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

1,400 dead horses, a fading sport, and huge subsidies — Pennsylvania horse racing faces a reckoning

Barbaro after he suffered the fatal breaks that eventually claimed his life. Source: Bryant Photos.

Introduction Sam Wood, reporting for the Philadelphia Enquirer, has written a much needed and eye-opening report entitled "1,400 dead horses, a fading sport, and huge subsidies — Pennsylvania horse racing faces a reckoning." We are aware of the carnage on America's racetracks. We are aware also that horse racing is a fading sport and has… Continue reading 1,400 dead horses, a fading sport, and huge subsidies — Pennsylvania horse racing faces a reckoning

Did Mongolian Groom show warning signs of injury before his death?

Mongolian Groom, Awesome Again Stakes.

The following was tweeted showing Mongolian Groom being jogged on the track on raceday. Look at his motion and how he is favoring his near hind, the one that fractured and subsequently resulted in his death. Did the exercise rider mention this to anyone? If he did, nobody cared. https://twitter.com/BH_MDaugherty/status/1188111128401866752 R.I.P. Mongolian Groom Mongolian Groom… Continue reading Did Mongolian Groom show warning signs of injury before his death?

Wild horses need our voices; Cloud call to action

Galloping wild horse herd. (Stock Photo)

URGENT CALL TO ACTION Please join The Cloud Foundation with us. Call your U.S. Senators using the following script. If no one answers, please leave a voicemail. Script: 1. Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in _______________. My phone # is ______________. (Give all that info upfront for simplicity) 2. I am asking… Continue reading Wild horses need our voices; Cloud call to action

Equine performance genes and the future of racehorse doping

by VIVIAN FARRELL Gene doping seems to be on a lot of people's minds. Including ours. I decided to do a quick search, and I came across the following abstract from May 30, 2017: "EQUINE PERFORMANCE AND THE FUTURE OF DOPING IN HORSERACING "A horse's success on the racetrack is determined by genetics, training and… Continue reading Equine performance genes and the future of racehorse doping

HBO questions the survival of horse racing in lieu of fatalities

By VIVIAN FARRELL How I wish horse racing in the U.S. would die. I doubt it will. But tracks are closing all the time. It's already being predicted by some racing insiders that the three Triple Crown races might be all that survive. Before I go any further, let me assure the reader that I… Continue reading HBO questions the survival of horse racing in lieu of fatalities

Saving America’s horses from slaughter

By Marty Irby America was built on the backs of horses, and in September, there was a milestone achieved in our effort to acknowledge the role that horses have played in our culture and stop the egregious abuse of these magnificent animals. A bill to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption — known… Continue reading Saving America’s horses from slaughter

A first day racing kill for Del Mar and a training kill for Saratoga

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

Patrick Battuello of Horse Racing Wrongs reports the following on Del Mar's first day kill: Yesterday [July 15] was opening day at the famed and celebrated Del Mar Racetrack – “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” Great food, summery libations, wacky hats, hobnobbing, glass-tipping, shoulder-rubbing. . . and death? In the 6th race yesterday afternoon… Continue reading A first day racing kill for Del Mar and a training kill for Saratoga