Jockey Club Round Table: HISA ‘Best ever opportunity to right our badly listing ship’

Via the PAULICK REPORT by Alexa Ravit, 15th August 2021 The 69th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing concluded Sunday with emphatic support for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) by The Jockey Club Chairman Stuart S. Janney III, who presided over the conference and referenced in his closing remarks the… Continue reading Jockey Club Round Table: HISA ‘Best ever opportunity to right our badly listing ship’

Filly Shesgotattitude dead at two

Researchers say over time horse side toes may have been lost to help them move faster and more efficiently. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Fox News San Diego reports that a 2-year-old filly who had been flown in from Kentucky to run in the Sorrento Stakes died at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club after flipping over backward while walking from the stable area to the receiving barn before the race. This was confirmed by state horse racing officials on… Continue reading Filly Shesgotattitude dead at two

Jockey Club weighs in on Baffert vs NYRA

Attorney Susan Phillips Read has filed a request on behalf of The Jockey Club to provide an amicus brief in the civil lawsuit filed by trainer Bob Baffert against the New York Racing Association, reports An amicus brief is provided by a person or entity who is not a party to a case who assists… Continue reading Jockey Club weighs in on Baffert vs NYRA

New York Passes Groundbreaking Anti-Slaughter Bill

Law supports aftercare programs, bans sale of racing, breeding stock for slaughter. Bob Ehalf, reporting for, writes: "Groundbreaking anti-horse slaughter and aftercare legislation was passed June 10 by the New York State Assembly and is expected to be signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo." "The bill, which had already been passed… Continue reading New York Passes Groundbreaking Anti-Slaughter Bill

McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

Featured Image: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse.

ARCI PRESS RELEASE (Sept 24, 2020) — The federally sanctioned authority empowered by newly proposed legislation by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will be able to impose strict controls on the use of any therapeutic medications administered to a “covered horse”, effectively setting the stage for a program that could require a veterinarian to receive prior permission before… Continue reading McConnell Bill authorizes strict control of medications in training

Racehorse death by numbers

Dead Australian Racehorse, Pride of Westbury. By Horse Racing Kills.

Let's take a look at the numbers reported regarding racehorse deaths. The following quote started us wondering. “Over the past decade, an average of more than 600 thoroughbreds a year have died because of racing,” according to research by the USA TODAY Network and published October 31, 2019. That number seems low to us. It is… Continue reading Racehorse death by numbers

Horseracing Integrity Act Subcommittee Hearing and video

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

Updated. We hope you got to watch or listen to the Subcommittee Hearing just conducted on the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R.1754), chaired by Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky. The Hearing began at 10:30 a.m. and concluded at 12:45 p.m. It was riveting, demonstrating how far apart most of racing is regarding the state of its industry.… Continue reading Horseracing Integrity Act Subcommittee Hearing and video

Foals, mares, and active stallions all decline in 2019

Newly born Thoroughbred foal. Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse.

US HORSE RACING "The number of 2019 foals is tracking 3.6% lower at 20,363, compared with a year ago." The Bloodhorse reports: The Jockey Club reported Oct. 3 that 1,630 stallions covered 32,508 mares in North America during 2018, according to statistics compiled through Sept. 26, 2019. These breedings have resulted in 20,363 live foals… Continue reading Foals, mares, and active stallions all decline in 2019

The Jockey Club’s Death Database is a Joke

Eight Belles falls to her chest as she fractures both front legs after crossing the finish line in the 2008 running of the Kentucky Derby.

by PATRICK BATTUELO Cross-posted with Permission from Horse Racing Wrongs Last week, The Jockey Club gleefully boasted of progress on the “breakdown” front: “An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database…has shown a 14 percent decrease in the frequency of fatal injury…from 1.89 per 1,000 starts in 2014 to 1.62 per 1,000 starts in… Continue reading The Jockey Club’s Death Database is a Joke

Racing focuses on drop in owners, registered horses

Thoroughbred horse racing, USA.

Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse by TOM LaMARRA Declines in the number of foals and registered horses have created challenges for the equine industry at large, though the situation has raised another major question: Where have all the owners gone? This year’s American Horse Council National Issues Forum was titled, “Where Have All the Horses Gone?”… Continue reading Racing focuses on drop in owners, registered horses