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.

Three horses euthanized at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds

TRAGEDY AT CALIFORNIA TRACK Cross-posted from Recordnet.com By Kevin Niendorf Record Correspondent STOCKTON — The final day of horse racing at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds was marred Sunday as two more horses sustained broken legs and had to be euthanized, one day after spectators witnessed a similar tragedy at the finish line. Racing officials,… Continue reading Three horses euthanized at San Joaquin County Fairgrounds

Trainers often bear responsibility for overmedicating horses says track veterinarian

Confessions of a Racetrack Veterinarian "Every day, I almost quit". Cross-posted from MSN.com Kate Papp has loved horses for as long as she can remember. That’s why her decision to become a veterinarian specializing in treating racehorses turned into an agonizing career choice -- one that she says forced her almost daily to wonder if… Continue reading Trainers often bear responsibility for overmedicating horses says track veterinarian