Barbaro died 10 years ago today. What’s changed?

Barbaro died 10 years ago today. Barbaro's public breakdown, numerous treatments and eventual death should have galvanized horse racing to deal with its equine athletes in a more ethical and compassionate manner. What's changed? Nothing. As a matter of fact, racehorse breakdowns and deaths are arguably worse. Cheating and drugging, fueled by greed and ego,… Continue reading Barbaro died 10 years ago today. What’s changed?

When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs by PATRICK BATTUELLO It's hard to say how many fatal paddock fractures and "sudden cardiac events" occur just prior to scheduled races, for these deaths are typically buried as mere "vet scratches" on the official race charts. Sometimes, though, insight comes from other sources, sources like California's publicly-posted stewards minutes.… Continue reading When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

Six Preciado Horses Disqualified From Parx Victories After Testing Positive For Clenbuterol

The Ray Paulick Report reports: Six horses trained by Ramon Preciado have been disqualified from victories at Parx Racing in March and April after each of them tested positive for the bronchodilator clenbuterol. Preciado, the Bensalem, Pa., racetrack's leading trainer in 2014 and 2015, already was facing 270 days in suspensions for positive tests for… Continue reading Six Preciado Horses Disqualified From Parx Victories After Testing Positive For Clenbuterol

Niceonefrankie becomes the fifth horse to die at Cheltenham Festival

In my eight years as a professional racing photographer in the UK in the 80's and 90's over both the flat and the jumps, I never witnessed one fatality at Cheltenham. Now it is a regular occurrence and the number of deaths is getting higher. What in the hell is going on? Is it the… Continue reading Niceonefrankie becomes the fifth horse to die at Cheltenham Festival