Two horses die in same race at Saratoga

The New York Daily News reports: SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the end of trainer Charlie LoPresti’s barn sits an empty stall. It was occupied by a healthy 5-year-old gelding named Kris Royal until Sunday. The horse was euthanized after fracturing his left front leg during the running of the ninth race over the turf course.… Continue reading Two horses die in same race at Saratoga

TAKE2 gives gelded racehorses second careers

by JERRY BOSSERT Cross-posted from the New York Daily News SARATOGA SPRINGS – Winning a Grade I race can increase the value of any racehorse when it goes to stud. Even placing in a Grade I race can do the same, but what happens when the horse is a gelding? Obviously, there is no stud… Continue reading TAKE2 gives gelded racehorses second careers

Horses entered for the Travers Stakes face heightened scrutiny

Stay Thirsty / Travers Stakes Winner 2011. Photo: Hans Pennink/AP.

Joe Drape writing for the New York Times reports: "New York authorities have ordered that all horses racing in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 25 be placed under 24-hour surveillance, and their trainers will have to document each medical treatment a horse receives in the 72 hours before the race." and "For the Belmont Stakes… Continue reading Horses entered for the Travers Stakes face heightened scrutiny

Three horses injured during non-betting steeplechase die at Saratoga

Horse jumps during steeplechase at Saratoga. Image by Skip Dickstein / Times Union.

The Associated Press reports: SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Three horses have been euthanized after suffering injuries during non-betting steeplechase races held at Saratoga Race Course's annual open house. National Steeplechase Association Director of Racing Bill Gallo says the injuries occurred separately in each of the first three races during last weekend's 32nd-annual event. Two of… Continue reading Three horses injured during non-betting steeplechase die at Saratoga

New York seizes control of horse racing tracks

Aerial view of Belmont Park. Google image

Cross-posted from ABC News WRITTEN BY RICHARD ESPOSITO With the Belmont Stakes -- and a potential Triple Crown victory for I'll Have Another – just weeks away, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that the state will seize control of the scandal-plagued organization that operates the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga racetracks. Under the terms… Continue reading New York seizes control of horse racing tracks

Horse Retirement Awareness Day at Saratoga August 18th

Hooray for Saratoga and the NYRA! Read on. Cross-posted from Saratoga.com Written by MARION ALTIERI Saratoga is indeed the place rich in tradition, but of course, new traditions are created every now and then when events and people recognize that it's time to create a new paradigm. NYRA introduces a new Saratoga tradition beginning this… Continue reading Horse Retirement Awareness Day at Saratoga August 18th

New York Racing Association Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy (US)

Cross-posted from The New York Times By JOE DRAPE Mr Drape opens with: The New York Racing Association said it would bar any owner or trainer from competing at its racetracks if any of their horses were sold for slaughter. It also urged horsemen who are part of what is widely considered the premier racing… Continue reading New York Racing Association Adopts Anti-Slaughter Policy (US)