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

Horses entered for the Travers Stakes face heightened scrutiny

Stay Thirsty / Travers Stakes Winner 2011. Photo: Hans Pennink/AP.

Joe Drape writing for the New York Times reports: "New York authorities have ordered that all horses racing in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 25 be placed under 24-hour surveillance, and their trainers will have to document each medical treatment a horse receives in the 72 hours before the race." and "For the Belmont Stakes… Continue reading Horses entered for the Travers Stakes face heightened scrutiny

Our racehorses are broken America, writes Barry Petchesky

I'll Have Another retired due to swollen left front tendon. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This article came across my desk as I was watching the video of I'll Have Another running around a paddock, kicking up his heels, at his new home in Japan where he arrived recently to continue his racing career as a Thoroughbred Stallion. Cross-posted from Deadspin WRITTEN BY BARRY PETCHESKY Our horses are sick. Our… Continue reading Our racehorses are broken America, writes Barry Petchesky

RCI tightens model rule on shock wave therapy treatment of racehorses

Electrocorporeal shock wave therapy treatment being administered to a horse. Image from ESWT.net.

One of the primary topics of discussion at the meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Rules Committee in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 24th, was extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). ESWT treatment provides not only relief for strained muscles and tendons but also promotes healing and has an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect.… Continue reading RCI tightens model rule on shock wave therapy treatment of racehorses

Dutrow loses horse drugging suspension appeal but that won’t stop him

Rick Dutrow listens intently to his attorney. Image by Skip Dickstein / Times Union.

I don't know what I am more worn out with, reporting on medication violations in American horse racing or the industry's failure to prosecute violators. The trainer in question today thankfully is not Doug O'Neill. Instead the drug-induced public glare is focused on Big Brown trainer, Rick Dutrow. O'Neill must be relieved for it to… Continue reading Dutrow loses horse drugging suspension appeal but that won’t stop him

The waxy monkey tree frog and drugging of racehorses

Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. By Afulki on Flickriver.

Just when you think you have heard every conceivable way someone can drug racehorses, this one takes the frog -- the waxy monkey tree frog, for instance. I mean, really, come on folks. The Blood-Horse reports (which I got via TheHorse.com): Dermorphin, a fluid obtained from certain South American frogs, is a hepta-peptide that is… Continue reading The waxy monkey tree frog and drugging of racehorses

Congressional Committees seek information on drugging and shock waving racehorses

I'll Have Another. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan).

WALT BOGDANICH, writing for the The Rail of the New York Times reports: (June 9, 2012) Members of two Congressional committees investigating the drugging of racehorses have sent letters to racing regulators in 39 states seeking information on how trainers with multiple drug violations are disciplined and how often certain performance-enhancing treatments are used. The… Continue reading Congressional Committees seek information on drugging and shock waving racehorses

I’ll Have Another scratched due to injury, loses chance at the Triple Crown

2012 Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another retired. CNN image.

UPDATE -- I'll Have Another will not lead the post parade for the Belmont Stakes as originally planned. Instead, the NYRA will hold a retirement ceremony for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner after the running of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan so fans can see him and pay tribute. JOE DRAPE, writing for The Rail… Continue reading I’ll Have Another scratched due to injury, loses chance at the Triple Crown

NY racing regulators attempt to breathe honesty into the Triple Crown

I'll Have Another winning the Preakness in 2012. Google image.

I'll Have Another won't have another nasal strip The Daily Post reports that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another will not have another Flair equine nasal strip when he runs in the third leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on June 9th. When I’ll Have Another bids for the Triple Crown… Continue reading NY racing regulators attempt to breathe honesty into the Triple Crown

Thanks to O’Neill Joe Drape reports horse security tightened by New York Board

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Cross-posted from the New York Times by JOE DRAPE The 144th running of the Belmont Stakes may or may not produce horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion, but New York racing officials are taking measures to ensure that I’ll Have Another’s bid to sweep the series is contested on a level playing field and without… Continue reading Thanks to O’Neill Joe Drape reports horse security tightened by New York Board