Churchill Downs ringing the changes before the Derby (US)

NEARLY A YEAR AFTER EIGHT BELLES became the first fatal injury at America's most famous horse race, Churchill Downs announced yesterday that it is beefing up safety requirements ahead of this year's Kentucky Derby. The company is enacting more than 20 changes, including enhanced drug testing and limits on whips and racing ages, in time… Continue reading Churchill Downs ringing the changes before the Derby (US)

Florida lab will test Kentucky horses for drugs (US)

Cross-posted from The Blood Horse By TOM LaMARRA THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RACING LABORATORY has been selected to handle equine drug testing for Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, on recommendation of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, unanimously voted Feb. 10 to hire the Florida lab. The drug council met before the racing commission… Continue reading Florida lab will test Kentucky horses for drugs (US)

Fatal breakdowns at Turfway sounds alarms (KY)

Uh, oh. Alarm bells are ringing over the breakdowns and deaths of horses at Turfway. Oh, what can it be? It can't be the surface because they fixed that in 2006. How about doing necropies on the horses to see how broke down they were before they um, broke down and died. Or the head… Continue reading Fatal breakdowns at Turfway sounds alarms (KY)

Red Mile sued because they wouldn’t say I’m sorry over perhaps drugging (KY)

Four harness racing trainers whose horses were involved in blood-doping allegations by The Red Mile have sued the Lexington racetrack for defamation. In-depth testing done at the trainers' request determined in December that the four horses were negative for the performance-enhancing drugs erythropoietin or darbepoetin. The four trainers — Jan Johnson, Robert McIntosh, James Arledge… Continue reading Red Mile sued because they wouldn’t say I’m sorry over perhaps drugging (KY)

American horses send clap to cousins in Canada (CAN)

By JADED MARE Oh, look.  Naughty horses in America with clap have sent it to their cousins in Canada, and just in time for Christmas.  Probably not what Canadian horses expected to find in those nicely wrapped packages full of . . . never mind.  Ooh, and all frozen too. Brrrr. We found a picture… Continue reading American horses send clap to cousins in Canada (CAN)