Blood doping racehorses

What counts as doping in horse racing? Just as with human athletes, certain drugs are banned outright in horse racing, including growth hormones, anabolic drugs that increase testosterone, and so-called blood doping drugs which allow the body to send more oxygen to the muscles. Dr Mary Scollay, in a letter to the Kentucky Horse Racing… Continue reading Blood doping racehorses

PeTA slams South Korean officials for erasure of racehorse slaughter records

Cross-posted from PeTA.org blog, 20th July 2021. From October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 — 947 horses were killed in South Korea. But the Korea Racing Authority (KRA) doesn’t want anyone to know the identities of these horses. The KRA is still scrambling to do damage control after PETA’s undercover “K-Cruelty” investigation exposed the cruel beatings and… Continue reading PeTA slams South Korean officials for erasure of racehorse slaughter records

Virtual horse racing startup raises $20 million

Updated 23rd July 2021 with excerpt from Wall Street Journal. Sarah Fischer reporting for AXIOS writes: Virtually Human Studio (VHS), a platform used to virtually race horses using NFTs, has raised a $20 million Series A round from The Chernin Group, with participation from Andreessen Horowitz and Red Beard Ventures. Why it matters: The company's virtual… Continue reading Virtual horse racing startup raises $20 million

Louisiana joins lawsuit seeking to derail Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

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

Here we are yet again with those deadly, doping thugs of U.S. horse racing. They bleated on and on for an overall governing body to save their "sport." The previous U.S. Congress accomplished just that with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pulling out all the stops to push through the recently created Horseracing Integrity and… Continue reading Louisiana joins lawsuit seeking to derail Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

What happened in Australia after airing of another controversial documentary?

A project is being studied for a national register to improve traceability across the entire horse population THE RACING POST An instructive case when considering the potential fallout from the airing of Panorama might be the Australian documentary 'The Final Race', which was shown by ABC during its 7.30 current affairs slot in October 2019. The programme… Continue reading What happened in Australia after airing of another controversial documentary?

Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

CROSS POSTED FROM THE RACING POST The chair of racing's Horse Welfare Board has reacted with astonishment to Panorama's evidence, broadcast on Monday night, that many ex-racehorses have been transported from Ireland to be killed in an abattoir near Swindon. Barry Johnson, a former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, also deplored the… Continue reading Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Panorama programme to be broadcast on Monday nightAnimal rights group planted cameras in slaughterhouse THE GUARDIAN / 19th July 2021 An investigation for BBC1’s Panorama, to be broadcast on Monday evening, will claim that “thousands” of ex-racehorses – “most, but not all” of which were previously in training in Ireland – are being sent for… Continue reading Thousands of ex-racehorses being sent to abattoirs, BBC investigation claims

Excerpts from the FBI Bulger file: How to fix a horse race

Closeup of Thoroughbred racehorse's hooves galloping on a direct track. Photographer unknown.

BOSTON HERALD By JOE DWINELLJuly 18, 2021 at 10:02 p.m. Excerpts from the 300-page FBI file on James “Whitey” Bulger — at least the pages that are not redacted or left out — stitch together schemes to score easy money at every turn. Here are a few examples: Declassified: FBI file on James “Whitey” Bulger… Continue reading Excerpts from the FBI Bulger file: How to fix a horse race

Racing needs timely decision on Kentucky Derby drug case

This will be our last post on Bob Baffert for some time — if we have our way about it. It never occurred to us when we began covering the potential disqualification of this year's Kentucky Derby “winner” Medina Spirit on the heels of his post-race positive for the steroid betamethasone, that it was just… Continue reading Racing needs timely decision on Kentucky Derby drug case

Horse Racing Ireland decline to comment on upcoming Panorama programme

Irish Times / Brian O'Connor Reporting / 13 Jul 2021 Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has declined to comment ahead of a BBC Panorama programme next Monday which examines what happens to racehorses after their racing careers are finished. The programme, with a title ‘The Dark Side of Horse Racing’ is set to be broadcast at… Continue reading Horse Racing Ireland decline to comment on upcoming Panorama programme