The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will almost triple the number of veterinarians it has on a typical race day to assist with the two biggest programs of the year May 6-7 at Churchill Downs.
On April 2 Aqueduct will run the Peeping Tom Stakes, which remembers the former claimer turned grade I winner whose caretaker, Alcina Rawles, remembers the gelding as a pleasure horse after his retirement from racing.
West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable, and Get Grounded Stable announced March 29 that multiple stakes winner Ground Transport has been retired from racing.
New York-based trainer Rick Schosberg said he feels an obligation to the people and horses that made his success possible, so he invests time in racehorse aftercare via the New York THA's Take the Lead program.
The New York Racing Association March 24 credited multiple safety protocols implemented over the past several years for a catastrophic injury rate that has been lower than the average for all Equine Injury Database tracks.
Equine Injury Database statistics show the rate of fatal injuries in Thoroughbred races dropped 14% in 2015 from the previous year. The overall rate is the lowest since the stats were first reported in 2009.
With racetrack, veterinary, and racing commission officials convinced an outbreak of equine herpesvirus is now under control, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino was taking entries for Feb. 26.
As Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino proceeds with plans to resume live racing later in February despite an outbreak of equine herpesvirus, the New Mexico Livestock Board reported Feb. 15 there have been four new cases.
The Retired Racehorse Project released a list of 480 trainers from 45 states, three Canadian provinces, and England who will acquire and train a recently retired racehorse for the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel Feb. 8 said it will ban horses from New Mexico and Arizona due to the recent outbreak of equine herpesvirus in those states.
Production of quality horse feed has evolved into a combination of natural ingredients and science. And just because a product is widely accepted doesn't mean it's not under regular review.
Breeders' Cup has again expanded its welfare, safety, and integrity protocol for this year's World Championships, with a big assist from host track Keeneland.
At a Sept. 1 summit presented by the New York State Gaming Commission on racehorse aftercare, the New York Racing Association pledged that it would donate $5 per start at its tracks to the TAA.
The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee will implement a centralized database for racehorse necropsy information and has recommended all horses that come off the vet's list be subject to testing.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Breeders' Cup, Horse Health, Kentucky, Off Track Thoroughbreds, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association
The Retired Racehorse Project and Thoroughbred Charities of America jointly announced July 7 that TCA will be title sponsor of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium Oct. 23-25 at Kentucky Horse Park.
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program June 22 said Fasig-Tipton has donated $100,000 to sponsor the outdoor arena at its new racehorse retraining and re-homing facility at historic Mereworth Farm in Central Kentucky.
Presentations on racetrack surfaces, jockey safety, horsemanship courses, and the Equine Injury Database will be spotlighted at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit July 8 at Keeneland in Lexington.
The New York State Gaming Commission announced a major new transparency initiative at its May 26 meeting. It has begun posting weekly reports from the New York Racing Association tracks, and will expand it to others.
Williamson's responsibilities will include equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal, and international requirements regarding the movement of horses.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the recipients of its Award of Merit honored at breeders association awards ceremonies in April.
Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, took over as chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International April 23 during the organization's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses.
The United States Department of Agriculture National Animal Health Monitoring System will launch a new equine health study in May, the American Horse Council said April. 6.
A New York Racing Association policy that prohibits a horse from racing within 14 days of its previous start has its detractors and supporters.
Palm Meadows Training Center, a satellite facility for Gulfstream Park, has added a standing magnetic resonance imaging unit, which it says is the first at a Thoroughbred racetrack or training center in North America.
Owners will be required to report the retirement of racing Thoroughbreds within 30 days under a new rule adopted by the Australian Racing Board.
A discussion on the Thoroughbred racehorse today versus decades ago is on the tentative agenda for the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit scheduled for July 8-9 in Lexington.
Bluegrass Equine Digest recently was honored during The Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's annual awards ceremony in April.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said owners that race at New York Racing Association tracks will donate $5 per start to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.
Racing officials and regulators gathered April 1 acknowledged a need for transparency, consistency, and quick, cohesive action in response to high-profile incidents.
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine plans to build a $10 million equine hospital in Shelbyville, Ind., not far from Indiana Downs.
Penn National Gaming Inc. has updated its guide for horsemen to reflect sanctions against those involved with racehorses that test positive for illegal medications.
Though it is only in the discussion stages, there is a strong likelihood that all horses racing at Oaklawn Park in 2013 will undergo a pre-race examination.
Diagnosing and treating upper and lower respiratory issues and the use of corticosteroids in racehorses will be discussed as part of a continuing education seminar for trainers June 27 at Indiana Downs.
- By Tom LaMarra
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance has updated its code of standards to add more protocol for jockey health and safety and prevention and reporting of equine injuries.
- By Tom LaMarra
When it is released in early January 2011, the second report from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance independent monitor may have this message: Not good enough.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance will host the first NTRA Professional Education Seminar Oct. 19 in Lexington.
- By Tom LaMarra
An initial analysis of equine injury data released earlier this year shows no statistically significant difference in the risk of fatalities in Thoroughbreds on different racing surfaces, officials said June 28.
The changing climate of the Thoroughbred industry and key areas of improvement were prominent topics of discussion by trainers Jonathan Sheppard and Christophe Clement at the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club meeting.
- By Tom LaMarra
The American Horse Council has drafted the "Welfare Code of Practice" for horses and hopes the document picks up widespread support in the industry.
Hollywood Park, whose future is in serious doubt after 2009, has received full accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
CANTER-Mid Atlantic is opening a racehorse rehabilitation program with donations from Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association earmarked to serve Delaware Park trainers and owners.
Delaware Park and Pimlico Race Course are the latest racetracks to undergo the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Allliance accreditation process.
- By Tom LaMarra
As the Thoroughbred industry seeks to build on and create new programs to deal with horses that can no longer race, it could learn lessons from Greyhound racing, which has a history of successful adoption programs and first-hand knowledge of the power of animal-rights groups.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will celebrate its 75th anniversary when its four-day conference on racing and wagering integrity kicks off April 20 at the Lexington Hilton Downtown Hotel and Conference Center.
Delaware Park is the latest racetrack to seek accreditation in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The focus of this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum will be the "Welfare of the Horse." The forum will be held June 16 in Washington, D.C., as part of the AHC's annual meeting.
In December, the Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing Development and Safety, a horse rescue ranch in Broward County, Fla., was unable to foot its bills, and as a result, was nearly forced to close its doors. Thanks in part to several recent donations -- including $10,000 from the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association -- the facility has been able to keep afloat in spite of the dismal economy.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 26 that Mike Ziegler has been named the executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Though five horses have been euthanized as a result of catastrophic breakdowns at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots since Jan. 17, Dr. Tom David, equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, said the incidents appear to have no direct connection with the condition of the racing surface.
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