Blood doping racehorses

What counts as doping in horse racing? Just as with human athletes, certain drugs are banned outright in horse racing, including growth hormones, anabolic drugs that increase testosterone, and so-called blood doping drugs which allow the body to send more oxygen to the muscles. Dr Mary Scollay, in a letter to the Kentucky Horse Racing… Continue reading Blood doping racehorses

PeTA slams South Korean officials for erasure of racehorse slaughter records

Cross-posted from PeTA.org blog, 20th July 2021. From October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 — 947 horses were killed in South Korea. But the Korea Racing Authority (KRA) doesn’t want anyone to know the identities of these horses. The KRA is still scrambling to do damage control after PETA’s undercover “K-Cruelty” investigation exposed the cruel beatings and… Continue reading PeTA slams South Korean officials for erasure of racehorse slaughter records

Virtual horse racing startup raises $20 million

Updated 23rd July 2021 with excerpt from Wall Street Journal. Sarah Fischer reporting for AXIOS writes: Virtually Human Studio (VHS), a platform used to virtually race horses using NFTs, has raised a $20 million Series A round from The Chernin Group, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Red Beard Ventures. Why it matters: The company's virtual… Continue reading Virtual horse racing startup raises $20 million

The Dark Side of Horse Racing Panorama program live streaming on YouTube

Horse racing is one of the most popular and profitable sports, a £5 billion industry in the UK and Ireland followed by millions. Panorama reporter Darragh MacIntyre investigates what can happen to racehorses when their careers end. The industry says that racing is now safer than ever, that the number of deaths on the track… Continue reading The Dark Side of Horse Racing Panorama program live streaming on YouTube

Louisiana joins lawsuit seeking to derail Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Horses jump out the gate at Del Mar racetrack in California. Unattributed Google search result.

Here we are yet again with those deadly, doping thugs of U.S. horse racing. They bleated on and on for an overall governing body to save their "sport." The previous U.S. Congress accomplished just that with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pulling out all the stops to push through the recently created Horseracing Integrity and… Continue reading Louisiana joins lawsuit seeking to derail Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

KHRC alleges ‘lack of candor and contemptuous conduct’ by New York lab, Baffert attorneys

LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL | 20th July 2021 by TIM SULLIVAN The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission filed a status report and motion for order on Monday in the Medina Spirit case, reports the Courier-Journal, requesting that Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate compel trainer Bob Baffert's attorneys to disclose results of testing on a urine sample the court had… Continue reading KHRC alleges ‘lack of candor and contemptuous conduct’ by New York lab, Baffert attorneys

What happened in Australia after airing of another controversial documentary?

A project is being studied for a national register to improve traceability across the entire horse population THE RACING POST An instructive case when considering the potential fallout from the airing of Panorama might be the Australian documentary 'The Final Race', which was shown by ABC during its 7.30 current affairs slot in October 2019. The programme… Continue reading What happened in Australia after airing of another controversial documentary?

Racing’s leaders to meet on Tuesday in wake of Panorama investigation

Jim Crowley and Enbihaar leading the race at Goodwood ALAN CROWHURST/GETTY IMAGES.

British racing's ruling authority has called for a meeting with industry leaders in Britain and Ireland to tackle the issues raised in a BBC Panorama programme, named The Dark Side of Horseracing, broadcast on Monday night. The 30-minute documentary investigated deaths of racehorses after the end of their racing careers and alleged detrimental welfare standards… Continue reading Racing’s leaders to meet on Tuesday in wake of Panorama investigation

Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

CROSS POSTED FROM THE RACING POST The chair of racing's Horse Welfare Board has reacted with astonishment to Panorama's evidence, broadcast on Monday night, that many ex-racehorses have been transported from Ireland to be killed in an abattoir near Swindon. Barry Johnson, a former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, also deplored the… Continue reading Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Panorama programme to be broadcast on Monday nightAnimal rights group planted cameras in slaughterhouse THE GUARDIAN / 19th July 2021 An investigation for BBC1’s Panorama, to be broadcast on Monday evening, will claim that “thousands” of ex-racehorses – “most, but not all” of which were previously in training in Ireland – are being sent for… Continue reading Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims