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Horse deaths could be lessened with artificial racetracks
"To me, anybody who wants to race on a dirt surface has accepted the challenge of achieving a safety rate that is equivalent to a synthetic," said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. "Otherwise, you do have some explaining to do."
horseracing  track-surfaces  equine-safety 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
Horse fatality reports made public for first time by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
"The mortality reports posted Thursday — two from 2019 fatalities at Turfway Park, four from Keeneland — are the most extensive made available to date with completed meets. In addition to the name of the horse and its human connections, they describe the nature of the injury, necropsy results and a range of risk factors including length of layoffs, training and claiming history and appearances on the vet list."
horseracing  kentucky  equine-safety 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Horse racing has rejected safer surfaces at its own peril
"As racing seeks shelter from a storm caused by a spate of equine fatalities, including the catastrophic breakdown of Dallas Stewart's 4-year-old filly, Cathedral Reader, in Saturday's Madison Stakes at Keeneland, the industry's actions continue to contradict its professed priorities ... 10 years in a row, ever since the EID was introduced in 2009, synthetic surfaces have produced fewer fatalities per 1,000 starts than have dirt surfaces. In eight of those 10 years, races held on synthetics were also statistically safer than those conducted on turf. Over a decade, synthetic surfaces experienced 1.20 fatalities per 1,000 starts as compared with turf (1.47) and dirt (1.97). Yet rather than embracing demonstrable improvement, racing has shunned it."
horseracing  track-surfaces  equine-safety 
april 2019 by jnchapel
Letter to the Editor: Racing surfaces risks
Detailed response to recent reporting from Drs. Mick Peterson and Wayne McIlwraith.
horseracing  track-surfaces  synthetic-surfaces  equine-safety 
april 2019 by jnchapel
The Whip
"The biggest concern with abolishing the whip is safety for the jockey. A jockey can correct a horse from getting in, getting out, with a flick of a whip, a slap on the neck, it’s not abusive, it’s corrective, necessary. It’s instinctive and easy for a jockey, take that away and I am concerned that a dangerous job becomes more dangerous. Having said that, plenty of horses react poorly, ducking in or ducking out from the whip. I don’t have an answer for that – yet. Nobody does. That’s why we need to take it slowly, allowing for study, for change, instead of knee-jerk reaction to a bad situation. To be a strong sport, we need to self govern, the whip is a good place to start."
horseracing  equine-safety  jockeys  whipping 
april 2019 by jnchapel
Numbers say Santa Anita track is safer
"Since the death of the maiden claimer Princess Lili B in a workout on March 14, Santa Anita has been open for 24 days of training through Sunday. A total of 3,138 workouts were recorded, with nary a catastrophic injury. Since racing resumed March 29 following a 3 1/2-week suspension that caused 13 cards to be canceled, there have been seven racing days on which 524 runners competed, with one fatality, that being Arms Runner in the San Simeon on March 29. Arms Runner suffered his catastrophic injury in a downhill turf sprint. Santa Anita is not carding those types of races for now."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
As horse death toll grows, fans and foes of racing see a hard battle over sport's future
"Larry Levine, a Los Angeles-based political consultant who said he has been a horse racing fan since visiting Agua Caliente racetrack in Tijuana with his father at age 14, said he would be surprised if legislators put a racing-ban measure on the ballot, a move that could mean lost state revenue and attracting the ire of racing supporters. So any such move, he said, would be up to activists. 'In California, it comes down to "Do you have enough money to pay the signature-gatherers the $2 or $4 or $6 or $10 they want (per signature)?,"' Levine said. 'Then it comes down to the political moxie of the industry to fight back,' he added. 'Nobody can show me (the racing industry) has shown a lot of political moxie in recent years.' But the racing industry nationwide, and related industries and labor groups in California, would spend money to protect their interests in a major racing state."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
American horse racing holds its collective breath over the Santa Anita Derby
"Ownership and top management at Santa Anita are playing with fire by running at Santa Anita Saturday rather than postponing the race or moving it to the owner's Golden Gate Fields racetrack in San Francisco ... my personal opinion is that the risks and potential adverse consequences of racing at Santa Anita now in the wake of so many horse deaths far outweigh the benefits of going on with business as usual."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
I’m a horse racing fan, but I won’t be at Santa Anita on Saturday
"It's a tough call. Horse racing is entertainment for those of us who like to sit in the stands, bet and cheer on the horses and jockeys, soak in the singular beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains rising north of the track, and enjoy a day that at once feels disconnected from daily life in Los Angeles, yet is also quintessentially Los Angeles. The current track has been there since 1934, and to step onto the grounds is to step back in time. Yet Santa Anita is also a business. Hundreds of jobs intersect with the track, including grounds employees, betting tellers, the stable hands and trainers. Shutting down causes significant economic pain for those who depend on the track for a living. But, the dead horses."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
U.S. Rep. Barr to tour Santa Anita this weekend
"The Washington D.C. news bureau of McClatchy.com on Thursday first reported news of Barr's Santa Anita visit, noting that it was added on to the Congressman's previously scheduled trip to take part in a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills Peninsula hotel hosted by a political action committee that benefits Barr called Building America's Republican Representation (AKA 'Barr-PAC')."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
Why are horses dying at Santa Anita? Horse racing comes under scrutiny
"Though initially optimistic about synthetic, Harper switched Del Mar back to dirt. This scenario played out across the nation as other venues struggled with maintenance and eventually gave up. But the last few months have shown that weather can sometimes affect dirt tracks too." [Just one simplification of a complex topic / how misinformation gets into the debate.]
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
Impact of Santa Anita horse deaths causes push back from Monmouth Park
"They're spinning whatever story they want in California," said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, which operates Monmouth Park. "But to now try to suggest that breakdowns because of a bad track has something to do with Lasix is ridiculous." [ARCHIVE NOTE: "This link cannot be archived by archive.org."]
horseracing  new-jersey  monmouth-park  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel
Bad optics
"There has to be a better way — and a safer way — for the greatest game played outdoors to be passed on to future generations."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  track-surfaces  equine-safety  fatalities  santa-anita-21 
april 2019 by jnchapel

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