Eighth horse dies at Del Mar

DEL MAR TURF COURSE. Google image.

Death continues to haunt U.S. horse racing. JEFF NAHILL writing for the North County Times reports: DEL MAR, Calif. -- Bandolim, a 3-year-old colt, became the eighth thoroughbred to die at the current Del Mar meet. According to track officials, Bandolim suffered fractured sesamoids to his left hind leg after finishing second in Saturday's fifth… Continue reading Eighth horse dies at Del Mar

Tracks to release racehorse fatality data

Eight Belles dies in the dirt at Churchill Downs after finishing 2nd in the 2008 Kentucky Derby.

Here we go again. Charts, tables, reports and databases -- usually put together in such a way that not even industry people cannot interpret them -- contributed to on a voluntary basis which will tell us exactly, what? What the trends are? That's about as much as we can hope for, but it is far… Continue reading Tracks to release racehorse fatality data

May Races RSPCA cruelty case collapses (AU)

I do not know about you, but I am tired of veterinarians acting as paid -- or in this case unpaid -- mouthpieces to support cruelty to horses. Surely any bystander with a passing knowledge of horses, or witnessing anyone catastrophically injured, would know it is exceedingly cruel and unfeeling to move the victim. How… Continue reading May Races RSPCA cruelty case collapses (AU)

Algorithms injured, first horse off the 2012 Derby trail

Algorithms Head On by Adam Coglianese

The Blood-Horse reports that Algorithms is off the Derby trail due to a "fractured splint bone" revealed in an x-ray of the colt's right front leg. Algorithms is the first horse off the 2012 Kentucky Derby trail. Can we expect more? Sadly we can if last year is anything to go by. A number of… Continue reading Algorithms injured, first horse off the 2012 Derby trail

Jockey critically injured when horse breaks down at Canterbury Park

This is sad, sad news for the horse, Sombre, who lost her life, and for the jockeys put in harm's way, one of whom, Scott Stevens, was listed in critical condition at the time of reporting from multiple fractures and internal injuries. It makes my blood boil even further in light of what transpired at… Continue reading Jockey critically injured when horse breaks down at Canterbury Park