Gotcha — Posing on dead racehorses

Just when you think you have heard it all . . . just how little racing values the horses they use and throw away, then there is this story. Ben Church reporting for CNN writes: The horse racing industry is facing renewed scrutiny over animal welfare after footage emerged showing an amateur jockey jumping onto the back… Continue reading Gotcha — Posing on dead racehorses

Two horses killed at Woodbine

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The TORONTO SUN (Aug 2, 2020) reports: The dangers of thoroughbred horse racing were in full view on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack when two horses — Mary of Scotts and Ruggero — were killed and two jockeys hurt. In Race 2, the 4-year-old dark bay filly Mary of Scotts collapsed in the final turn, launching… Continue reading Two horses killed at Woodbine

Horse racing and the disposal of the dead

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— Bridget Moloney Last October a West Virginia woman was stunned at what she saw at a landfill: The stiff body of a dead racehorse who had been dumped there. The woman took photos of what she saw at the Brooke County Landfill in Colliers, W.Va. and then called nearby Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort… Continue reading Horse racing and the disposal of the dead

Racehorse Jabber Now dies after suffering an injury at Los Alamitos

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PATCH.COM, Ashley Ludwig reporting, May 27, 2020, reports: LOS ALAMITOS, CA —Another racehorse died after suffering an injury at the Los Alamitos Race Course, state regulators said Wednesday. Veterinarians humanely euthanized Jabber Now, a 6-year-old thoroughbred, Tuesday, according to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). The horse finished last in the third race at Los… Continue reading Racehorse Jabber Now dies after suffering an injury at Los Alamitos

Md. lawmakers aim to save Pimlico while Pa. Gov proposes $200M cut

Old Grandstand seats at Pimlico racecourse, Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Baltimore Sun.

Luke Broadwater, reporting for the The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 3rd writes: Maryland lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would authorize up to $375 million in debt to rebuild the state’s two largest racetracks and keep the storied Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Guy Guzzone, chairman of the Senate’s Budget… Continue reading Md. lawmakers aim to save Pimlico while Pa. Gov proposes $200M cut

Desert Trial makes 14 dead racehorses at Saratoga

Laurel Leaves with the text THE RACING DEAD in the center. Artwork by Vivian Grant Farrell for Tuesday's Horse.

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs by PATRICK BATTUELLO Desert Trial, a 2-year-old colt, is dead from a "suspected cardiovascular collapse" (Gaming Commission) while training at Saratoga yesterday morning. Again, two - on the maturation chart, the rough equivalent of a first-grader. "Cardiovascular collapse." Desert Trial was raced once, a month ago at that same track.… Continue reading Desert Trial makes 14 dead racehorses at Saratoga

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

The Jockey Club’s Death Database is a Joke

Eight Belles falls to her chest as she fractures both front legs after crossing the finish line in the 2008 running of the Kentucky Derby.

by PATRICK BATTUELO Cross-posted with Permission from Horse Racing Wrongs Last week, The Jockey Club gleefully boasted of progress on the “breakdown” front: “An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database…has shown a 14 percent decrease in the frequency of fatal injury…from 1.89 per 1,000 starts in 2014 to 1.62 per 1,000 starts in… Continue reading The Jockey Club’s Death Database is a Joke

Where’s the Outrage? 100 Racehorses Killed in W. Virginia in 2015

Yes, this is whas I saw this morning in my inbox at 5:55 from Patrick Battuello. Mr. Battuello documents the racehorses who are listed as dead or most likely dead at racetracks across the U.S. It is tragic reading. It makes one heartsick. And then angry. Very angry. But deaths are not the whole story.… Continue reading Where’s the Outrage? 100 Racehorses Killed in W. Virginia in 2015

Litany of Death: Racehorses killed at Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015

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Patrick Battuello tracks the deaths of racehorses at racetracks across America at http://horseracingwrongs.com/. I get notifications in my inbox and am continually shocked at the atrocities that happen on a regular, dare I say, daily basis. As you sit here reading this, no doubt racehorses are being cruelly handled, punched, bullied and abused with a… Continue reading Litany of Death: Racehorses killed at Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015