Horses and humans feel the same pain when whipped, study finds

Landmark research comes as Racing Victoria tables proposal to phase out the whip, saying rules on its use ‘no longer appropriate’ There is no significant difference in the way humans and horses experience the pain of being struck by a whip, according to a landmark study that researchers say should end the argument on the… Continue reading Horses and humans feel the same pain when whipped, study finds

Leading Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland banned for three years over retired racehorses being destroyed

Leading Wagga Wagga Trainer Trevor Sutherland banned for three years for the deaths of two retired racehorses.

NEW SOUTH WALES (Australia) — A NSW racehorse trainer has been banned for three years after two retired thoroughbreds, he says he thought he was re-homing for equine purposes, were slaughtered, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Leading Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland was handed the penalty at a stewards inquiry on Tuesday. He has already… Continue reading Leading Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland banned for three years over retired racehorses being destroyed

Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

YAHOO! SPORTS reports: LOS ANGELES — The California Horse Racing Board has voted to proceed with a complaint seeking the disqualification of Justify from his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby based on laboratory findings that show his post-race sample tested positive for scopolamine. The racing board won’t file a complaint against Hall of… Continue reading Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

CDI purchases 1,250 historical racing machines

Carved racehorses.

THE PAULICK REPORT via writes: Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 1,250 historical racing machines (“HRMs”) from International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”). The newly engineered IGT product will operate on Ainsworth Game Technology's (“Ainsworth”) proprietary HRM system that was co-developed with… Continue reading CDI purchases 1,250 historical racing machines

Horse racing and the disposal of the dead

Burning votive candle against dark background.

— Bridget Moloney Last October a West Virginia woman was stunned at what she saw at a landfill: The stiff body of a dead racehorse who had been dumped there. The woman took photos of what she saw at the Brooke County Landfill in Colliers, W.Va. and then called nearby Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort… Continue reading Horse racing and the disposal of the dead

Where are 3,000 horses going each year CPR asks NZ Thoroughbred racing

Racehorses take a turn on the grass in New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE | COALITION FOR THE PROTECTION OF RACEHORSES (27 May 2020) — The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) have compiled a report on the number of thoroughbred horses vanishing from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) each year and the numbers are staggering. Read here. In January 2020, NZTR issued a complaint against the… Continue reading Where are 3,000 horses going each year CPR asks NZ Thoroughbred racing