Zenyatta loses 2021 foal

We have not been following Zenyatta's breeding career. We report this because we recently heard of the struggles she has been experiencing delivering a full term foal, yet they go on and on with it. REPORTED BY THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS (Jan. 26, 2021) — Hall of famer Zenyatta  has lost her 2021 foal, a Candy Ride (Arg) filly.… Continue reading Zenyatta loses 2021 foal

At Grass

— A Poem by Philip Larkin The eye can hardly pick them outFrom the cold shade they shelter in,Till wind distresses tail and main;Then one crops grass, and moves about– The other seeming to look on –And stands anonymous again Yet fifteen years ago, perhapsTwo dozen distances surficedTo fable them : faint afternoonsOf Cups and Stakes… Continue reading At Grass

Fiona McIntyre crowned Lady of Racing 2020 for retraining and rehoming retired racehorses

Lady of Racing 2020, Australia: Fiona McIntyre.

THE HERALD SUN | 6 MARCH 20 Fiona McIntyre dedicates her days to retraining and rehoming former racehorses. But it is her work with two Bart Cummings-trained champions that sets her apart. Under her watchful eye, four-time Melbourne Cup runner and two-time Moonee Valley Cup winner Precedence is now blossoming as a show horse. The 14-year-old former grand stayer… Continue reading Fiona McIntyre crowned Lady of Racing 2020 for retraining and rehoming retired racehorses

Britain unveils program to track retired racehorses

Camelot (right), ridden by Joseph O'Brien, after beating French Fifteenth to win the Two Thousand Guineas, Newmarket, Suffolk, England, 2012. Press Association/AP

By JAMES BURN | RACING POST Keeping track of retired racehorses will become much easier, according to the British Horseracing Authority, with British racing's governing body revealing plans to simplify and modernize the process Feb. 6. The system, which is integrated into the industry's existing administrative site, will require and record details of a retired horse's new… Continue reading Britain unveils program to track retired racehorses

AU Racing: Peter Moody proposes industry ‘knackery’ for unwanted horses

Peter Moody, racehorse trainer, Victoria, Australia.

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — Victoria's former top trainer Peter Moody believes the racing industry should consider operating its own facility to humanely manage the end of life process for retired racehorses that cannot be rehomed. Why not have a industry knackery he tweeted . . . https://twitter.com/moodyracingpgm/status/1211552289334255616 Before we decide what we think about the 'Moody… Continue reading AU Racing: Peter Moody proposes industry ‘knackery’ for unwanted horses

New York State lawmakers interested in tracking retired racehorses

HORSE RACING (via the Blood-Horse online). By Tom Precious, October 26, 2017. An effort to mandate the tracking of retired racehorses in New York has now picked up support in both houses of the state Legislature. Sen. Joseph Addabbo, a Queens Democrat who represents Aqueduct Racetrack, recently introduced a measure to create a seven-member Commission… Continue reading New York State lawmakers interested in tracking retired racehorses

Industry groups create Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Thoroughbred Racehorse

A broad-based group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders announced today the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)—an organization designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities. Funded initially by seed money from… Continue reading Industry groups create Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

LeFever case: Paulick calls for ideas to prevent it

Ray Paulick of the Paulick Report posted this today: Yesterday we broke the news of Kelsey Lefever, a 24-year-old woman who has allegedly been misrepresenting her intentions of finding a new home for retired racehorses in Pennsylvania and taking them to kill-buyers instead. and further Earlier today, we reported Great Scott Farm fired Lefever from… Continue reading LeFever case: Paulick calls for ideas to prevent it

OK racing officials OK help for retired racehorses

The Associated Press reports: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission has approved a rule that would designate about $100,000 a year out of a breeder's incentive fund to help care for retired racehorses. The proposal would use money from the Oklahoma Breeding Development Fund Special Account to help pay for the retraining… Continue reading OK racing officials OK help for retired racehorses

Riding for Their Lives: The Tour de TRF

Cross-posted from ESPN Written by BILL FINLEY Mark Cramer likes lost causes, and in America's slaughterhouse-bound, retired racehorses, he has certainly found one. These are the rejects, the horses who are either too slow or too infirm to win a meaningful amount of money on the racetrack or be sent to a cushy life on… Continue reading Riding for Their Lives: The Tour de TRF