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Horse advocate, animal lover, photographer, multi blogger, sports fan, creator of Hattingdon Horses and grateful vegan.

Six Preciado Horses Disqualified From Parx Victories After Testing Positive For Clenbuterol

The Ray Paulick Report reports:

Six horses trained by Ramon Preciado have been disqualified from victories at Parx Racing in March and April after each of them tested positive for the bronchodilator clenbuterol.

Preciado, the Bensalem, Pa., racetrack’s leading trainer in 2014 and 2015, already was facing 270 days in suspensions for positive tests for clenbuterol in October and November 2015.

On April 15, he was handed a three-year ejection from the grounds of Parx April 15 as an “undesirable person” whose “pattern of conduct is not in the best interest of racing” and the track refused to take entries from his stable.

Preciado appealed the ejection and received a stay of the order three days later. On April 26, Preciado sued both Walter Remmert, executive director of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, and Sam Elliott, the Parx Racing racing secretary, saying his due process rights were violated.

In his complaint Preciado said he “will prove at the hearings that a disgruntled employee has sabotaged his horses by giving the drug without his knowledge.”

Six separate stewards rulings were issued between May 17-22 for the latest clenbuterol positives, disqualifying the horses from the victories and their purse money.

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Horses in the News: Links for Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Top Story

Photo Credit: Lupe Gonzalez
Photo Credit: Lupe Gonzalez


ABC News Channel 7 Los Angeles reports “A VA hospital granted a Vietnam War veteran’s last request to see his beloved horses before passing away. Roberto Gonzalez, from Premont, Texas, was drafted in 1970 and shot within four months of serving in Vietnam. The resulting injuries left Gonzalez paralyzed. Hernandez explained that because Gonzalez knew that the end was near, he requested to see his horses one last time.

Other News


The New York Times reports that Protesters outside a rally for Donald J. Trump in Albuquerque threw rocks at police horses and lighted fires on Tuesday night, according to the police and postings on social media. Live video aired by KOAT-TV showed officers pushing protesters onto sidewalks. The police reported that their horses were being attacked.”


The Daily Caller reports “Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump held a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico Tuesday. Outside the event, a large group of liberal activists and illegal aliens caused a near-riot attempting to shut down the event. The mob, holding anti-Trump signs and Mexican flags, began throwing rocks and bottles at police on foot and horseback.” (includes video)

HISTORY OF WILD EURASIAN HORSES reports “We don’t know how many species or subspecies of wild horses lived in Europe and Asia when early domestication attempts began, but we do know that only one of them escaped or resisted domestication, survived captivity, and is still living in the wild today. This enduring species are Przewalski horses (Equus przewalskii), also known as Mongolian wild horses or, in local language, takhi.”

Pear Cashew Vegan Cheese Recipe

Oh my yes indeedy this is delish. Couldn’t wait till the weekend to share it with you.

This cashew based vegan cheese recipe is sweet instead of savory.

If you want it to be spreadable just keep adding almond milk until you get the desired consistency.

By the way, I soak my cashews 2 to 3 hours. I’ve only soaked them overnight once and didn’t notice any significant difference.

This recipe (and related image) comes to us via One Green Planet at Thank you!


2 cups cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon almond butter
1/2 of 1 pear
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon ground green cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions for Making

1. Rinse cashews and place them into a blender.

2. Peel the pear, remove the seeds, cut into smaller pieces and add to blender.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend it thoroughly.

If cheese is too thick, add more almond milk. Serve.

Horseracing: The Lies They Spew

I love this quote by Patrick Battuello of Horse Racing Wrongs. It comes from this article. I have punctuated it a bit differently.

“You can love horse racing. You can love horses.
But you can’t love them both.”


Now for the article.

Cross-posted from

Horseracing kills horses – every day, scores over the course of a year. For an industry whose long-term economic outlook is ominous (see recent Newsweek piece “Horse Racing Fading in Revenue, Popularity“), this simple fact should in time help sound Racing’s death knell. It’s why I do what I do (focus on the day-to-day killing).

Mostly, and understandably so, Racing people avoid dead-horse talk at all costs. When addressed, it’s usually within the context of some supposedly positive “trend” – “catastrophic-injury rate down on turf surfaces in April…” Ludicrous, of course, but it can and does get worse.

In a WDRB (Kentucky) article on the previously exposed “Equine Injury Database,” owner Ken Ramsey attempts to dismiss the killing thus:

“I hate to have to say it, but any time that you race any kind of an animal or a human being – anything, basketball players, football players – you’re always going to get some injuries. Just try to keep it to a minimum the best you can.”

Well, Mr. Ramsey, let’s review some fundamental facts (again).

First, and how sad that this needs repeating, human athletes willingly participate in sport; horses, as owned things, do not – can’t ever.

Second, injuries are one thing, deaths in the arena an entirely other matter. Major League Baseball: one death (from a beaning) in 140 years. The National Football League: one death (from advanced arteriosclerosis) in 96 years. The National Basketball Association: zero deaths in 70 years.

According to my data, roughly 2,000 horses died on U.S. tracks last year alone. Insanity.

Then this from horseracing “fan” Nicole Meiner (speaking on Shore Runner’s breakdown last October):

“…the worst that I ever saw happen live… As a fan, it’s difficult to talk about. Although some extremist groups would try to say we don’t care about the animals, it’s hard to see a horse go down… Fans of the sport ARE fans of the animals, and we care about their well being.”

First, as former Woodbine CEO David Willmot once readily admitted, there’s basically no such thing as racing “fans,” just racing gamblers.

As for the rest, how exactly does one reconcile “difficult to talk about/hard to see” with “Winner’s Circle” photos in the wake of a dying/dead horse back on the track?

How is it that while bad weather may cut a card short, death on the field does not? “We care,” they say, yet their fallen “athletes” don’t even rate a perfunctory moment of silence. In a word, rubbish.

Fact is, Ms. Meiner, those truly distressed by seeing (hearing) a racehorse snap a leg don’t come back for more.

Fact is, Ms. Meiner, but for “fans of the sport (much like yourself),” there would be no Shore Runners.

Fact is, Ms. Meiner, you can love horseracing; you can love horses – but you can’t love them both.


• The Wrongs
The Wrongs

• The Inevitably of Dead Racehorses
The Inevitability Of Dead Racehorses

• A Plea to Bettors
A Plea To Bettors