen plenty of turmoil in 2019 gathered together this week to share ideas and debate the course for the future. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss one of the prominent topics at this week’s Global Symposium on Racing — synthetic racing surfaces […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ Could Result From ‘Safety Only’ Riding Crop Use

As the organization representing jockeys throughout the United States, the safety of both our equine and human athlete are paramount and of the upmost importance.  Furthermore, it must be recognized that the Jockeys’ Guild and our members are adamantly opposed to any animal abuse and any person who does so should be fully punished for […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Making Jockeys Part Of The Solution

Javier Castellano was mad. Not fighting with Calvin Borel mad, but the Hall of Fame jockey was mad enough as he recalled a story from a few years ago that bothers him to this day. Castellano had been sitting quietly while a panel of jockeys and racetrack executives exchanged ideas about how the two groups […]

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‘Entire Racing Industry Needs To Get On Board’; Jockey Club Statement On Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

The Jockey Club applauds the creation of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. The new group seeks to become a transparent source of safety information and best practices and will set up new safety standards for the participating tracks, which comprise the majority of major tracks in the United States. “The Jockey Club supports the aims of […]

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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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