NTRA will support a law banning horse slaughter

Thoroughbred Racehorses in Stalls. Google image.
Thoroughbred racehorses look out from their stalls. Google image.

PRESS RELEASE

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2019) – The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced today that it will support the passage of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 961) that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the United States and prohibit the export of American horses abroad for slaughter. The action was taken at the regularly scheduled meeting of the NTRA Board of Directors held in New York on June 6.

“The slaughter of horses for human consumption is something the NTRA has opposed for many years,” said NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop. “In the last decade alone, thousands of retired U.S. racehorses have been adopted and transitioned to second careers. The development and growth of quality racehorse aftercare programs continue to be a high priority for the industry.”

About the NTRA

The NTRA, based in Lexington, Ky., is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA owns and manages the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance; NTRA.com; the Eclipse Awards; the National Horseplayers Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and Horse PAC®, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on NTRA.com, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (facebook.com/1NTRA).

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Review team will decide if horses fit to race at Santa Anita

In this March 5, 2019, file photo, a statue of Zenyatta stands in the paddock gardens area at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A second horse in two days and 29th overall died at Santa Anita, Sunday, June 9, 2019, where management has chosen to continue racing for the rest of the current meet. (Jae C. Hong, File/Associated Press)
In this March 5, 2019, file photo, a statue of Zenyatta stands in the paddock gardens area at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A second horse in two days and 29th overall died at Santa Anita, Sunday, June 9, 2019, where management has chosen to continue racing for the rest of the current meet. (Jae C. Hong, File/Associated Press)

Cross-posted from the Washington Post »

ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has put together a five-member team to review horses’ medical, training and racing history for the final six racing days at the Southern California track where 29 horses have died since December.

The Arcadia track’s season ends June 23, with racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week and next.

Led by the California Horse Racing Board’s equine medical director, Dr. Rick Arthur, and chief steward, Darrel McHargue, the review team includes independent CHRB vets and stewards, who supervise the outcome of horse races.

The review team will decide if individual horses are at elevated risk of injury before racing. They will look at any history of a horse on the veterinarian’s list and steward’s list as well as medical and race history and physical observations of the horse.

All five members of the review team must agree that a horse isn’t at elevated risk of injury in order to clear the animal to race. One objection can prevent a horse from racing. Continue reading »

Originally Posted By Associated Press June 13 at 12:06 PM

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You can’t make this stuff up. So they weren’t already doing that — making sure a horse was really and truly fit to race? These people are beyond belief.  Anything to keep racing. The current season is mercifully over on 23rd June. So the parade of death will stop there. For awhile. — Tuesday’s Horse. 

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The killers of Santa Anita

Killer (definition): Noun. a person or thing that kills.
Adjective. denoting a person or thing that kills.
Synonyms — murderer, slaughterer, destroyer, liquidator, exterminator, terminator, executioner, slayer, cause of death, destroyer, threat to life, menace, plague, scourge, peril.


The following trainers are responsible for the deaths of the racehorses listed below during the current season at the Santa Anita Park racetrack in California.

The Killers of Santa Anita

1. PSYCHEDELICAT, Dec. 30, 2018
Trained / Killed by Jerry Hollendorfer

2. TANK TEAM, Jan. 4, 2019
Trained / Killed by Alexis Barba
Unusual Angel died in the same race.

3. UNUSUAL ANGEL, Jan. 4, 2019
Trained / Killed by Keith Desormeaux

4. SECRET STREET, Jan. 8, 2019
Trained / Killed by Bruce Headley
The unraced 3 year old died during a five-furlong timed workout.

5. DERBY TREASURE, Jan. 11, 2019
Trained / Killed by Ruben Gomez
The 4-year-old filly had no wins in eight tries. She died in a six-furlong $30,000 maiden claiming race.

6. NOISE MANDATE, Jan. 18, 2019
Trained / Killed by Michael Machowsky
The 3-year-old filly died after finishing last in her debut race, a five-and-a-half-furlong $20,000 maiden claiming race.

7. AMBOSELI, Jan. 20, 2019
Trained / Killed by Jim Cassidy, president of the California Thoroughbred Trainers.
The 7-year-old mare won two of 26 lifetime starts.

8. LIKE REALLY SMART, Jan. 21, 2019
Trained / Killed by Leonard Powell

9. LAST PROMISE KEPT
Trained / Killed by Tom Proctor

10. DANCING HARBOR, Jan. 23, 2019
Trained / Killed by Frank Lucarelli

11. SPITFIRE, Jan. 25, 2019
Trained / Killed by Brian Koriner

12. KID CANTINA, Feb. 2, 2019
Trained / Killed by Librado Barocio

13. COMEGOWITHME, Feb. 3, 2019
Trained / Killed by Antonio Garcia

14. JAGER TIME, Feb. 17, 2019
Trained / Killed by Jorge Periban

15. UNUSUAL RIDER, Feb. 18, 2019
Trained / Killed by Mike Puype

16. HOT AMERICAN, Feb. 22, 2019
Trained / Killed by Ryan Hanson

Battle of Midway. Running at Santa Anita. He is now dead.
Battle of Midway. He is one of 29 racehorses killed at Santa Anita this season so far.

17. BATTLE OF MIDWAY, Feb. 23, 2019
Trained / Killed by Jerry Hollendorfer
Breeders’ Cup winner Battle of Midway was injured in a timed workout Feb. 23. His death attracted national headlines. Now that’s a big kill Jerry.

18. JUST FORGET IT, Feb. 23, 2019
Trained / Killed by Librado Barocio

19. CHARMER JOHN, Feb. 24, 2019
Trained / Killed by Mark Glatt

20. ESKENFORADRINK, Mar. 2, 2019
Trained / Killed by Jorge Gutierrez

21. LET’S LIGHT THE WAY, Mar. 5, 2019
Trained / Killed by Ron McAnally

22. PRINCESS LILI B, Mar. 14, 2019
Trained / Killed by David Bernstein

23. ARMS RUNNER, Mar. 31, 2019
Trained / Killed by Peter Miller

24. COMMANDER COIL, May 17, 2019
Trained / Killed by Marcelo Polanco

25. SPECTACULAR MUSIC, May 19, 2019
Trained / Killed by Nadine Anderson
The gelding was offered up at the local Barretts sale in January 2018, receiving a bid of $900, but remained with Anderson. 

26. KOCHEES, May 25, 2019
Trained / Killed by Jerry Hollendorfer

27. DERBY RIVER, Jun. 5, 2019
Trained / Killed by Ruben Gomez

28. FORMAL DUDE, Jun. 8, 2019
Trained / Killed by Phil D’Amato

29. TRUFFALINO, Jun. 9, 2019
Trained / Killed by Richard Mandella

Partners in Crime

Of course, the trainers are hardly alone in the killing fields of thoroughbred racing. There are also the breeders and the owners. However, the trainer makes most if not all of the decisions about the horse. Let’s call them the up close and personal killers. All the others are merely murderous accomplices.

Someone try and answer me this. Why would you put your horse in the hands of any of the trainers cited below, even if they are “Hall of Fame” trainers — for whatever that is worth in the Chemical Age of horse racing.

The Politicians

Not even the glib Governor of California could talk Santa Anita into closing for the remainder of the season. Neither could the California State Racing Board. Nor U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif). No. No. No. Santa Anita is determined to stay open and keeping the suffering and death of its racehorses as part of its racecard.

One has to wonder why. Is the track struggling financially? Is it that they can’t afford to close up shop even for a week?

Who goes there? Who bets on their deadly product? Our guess is that online punters are pretty much their main source of gambling revenues.

The Park Executive

Belinda Stronach, president and chief executive of the Stronach Group, who owns Santa Anita Park, could have stopped the carnage any time she liked. Yet Stronach remains resolute in going forward with the remainder of the season in the face of all that’s gone on.

Sorry, Madam, but that makes you a killer. A big killer. One might even say—a serial killer. And these 29 are not the only racehorses killed on your watch, are they?

The Punters

Back to you gamblers. Why . . . . why would you continue to bet on racing at Santa Anita? How is that wisdom? Where is your bloody conscience?

Sorry, but you are as complicit as all the others mentioned here. “You bet. They die.” Get it?

But you can redeem yourselves.

We are calling on all gamblers to boycott Santa Anita. Do not gamble on their races for the rest of the season. Come on. It’s not like there’s nothing else to bet on. Or don’t you give a damn about the horses either?

Sources: Horses & Trainers

• Joe Drape; The New York Times; June 6, 2019

• John Cherwa; The LA Times; May 20, 2019

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LAist names the 30 horses who died at Santa Anita since December

A lone horse canters on the dirt track at Santa Anita. USAToday.
A lonely young horse canters on the dirt track at Santa Anita. USAToday.

Cross-posted from LAist. Go here to see full story.

LAist writes:

To help you stay up to date, we’ve collected a list of all the horses that have died in the past four-and-a-half months at Santa Anita, and we’ve added any available information about the circumstances of those deaths.

  • Psychedelicat – Died on December 30, 2018 after racing on a dirt track.
  • Tank Team – Two-year-old, died on January 4, 2019 on a downhill turf course.
  • Unusual Angel – Two-year-old, died on January 4, 2019 on a downhill turf course.
  • Secret Street – Died on January 8, 2019 after training on a dirt track.
  • Derby Treasure – Three-year-old, died on January 11, 2019 after racing on a dirt track.
  • Noise Mandate – Died on January 18, 2019 after racing on a dirt track.
  • Amboseli – Six-year-old, died on January 20, 2019 after racing on a downhill turf course.
  • Last Promise Kept – Four-year-old, died on January 21, 2019 after racing on the turf.
  • Like Really Smart – Two-year-old, died on January 21, 2019 after racing on the dirt.
  • Dancing Harbor – Died on January 23, 2019 after training on the dirt.
  • Spitfire – Died on January 25, 2019 after training on a dirt track.
  • Kid Cantina – Three-year-old, fatally injured on her third birthday, February 2, 2019 after racing on the dirt.
  • Comegowithme – Died on February 6, 2019 after racing on the dirt.
  • Jager Time – Died on February 17, 2019 after training on the dirt.
  • Unusual Rider – Died on February 18, 2019 after training on the dirt.
  • Hot American – Three-year-old, died on February 22, 2019 after racing on a turf track.
  • Just Forget It – Four-year-old male, died on February 23, 2019 after training on the dirt.
  • Battle of Midway – Died on February 23, 2019 after suffering a fracture in his hind leg while training on the dirt.
  • Charmer John – Died on February 25, 2019 after training on the dirt.
  • Eskenforadrink – Two-year-old, died on March 3, 2019 after racing on a dirt track.
  • Lets Light the Way – Four-year-old filly, died on March 5, 2019 after suffering a shattered sesamoid, or a bone in the knee or the foot, while training on the dirt.
  • Princess Lili B – Died on March 14, 2019 after breaking both front legs while training on the dirt.
  • Arms Runner – Five-year-old, died on March 31, 2019 after suffering an injury to his right front leg and colliding with another horse while racing on turf.
  • Commander Coil – Three-year-old male, died on May 17, 2019 after suffering a shoulder injury while training on the dirt.
  • Spectacular Music – Three-year-old, died on May 19, 2019 after racing on the dirt.
  • Kochees – Nine-year-old, died on May 25, 2019 after racing on the dirt
  • Derby River – Two-year-old, died on June 5, 2019 after sustaining a fractured shoulderduring training.
  • Formal Dude – Four-year-old died June 8, 2019 after he fractured his pelvis during a race on the dirt track and was euthanized.
  • Truffalino – Three-year-old filly collapsed and died June 9, 2019, near the finish line of a race.
  • American Currency – Four-year-old gelding died June 22, 2019, euthanized after suffering a leg injury on the training track

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Princess Lili B dying on March 14, 2019 after breaking both front legs in the dirt at Santa Anita reminds us Eight Belles dying May 3, 2008 after breaking both front legs in the dirt at Churchill. Chilling. Heartbreaking. Unnecessary. Preventable.

May they rest in peace.

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Updated June 24, 2019

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