Barbaro died 10 years ago today. Barbaro's public breakdown, numerous treatments and eventual death should have galvanized horse racing to deal with its equine athletes in a more ethical and compassionate manner. What's changed? Nothing. As a matter of fact, racehorse breakdowns and deaths are arguably worse. Cheating and drugging, fueled by greed and ego,… Continue reading Barbaro died 10 years ago today. What’s changed?
Perhaps not coincidentally, Dynaforma, who sired Barbaro, died April 23rd, the date Barbaro was foaled. The Daily Racing Form reports: Dynaformer -- sire of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, multi-million-dollar earner Perfect Drift, and three-time steeplechase champion McDynamo -- has died two weeks after an aortic valve rupture prompted Three Chimneys Farm to pension him.… Continue reading Dynaformer, sire of Barbaro, dies at 27
Last update 8:33 pm The Daily Telegraph reports: It is the second time in two years that two horses have died in the Grand National. The deaths will reignite the controversy surrounding the sport. Millions of television viewers saw Gold Cup winner Synchronised and According to Pete fall at the sixth fence – Becher’s Brook.… Continue reading Synchronised and According to Pete killed in the Grand National
Ray Paulick writes the following in a post for the Paulick Report: On Friday, I suggested that time is running out for the industry to act on the long-neglected issue of Thoroughbred aftercare. On almost a weekly basis, our industry is being smeared, deservedly or not, by heartless cruelty to horses by what I can… Continue reading Thoroughbred aftercare: a new legacy for Barbaro
Cross-posted from Philly.com Sports Written by NATALIE POMPILIO The horse was scrawny and matted and so sick, he could stand for only minutes at a time. When Arizona animal-control officers found the thoroughbred wandering the desert last December, they considered immediately euthanizing the animal. But someone suggested they bring the horse to Judy Glore at… Continue reading Fans of Barbaro help save his relation Dyna King
By JANE ALLIN Research Analyst, Int'l Fund for Horses “As the 20 horses were being loaded into the starting gate for the (2008) Kentucky Derby, with Eight Belles -- standing in post position five -- poised to make her bid to become only the fourth filly in history to win America's most important race, Ellen… Continue reading Horse Racing: Breeding for Trouble