NZ trainer busted for tubing and administering the deadly drug formalin

Sam Sherwood, reporting for STUFF, writes: Details of a secret sting that caught disgraced harness racing trainer Jesse Alford injecting two horses with a prohibited substance have emerged at a hearing where integrity officials called for him to be banned from the sport for nine years. On February 25 they caught him red-handed as he injected two… Continue reading NZ trainer busted for tubing and administering the deadly drug formalin

Is ending horse racing within our power?

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

In an article entitled "My Turn: It's not all mint juleps and fancy hats", for the May 5, 2021 Opinion Column of the Concord Monitor, Emily Murphy writes: Ending horse racing is within our power. Look to greyhound racing for proof of that. Only three states now have greyhound tracks. After a long awareness campaign… Continue reading Is ending horse racing within our power?

Gene Doping in the Equine Athlete: The New Normal in the “Art of Cheating”?

Racehorse tied in stall.

RESEARCHED AND WRITTEN BY JANE ALLIN The success of any racehorse is determined by genetics, training and nutrition, which ultimately impact physical traits such as speed, muscular strength and endurance. While training and nutrition no doubt contribute significantly to a racehorse’s performance, inheritance plays an equally if not greater part in influencing performance. At least,… Continue reading Gene Doping in the Equine Athlete: The New Normal in the “Art of Cheating”?

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