2-yr filly disappoints Del Mar by dying

QUOTE The irony was palpable when Josh Rubinstein, chief operating officer at Del Mar, opened up a Breeders’ Cup panel on health and safety protocols with news of a horse death Wednesday morning at the self-proclaimed safest big track in America. It was the fifth racing or training fatality at the track this year, which… Continue reading 2-yr filly disappoints Del Mar by dying

Breeders’ Cup clears Baffert to run

This is why horse racing, among many other reasons, should be banned. It is corrupt. But this is not news. The following isn't either. It is the same ol', same ol'. ESPN reports: Quote LEXINGTON, Ky. — Bob Baffert can enter horses in the Breeders' Cup next month at Del Mar, but the event's all-time… Continue reading Breeders’ Cup clears Baffert to run

Pact bolsters California racing purses by $15M, horse owners eye sports betting for more

Reported by Casino.org (how appropriate) by Steve Bittenbender California horse racing received a major boost last week after several key stakeholders reached an agreement on a purse enhancement program. The accord between the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, The Stronach Group’s 1/ST Racing, and TVG means $15 million more for purses over… Continue reading Pact bolsters California racing purses by $15M, horse owners eye sports betting for more

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

4th horse killed at Del Mar

Blinkered racehorse closeup. Photographer not specified.

Fox News reports: DEL MAR, Calif. — A 3-year-old racehorse was euthanized after a training injury in Del Mar, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club confirmed Monday. The 3-year-old filly, Bri Bri, suffered a serious pelvis injury, officials said. They did not immediately clarify when the injury occurred. "Del Mar has implemented a series of safety… Continue reading 4th horse killed at Del Mar

Hollendorfer wins his lawsuit to return to racing

Jerry Hollendorfer racehorse trainer, killer and doper. Racing Post image.

Sometimes there seems little justice in life, but was trainer Jerry Hollendorfer made the poster boy for the rash of racecourse deaths in the killing fields of California racing? He was asked to take his horses and move out of Santa Anita following the reported 30 deaths that caught national headlines, and some of which… Continue reading Hollendorfer wins his lawsuit to return to racing

Del Mar starts its summer meet with two kills

ESPN and numerous other news outlets reported two deaths at California's Del Mar racecourse which just opened its Summer Season of racing on July 17. ESPN wrote: “Two horses suffered fatal injuries Thursday morning after colliding in an accident during training hours at Del Mar racetrack in California, a spokesman for the track confirmed on… Continue reading Del Mar starts its summer meet with two kills

A first day racing kill for Del Mar and a training kill for Saratoga

Horses jump out the gate at Del Mar racetrack in California. Unattributed Google search result.

Patrick Battuello of Horse Racing Wrongs reports the following on Del Mar's first day kill: Yesterday [July 15] was opening day at the famed and celebrated Del Mar Racetrack – “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” Great food, summery libations, wacky hats, hobnobbing, glass-tipping, shoulder-rubbing. . . and death? In the 6th race yesterday afternoon… Continue reading A first day racing kill for Del Mar and a training kill for Saratoga

California reports racehorse fatalities rose 5% for 2011-2012

Cross-posted from Daily Racing Form WRITTEN BY STEVE ANDERSEN Equine fatalities rose by 5 percent at California racetracks for a 12-month period ending last June, with a significant rise in training deaths at Santa Anita. The data was released on Friday by the California Horse Racing Board as part of an annual review of racing… Continue reading California reports racehorse fatalities rose 5% for 2011-2012

Eighth horse dies at Del Mar

DEL MAR TURF COURSE. Google image.

Death continues to haunt U.S. horse racing. JEFF NAHILL writing for the North County Times reports: DEL MAR, Calif. -- Bandolim, a 3-year-old colt, became the eighth thoroughbred to die at the current Del Mar meet. According to track officials, Bandolim suffered fractured sesamoids to his left hind leg after finishing second in Saturday's fifth… Continue reading Eighth horse dies at Del Mar