jnchapel + ny-taskforce   27

The day at the races: January 11
"But the question has to be asked, 'Is anyone actually looking after the horses?' Even though they both took heat in the 40-page report in September, the same head veterinarian and Director of Racing from last year are still in place at the New York Racing Association. On Thursday, Pleasantfriday turned for home in front of the fifth race when she broke her right front leg, sending jockey Cornelio Velasquez hard to the ground. Velasquez quickly bounced back after being taken off the track in an ambulance, but the 5-year-old mare wasn’t as lucky as a splint was applied to her injured leg and she was vanned off only to find out she fractured both sesamoids in her leg. The Task Force ... found no single root cause for the fatalities but a combination of factors, including the increased purses in claiming races from monies generated from the casino at Aqueduct to run substandard horses. But so far this year, the fatalities have included much better horses, including stakes winner Wildcat’s Smile, who died on Sunday. Another winter like last year can’t be allowed to happen."
horseracing  new-york  aqueduct  winter-racing  injuries  ny-taskforce 
january 2013 by jnchapel
Rash of Aqueduct breakdowns should be called ‘Belmont to Aqueduct’ breakdowns
"Using the 18/21 statistic above, it’s quite likely that ALL of the catastrophic injuries in DEC-FEB could have been traced to the BEL-AQU angle – and those shippers could have then been excluded from racing in MAR, saving 8 horses from disaster."
horseracing  new-york  belmont-park  aqueduct  ny-taskforce  breakdowns 
december 2012 by jnchapel
New York Task Force's in-depth study on thoroughbred fatalities
"This very comprehensive and objective report raised the right questions about operations at NYRA, and made solid recommendations for improving them. It did not, as leaders in the anti-racing movement had hoped, reveal a New York industry loaded with cheaters and animal abusers. The Task Force has done a great service to the industry."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
New York state tightens drug rules for racehorses
The new rules are among the most aggressive in the nation and come as racing wrestles with a drug culture that many of its most experienced officials contend is diminishing the sport.
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce  nysrwb  regulations 
october 2012 by jnchapel
Ed Fountaine on the NY Task Force report
"Despite what some NYRA apologists have said about the report by the New York Task Force On Racehorse Health and Safety that was released last Friday, concerning the 21 horse fatalities at Aqueduct last winter, the report was a damning indictment of the way NYRA handled (or failed to handle) this crisis — which, along with the takeout scandal that resulted in millions being skimmed from bettors, greased the skids for Cuomo’s hostile takeover."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
What's missing in the racing medication debate?
"... the vast majority of veterinarians, along with most of the trainers who hire them to treat their horses, are clueless when it comes to understanding how their routine drug administrations are viewed by the public. They are as tone deaf as a racing association struggling to make ends meet spending $250,000 for a vanity art mural."
horseracing  equine-health  new-york  ny-taskforce  drugs-in-racing  veterinarians 
october 2012 by jnchapel
Quit horsing around
"The thoroughbred scene will move from Belmont to Aqueduct in a few weeks, and racing will continue through the winter at the newly renovated racino in Queens. What happened at Aqueduct last winter must not be repeated, and it is up to the state to make sure that it isn’t."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
Claiming game put under the microscope
"Claiming is already a tough game, on both man and beast, and added restrictions certainly could discourage some to invest. Still, the issue needs daylight and honest conversation ..."
horseracing  new-york  ny-taskforce  california  claiming-races  business-of-racing 
october 2012 by jnchapel
A thanks to Gov. Cuomo
"Positive change is in the wind. Dozens of recommendations were made by the panel ranging from lengthening the withdrawal times for some corticosteroids and other medications including clenbuterol to changes in the balance of authority between the racing office and association veterinarians and record-keeping practices. The report stressed, however, that the panel's recommendations addressed problems not specific to New York. Ultimately, the inevitable and most-important result will be long-overdue medication reform, the structure of which was raised earlier this year by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which has been ahead of the curve on this issue for some time. The panel's recommendations have been widely embraced by horsemen if not the veterinary community."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
Task Force report brings a welcome breath of objectivity
"Perhaps by now you've read through the task force report on the Big A breakdowns that was released last Friday.... I highly recommend it -- at least the first 99 pages or so, before the Appendix. It serves not only as a meticulous, fair-minded investigation of what transpired and why the task force believed that 11 of the 21 deaths (or "more than half," in the more sensationalized world of the New York Times) that were probed might have been prevented. It also serves as a primer on the common factors found in catastrophic equine injuries and, especially, on the medications that horsemen use to try and keep their horses earning money on the track. And also as a disturbing portrayal of a disorganized and inexperienced NYRA veterinary staff that sounds dysfunctional enough to work in the state capitol."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
Horse deaths at Aqueduct are the latest scandal for NYRA
"Desperate for cash, track operators ushered shaky mounts into the starting gate without properly checking that they were fit to run."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
It wasn’t all about the horse
"What is clear is that decisions on whether a horse should race or not should be removed from NYRA and put in the hands of a horse advocate - an independent person or panel concerned only with the health of the animal. Better records on medications and treatments must be kept, then made available to the new owner and trainer when a horse is claimed."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
Thoroughbred survival at the racetrack
"The report and the governor’s recommendations for reform were the strongest alarm yet about a growing national scandal in which the industry’s economic incentives find trainers, veterinarians and regulators cutting corners and putting horses at risk." No, no, it's just a scratch: http://pullthepocket.blogspot.com/2012/09/racing-goes-monty-python.html
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
october 2012 by jnchapel
NTRA Safety Alliance eyes spot checks after NY Task Force report
In response to the veterinary concerns raised by the report: "I'll be the first to admit one of the limitations of the (accreditation) is that it's a snapshot-in-time assessment," Ziegler said. "That's why they're supposed to have a compliance program, which is part of the accreditation. I think we're going to have to start spot-checking to give more teeth to the alliance. My solution would be random inspections."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce  ntra  safety-alliance 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Local horsemen say task force report should be wake-up call for entire industry
"Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini said the board will hold a special meeting within the next two weeks to enact several emergency rules in accordance with the task force's recommendations. These rules will apply to all thoroughbred racing in New York." [Watch this anticipated rule change: "Voiding claims (at claimant's discretion) for horses that are vanned off the grounds."]
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Trainers express doubts over safety report recommendations
"They have to pay more attention to the human beings that are controlling the horses," said Dutrow, who has not had a fatal breakdown in the afternoon on this circuit in nearly five years. "That is going to help the horses from stopping breaking more than anything else. If they had better horsemen in this country, they’d have less breakdowns. That’s the way I see it." [That Dutrow can be quoted unironically ...]
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
NYRA and state regulators agree to changes after critical report on Aqueduct deaths
"In one instance, according to the report, an unidentified trainer asked the racing office to bar a specific veterinarian from performing pre-exams on the trainer’s horses, and the request was granted. Also, NYRA’s vets were 'instructed that significant findings, such as detection of heat/fever in a limb, resistance to palpation or flexion, or subtle lamenesses, were not to be included in a horse's regulatory record,' perhaps because of concerns over how that would affect claiming activity."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Even-handed Aqueduct breakdown report disappoints Chicken Littles
"Nobody is going to be entirely pleased with the report: the state did not get its desired red meat on NYRA’s supposed transgressions; NYRA may find some of the recommendations overly critical; and some horsemen will grumble about increased record-keeping and intrusiveness. That’s a pretty good sign that the report was indeed independent of undue political influence and probably makes sense. That’s what can happen when you give well-informed experts, rather than power brokers and zealots, the time and resources to investigate fully and fairly and make constructive decisions based on facts and science. It might even be the way to run racing going forward."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Twitter / o_crunk: Nowhere in this plan does anyone ...
"Nowhere in this plan does anyone mention the 250 race dates NYRA runs. You'd think that's a big part of the problem."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Report ... finds ‘perfect storm’ of conditions led to alarming number of breakdowns
Also among the recommendations: "An anonymous telephone hotline will be set up for jockeys to report unsound horses without fear of retribution."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Statement from the Jockey Club on the NY Task Force report
"The implementation of recommendations outlined in the report produced by the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety will significantly enhance the safety of Thoroughbred racing.... We hope that this task force’s recommendations are enacted quickly, not only in New York but throughout the country, for the sake of our athletes and the integrity of our sport. The Jockey Club stands ready to assist all regulatory authorities and racing associations as they implement the changes outlined in the task force’s report."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
NYRA statement regarding the NY Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety report
"Notwithstanding the recent Aqueduct inner track meet, NYRA’s safety record has been among the best in the industry, and as the report indicates, our track maintenance is state of the art.... We understand that among the recommendations in the report are reform of the veterinary structure, stronger drug prohibitions, and new claiming and purse rules. While we recognize that some of these protocols are strictly in the purview of the NYSRWB, we look forward to working with the State to create an even safer environment for our horses and jockeys, and strengthen the New York racing industry ..."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
NY Task Force: 'Perfect storm' led to Aqueduct fatalities; overhaul needed
Collection of press releases and statements. Press release and documents -- including the complete task force report -- from the governor's office also available here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/09282012-safetyatnyratracks
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Report: Deficiencies had role in horse deaths
"The report makes many recommendations, including but not limited to the NYSRWB hiring an equine medical director; requiring necropsies on dead horses and implementing protocol for the examinations; having veterinarians report to the NYRA chief executive officer, not the NYRA racing office; reducing the ratio of purse to claiming price; and tightening regulation of commonly used therapeutic medications."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Some Aqueduct deaths could have been avoided, report says
"The factors included indications of unsoundness that were evident to jockeys on two of the horses that died, the report said. In addition, a number of the horses had been treated with multiple painkillers while training prior to their fatal starts, a treatment regimen that may have complicated the ability of veterinarians and the trainers of claimed horses to recognize musculoskeletal problems that would have otherwise been evident. The report raises serious questions about the state of horsemanship on the backstretches of New York racetracks, although it is likely that those same questions exist within the entire U.S. racing industry. As a whole, the report – which states that no single factor could be found to account for the spate of deaths – paints a picture of a racing industry in which legal medications, especially painkillers, are routinely administered to horses while racing and training regardless of whether horses have been found with problems."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel
Aqueduct racing officials faulted in horse deaths
"More than half of the 21 racehorses who had fatal breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack earlier this year might have been saved had racing authorities more closely monitored their health and the liberal use of prescription drugs to keep them racing, according to an investigation ..."
horseracing  equine-health  equine-safety  new-york  aqueduct  ny-taskforce 
september 2012 by jnchapel

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