The Sting that is so stinging to U.S. horse racing

The great Australian race mare who won the Cox Plate a record four times.

Testing racehorses for "doping" or performance-enhancing drugs may be better described as a band aid, but not the cure.

Horse Racing Integrity: The Owners

By VIVIAN GRANT FARRELL I don't think it would be unfair to say that horse racing is in an ever increasing state of crisis. That means the horses are also. Racehorses are bred, used and disposed of at an alarming rate. They are drugged, their bodies manipulated in grotesque ways from the moment they are… Continue reading Horse Racing Integrity: The Owners

Drug Test Results, Conflict of Interest Issues, on Agenda of 2020 Racing Investigators Conference

Closeup Racehorse.

Many of the world's top racing investigators will meet in New Mexico Feb. 23-26, 2020 for the annual meeting of the Organization of Racing Investigators.

The Chemical Horse, 2nd edition

I’ll Have Another was made a strong favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.Credit...Al Bello/Getty Images

Jane Allin's groundbreaking report on the doping of racehorses — "The Chemical Horse" — has been revised to update its citations. Allin's update coincides with the US House Subcommittee Hearing of the Horse Racing Integrity Act which would establish an anti-doping agency to oversee all horse racing (for an interim period anyway) to include Quarter… Continue reading The Chemical Horse, 2nd edition

Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

Sam Rayburn House, Washington, D.C.

When and Where Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. ETU.S. House of RepresentativesEnergy & Commerce CommitteeSubcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce2322 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Scheduled Speakers • Marty Irby , Executive Director, Animal Wellness Action • William M. Lear Jr., Vice Chairman, The Jockey Club • Joe De Francis, Humane Society… Continue reading Hearing set for Horseracing Integrity Act

The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Abbie Myers.

The Bloodhorse magazine reports: The Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754), introduced in March by Congressman Andy Barr, a Kentucky Republican, and Congressman Paul Tonko, a New York Democrat, has gained additional support from the House of Representatives, with 226 members now co-sponsoring the legislation.The bill received co-sponsorship from a majority of the House in mid-December.… Continue reading The Horseracing Integrity Act and the future of horse racing

Survey: 62% of Americans think less favorably of racing after 2019

Carved racehorses.

BY HRN (HORSE RACING NEWS) (Dec. 26, 2019) — The Reuters news wire reports, after conducting a survey earlier this month with Ispos, a leading market research firm, that widely publicized racehorse deaths left 62% of respondents with at least a “somewhat less favorable” impression of horse racing in 2019. Reuters/Ispos conducted their online survey on… Continue reading Survey: 62% of Americans think less favorably of racing after 2019

More illegal horse racing discovered in Texas

Nine people were indicted on Dec. 19 by a Parker County grand jury for operating an illegal horse racing meet in Springtown, Texas, located 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The Parker County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Racing Commission and other agencies discovered the illegal horse racing in… Continue reading More illegal horse racing discovered in Texas

Why we call for an end to U.S. horse racing

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

We call for an end to U.S. horse racing because it is past reforming. The horse has bolted. Additionally, there appears to be no one in American horse racing genuinely interested in, or knowledgeable and capable of, reforming it. If we are wrong then show us who they are, what they purport to do and… Continue reading Why we call for an end to U.S. horse racing

Quote of the Day

Dead racehorse. Source: Pinterest.

“In general treatments designed to repair a horse's injuries and to alleviate [his] suffering are now often used to get the animal out onto the track to compete — to force the animal, like some punch drunk fighter, to make just one more round.” — Greg Ferraro SOURCE TDN Magazine; May 2, 2013; p. 6… Continue reading Quote of the Day