NM Racing Commission discusses safety rules changes

Teller All Gone euthanized. Jakob Schiller for NYT.
Teller All Gone euthanized. Jakob Schiller for NYT.
A 2-year-old quarter horse named Teller All Gone broke a front leg in a race on Sept. 3 and was euthanized. New York Times. Photo by Jakob Schiller.

The Associated Press Reports:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Racing Commission is holding a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal to adopt stricter standards for horse racing.

The commission will take testimony at its Albuquerque headquarters on model regulations developed by the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

The move comes after a New York Times story described New Mexico as having the worst horse safety record in the United States.

More of the story and video at KOB.com >>


— CBS NEWS: Horse racing industry backs New Mexico reforms >>

— NEW MEXICO WATCHDOG: Stricter standards, tougher enforcement on the horizon in NM horse racing >>

Death and disarray at America’s racetracks: Mangled Horses and Maimed Jockeys

The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk.

Well, here it is. The first installment in the New York Times series of reports on horse racing fatalities. The March 24, 2012 piece is the work of investigative reporters WALT BOGDANICH, JOE DRAPE, DARA L. MILES and GRIFFIN PALMER. A huge thank you to all involved.

It makes for vivid, jolting reading, and we will give you a few introductory excerpts below.

However, we invite you to read the entire article and view the haunting videos and images. Then please leave a comment at the New York Times.

The article starts with:

RUIDOSO, N.M. — At 2:11 p.m., as two ambulances waited with motors running, 10 horses burst from the starting gate at Ruidoso Downs Race Track 6,900 feet up in New Mexico’s Sacramento Mountains.

Nineteen seconds later, under a brilliant blue sky, a national champion jockey named Jacky Martin lay sprawled in the furrowed dirt just past the finish line, paralyzed, his neck broken in three places. On the ground next to him, his frightened horse, leg broken and chest heaving, was minutes away from being euthanized on the track.

For finishing fourth on this early September day last year, Jacky Martin got about $60 and possibly a lifetime tethered to a respirator.

The next day, it nearly happened again. At virtually the same spot, another horse broke a front leg, pitching his rider headfirst into the ground. The jockey escaped serious injury, but not the 2-year-old horse, Teller All Gone. He was euthanized, and then dumped near an old toilet in a junkyard a short walk from where he had been sold at auction the previous year.

Continue to the full article >>


By Vickery Eckoff
Dear New Times: Please Don’t Forget the 26,600 Slaughtered Thoroughbreds


Read Jane Allin’s special reports on horse racing covering breeding, drugs, 2 year old racing, the ground and the slaughter of Thoroughbreds at http://www.horsefund.org/horse-racing-resources.php