Outrage continues over Cobb’s videoed racehorse whipping

Please see Take Action at end of post! Dr. Bryan Langlois, Past President, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, in an open letter to the Editor of horseracing's Paulick Report regarding the whipping abuse of a racehorse by Amber Cobb and caught on video, states in part: I, like everyone else who has seen it, was utterly… Continue reading Outrage continues over Cobb’s videoed racehorse whipping

Tell Delaware to revoke training license of horse abuser Amber Cobb

When the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission reduced a two-year suspension to just 60 days for trainer Amber Cobb, who was found by Delaware Park's board of stewards to have “demonstrated cruelty to a horse in her care,” the Paulick Report was besieged with messages of outrage and disgust from a wide array of people in… Continue reading Tell Delaware to revoke training license of horse abuser Amber Cobb

More dead racehorses

There is always going to be a laundry list of killings in the US horse racing industry. We point out two reports. Saratoga America’s Joy, an unraced 3-year-old filly who sold in 2019 for more than $8 million, died [killed] Sunday morning due to a training incident at Saratoga. The daughter of American Pharoah sustained… Continue reading More dead racehorses

Racehorse that ran down a Kentucky highway is being treated for burns from a barn fire

"It turns out that the 30-minute run a 2-year-old filly took Saturday on a Kentucky highway after shedding her jockey and bolting from a racetrack wasn’t the horse’s only terrifying experience of the weekend," reports the Washington Post on 22nd August. "Recovering from the trauma of a run that made national news and left her… Continue reading Racehorse that ran down a Kentucky highway is being treated for burns from a barn fire

When it comes to HISA, much of what we know is how much we don’t know

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

HISA stands for Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (in case you are just now seeing it). Before we get to Natalie Voss's article on HISA (only she can unravel this mess), let's take a look at how the HISA website describes the Act: When the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (“HISA”) was signed into law… Continue reading When it comes to HISA, much of what we know is how much we don’t know

Pact bolsters California racing purses by $15M, horse owners eye sports betting for more

Reported by Casino.org (how appropriate) by Steve Bittenbender California horse racing received a major boost last week after several key stakeholders reached an agreement on a purse enhancement program. The accord between the Thoroughbred Owners of California, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, The Stronach Group’s 1/ST Racing, and TVG means $15 million more for purses over… Continue reading Pact bolsters California racing purses by $15M, horse owners eye sports betting for more

Blood doping racehorses

What counts as doping in horse racing? Just as with human athletes, certain drugs are banned outright in horse racing, including growth hormones, anabolic drugs that increase testosterone, and so-called blood doping drugs which allow the body to send more oxygen to the muscles. Dr Mary Scollay, in a letter to the Kentucky Horse Racing… Continue reading Blood doping racehorses

The Dark Side of Horse Racing Panorama program live streaming on YouTube

Horse racing is one of the most popular and profitable sports, a £5 billion industry in the UK and Ireland followed by millions. Panorama reporter Darragh MacIntyre investigates what can happen to racehorses when their careers end. The industry says that racing is now safer than ever, that the number of deaths on the track… Continue reading The Dark Side of Horse Racing Panorama program live streaming on YouTube

What happened in Australia after airing of another controversial documentary?

A project is being studied for a national register to improve traceability across the entire horse population THE RACING POST An instructive case when considering the potential fallout from the airing of Panorama might be the Australian documentary 'The Final Race', which was shown by ABC during its 7.30 current affairs slot in October 2019. The programme… Continue reading What happened in Australia after airing of another controversial documentary?

Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary

CROSS POSTED FROM THE RACING POST The chair of racing's Horse Welfare Board has reacted with astonishment to Panorama's evidence, broadcast on Monday night, that many ex-racehorses have been transported from Ireland to be killed in an abattoir near Swindon. Barry Johnson, a former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, also deplored the… Continue reading Welfare chief condemns abattoir practices shown in Panorama documentary