4-yr old filly disappoints Santa Anita by dying

Santa Anita Entry Gate. By David McNew. Getty Images.

It heinous that racehorse deaths are continuously glossed over, and glossed over they are. It is almost equally heinous that local news outlets are reporting that racehorses are being killed, but occasionally not as many, so we should applaud horse racing for that. The unmitigated gall. CBS Los Angeles writes: QUOTE A 4-year-old filly died… Continue reading 4-yr old filly disappoints Santa Anita by dying

Santa Anita has 4th horse death in short fall meeting

VIA THE LOS ANGELES TIMES John Cherwa writes: "Santa Anita had its fourth equine death of its five-week fall meeting on Saturday when Major Cabbie broke down on the backstretch of a one-mile claiming race and was euthanized. This fall meeting has been a significant backslide from last year when the Arcadia track had no… Continue reading Santa Anita has 4th horse death in short fall meeting

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

Remembering Mongolian Groom

The off hind leg of Mongolian Groom fractures at the Breeder's Cup and he is taken off of he track and destroyed.

Whenever we think of the bill still pending before Congress that would result in the creation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority our thought turns to Mongolian Groom. Here's a replay of an event from last year. It illustrates that American racehorses have absolutely no friends within the industry. Training videos suggest Mongolian Groom… Continue reading Remembering Mongolian Groom

Santa Anita’s racehorse dozen of the dead

Santa Anita Entry Gate. By David McNew. Getty Images.

As of this writing, a dozen horses who raced at Santa Anita are among the U.S. racing dead. JANUARY 1 Golden Birthday 4-year-old Golden Birthday, died after being injured during a January 1 race, becoming the first horse to die at the Santa Anita racetrack in 2020. CNN » JANUARY 7 Buckstopper Kit Buckstopper Kit… Continue reading Santa Anita’s racehorse dozen of the dead

Santa Anita kills its 11th racehorse since December

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

We changed NPR's published title which was "11th Racehorse Dies At Santa Anita Park Since December," to the title above. Here's why. It's subtle, we know, but when reports say a racehorse dies or has died at a racetrack it sounds like it couldn't be helped, or that the horse was somehow at fault. This… Continue reading Santa Anita kills its 11th racehorse since December

Governor’s office says Santa Anita can continue racing during coronavirus pandemic

Remember when Governor Newsom was all for closing down Santa Anita? Newsom has backtracked quite a bit, but nothing like he is doing now. Let us not trick ourselves into believing it's all about racetrack personnel. Where was his concern then? In an article dated March 20, 2020, entitled "Governor's office says Santa Anita can… Continue reading Governor’s office says Santa Anita can continue racing during coronavirus pandemic

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

Md. lawmakers aim to save Pimlico while Pa. Gov proposes $200M cut

Old Grandstand seats at Pimlico racecourse, Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Baltimore Sun.

Luke Broadwater, reporting for the The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 3rd writes: Maryland lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would authorize up to $375 million in debt to rebuild the state’s two largest racetracks and keep the storied Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Guy Guzzone, chairman of the Senate’s Budget… Continue reading Md. lawmakers aim to save Pimlico while Pa. Gov proposes $200M cut

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