Racing: New KY medication rules

Syringe. Horse. Image by Anne Eberhard.

THE BLOODHORSE reports: With new equine medication rules expected to go into effect the evening of Aug. 25, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has been working to get the word out about the expected new policies. KHRC equine medical director Bruce Howard said he has reached out to Kentucky horsemen and vets, as well as… Continue reading Racing: New KY medication rules

Horse racing off and on

Horses jump out the gate at Penn National racecourse.

Horse racing is continuing in many parts of the world despite the Coronavirus threat. However, more race venues are beginning to cease racing. While these track closures continue, there is great concern about what racehorse owners will do with horses who are not racing. It is a costly enterprise maintaining a racehorse, and no one… Continue reading Horse racing off and on

More fairy stories from Calif Horse Racing Board

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

"No illegal medications or procedures were uncovered, mirroring an independent report of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which found no criminal wrongdoing". What? These people are (fill in the blank) unbelievable. Read on (if you have the stomach for it). The Paulick Report tell us: The California Horse Racing Board has issued its… Continue reading More fairy stories from Calif Horse Racing Board

Frolicking filly by Justify

Justify works out at Belmont in preparation for the final leg of the Triple Crown. Image by Julie Jacobson / AP

https://twitter.com/BarodaStudIre/status/1224438390210228226?s=03 It is virtually impossible not to be very concerned for this precious little filly's future, especially viewing her sweet innocence which all purpose bred racehorses begin their lives with. Propagandists for the industry would say that without horse racing she would not have been born, and that racehorses love to race and live pampered… Continue reading Frolicking filly by Justify

After 84 Years, Suffolk Downs Says Goodbye To Live Horse Racing

Tori Bedford writing on May 20, 2019, for WGBH News in Boston reports: Suffolk Downs is retiring horse racing — at least on this historic track, which is slated to be turned into apartments and retail shops. Suffolk Downs has before faced shutdowns, changes in ownership, and a casino bid that ended in failure. [CEO… Continue reading After 84 Years, Suffolk Downs Says Goodbye To Live Horse Racing

Remember Barbaro

BARBARO, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, answered the starting bell at the Preakness Stakes, moments before jockey Edgar Prado pulled him up with a broken hind leg. Eight months later, he would die of the complications from that injury. Nothing has changed since the death of Barbaro and the tragic Eight Belles. More horses are… Continue reading Remember Barbaro

The slaughter of Ace King

This story is excerpted from "Why Are Good Young Racehorses Ending Up As Meat 7,000 Miles Away?" | DEADSPIN | Written by Ryan Goldberg | May 2, 2019 APRIL 17, 2017, a sunny morning in Ocala, Florida, marked the start of the largest sale of two-year-old thoroughbreds in the country. Ace King, a bay colt… Continue reading The slaughter of Ace King

7 racehorses killed so far at Saratoga in 2017

Correction 1.25 pm: 7 deaths not 17. Hope this error does not turn out to some sort of dark omen. SARATOGA, New York — Patrick Battuello of Horseracingwrongs.com reports: In the final race of the afternoon yesterday at Saratoga, this for 4-year-old Brooklyn Major (Equibase): "BROOKLYN MAJOR three wide at the half mile pole, was… Continue reading 7 racehorses killed so far at Saratoga in 2017

Horse racing talks aftercare for the Thoroughbreds it uses

Jockey John Velazquez celebrates as he guides #5 Always Dreaming in across the finish line in the slop to win the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Rob Carr | Getty Images)

LOUISVILLE, Ky — It's that time of year when the spotlight falls on horse racing — what little spotlight falls on it these days — and the industry and its hangers on laud the winner of the Kentucky Derby and turn their thoughts to the Triple Crown. Historically at this time, the powers that be in… Continue reading Horse racing talks aftercare for the Thoroughbreds it uses

Uncommonly good comments on Kentucky bill SB 139

Racehorse tied in stall.

In addition to the many excellent thoughts expressed on Tuesday's Horse here are uncommonly good comments that stood out to us concerning SB139 the bill reclassifying horses as livestock. “KEEP is just another pro-slaughter organization cloaked in the name of care and education by the racing community. Terribly disappointed they don't value their horses enough… Continue reading Uncommonly good comments on Kentucky bill SB 139