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Churchill Downs doubles down on safety with new medical director hire
"The 39-year-old veterinarian, a former state regulator in both Kentucky and California, is already a familiar presence on the backside at Churchill Downs. And though he is not yet sure whether his authority includes the ability to scratch a horse, Farmer expects to reduce fatal injuries through more systematic pre-race screening and training oversight than has been racing's custom."
horseracing  kentucky  churchill-downs  equine-safety 
11 days ago by jnchapel
Saudi money in U.S. horse racing is the sport’s next moral jam
"We don't expect horse trainers, jockeys and owners to be statesmen. We have a reasonable expectation, however, that they shouldn’t be collaborators." [On sportwashing.]
horseracing  international  middle-east  saudi-arabia  saudi-cup  politics  human-rights 
12 days ago by jnchapel
Safety coalition a step in the right direction
"Some of the reforms are common-sense practices that fall under the no-brainer category ... meatier reforms, the ones that show that the coalition means business, include voided claims, out-of-competition testing and the requirement that private vets must share with regulatory officials what treatments or exams have been administered to a horse ... that's what we know. What we don't know is every bit as significant."
horseracing  industry  equine-safety 
17 days ago by jnchapel
Horsemen groups state views on Safety Coalition
"... horsemen are not universally on board with all proposals from these alliances, nor toward the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would create a private, independent national horse racing anti-doping authority responsible for developing and administering anti-doping and medication control. Restrictions on Salix, the anti-bleeding medication more commonly known as Lasix, have been met with pushback by some horsemen and practicing veterinarians."
horseracing  industry  equine-safety 
18 days ago by jnchapel
Horse racing safety: Keeneland launches Thoroughbred Safety Coalition
"Their goal is to 'ensure the well-being of horses and jockeys and increase transparency and accountability.' They plan to do that by agreeing to industry best practices and tighten guidelines on the medications they allow and making veterinary visits more transparent, among other things."
horseracing  industry  equine-safety 
18 days ago by jnchapel
Thoroughbred Safety Coalition formed to promote change throughout industry
"The policy changes being sought by the group take a variety of forms, from supporting an already broad effort to implement tighter restrictions on some therapeutic medications, to creating an equine veterinary reporting system and database that could be plumbed for indications of unsafe practices. Many of the policy changes would be incremental, however, and a large number of them have already been identified as important by other organizations. Indeed, many of the policy recommendations announced by the coalition are identical to those that have been hashed out over the past several years among a group of racetracks, horsemen's organizations, and racing commissions in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, coordinated through the National Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Representatives of NYRA and The Stronach Group have participated in those talks."
horseracing  industry  equine-safety 
18 days ago by jnchapel
What's different this time? History shows evolution of attitudes about fatal injuries
"Although the shift of public opinion about horse racing this year felt like a rapid evolution, perhaps it was always bound to happen. As society gets further and further from the rural lifestyle, fewer people have any familiarity with horses or racing, but they don't need that familiarity to comprehend the death of Thoroughbreds. Industry insiders have heard the same refrains about safety and injury prevention for 26 years now. Of course, veterinary technology and racing regulation have advanced considerably since 1993 and equine fatality rates have come down significantly since the EID began recording data a decade ago. But two things are still true: breakdowns are horrifying, and they're still happening. For many people, it's only gotten more difficult to stomach those two facts."
horseracing 
19 days ago by jnchapel
But we love our horses
"A common trope among industry insiders to deflect public skepticism is that 'we love our horses.' As with any generality, there are elements of truth in that sentiment but, as with any generality, it is not universally true. Recent developments from New York will cause outside observers to question that commitment when top level figures in the sport do not even treat humans with respect and dignity — let alone meet legal obligations."
horseracing  backstretch  work  labor  trainers  new-york 
19 days ago by jnchapel
Baffert calls for added scientific approach to surfaces
"The focus should be on dirt surfaces. We need dirt. It's too hot for synthetics here, and slowing the track by two seconds is not the answer. Horses behind couldn't get going on this track. It wears on them. We're missing the whole picture. Dirt is safe, but trackmen need help and better science," said Baffert.
horseracing  track-surfaces  california  trainers  bob-baffert 
21 days ago by jnchapel
Put the horse-racing fatalities in perspective
"Another part is that we don't think of racing as essential, either to us or the animal. Why should any animal suffer for our sport? But that same argument can be made about pets. Why should any animal suffer so we can have companionship? I think it is our distance from some of the realities of animal domestication that causes our outrage. We don't understand that working animals have accidents or that racehorses can't just be given some other job or turned out to some (very, very, very) big pasture to live out their days. And I think some of our outrage is fueled by subconscious guilt. We ourselves make a dozen decisions a day that lead directly and indirectly to far more animal death, decisions like eating meat, wearing leather, using land, driving a car."
horseracing  animal-rights  equine-safety 
22 days ago by jnchapel
Q & A With Madeline Auerbach
"We've lost the battle for the hearts and the minds of the people who watch the game. We're not united locally. We were not united nationally. I know that there are crisis management teams in place in various places trying to get ahead of the curve, but we've lost that battle. The only thing, and this is my personal opinion, the only thing I think we can do right now is to take the spotlight off the daily [fatality] count that goes on here. I think you have to absolutely stop racing here right now, rip out the track, put in a synthetic track, and figure out a way to utilize this timeframe that we are actually in right now."
horseracing  california 
23 days ago by jnchapel
Team Valor shifts focus to racing in Europe
"I just think for me and my people and with my talents, we can do better and have more fun in Europe," Irwin said. "With what's going on in America right now, I am not enjoying racing here as much. So I'd rather go to Europe where I can enjoy it."
horseracing  owners 
23 days ago by jnchapel
Veterinarian Allday tells radio host Breeders' Cup made a mistake with Mongolian Groom
"I can't tell you what their priorities are, or what they were looking for or what their parameters are. I can only tell you that the thing they've got to do is look in the mirror. Whoever those 30 vets are, I hope they're listening, and if not they can go back and listen to the archive. You can say you heard it from me first – bottom line is, it's a shame that a horse that I work on regularly and know well, Vino Rosso, wins a race like that and the only thing they can discuss or talk about is the fact that a horse broke down. So those 30 people, they should print a list of hem in the Paulick Report or the Blood-Horse or whatever, they should be held responsible for making, ultimately a decision that could cause the demise of this industry. It's past the time where everybody just passes the buck. It really all comes down to, the buck's gotta stop somewhere."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  mongolian-groom 
25 days ago by jnchapel
Santa Anita: Taking stock after Breeders' Cup
1. "I haven't polled the entire Santa Anita horse community to find out where they stand," Harty said. "But I think we're past the point of being averse to the synthetic track going in. We've tried every form of dirt surface possible, we've got the best track man out there, and we still can't stop having these fatalities."

2. "Everybody's got to be willing to give up what they're holding on tight to for the betterment of the horse and horse racing," said Southern California-based private veterinarian, Ryan Carpenter. "And that's everybody, from management and how they're writing races, to owners who have expectations for what their horses should and shouldn't be doing."

3. "In my opinion, we do not have enough horses in Southern California to race quality racing four days a week," Arthur said, pointing to a period in California's history — before Hollywood Park's fall meet was established in the early 1980s — when the calendar was less intense. "I would make sure there are breaks between meets, a minimum of two weeks."
horseracing  california  equine-safety 
25 days ago by jnchapel
Comparing equine injury rates suggests U.S. can improve
"Based on numbers from The Jockey Club Equine Injury Database in the U.S., the British Horseracing Authority, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and the Japan Racing Association, the U.S. rates of equine deaths during racing are higher than Great Britain and Japan, and much higher than Hong Kong's rate ... it's worth noting that equine deaths during racing are rare in all four countries. For instance in Hong Kong, 99.94% of the starts are completed without such an incident. In the U.S. for the past five years on all surfaces, 99.83% of starts do not see such an incident."
horseracing  track-surfaces  equine-safety 
25 days ago by jnchapel
Sport in the crosshairs
"After an unprecedented safe summer meeting at Del Mar when there were zero racing fatalities and, to my knowledge, not a single afternoon run by the horse ambulance, the realities of racing came crashing down like a bludgeon on people who care about the horses and the sport. Call it bad luck or the law of averages catching up to Del Mar, it was a brutal and tragic day for those who cared for the injured or dead horses and for anyone who witnessed it."
horseracing  california  del-mar  equine-safety 
25 days ago by jnchapel
What's best for Green Gratto might not be what you think
"Being able to train again made him happy," Levy said. "He started putting on weight and eventually got up to a quarter-mile work. This wasn't an overnight process. He was in training during the spring and throughout the summer. Eventually, he became too much to handle on the smaller track." [Quite an opinionated headline. Article includes detail that previous owners almost sent him to a livestock auction. Also, if he needs work to be happy, and he's sound, why not retrain as a pony or in another discipline?]
horseracing 
25 days ago by jnchapel
Activists file home-rule petition on horse racing, as questions are raised about selectboard policy changes
"The topic has generated a slew of letters to the editor of The Edge, all in opposition to horse racing and mostly on the grounds of animal cruelty." [Includes links to the letters and the fact sheet produced by an opposition group.]
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  great-barrington 
25 days ago by jnchapel
In horse racing, it's not 2007 anymore
"Too many people within the industry have dismissed Santa Anita's problems as its own and blamed the media for stirring the pot and not focusing on the good things. The media doesn't make news, it reports it, and right now there is a real anti-horse racing sentiment nationally. Thinking it couldn’t spread beyond California is naive."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Breeders' Cup tragedy leaves Santa Anita with dwindling options
"Having already played its army-of-veterinarians and raceday-medication-limits cards, management is quickly running out of easy options. There is already talk of tearing out the dirt track and replacing it with a synthetic racing surface, though there is no time to pull that off before the track’s scheduled reopening on Dec. 26."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  california 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Horse racing deaths mount as states spend billions to keep tracks alive
"... behind the fanfare of racing enthusiasts, owners and trainers, lies a vast web of government support and revenue from casinos, safety issues and lack of uniform regulation from state to state. Of 30 states with racetracks that the Network contacted, 12 reported more than $7 billion in subsidies funded primarily through taxes on casinos. Eight states did not respond to inquiries about their subsidies and 10 states, such as Kentucky, reported they do not subsidize racing at all. In the last decade, the 12 states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, have seen more than 4,500 racehorse deaths since 2010. Still, those states received the extra government-directed aid."
horseracing  gaming 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Abundance of caution
"This was no dog and pony show. The effort was substantial and thorough for a special event such as Breeders' Cup ... yet completely unaffordable and unsustainable for the long-term health of the sport. So, what's to be done? We'd offer what Palmer has put in place at the New York Racing Association tracks, which involves a fundamental risk-management protocol."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  equine-safety 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Has Woodbine become a good fit for the Breeders' Cup?
"I think a Breeders' Cup at Woodbine would work," said trainer Mark Casse, whose vast stable includes a string at Woodbine. "You're touching on a subject that is very dear to me. I've probably run more horses on synthetic and dirt than maybe anyone in the world. I do my own studies all the time. There are not a lot of things I know for sure in this game, but I definitely know that the synthetic is better on the horses. With all the trouble we're facing now with our great sport, we have to continue to look at what is best for horse racing. I think it would be nice for people to see how things are done at Woodbine on the Tapeta."
horseracing  breeders-cup  woodbine  track-surfaces  synthetic-surfaces 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Vet, trainer say Mongolian Groom sound before Classic
"The regulatory group, including the Breeders' Cup, watched him train on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and on Thursday they said, 'now, he’s completely normal,'" said Baker, who added that the horse was given the green light to race by the "best pre-race veterinarians" in the country.

Noted: "We evaluated him, he had a severe fracture, he had a questionable blood supply, and we know from our experience that those horses don’t make it," said Carpenter. "We could have prolonged the agony, which would have made it easier on us, because we could go back to the media and say, 'He's had a serious injury, he's having surgery tomorrow, a team of surgeons are coming in to get the job done, we'll keep you posted on how he does," said Carpenter. "He would have probably lasted a week." That message is more palatable to the wider public, said Carpenter. "They interpret that as, 'you've tried — you didn't just discard the horse.' But we knew that wasn't the right decision for that particular horse and that particular injury."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  mongolian-groom 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Breeders' Cup mum on Mongolian Groom's exam history
"The Paulick Report has reached out to the three entities in charge of regulation at last weekend's event – the Breeders' Cup, The Stronach Group, and the CHRB – with questions about Mongolian Groom's participation in pre-race screening. The Stronach Group referred all questions to The Breeders' Cup. The Breeders' Cup, which earlier this year retained the Glover Park Group for crisis management, declined comment, saying it was standing by the statement released Saturday night ... Arthur declined to say whether CHRB veterinarians raised any concerns about the horse's soundness in the days leading up to the Breeders' Cup Classic, or whether the CHRB vet team had noted any history of asymmetrical hind end movement in the horse before."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  mongolian-groom 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Track Notes: The specter of death
"Track Notes can only hope for the desire on the part of racing to take even the smallest steps to reform. An admission by racing itself that it has, indeed, been doing so many important things wrong for so many years seems an impossible quest. Whatever money they're making, they're happy with the money they're making."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Righting the ship
"The path to saving horse racing as a viable sport and business is clear. However, it is unlikely that the same people who contributed so much to the current sad state of affairs are willing and/or capable of righting the ship and setting it on a prosperous course."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Mixed emotions in wake of BC Classic
1. Pletcher said Vino Rosso — who had won the Gold Cup at Santa Anita in May — had done so well in recent weeks that "we were anxious for the race to get here. He galloped over the track this week like he loved it," Pletcher said. "We were on pins and needles, he was doing so wonderfully." [Vino Rosso earned a Beyer of 111 for winning the BC Classic and is going to stud at Spendthrift.]

2. Not 150 yards from where Pletcher's horses were housed this week is the stable of Ganbat, which was understandably subdued on Sunday morning, with employees quietly going about their business, walking horses around the ring outside the barn. Ganbat was not there. A friend of his said he was devastated, that he "feels the weight of the sport on his shoulders."

3. McGaughey said he thought Santa Anita "did a terrible job" with the track surface. "They want to make it like a beach. It doesn't work," he said. "The best horse won the race. The second horse would have been second. But I had been warning my friends that they'd look at the charts and be amazed at what they’d see, how far horses would be separated. I was hoping the track would tighten down as the week went on. It didn't."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Following Mongolian Groom’s death at Santa Anita, horse racing needs an immediate fix
"You have to understand the racetrack mentality. Owners, trainers, jockeys, racing officials and track owners all want to be left alone to run their sport/business as they see fit. They become resentful when an 'outsider,' be it a newspaper reporter or an animal-rights activist, begin sticking their noses into this most secretive of all sports. They welcome new investors and take their money. They welcome the betting public and take their money. But when it comes to transparency, they get prickly and close ranks. They pay only lip service to the notion that honesty is the best policy. Now, in the wake of Mongolian Groom's death, here are 10 things the sport needs to do."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  equine-safety  reforms 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Senator Dianne Feinstein on Twitter (statement)
"I will work with Governor Newsom to look at all options to protect racehorses and increase transparency at racetracks. If the horse racing industry is unwilling to treat these magnificent creatures humanely, it has no business operating in the United States."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  california 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Mongolian Groom trainer 'very sorry' following horse's death at Breeders' Cup
"This was such a wonderful holiday and my horse made this a very bad holiday," Ganbat, who is from Mongolia, said of the Breeders" Cup. "I just want to say I’m very sorry for everything."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  mongolian-groom 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
After Mongolian Groom tragedy, the status quo must end
"We already know what the reforms must be. American racing must join the rest of the world and eliminate race-day medications. The template provided at Santa Anita by The Stronach Group, which implemented vigorous pre-race and pre-workout examinations by a team of veterinarians as part of a meaningful effort to reduce injuries, must be standard operating procedure at every racetrack in North America. Because the general public does not accept the whipping of race horses, whipping must be abolished. Synthetic racetracks are safer than dirt tracks, so they must replace dirt surfaces and become the norm instead of the exception. Trainers must be scrutinized and those who still want to push the envelope must be rooted out of the sport."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  equine-safety  drugs-in-racing  lasix 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Editorial: Horses are still dying at Santa Anita and something has to give
"The idea is to institute reforms that bring down fatalities dramatically. Death should not be a regular or acceptable byproduct of horse racing." [Calls for more diagnostic equipment, a central pharmacy, and a synthetic surface.]
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  equine-safety  reforms 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
On racing: Wherever horse tales are told (Jay Hovdey column)
"The autumn light was failing as a lone figure stood in quiet vigil just outside the secured perimeter surrounding the Southern California Equine Hospital at a crossroads of the Santa Anita Park stable area. He was wearing a dark blue suit that clung to an obviously athletic build, a perfectly knotted salmon tie, and stylish tan shoes that stubbornly resisted the backstretch dirt."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  mongolian-groom 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Column: NBC teetered along precarious path in Breeders' Cup coverage
"Not that there is ever a convenient time for a thoroughbred breakdown, but viewers were left with an incomplete conclusion. Still, NBC could not have known that Breeders' Cup officials would go nearly two hours after its coverage ended to announce Mongolian Groom had been euthanized. In hindsight, what could NBC have done differently?"
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  media 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Safety at Santa Anita under the spotlight after Breeders’ Cup casualty
"The decision to replace a synthetic track with old-fashioned dirt is, quite possibly, where Santa Anita's problems started. The fatality rate in its last full season on synthetics was 0.84. Rare and random events can still appear in clusters, but with a synthetic surface in place, the likelihood of there having been 30 deaths at Santa Anita in the first half of this year is vanishingly small."

Noted: "The network managed to snip the moment when Mongolian Groom suffered his injury out of its replay of the Classic but that, in effect, made it only more difficult to ignore."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  track-surfaces  synthetic-surfaces 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
California trainers struggle with what lies ahead
"It's very disappointing," said Richard Mandella. "I don't know what to say. I've got 40 horses here and in Del Mar, and I couldn't ask for it to be a better track for my horses. It's kind of weak to say we've got a black cloud over us, but it sure seems to be. It scares you, what's going on. It scares you how the news is ... it's almost like they've got an agenda, and it's not good."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Mongolian Groom's death was a result of jockey rules, not track condition
Theory: It was the whip, and a jockey riding to the rules, that pushed a tired horse past his endurance.
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  equine-safety  whipping 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
37 racehorses have died at Santa Ana Park since December
"NPR's Noel King talks to Jim Chairusmi of The Wall Street Journal about a racehorse suffering a catastrophic injury at the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday in Santa Anita, Calif." ["Do you get the sense that California is moving toward banning horse racing altogether?" So that's where we are.]
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita  equine-safety 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
2019 Breeders' Cup Classic replay
The full replay available on the NBC Sports site. (The replay is not currently available on the BC site, or through the BC or NBC Sports YouTube channels.)
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Vino Rosso an emphatic winner in Breeder's Cup Classic
"There were toasts Saturday night at Santa Anita. To the victors of the Breeders’ Cup Classic and, sadly, the fallen. Raise a glass of wine, red preferably, to Vino Rosso and Mongolian Groom, who, respectively, ran the best race, and the last race, of their lives on Saturday. A weekend that had proceeded with nary a hitch, with the sport under a microscope like never before, saw a rousing victory in the last of the 14 Breeders' Cup races, with Vino Rosso clobbering his rivals, rolling to an emphatic 4 1/4-length victory in the $6 million Classic. It was one of the best performances of the year. But as the celebration began near the winner's circle, a grim scene was unfolding a furlong up the stretch, where Mongolian Groom was standing on three legs ..."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Vino Rosso wins Breeders' Cup Classic marred by another Santa Anita death
"Vino Rosso had been demoted from first to second after crossing the line just in front of Code Of Honor in the Jockey Club Gold Cup in September, but there was no doubt about the manner of his victory here as he stormed past McKinzie, the favourite, to win by four-and-a-quarter lengths with Higher Power the same distance away in third. It paled towards insignificance, however, as the seriousness of Mongolian Groom’s injury became apparent."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Tom Hoffarth on Twitter (screenshot)
"On NBC only replay we see Mongolian Groom (second from L/blue w red jockey hat) injure leg. Jockey on horse to his left next to him looks down at it."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Another horse's death overshadows Vino Rosso's win at Breeders' Cup Classic
"... when the New York-based horse Vino Rosso crossed the finish line here on Saturday to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the event's marquee race and the final one on the card, the collective exhale of relief was nearly audible. Unnoticed by most of the announced crowd of 67,811, however, was that a horse named Mongolian Groom had taken that dreaded bad step and was suddenly pulled up in the stretch by his jockey, Abel Cedillo, after establishing himself in third place and looking every bit like a contender to win North America's most prestigious race. Instead, an equine ambulance was soon barreling down the stretch and, as NBC broadcast to its prime-time audience a jubilant celebration in the box of Vino Rosso's owner, Mike Repole, Mongolian Groom was loaded into the truck and taken to a hospital on Santa Anita's barn area ..."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Racing’s turbulent year continues: Breeders’ Cup marred by breakdown in final race
"The series of events that unfolded next were a painful metaphor for the year in racing and for the dueling interests that are wrestling over the sport’s future. From seats in the Santa Anita grandstand, Vino Rosso’s connections descended to the winners’ circle, a gleeful scrum of New Yorkers, led by owners Mike Repole and Vinnie Viola and trainer Todd Pletcher. Meanwhile, two football fields up the track, a boxy, white horse ambulance pulled up alongside Mongolian Groom, who was standing uneasily on three legs."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Breeders' Cup ends with another horse death at Santa Anita
"The Breeders' Cup on Saturday ended in a tragic fashion that could have major consequences for the horse racing industry, as Mongolian Groom suffered a catastrophic injury to his left hind leg in the stretch of the $6 million Classic at Santa Anita Park and was euthanized. The death on such a high-profile stage was the worst possible news for both the racing industry and Santa Anita, which has been the site of more than three dozen fatal incidents since last December, many of them unexplained. California political leaders had warned the track last week they were viewing this weekend’s event as an important test of the industry's future."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Breeders' Cup: Mongolian Groom's death is racing's nightmare scenario
"It's a sport and things happen," [trainer Bob] Baffert said. "Basketball players when they sprain their ankle badly, they tape 'em up and they get time off and everything. (But) When a horse does it, nobody tells the story that sometimes you have to (euthanize) it. You have to humanely put 'em down because you can't repair them. If you try, they're going to suffer more because the blood flow is not there. There's a lot of issues. Nobody wants to tell that. It's a sad story."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Graham Motion on Twitter (statement from the trainer)
"We put too much on ourselves if we think we can eliminate every single injury ... many positive changes to protocol were made in the lead up to the Breeders' Cup. So now we must continue that path and make our sport the best it can be. It will never be perfect but we came darn close this weekend ..."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Curlin's Vino Rosso dominates BC Classic
"Vino Rosso becomes the second Breeders' Cup winner for the mighty two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who captured the 2007 GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park. Curlin becomes just the second horse to both win the Classic and sire a winner of the race." [In a grim coincidence, Curlin's BC Classic win was also darkened by death after George Washington broke down in the stretch.]
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Bricks and Mortar finishes perfect season in BC Turf
"Punctuating a flawless 6-for-6 campaign, Bricks and Mortar staked his claim for Horse of the Year honors with a determined head victory over longshot United ... the crowd expressed its approval, applauding as he walked back to his barn in front of the grandstand after the race."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Santa Anita Park on Twitter (photos of Blue Prize and Joe Bravo)
"Your @Longines @BreedersCup Distaff winner, Blue Prize! Joe Bravo guides the Argentinian mare to victory for trainer Ignacio Correas, IV!"

Bravo describing Blue Prize's winning trip in the post-race press conference:

"Well, there is honestly so many different emotions I've got going on. The easiest part of it all was probably the race. She really took control down the backside ... she broke from the gate really relaxed, comfortable underneath me. They ran away from me a little further. We expected it to be, so didn't want to panic because I knew she was so sharp. We got down the backside, it just made me feel so comfortable. Just watching the pace on the front end, seemed like everyone was working. But kept an eye on Midnight Bisou. You can't disrespect a champion filly like that. But down the backside, looked like we took over and passed her pretty handily before we got to the turn. We got into the turn, starting going around Johnny, kind of hollered because it kind of got a little tight, the inside horse came out a little bit, so had to give him a little room. When I'm doing that, kind of lost a little bit of ground ourselves. But when we turned for home, Blue Prize knew who she had to pass. She went after Serengeti Empress. And honestly, inside the last 16th of the mile, it was just a dream come true. It really was. It got so for real for me. It was time like stopped, and Ignacio got me my dream."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Joseph O'Brien makes history as Iridessa sole winner for Europe at Breeders' Cup
"Eight years after becoming the youngest rider to win a Breeders' Cup race with that star-spangled Churchill Downs triumph on St Nicholas Abbey, Joseph O'Brien now holds the same distinction as a trainer after Iridessa lit up Santa Anita in the Filly & Mare Turf. The only European-based winner at the two-day fixture, Iridessa clung on gamely by a neck to also secure a breakthrough win at the meeting for Wayne Lordan. Her narrow success was a fourth at the highest level, and Lordan, 37, has been in the plate for each victory. While the meeting was largely a disappointment for the European contigent, Iridessa ensured it was not a complete blank. The victory also puts O'Brien in exalted company, with his father Aidan, Vincent O'Brien and John Oxx the only other Irish-based trainers to have won a Breeders' Cup race."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
For Irad Ortiz Jr., focus on Breeders' Cup pays off handsomely
"Though he was near the top of the national leaderboard in both wins and purse money won for the year, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. – the reigning Eclipse Award winning jockey – felt his business had slowed down this fall. At the Belmont Park fall meet – one that he led all riders in wins for five consecutive years – Ortiz won just 20 races, ninth in the standings. While his upper tier business was solid, his day-to-day business was not. 'My agent and I spoke about it,' Ortiz said, referring to his agent Steve Rushing, 'and he told me "The Breeders’ Cup can make the whole year. We have good mounts, concentrate on the Breeders' Cup," so I did.' Boy did he ever."
horseracing  breeders-cup  bc19  santa-anita 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Justify controversy: California Horse Racing Board denies hearing
"The request for a hearing is necessary to exhaust administrative remedies prior to litigation," Vienna said via e-mail Tuesday night. "However, at this point, we are hopeful that the CHRB will provide a full, open and transparent hearing. Should the CHRB fail to provide such a hearing, we do not rule out the pursuit of any and all legal remedies."
horseracing  california  chrb  justify-this 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Historic deal aims to keep Preakness in Baltimore; track owner, city reach agreement after four months of talks
"The Stronach Group has pledged to donate the land to the city or an entity created by the city for development in and around the track. Pimlico's antiquated grandstand and clubhouse would be demolished. A new clubhouse would be built and the track rotated 30 degrees to the northeast to create nine parcels of land that could be sold for private development. In all, Pimlico would receive $199.5 million as part of the project. Training and stable operations would be consolidated at The Stronach Group's track at Laurel Park in Anne Arundel County, which would receive $173.4 million for improvements. The Stronach Group would look to divest itself of the Bowie Training Center."
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  pimlico  preakness-stakes  stronach 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
The story behind Justify’s positive drug test
"A misleading bombshell scoop, a damning lack of transparency and another unforced error by racing officials." The kicker: "Yet even today, the full results have not been made public, findings that many experts could use to explain why Baffert and Justify were cleared by the CHRB. But: Crickets. The reason for this. 'Our PR guy is on vacation in Europe,' said Arthur, on Sept. 17."
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
10 weeks ago by jnchapel
Gov. Gavin Newsom says horse racing in California needs reform
"What happened last year was unacceptable, and all of the excuses be damned. We own that going into the next season, and we're going to have to do something about it," Newsom said at a meeting with reporters for The New York Times. "I'll tell you, talk about a sport whose time is up unless they reform. That's horse racing. Incredible abuses to these precious animals and the willingness to just to spit these animals out and literally take their lives is a disgrace."
horseracing  california  equine-safety  santa-anita-21 
10 weeks ago by jnchapel
Revealing Justify’s failed drug test would have been illegal
"While it's possible that disclosure could cause discomfort in some quarters, the secrecy surrounding such deliberations only fuels distrust and misunderstanding of the sport at a time when it can ill afford it."
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
California made right call on Justify’s drug positive
"So despite the hysteria in the media on this issue, I think a fair characterization of the matter would be: 'Justify tested positive for a drug that is not considered performance-enhancing, and the CHRB decided it was likely the result of environmental contamination, and the CHRB did not make this public because that is what its rules require.' That is not to say, however, that this could not have been handled in a better way by the CHRB."
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
Under the micro-scopolamine
"Regardless of the fact it's within the rights of the CHRB to handle the case the way they did, the red flags are everywhere."
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
John Gosden lifts the lid on sales season
"Consequently, having been in Keeneland last week, I promise you less than two per cent of the catalogue is relevant to racing in Europe now; it's dirt stallions and dirt racing. That's why people are coming [to Newmarket] from places like Australasia and Japan. This is where the best turf horses are and the best stallions, and those stallions bring the best mares."
horseracing  breeding  auctions  sales  keeneland  newmarket  international 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
America's regulatory and integrity structures are failing us
"This [Justify/CHRB] event was especially troubling for me, because I have written on numerous occasions how ineffectual and unprofessional many state racing regulatory agencies are and how poorly they collectively serve the Thoroughbred racing industry. I had always considered the CHRB to be one of the better ones. However, this, along with the serious issues that Santa Anita faced this winter, convinces me that we need a centralized national organization to manage integrity issues that are stipulated in the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019."
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
Trying to make sense of scopolamine-gate
"There are still things we do not know, like how what level of the drug was found in the horse? Did the CHRB ever test the hay and straw in the Baffert barn? Did the test result come from a urine or blood test?"
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
Justify report puts horse racing in 'serious' trouble
"Although some in the industry virtually believe that Drape is a secret agent for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization, which has dogged the sport for years, his reporting in this case has not been seriously challenged. Then again, the lawyers haven't gotten too deeply into it so far, and it is shaping up as possibly the most damning case in the sport's history. Already some pious pundits are reading horse racing its last rites."
horseracing  california  chrb  triple-crown  justify  drugs-in-racing  justify-this 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
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