Remembering Mongolian Groom

The off hind leg of Mongolian Groom fractures at the Breeder's Cup and he is taken off of he track and destroyed.

Whenever we think of the bill still pending before Congress that would result in the creation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority our thought turns to Mongolian Groom. Here's a replay of an event from last year. It illustrates that American racehorses have absolutely no friends within the industry. Training videos suggest Mongolian Groom… Continue reading Remembering Mongolian Groom

The Breeders’ Cup: From the track at Keeneland to a committee in Kentucky on the use of Lasix

TRACK, DRUGS AND THE BREEDERS' CUP Use of Lasix Kentucky committee consider rules allowing Lasix free races Cross-posted from the Daily Racing Form By MATT HEGARTY LEXINGTON, Ky. – A committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is scheduled to consider a rule next week that would allow tracks to write races that prohibit the… Continue reading The Breeders’ Cup: From the track at Keeneland to a committee in Kentucky on the use of Lasix

Trainers aren’t helping as drugs damage US horseracing

Cross-posted from the New York Times Jump to source article >> WRITTEN BY JOE DRAPE (Excerpted Here) The movement to restrict drugs and make the sport more humane to both the human and equine athletes has caught some wind. It took congressional hearings and national shaming, but state after state has followed the lead of… Continue reading Trainers aren’t helping as drugs damage US horseracing

Tait resigns from Breeders Cup Board over Lasix

Cross-posted from Bloodhorse.com WRITTEN BY BLOOD-HORSE STAFF Oliver Tait, Darley's chief operating officer, has resigned from the board of the Breeders' Cup because of the organization's medication policy. "The Breeders' Cup has reversed its previously agreed and stated position that the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be conducted without Lasix," said Tait in a… Continue reading Tait resigns from Breeders Cup Board over Lasix

Ban on drug at Breeders’ Cup keeps some away

Sky Lantern ridden by Richard Hughes comes home to win the Moyglare. Photo ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

WRITTEN BY JOE DRAPE Cross-posted from the New York Times ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2012) -- Call it uncharted territory, as some horse trainers here have, or the new facts of life, as many breeders and drug reformers prefer, but for the first time in the history of the event, 2-year-old horses at this weekend’s… Continue reading Ban on drug at Breeders’ Cup keeps some away

Salix ban will extend to 2YO Listed Stakes

Salix. Photo: Anne M Eberhardt

ERIC MITCHELL writing for The Blood-Horse reports: Beginning this year, the American Graded Stakes Committee will evaluate and rate the quality of listed stakes. The new rating system would also extend to listed stakes for 2-year-olds the ban on race-day Salix use that will be applied to graded stakes for 2-year-olds when the program is… Continue reading Salix ban will extend to 2YO Listed Stakes

New York Times investigative team probes horse racing fatalities and drug use

You can run, but you can't hide. That is the first thought that came to mind when I learned that the New York Times have formed an investigative team to probe horse racing fatalities. Perhaps the tragic deaths of the racehorses used in the filming of the HBO series "Luck" and the 20 who died… Continue reading New York Times investigative team probes horse racing fatalities and drug use

Industry groups create Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Thoroughbred Racehorse

A broad-based group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders announced today the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)—an organization designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities. Funded initially by seed money from… Continue reading Industry groups create Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Firing of Kentucky chief horse racing steward Veitch divides state’s thoroughbred community

Excerpts from The Washington Post via the Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — The abrupt firing of former Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chief steward John Veitch has divided the state’s thoroughbred community. Veitch, 66, was fired without cause last Monday when the Hall of Fame trainer received a letter notifying him of his dismissal from the… Continue reading Firing of Kentucky chief horse racing steward Veitch divides state’s thoroughbred community

Life at Ten incident leads to new policies

Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse Written by BLOOD-HORSE STAFF In an effort to avoid another Life At Ten situation, the Breeders’ Cup, Churchill Downs, and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission have adopted new policies that will be in effect for this year’s World Championships Nov. 4-5. According to an announcement from the three organizations, the new… Continue reading Life at Ten incident leads to new policies