Doomed Mongolian Groom's vet cited again

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

It is amazing how horse racing keeps on going. Always, always the same repeat offenders. https://twitter.com/sidgustafson/status/1242055782000144384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw It is time, well past time, for horse racing "American style" to go. They — not people like us who care about these horses — have brought them here. Many more racehorse doping arrests will be made. What we… Continue reading Doomed Mongolian Groom's vet cited again

Horse Racing 2019 Year in Review

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

JANUARY With 10 horses suffering catastrophic injuries in January 2019 at celebrated Santa Anita Park in California, horse racing got off to an unusually bad start. Over the course of the year, horse deaths became the prevailing national horse racing story, culminating with the death of Mongolian Groom in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on November… Continue reading Horse Racing 2019 Year in Review

Horse Racing Wrongs: Open Letter to Bob Costas; Eight Belles

Eight Belles Memorial & Horse Racing Headstones at the Kentucky Derby. Source: Flickr.

OPEN LETTER Introduction The following letter was sent to Bob Costas, host of NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage. To date, no reply. The sentiments expressed, of course, are applicable to all at that network, but most especially to Jon Miller, president of sports programming. Since my letter was mailed, an article in Sports Business Journal quotes Miller as… Continue reading Horse Racing Wrongs: Open Letter to Bob Costas; Eight Belles

Litany of Death: Racehorses killed at Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015

Racehorse tied in stall.

Patrick Battuello tracks the deaths of racehorses at racetracks across America at http://horseracingwrongs.com/. I get notifications in my inbox and am continually shocked at the atrocities that happen on a regular, dare I say, daily basis. As you sit here reading this, no doubt racehorses are being cruelly handled, punched, bullied and abused with a… Continue reading Litany of Death: Racehorses killed at Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015

Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 3)

Eight Belles Memorial & Horse Racing Headstones at the Kentucky Derby. Source: Flickr.

by JANE ALLIN Part 3 of 3 THE OTHER END OF THE RABBIT HOLE Claiming Races This brings us to the claiming races. From available information, probably over 70% of races taking place in North America are claiming races. One a horse wins — or breaks his maiden — that number rises. Claiming races have… Continue reading Despite a Triple Crown all that glitters is not gold in American horse racing (Part 3)

Eighth horse dies at Del Mar

DEL MAR TURF COURSE. Google image.

Death continues to haunt U.S. horse racing. JEFF NAHILL writing for the North County Times reports: DEL MAR, Calif. -- Bandolim, a 3-year-old colt, became the eighth thoroughbred to die at the current Del Mar meet. According to track officials, Bandolim suffered fractured sesamoids to his left hind leg after finishing second in Saturday's fifth… Continue reading Eighth horse dies at Del Mar