Baffert stripped, sued, suspended

Medina Spirit (Apr. 5, 2018 – Dec. 6, 2021) has been stripped of [his] Kentucky Derby title nine months after a failed post-race drug test, writes Today on Feb. 22, 2022. Renowned trainer Bob Baffert will be suspended for 90 days from the sport beginning next month, but his attorney says he plans to appeal.… Continue reading Baffert stripped, sued, suspended

What to know about Betamethasone

Jane Allin is our genius level resident expert on anything chemical. Alas, she is busy elsewhere so we will have to make do with mere mortals. Actually, all we are going to do — because it is all we can do — is borrow from others who have explained it elsewhere. This drug is in… Continue reading What to know about Betamethasone

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

Racing kills Money Makin Mike at Santa Anita

John Henry statue at Santa Anita Race Park. Unattributed image.

We occasionally spotlight Patrick Battuello's posts on Tuesday's Horse to highlight the murder and mayhem that is horseracing in the US, hopeful that you will follow and take part by sharing far and wide on social media. Social media sharing is the modern era way of spreading the word. We encourage you to please… Continue reading Racing kills Money Makin Mike at Santa Anita

RCI tightens model rule on shock wave therapy treatment of racehorses

Electrocorporeal shock wave therapy treatment being administered to a horse. Image from

One of the primary topics of discussion at the meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) Rules Committee in Saratoga Springs, New York, July 24th, was extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). ESWT treatment provides not only relief for strained muscles and tendons but also promotes healing and has an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect.… Continue reading RCI tightens model rule on shock wave therapy treatment of racehorses

Ky Governor Beshear can change KHRC business as usual approach to Lasix ban

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Google image.

BILL SHANKLIN writes: ". . . the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted on the phase out of furosemide on race-day in the Bluegrass state. The result was not reform, but “business as usual." Furosemide (Lasix / Salix) is the anti-bleeder medication injected on raceday into nearly every Thoroughbred in America. Shanklin quotes an Associated Press… Continue reading Ky Governor Beshear can change KHRC business as usual approach to Lasix ban

Rachel Alexandra, foal taken to equine clinic

Rachel Alexandra and her Curlin foal.

Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse via the Associated Press Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, and her newborn colt have been taken to an equine clinic for pain management related to the birth, according to a spokesman. Spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said in an e-mail Jan. 27 that Rachel Alexandra and the colt are expected… Continue reading Rachel Alexandra, foal taken to equine clinic

New York legislation calls for Salix ban for racehorses

Cross-posted from the Blood-Horse Written by TOM LaMARRA A New York lawmaker said he will introduce legislation banning use of “performance-enhancing drugs” such as the anti-bleeding medication furosemide, or Salix. The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Thomas Duane outlines penalties, including a permanent ban from racing after three violations. Duane said it is modeled after… Continue reading New York legislation calls for Salix ban for racehorses