BOB FORTUS writing for The Biscayne-Times New Orleans reports: Ten horses [who] raced at Louisiana tracks tested positive recently for the powerful, pain-killing drug dermorphin, and the Louisiana State Racing Commission is gathering information to determine which trainers might be charged with rules violations, executive director Charlie Gardiner said Thursday. Dermorphin is an opiod peptide… Continue reading Racing commission looking into outbreak of positives for pain-killing drug at Louisiana tracks
Today the US Congress is hearing testimony into horse racing by invited members of the industry, or might we say, the ones who accepted their invitation. That's not all. Today the New York Times publishes another blockbuster report on US horse racing called "Big Purses, Sore Horses, and Death". Written by Joe Drape, Walt Bogdanich,… Continue reading New York Times exposes fatal results of drugging Thoroughbreds as Congress debates horse racing
Well, no surprise to us about Santa Anita and the rate at which they kill racehorses. And they do not have this grisly distinction just in California. A New York Times report released March 24, 2012, states: Even some of America’s most prestigious tracks, including Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park and Saratoga Race Course, had… Continue reading Santa Anita leads California in horse racing deaths
Written by JANE ALLIN Chief Research/Analyst A recent commentary by Eric Mitchell on The Horse.com touches upon the controversial use of phenylbutazone, otherwise known as “Bute”, an analgesic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory introduced in the 1960’s and touted as a miracle drug for its calming effects on occupational lameness in racehorses. In the sixties, the use of… Continue reading Boot the Bute: Avoiding Catastrophic Breakdowns at the Racetrack or Deception?