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Baffert exonerated by California Horse Racing Board in equine deaths
"Arthur said that all seven of Baffert’s runners had been treated with thyroxine, a thyroid hormone used to treat hypothyroid conditions. The medication must be prescribed by a veterinarian, Arthur said. Baffert told Arthur during the investigation that he used thyroxine on all his horses, but quit last March after the seventh died. Arthur said it was rare for the medication to be used that extensively."
horseracing  california  chrb  drugs-in-racing  bob-baffert  thyroxine  sudden-death 
december 2013 by jnchapel
Horse racing has problems, but trainer Bob Baffert isn't one of them
"The logic for that is thin. What motivation would a trainer have for mistreatment of a horse that leads to its death? ... Yet, the anti-Baffert agenda remains, driven by who knows what. Jealousy? An assumption that nobody could win as much as he does without cheating? A refusal to accept, as even remotely possible, the deaths of seven horses without the trainer having something to do with it?"
horseracing  california  chrb  drugs-in-racing  bob-baffert  thyroxine  sudden-death 
december 2013 by jnchapel
CHRB: No wrongdoing from trainer Baffert
"[The thyroxine] was reported and labeled, and it was within their right to do so and not a violation of any rules," Arthur said of the hormone drug.
horseracing  drugs-in-racing  california  sudden-death  bob-baffert  thyroxine 
november 2013 by jnchapel
Despite the evidence, trainers deny a doping problem
"The 26-page report said that Baffert acknowledged directing his veterinarians to use thyroxine on all his horses. Baffert, however, was the one who asked his veterinarians to prescribe it, which is in conflict with the policy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the industry’s most influential veterinary group, which says treatments 'should be based upon a specific diagnosis and administered in the context of a valid and transparent owner-trainer-veterinarian relationship.' Baffert told the investigators that he thought the medication would help 'build up' his horses."
horseracing  drugs-in-racing  california  sudden-death  bob-baffert  thyroxine 
november 2013 by jnchapel
California racing loses another horse to sudden death syndrome
"With Del Mar set to open in two weeks, California horse racing’s struggle with sudden death syndrome continued Wednesday with the collapse and death of Akkadian, a 5-year-old gelding owned by Gary Broad and trained by Julio Canani."
horseracing  california  equine-health  sudden-death 
july 2013 by jnchapel
Putting California sudden death numbers in perspective
"Looked at another way, one trainer with 2.5% of the horses and 1.5% of the total starts has had 19.4% of the sudden deaths over a 21-month period."
horseracing  california  equine-health  sudden-death 
june 2013 by jnchapel
Horse deaths are troubling to Bob Baffert
"But if anybody can ride this out, it's Bob. None of his owners have left him. That says a lot."
horseracing  california  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death  bob-baffert 
may 2013 by jnchapel
Baffert-gate just another sad chapter
"It may be impolitic to judge without having all the facts but it would be irresponsible and inappropriate not to speculate based on circumstances. From where we sit, these cardiac related deaths are a possible indictment of not only individuals but the whole way the game is administered. It’s a problem that stretches far beyond the California state line."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
California post-mortem program has major flaw
"There is no requirement that veterinary records of deceased horses be submitted to researchers conducting the post-mortem examinations. Those records are an important component for researchers who are trying to meet the program’s objectives."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Clarity and cooperation
"One of the issues that we, the pathologists, have (is) we are not clinicians," Uzal told the committee members. “The information on medication we get is still sketchy."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Triple Crown spotlight will be on dark side of California racing, again
"Baffert’s case is much different, much more serious because we’re dealing with the unexplained sudden deaths of seven racehorses in a short amount of time. But even though none of Baffert’s seven horses that died of sudden death syndrome showed any evidence of illegal drugs in their systems, the lynching party to hang Baffert for these deaths will continue if he, as expected, makes a run at the Triple Crown. Bottom line is the CHRB can’t suspend Baffert for horse deaths. If it turns out something nefarious was done to cause their deaths, and Baffert was responsible as the trainer of record, then the CHRB has something on him and should move on it the way they did with O’Neill. But Rick Arthur said Thursday that 'the work is done' regarding the necropsies and investigation into the deaths. While it looks terrible for Baffert to lose seven horses to sudden death in such a short period of time (16 months), no sanctions have been taken against him."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death  triple-crown 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Sudden death in racing Thoroughbreds (PDF)
Via @sidfernando: https://twitter.com/sidfernando/status/322822557063602176 "Re: Sudden Death from 1985, page 315, first column, first comment by Schotman very interesting re: Warfarin."

More collected reaction and links on Twitter: http://storify.com/railbird/sudden-death-in-california
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Trainer Bob Baffert responds to sudden deaths of his horses
"The safety of my horses has been and always will be the most important thing to me. The mysterious deaths are personally troubling and of great sadness to me, my family and the owners of the horses. My heart goes out to the horses owners." Baffert's full statement also posted on Paulick Report: http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/baffert-deaths-are-personally-troubling/
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Baffert calls sudden deaths 'personally troubling'
"In the statement, Baffert said that he was working with 'everyone, including the California Horse Racing Board, my veterinarians and staff at the track to find the causes of the unexplained deaths.' Baffert has had at least two horses die of sudden death in the last five months. In November 2011, Baffert lost Irrefutable when the 5-year-old collapsed and died after finishing second in the Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Racing officials: Number of sudden deaths in horses in California about normal
"... the California Horse Racing Board’s Bo Derek and the state’s equine medical director, Dr. Rick Arthur, addressed the issue at the CHRB’s meeting Thursday at Santa Anita. They both said the 17 racehorses that have died thus far of sudden death in this fiscal year that ends June 30 are about normal. The state averages about 20 sudden death cases in thoroughbreds a year, Derek said." Also, re: Baffert: "All I know is they have a lot of horses and it’s hard to compare a trainer with a five- or six-horse barn and someone who has over 140 horses. We know he has good stock."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
CHRB investigating sudden deaths at Hollywood, Santa Anita
"At least seven instances of sudden death have occurred in Thoroughbreds at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita since late November, according to a source who has seen the necropsy reports. Incidents of sudden death are being investigated by the California Horse Racing Board although it was not clear from comments made at a Thursday board meeting whether the rate of sudden deaths was unusual or whether the deaths were somehow linked."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
California examines puzzling trend of horses' sudden deaths
" Thoroughbreds rarely die suddenly: a 2010 study in the Equine Veterinary Journal found that sudden death occurred in 9 percent of fatalities in California. Several trainers and owners said they could not remember losing a horse to a heart attack or an unexplained occurrence. 'I’ve had thousands of horses in my barn, and I’ve seen them die from colic or break bones or get an illness, but I don’t think there was but maybe one who just dropped dead,' said Gary Contessa, who has been training horses for 38 years, primarily in New York."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Sudden equine fatalities spike in California, Baffert barn
"The CHRB has has not made public details on the names of the horses or the owners or trainers, but the Paulick Report learned through public record requests that seven of the sudden death horses over the past 18 months were trained by Bob Baffert. Most of the deaths of Baffert runners, with the exception of two horses who collapsed after a race, occurred during training hours. All of the Baffert horse deaths took place at the track now known as Betfair Hollywood Park."

Correction: http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s-paddock/chrb-no-spike-in-sudden-equine-deaths/ "The California Horse Racing Board said the number of non-musculoskeletal sudden deaths of horses in racing and training at California racetracks has not spiked, contrary to an article published in the Paulick Report Wednesday. Dr. Rick Arthur, the CHRB’s equine medical director, said the number has been relatively constant over the last three years: 20 sudden death in fiscal year 2010-11; 19 in 2011-12; and 17 to date for 2012-13 (the fiscal year ends June 30)."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel
Baffert horses big part of sudden death spike
"California racing saw a sharp increase last year in the number of fatalities due to cardiac failures. Eleven horses were reported as having died in this manner during fiscal year 2012 (July 1 through June 30) compared with six for the same period in 2011 and four in 2009, according to a California Horse Racing Board postmortem annual report."

Correction: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/77495/no-spike-in-sudden-deaths-says-chrb "It is a statistical anomaly," said Arthur, the CHRB medical director, about the 11 cardiac failures listed in the postmortem report. "I believe it can be attributed to statistical variation from year to year, and that we are more intensely looking at sudden deaths. If you look at this category for this year, it will be between six and 10."
horseracing  california  chrb  equine-health  statistics  sudden-death 
april 2013 by jnchapel

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