More dead racehorses

There is always going to be a laundry list of killings in the US horse racing industry. We point out two reports. Saratoga America’s Joy, an unraced 3-year-old filly who sold in 2019 for more than $8 million, died [killed] Sunday morning due to a training incident at Saratoga. The daughter of American Pharoah sustained… Continue reading More dead racehorses

Racehorse that ran down a Kentucky highway is being treated for burns from a barn fire

"It turns out that the 30-minute run a 2-year-old filly took Saturday on a Kentucky highway after shedding her jockey and bolting from a racetrack wasn’t the horse’s only terrifying experience of the weekend," reports the Washington Post on 22nd August. "Recovering from the trauma of a run that made national news and left her… Continue reading Racehorse that ran down a Kentucky highway is being treated for burns from a barn fire

HISA — will it be ready; will racing be ready?

Updated 4th Aug 2021 5:54 AM Will the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) be ready for horse racing and will horse racing be ready for it when it is put into action in 2022? We quote liberally from Dan Ross writing for the Thoroughbred Daily News. The selections below come from Part of 1… Continue reading HISA — will it be ready; will racing be ready?

The Baffert team may just be able to exonerate him — again

We are so weary of this topic. But this is worth making a record of. Sadly. We will let the Ray Paulick Report do the talking in just a minute. Baffert's legal team is doing a good job. Those around him are brainstorming what angles they can take to get him out of this, regardless… Continue reading The Baffert team may just be able to exonerate him — again

CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

Mick Ruis announced on July 24, 2020, that he has reached an agreement in principle with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) regarding a settlement of pending litigation in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The preliminary agreement is intended to resolve claims against the CHRB for failure to hold a purse disqualification hearing related to… Continue reading CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit

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

Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — As a global coronavirus pandemic spreads, Churchill Downs Inc. says it will move the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby to Saturday, September 5. The late-summer Derby would mark the first time the race isn't held the first Saturday in May since 1945, when it was postponed to June during the waning… Continue reading Kentucky Derby moved to the first Saturday in September

Australian racing embroiled in US doping saga

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We have been so embroiled in the US racehorse doping saga, we missed reporting this. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (March 10, 2020) — Two drug dealers have been accused of supplying EPO* for the administration to horses competing in Australia as part of the doping saga engulfing American racing. Sarah Izhaki and Ashley Lebowitz were… Continue reading Australian racing embroiled in US doping saga

1953 dead racehorses in 4525 days in the UK

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Death and disarray on the racetrack seems to know no bounds. The numbers in the title of this post are what you find when visiting the UK based Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch page. They describe their mission: Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to… Continue reading 1953 dead racehorses in 4525 days in the UK

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