The dark side of Bob Baffert’s reign

“No horse loving person like Bob or his entire team accepts the reality of a horse death with anything other than sadness and despair,” the lawyers said in their statement. “In each instance, the death is investigated. Every investigation over the past 20 years has reached the same conclusion: no rules or regulations have been… Continue reading The dark side of Bob Baffert’s reign

California Horse Racing Board discuss impact of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

We posted what the United States Trotting Association has to say about the HISA. They do not like it. They say it is unconstitutional. We posted what the American Quarter Horse Association has to say about the HISA. They do not like it. They say it lacks detail “concerning funding sources that would sustain the… Continue reading California Horse Racing Board discuss impact of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

Another horse injured, killed at Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos empty gate. Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune.

PEEK IT UP, a 3-year-old quarter horse filly, died after suffering an injury in Saturday’s eighth race at Los Alamitos, becoming the 23rd horse to die in a racing or training injury at the Cypress track this year. Video of the race shows the horse running fast on the outside when she appears to injure… Continue reading Another horse injured, killed at Los Alamitos

Racing news and updates

Thoroughbred Eye Photographic Print from Etsy.

NEWS Delaware Cancels Acting upon the recommendation of the Chief Commission Veterinarian of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, Delaware Park has cancelled the live racing card scheduled for Monday due to the excessive heat forecast for the region. The National Weather Service has predicted temperatures in the high 90s with a heat index of value… Continue reading Racing news and updates

Two more horses killed at Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos empty gate. Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune.

How long? How long . . . and what will it take to start shutting down these assembly line horse killers? ESPN reports via The Associated Press: LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Two horses have died after suffering racing injuries at Los Alamitos, which was put on probation by the California Horse Racing Board after a… Continue reading Two more horses killed at Los Alamitos

Tap the Wire fatally injured while winning at Los Alamitos

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LOS ALAMITOS (CNS) | May 24, 2020 — A racehorse who survived the devastating 2017 Lilac Fire that killed 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs reportedly died from injuries he suffered while winning a race at the Los Alamitos Race Course earlier this month. Tap the Wire, who scored $11,800 in prize money in… Continue reading Tap the Wire fatally injured while winning at Los Alamitos

Horse Racing 2019 Year in Review

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

JANUARY With 10 horses suffering catastrophic injuries in January 2019 at celebrated Santa Anita Park in California, horse racing got off to an unusually bad start. Over the course of the year, horse deaths became the prevailing national horse racing story, culminating with the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on November… Continue reading Horse Racing 2019 Year in Review

More Santa Anita killings

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Another racehorse died Saturday at Santa Anita Park, making it the second horse to be euthanized at the park in two days. The 5-year-old gelding, Uncontainable, was "humanely euthanized" after suffering a fractured right front ankle, according to an incident alert on the race track's website. Another horse, a 6-year-old gelding named Harliss, was also… Continue reading More Santa Anita killings

Take action for California racehorses

California Governor Gavin Newsom

Racehorse killings continue at California racetracks. California Governor Gavin Newsom who was very vocal during Santa Anita's final season of death has gone quiet. Three racehorses have already been killed at Del Mar. What is he waiting for? How many killings does it take? Yes, we know that the State is still recovering from the… Continue reading Take action for California racehorses

Snapped leg, broken back — two more kills at Los Alamitos

Patrick Buttuello labors continuously to report fallen and dead racehorses across America. In a recent article we cross-posted here about horse racing's casualty database Mr. Battuello writes: "The database is completely voluntary: While many tracks participate, some do not. Besides that, no third party – not the JC*, not a government agency, no one –… Continue reading Snapped leg, broken back — two more kills at Los Alamitos