Keyword: catastrophic breakdowns

  • Empire Dreams wins the Commentator Stakes.

    NY Begins Weekly Track Information Reports

    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.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen with Tapiture

    Review Cites Strong Safety Stats for Asmussen

    As part of its extensive investigation into Steve Asmussen stable following allegations of horse mistreatment from an animal rights group, the KHRC compiled safety numbers in which the trainer fared well

  • NY Officials Call for More Safety Vigilance

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which met Jan. 10 in the wake of a spate of catastrophic breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack, said racing participants will be asked to be more vigilant.

  • Given Breakdowns, MD Changes Claiming Rules

    Seeking to address a rash of fatal breakdowns during the Laurel Park winter meet, the Maryland Racing Commission March 20 revised new claiming rules passed in February.

  • NY Set to Act on Task Force Findings

    New York racing officials are set to begin implementing new rules based on recommendations by a recent industry task force report to increase safety conditions for horses and jockeys.

  • Alliance Eyes Spot Checks After NY Report

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance plans to do spot checks to ensure accredited racetracks are adhering to its code of standards, an alliance official said Sept. 29.

  • Aqueduct Racetrack

    Report: Deficiencies Had Role in Horse Deaths

    A task force has determined the spate of fatal racehorse breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack this past winter was primarily the result of structural deficiencies in rules and regulations employed by NYRA and racing regulators.

  • Udall Says 'Corruption' in Racing Alarming

    A member of Congress who in 2011 co-sponsored federal legislation that would regulate safety and integrity in horse racing has renewed his call in the wake of a March 25 report in the New York Times.

  • State Wants NYRA to Probe Aqueduct Breakdowns

    The administration of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to the New York Racing Association advising it to hire an investigator to analyze 15 fatal breakdowns that have occurred at Aqueduct since Nov. 30.

  • Training on the dirt at Santa Anita.

    Santa Anita 'Feeling Way' With New Surface

    There has been one racing fatality following a breakdown in the first eight days of competition on Santa Anita Park's new dirt track, according to the California Horse Racing Board equine medical director.

  • Study Looks at Number of 'DNFs' by Surface

    A study performed by Equibase at the request of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association indicates the percentage of "career-ending did-not-finish" incidents was about twice as high on dirt than on synthetics in 2009.

  • Gill Ejected; Says He's Being 'Starved Out'

    Thoroughbred owner Michael Gill, ejected from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course Feb. 2 by order of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, said he has no intention of reversing his decision to leave racing.

  • Turfway Park

    Turfway Injuries Down in January

    A month after Turfway Park experienced eight catastrophic breakdowns during its 21-day holiday meet, state veterinarian Dr. Bryce Peckham and Turfway president Bob Elliston were on hand at a Feb. 10 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting in Lexington to present commissioners a much more positive report.

  • Fair Grounds Breakdowns Look 'Unusual'

    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.

  • Penn National to Suspend Racing Sept.20

    Live racing and training at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be suspended following the Sept. 20 racing program for a resurfacing project of the entire racetrack cushion. The unexpected shutdown of the Pennsylvania racetrack is believed to be due to track conditions that have resulted in a high number of recent catastrophic breakdowns, based on information from horsemen.

  • Members of the Horseracing community testify at Congressional Hearing.

    Hearing Shows Racing at Critical Point

    Drugged equines, grisly catastrophic breakdowns, greedy breeders, damaged racehorses with nowhere to go, inaction and confusion, and industry leaders more concerned with holding onto power than doing the right thing -- a congressional subcommittee heard it all June 19 during a hearing in Washington, D.C.

  • The Jockey Club underwrote the summit where the study's numbers were released.

    Review: Racetrack Fatality Ratio Changes

    The number of catastrophic injuries on dirt tracks has gone up while the corresponding number on synthetic surfaces has gone down, according to a revision of a report first given at the March 17 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.