Pour Medina Spirit’s positive test ‘down the sink?’

By JASON FRAKES | Louisville Courier Journal | 13 May 2021 BALTIMORE – Social media was buzzing Wednesday evening after D. Wayne Lukas defended fellow trainer Bob Baffert and suggested regulators who found betamethasone in Medina Spirit’s blood “should probably have poured it down the sink.” The 85-year-old Lukas — six-time winner of the Preakness and among… Continue reading Pour Medina Spirit’s positive test ‘down the sink?’

Racehorse killed in final race at Churchill Downs on Derby Day

If jockey Jon Court hadn't broken his hand, I wonder if the death of Thoroughbred racehorse -- Canadian Winner -- would have been reported at all. We the public probably would never have heard about it otherwise, as with so many breakdowns and deaths in American horse racing. In this case we do know because… Continue reading Racehorse killed in final race at Churchill Downs on Derby Day

Overall rule and radical reform not damage control required in horse racing

Silhouette of Racehorse and Rider. Mark Lennihan / AP Image.

Horse racing in America needs radical reform and an overall ruling body empowered by Congress governing it, not media relation exercises designed to trick the public into thinking that the sport is clean and its horses safe from abuse and death. An example of the type of thinking that needs to go appears in an… Continue reading Overall rule and radical reform not damage control required in horse racing

Trainers stress need for a national horse racing commissioner

Horses racing.

The Int'l Fund for Horses have been calling for a national horse racing commissioner since 2010, working with industry members gathering support for it. It is encouraging to see that there are trainers in favor of a national commissioner to govern and regulate the sport of horse racing, and willing to say as much. For… Continue reading Trainers stress need for a national horse racing commissioner