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

Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 2)

American Pharoah wins the Kentucky Derby on his way to the elusive Triple Crown. Getty Images 2015.

by JANE ALLIN Part 2 of 3 WE THREE KINGS OF RACE CHEATING ARE Baffert, Pletcher and Asmussen may not always be the top three trainers on the list when it comes to racehorse doping violations but they seem to very near the top if not always on the top. Notwithstanding that, the names of… Continue reading Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 2)

Ray Paulick asks when is a ‘milkshake’ not a milkshake. In horse racing.

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Ray Paulick of the Paulick Report asks the $15,000 question: How does a horse get an elevated carbon dioxide level without being administered a “milkshake,” a procedure that involves tubing a mixture of baking soda, water, and possibly other substances into a horse’s stomach four to six hours before a race? The question is in… Continue reading Ray Paulick asks when is a ‘milkshake’ not a milkshake. In horse racing.

Horses injured and two die at Hollywood Park

The deaths of two horses and injuries overshadowed racing at Hollywood Park on Saturday. In the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes won by Pacific Ocean, runner-up Irrefutable collapsed and died just after he was unsaddled. Track officials said the 5-year-old, one of three horses in the race for trainer Bob Baffert, probably had a heart… Continue reading Horses injured and two die at Hollywood Park

Jockeys refuse to ride last three races because of unsafe track conditions at Hollywood Park

Cross-posted from the Daily Racing Form Written by STEVE ANDERSEN INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov 20, 2011) -- Hollywood Park canceled the final three races of its nine-race Sunday program after jockeys deemed that the Cushion Track surface, primarily areas on the backstretch, was unsafe after sustaining an estimated inch of rain. As a result, a pick… Continue reading Jockeys refuse to ride last three races because of unsafe track conditions at Hollywood Park

Two more horses die after workouts at Del Mar racecourse

By JEFF NAHILL jnahill@nctimes.com DEL MAR — Two more thoroughbreds were fatally injured during training hours on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths during Del Mar's meet to 10, track officials confirmed on Wednesday. Rejuvenating, an unraced 2-year-old filly trained by Jenine Sahadi, suffered a condylar fracture to her right front leg after completing… Continue reading Two more horses die after workouts at Del Mar racecourse