More dead racehorses

There is always going to be a laundry list of killings in the US horse racing industry. We point out two reports. Saratoga America’s Joy, an unraced 3-year-old filly who sold in 2019 for more than $8 million, died [killed] Sunday morning due to a training incident at Saratoga. The daughter of American Pharoah sustained… Continue reading More dead racehorses

Md. lawmakers aim to save Pimlico while Pa. Gov proposes $200M cut

Old Grandstand seats at Pimlico racecourse, Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Baltimore Sun.

Luke Broadwater, reporting for the The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 3rd writes: Maryland lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would authorize up to $375 million in debt to rebuild the state’s two largest racetracks and keep the storied Preakness Stakes horse race in Baltimore. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Guy Guzzone, chairman of the Senate’s Budget… Continue reading Md. lawmakers aim to save Pimlico while Pa. Gov proposes $200M cut

Long-term Clenbuterol use in horses studied

Legally run horses in Albuquerque, New Mexico, take a turn and head for home.

"Our study shows that after about two weeks of use, it quits working and actually makes the horses breathe a little bit worse," Nolen-Walston explained. "The clinical significance is that clenbuterol should be used for no more than 14 days consecutively without a break. In humans, the loss of effectiveness can also be prevented by… Continue reading Long-term Clenbuterol use in horses studied

NM track announces crack down on certain horse doping

A racehorse steps onto the track during training. Image by Clarence Alford.

That's not exactly how the cited article headlined it. I included the word "certain". However "certain" is used in the opening paragraph of the article. So let's have the headline reflect the true content of the story. All of these meaningless promises about cracking down on certain racehorse doping are made at the time of… Continue reading NM track announces crack down on certain horse doping

Blood will spurt from horse’s noses if you ban Lasix they cry in Kentucky

Close up of horse's nose. Image Paul McRae.

I read some of the statements people in the American horse racing industry make and seriously wonder if there are any sane, rational individuals left among them. ROGER ALFORD writing for the Associated Press reports: FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thoroughbred owners and trainers voiced dire warnings Tuesday about the potential of blood spurting from horses' noses… Continue reading Blood will spurt from horse’s noses if you ban Lasix they cry in Kentucky

1978: Horse racing ridicules jockeys including Steve Cauthen when they warn about Bute

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Hall of Fame jockey testifies 34 years later for a bill amending the Horse Racing Improvement Act of 1978 to ban drugs like Bute. Allow me to take you through the Wayback Machine to May 15, 1978, courtesy of the Sports Illustrated vault. A group of leading American jockeys that included superstar Steve Cauthen who… Continue reading 1978: Horse racing ridicules jockeys including Steve Cauthen when they warn about Bute