5th Circuit denies HISA’s request to vacate ruling against it

• Read full article at The Blood-Horse » The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Jan. 31 denying a request by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to vacate a previous determination that the Authority's power was unconstitutional. The ruling is the latest addition to a lengthy civil court battle led by the… Continue reading 5th Circuit denies HISA’s request to vacate ruling against it

Churchill Downs herpesvirus outbreak holds at six

Historic twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Abbie Myers.

Reported by Horse Racing Nation IT could be said that no news is good news at Churchill Downs, where the equine-herpesvirus appeared to have been contained at six positive cases. “That’s a good thing that there really is nothing new,” said Dr. Will Farmer, the equine medical director for Churchill Downs Inc., in a telephone… Continue reading Churchill Downs herpesvirus outbreak holds at six

Video of Kentucky racehorse’s wild escape goes viral

A video of a Kentucky racehorse’s wild escape onto the highway went viral on social media this weekend. The racehorse, Bold and Bossy, reportedly escaped a Kentucky race track and made it across state lines. We pray they did not "punish" her. At two years old horses are still juveniles. Horseracing is just vicious enough… Continue reading Video of Kentucky racehorse’s wild escape goes viral

Zenyatta loses 2021 foal

We have not been following Zenyatta's breeding career. We report this because we recently heard of the struggles she has been experiencing delivering a full term foal, yet they go on and on with it. REPORTED BY THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS (Jan. 26, 2021) — Hall of famer Zenyatta  has lost her 2021 foal, a Candy Ride (Arg) filly.… Continue reading Zenyatta loses 2021 foal

NYRA suspends Baffert from Belmont, Saratoga, Aqueduct

Bob Baffert, U.S. Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

HORSE RACING NATION (17 May 2021) — The New York Racing Association Inc. announced the temporary suspension of Bob Baffert from entering horses in races and occupying stall space at Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack. “In order to maintain a successful thoroughbred racing industry in New York, NYRA must protect the integrity… Continue reading NYRA suspends Baffert from Belmont, Saratoga, Aqueduct

What to know about Betamethasone

Jane Allin is our genius level resident expert on anything chemical. Alas, she is busy elsewhere so we will have to make do with mere mortals. Actually, all we are going to do — because it is all we can do — is borrow from others who have explained it elsewhere. This drug is in… Continue reading What to know about Betamethasone

Mangini pleads guilty in race-doping scheme

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Florida resident faces 5 years in jail for scheme involving Servis, Navarro horses. THE BLOODHORSE reports: An operator of several pharmaceutical websites charged with conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses with the intent to defraud and mislead pled guilty April 23 in United States District Court. Scott Mangini, 55, had… Continue reading Mangini pleads guilty in race-doping scheme

Remembering Mongolian Groom

The off hind leg of Mongolian Groom fractures at the Breeder's Cup and he is taken off of he track and destroyed.

Whenever we think of the bill still pending before Congress that would result in the creation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority our thought turns to Mongolian Groom. Here's a replay of an event from last year. It illustrates that American racehorses have absolutely no friends within the industry. Training videos suggest Mongolian Groom… Continue reading Remembering Mongolian Groom

AQHA does not support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in its current form

Quarter Horses jump out the starting gate. Photographer unknown.

The American Quarter Horse Association states: The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 is proposed national legislation that outlines a uniform anti-doping and medication control program to be developed and enforced by an independent horse racing anti-doping and medication control authority. While the American Quarter Horse Association is strongly committed to the welfare of… Continue reading AQHA does not support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in its current form

Another horse injured, killed at Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos empty gate. Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune.

PEEK IT UP, a 3-year-old quarter horse filly, died after suffering an injury in Saturday’s eighth race at Los Alamitos, becoming the 23rd horse to die in a racing or training injury at the Cypress track this year. Video of the race shows the horse running fast on the outside when she appears to injure… Continue reading Another horse injured, killed at Los Alamitos