Barbaro died 10 years ago today. What’s changed?

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?

When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs by PATRICK BATTUELLO It's hard to say how many fatal paddock fractures and "sudden cardiac events" occur just prior to scheduled races, for these deaths are typically buried as mere "vet scratches" on the official race charts. Sometimes, though, insight comes from other sources, sources like California's publicly-posted stewards minutes.… Continue reading When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

14 Racehorses “Vanned Off” in New Mexico Over Past Three Days

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs by PATRICK BATTUELLO JULY 11, 2016 Sunday . . . • Oh If I Catch You, Albuquerque, “bled, vanned off” • Running Fauzett, Albuquerque, “bled, vanned off” • Diamond Street, Belmont, “reported after the race to have bled” • Templer Glory, Gulfstream, “vanned off” • Gentlmens Agrement, Gulfstream, “vanned off”… Continue reading 14 Racehorses “Vanned Off” in New Mexico Over Past Three Days

Vote! U.S. horse racing: Should it be banned — yes or no.

Some people say that U.S. horse racing is downright criminal and it should be banned. Period. Others think that U.S. horse racing should be allowed to police itself and continue as is. A few – but not many – still believe it can be reformed. Many say it is way too late and let's take… Continue reading Vote! U.S. horse racing: Should it be banned — yes or no.