Keyword: catastrophic injuries

  • Racing at Saratoga

    Review: Spa Surface Not Factor in Fatalities

    The New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 30 reported that a preliminary review has found that surface conditions at Saratoga Race Course are not to blame for the 14 equine deaths during the track's current meet.

  • Welfare and Safety Summit June 28 at Keeneland

    Fewer Fatalities Tied to Risk-Factor Changes

    Analysis of the Equine Injury Database suggests improvement in some risk factors may have played a role in the decline in the number of catastrophic injuries per 1,000 starts in dirt races from 2014 to 2015.

  • Saratoga Race Course

    NYRA: Safety Push Helped Reduce Breakdowns

    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.

  • Thoroughbred Horse Racing

    Equine Fatality Rate Down 14% in 2015

    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.

  • New York Adopts Rule to Limit Use of NSAIDs

    The New York State Gaming Commission Sept. 24 passed several rule amendments related to equine medication, including further restrictions on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and a total ban on stanozolol.

  • Dr. Tim Parkin discusses the Equine Injury Database at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland.

    New Information 'Critical' to Injury Database

    Officials that crunch the numbers for the Equine Injury Database believe there is now a 65% predictability model when it comes to fatal injuries on the racetrack, but it could be higher with more information.

  • The New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.

    NYRA to End Rule on Time Between Races

    Effective with the entries for March 5, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 24 it will end a controversial rule that mandated 15 days between starts for horses at Aqueduct Racetrack.

  • Dr Laura Kennedy

    KY Necropsy Program Disproves 'Bad Step' Myth

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission necropsy program is continuing to provide evidence that many racehorses that suffer catastrophic injuries often have pre-existing conditions that lead to breakdowns.

  • Dr. Scott Palmer

    Panel: Equine Welfare Tied to Cultural Change

    Continued improvement in regard to equine health and welfare is closely tied to major cultural changes in horse racing, panelists suggested Aug. 12 at the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Welfare & Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    Identifying At-Risk Racehorses a Priority

    As the North American Thoroughbred industry continues its quest to lower the catastrophic breakdown rate, it is actively pushing the need to identify at-risk racehorses, even if the effort makes stakeholders uncomfortable.

  • Dr. Mick Peterson

    Peterson: Be Proactive on Surface Maintenance

    Consistent, regular maintenance and the sharing of information among superintendents are paramount to having quality, safe racing surfaces, said Dr. Mick Peterson, executive director of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory.

  • NYRA Committee Discusses Turf Breakdowns

    A day after two horses broke down in the same race on the turf at Saratoga Race Course the issue dominated a scheduled New York Racing Association Equine Safety Committee.

  • Necropsies Ordered in Aqueduct Horse Deaths

    Following the fourth catastrophic injury at Aqueduct during the current meet, the New York State Racing Board has ordered necropsies for all horses that are fatally injured while racing over the inner dirt track.

  • Racing on Keeneland's synthetic surface.

    Data: Slight Drop in Fatal Racehorse Injuries

    Synthetic surfaces still have the lowest number of catastrophic breakdowns per 1,000 starts, but overall fatalities for all surfaces didn't change much from 2009 to 2011, according to Equine Injury Database statistics.

  • Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    Proactive Approach Sought on Racing Surfaces

    Regular testing and proactive investment are keys to improving the safety records of racetracks, a co-founder of the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory said Oct. 16 at the fourth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

  • PA Horsemen Call for State-Level Meetings

    A coalition of Pennsylvania horsemen is seeking a series of "state-level" meetings of all stakeholders in horse racing to examine ways to improve the health and safety of equine and human participants.

  • Mr Prankster at Turfway Park.

    Good News in Kentucky on Racing Safety

    When the equine medical director for Kentucky gave her monthly report at the March 14 meeting, it showed only one fatality since Dec. 1 at Turfway Park, the only track in the state conducting live racing during the period.

  • Dr. Rick Arthur

    Vets See Progress in Equine Health, Safety

    Veterinarians said the racing industry is making significant progress in identifying causes for equine injuries, and they urged patience despite persistent negative public perception in regard to racehorse breakdowns.

  • Safety Alliance Updates Code of Standards

    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.

  • Data: Fatalities Similar Across All Surfaces

    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.

  • Big Truck

    Big Truck Injured, Euthanized at Tampa

    Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner and 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) starter Big Truck was euthanized after suffering an injury while training at Tampa Bay Downs March 4.

  • Catastrophic Injuries Spike at Turfway

    After going a month with no fatalities, Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was the site of five catastrophic injuries during an eight-day period in February, according to state veterinarian Dr. Bryce Peckham.

  • Safety Alliance Circulates Standards

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has circulated a list of more than 15 compliance standards that could be finalized in early March and serve as the basis for accreditation in the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.

  • Special Report: Catastrophic Injuries

    In this report from <i>The Horse</i>, representative members of the equine industry provide an in-depth exploration of catastrophic injuries in the Thoroughbred racehorse.

  • Eight Belles

    Catastrophic Injuries: What Do We Know?

    In the wake of two highly publicized catastrophic racetrack injuries since May 2006, questions and opinions regarding the safety of Thoroughbred racehorses have been generated and propagated by fans, the media, and animal rights groups.

  • Jockey Injured in Breakdown at Presque Isle

    Jockey Enrique Jurado suffered shoulder and knee injuries the evening of Sept. 20 when Risk Assessment, a 3-year-old filly he was riding in the fourth race at Presque Isle Downs, broke down after crossing the finish line.

  • Trainer Richard Violette, president of NYTHA.

    New York Horsemen Critical of Racing Surfaces

    Members of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association voiced their displeasure with the racing surfaces at Saratoga, Belmont Park, and Aqueduct during a meeting Aug. 31, but the New York Racing Association track superintendent later said he stands by the surfaces.

  • Les Bois Park Back on Track

    Racing is scheduled to resume Wednesday night at Les Bois Park. On Sunday the track's jockeys refused to continue racing after the fourth race due to unsafe track conditions. Three horses were injured that day, one catastrophically.