Post by Twinkle (My Sweet Angel) on Jun 3, 2020 6:34:47 GMT -5
Arrogate's death really shocked me. It's so sad how some are given so much time & others are given very little. I do hope someone is able to discover exactly what was wrong with him. He accomplished a lot in his 7 years. He will never be forgotten.
Post by Twinkle (My Sweet Angel) on Jun 29, 2020 6:59:30 GMT -5
Those were pawsome links that you gave Athena. That first site has tons of great info on the horses. I'm going to have to really check that out when I have a lot of time to spare. Mommy has several books about horse racing & various race horses. Two books that she HIGHLY recommends are:
Horse Racing's Top 100 Moments
Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century (The book cover Mommy has looks different from this one)
Post by Twinkle (My Sweet Angel) on Jul 10, 2020 5:02:37 GMT -5
CHRB Calls Meeting Regarding Los Alamitos Fatalities
Following a spike in horse fatalities at Los Alamitos Race Course, the California Horse Racing Board has abruptly called a meeting July 10 to discuss "whether to suspend and/or impose conditions" on the track's license to conduct the horse race meet for the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association. According to CHRB statistics on its website, 19 horses have died from racing or training at the Orange County track in 2020, including eight since May 26.
Los Alamitos primarily runs a nighttime mixture of Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, though at times during the year runs afternoon meets of strictly Thoroughbreds, such as a recent one from June 26 to July 5.
The item on the agenda for Friday's meeting specifies the mixed meet, most races of which are for Quarter Horses. The short afternoon race meet of Thoroughbreds concluded without any racing fatalities, according to CHRB records.
Both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds train daily at Los Alamitos, and some leading Southern California Thoroughbred trainers keep divisions of horses to train there before sending them to either Santa Anita Park or Del Mar.
CHRB meetings often prove contentious, sometimes among industry stakeholders but often involving anti-racing attendees, who have long aired their grievances about the sport. Since a rash of breakdowns at Santa Anita in early 2019, many have urged commissioners to deny racing licenses or shut down racing in the state.
"This is a hearing to determine the facts, with nothing predetermined as far as the license," CHRB spokesman Mike Marten wrote in an email.
Last year, the CHRB was authorized to halt racing at a particular track if its commissioners deemed it necessary. Since that time, the CHRB has implemented a number of regulations to improve equine safety, which along with house rules established by racetracks and the efforts of horsemen and practicing veterinarians have been attributed to decreases in equine fatalities in the state.
Last year, the CHRB also organized a panel that evaluated horses before their scheduled races, seeking to identify at-risk horses who warranted increased scrutiny. But this was only in place for the major Thoroughbred tracks, the Los Angeles Times reported July 9.
Los Alamitos ran more Thoroughbreds than usual during its mixed meet this spring when Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields were shuttered by their local health departments because of COVID-19. Los Alamitos was never closed by its health department. The CHRB meeting at 9:30 a.m. PT is by teleconference, and live audio will be available on the CHRB website.
Post by Twinkle (My Sweet Angel) on Sept 22, 2020 10:19:24 GMT -5
California Implements Stricter Riding Crop Rule Oct. 1
A more restrictive rule governing use of the riding crop will go into effect Oct. 1 for all Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and mixed-breed races and also during training in California, the California Horse Racing Board announced Sept. 21. The amended rule is designed to further protect horses without compromising the safety of horses and riders.
The key revisions to CHRB Rule 1688 include:
•Riders cannot use the crop more than six times during a race, excluding showing or waiving the crop or tapping the horse on the shoulder.
•Riders cannot use the crop more than two times in succession (within the six-time limit) without giving the horse a chance to respond before using the crop again.
•The crop must be used in an underhanded position with the crop always at or below the shoulder level of the jockey.
•During training the crop can only be used for the safety of horse or rider.
•Absent mitigating circumstances, which includes but is not limited to use of the riding crop for the safety of horse and rider, if a jockey or exercise rider rides in a manner contrary to this rule, the stewards shall impose a maximum fine of $1,000 and a minimum suspension of three days. In trial heats, the suspension shall include the subsequent related stakes race.
•The jockey or exercise rider shall not be penalized if, in the opinion of the stewards, the use of the crop was necessary for the safety of the horse or rider.
In order to ease the transition, stewards will be meeting with the jockey colonies at the respective tracks to explain the rule and to answer questions. In addition, the CHRB is recommending to the boards of stewards that they should for a reasonable period of time use the "mitigating circumstances" language to employ the current penalty structure—lighter penalties—in order to make the transition to the amended rule less disruptive to jockeys, in particular, as well as all stakeholders and the wagering public generally.
Post by Twinkle (My Sweet Angel) on Sept 29, 2020 13:55:41 GMT -5
U.S. House Passes Anti-Doping Bill to Reform American Horse Racing
WASHINGTON, D.C, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1754, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, led by U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Andy Barr, R-Ky. by a voice vote. H.R. 1754 mirrors legislation recently introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and Diane Feinstein, D-Calif. and promises to end the era of widespread doping of horses in Thoroughbred racing in America.
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act includes a ban on race-day doping, the establishment of a uniform national standard for rules and regulations for U.S. horseracing that would be overseen by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) is landmark legislation that would directly address the safety and welfare of racehorses, and the integrity of the sport itself, through better anti-doping measures and racetrack safety standards.
“Doping of athletes in sport to enhance performance is widely recognized as a form of cheating in human competition,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action who testified before Congress on the issue in January. “It’s equally wrong and even more dangerous for the athletes involved to allow widespread doping in American horse racing, and we call on the U.S. Senate to swiftly pass this measure that will put the welfare of the horse at the center of the enterprise.”
“After nearly six years working to advance this bipartisan legislation to modernize horseracing in the United States, we are at long last rounding the final turn,” said U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. “Our Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act puts the health and well-being of our equine athletes and jockeys firmly at the center of the sport and delivers commonsense medication and track safety standards that will lift this noble sport to higher standards of integrity and safety. These long overdue reforms will help restore public trust in the sport and put it on a path to a long and vital future, supporting countless jobs and driving economic activity in communities across our nation. I thank my longtime collaborator and friend, Congressman Barr, for leading with me in this effort to restore integrity to our sport of kings. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to advance their companion legislation without delay and deliver it swiftly to the President to sign into law.”
“We applaud Reps. Tonko and Barr for reminding the nation that horses and jockeys, who are the athletes at core of the sport, should be our top priority when it comes to safety standards in racing,” added Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action, who testified in favor of the original anti-doping legislation more than six years ago. “We call on the Senate to saddle up and swiftly pass this measure that makes sense for animal welfare and the health and welfare of the jockeys who ride these majestic creatures.”
The doping of American racehorses has been the subject of Congressional attention over the past five years with hundreds of horses dying on racetracks weekly, and the indictment of 37 trainers and veterinarians in March of 2020.
The bill has the support of Animal Wellness Action (AWA), the Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), and key players throughout the horse racing industry, including all three Triple Crown racetracks. Churchill Downs, which runs the Kentucky Derby, is the most recent corporation to get on board. The effort continues to enjoy the support of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI), which includes The Jockey Club, the Breeders Cup, Keeneland Racecourse, the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association, the Water Hay Oats Alliance, and AWA and AWF.
The patchwork of regulations across the U.S.’s 38 racing jurisdictions has undermined the public’s confidence in horseracing, threatened the integrity of competition, and endangered the human and equine athletes. Enactment of the HISA will address these problems head on while helping to enhance the public’s interest in this very important industry. For the safety of the horses and jockeys, and for the sport of horseracing itself, American horseracing needs the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020.
In order to create these uniform performance and safety standards for the sport of horseracing, the HISA creates the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, which is a private, independent, self-regulatory, nonprofit organization. It will not be funded by the federal government – the horseracing industry will pay the funds necessary for the establishment and administration of the Authority. The Authority is tasked with developing and implementing both a horseracing anti-doping and medication control program and a racetrack safety program.
Composition of the Authority
The Authority will be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members. Five of those members will be independent of the industry, and four members will be experts from the following sectors of the industry: owners and breeders, trainers, racetracks, veterinarians, State racing commissions, and jockeys. To assist with the development of these programs, the Board will establish an anti-doping and medication control standing committee and a racetrack safety standing committee, both controlled by independent members outside the industry. All independent members of the Board and standing committees will be subject to strict conflict-of-interest standards.
The Authority will be required to create a set of uniform anti-doping rules, including lists of prohibited substances and methods, protocols around the administration of permitted substances, and laboratory testing accreditation and protocols. These permitted and prohibited substances and practices will be developed after taking into consideration international anti-doping standards and veterinarian ethical standards, along with consulting racing industry representatives and the public. The new nationwide rules would replace the current patchwork of regulatory systems that govern horseracing’s 38 separate racing jurisdictions. For services related to the enforcement of this program, the Authority shall enter into an agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which has a proven track record of conducting anti-doping and medication control activities for all U.S. Olympic athletes and its approach can easily be adapted to horseracing.
Racetrack Safety Program
To protect the health and safety of racehorses and jockeys, the Authority will also create a racetrack safety program, consisting of a uniform set of training and racing safety standards and protocols. Those standards include racetrack design and maintenance, oversight of human and equine injury reporting and prevention, and the procedures for undertaking investigations at racetrack and non-racetrack facilities related to safety violations. The Authority creates an accreditation program to ensure that racetracks comply with these safety procedures, and in order to continue to gather information on racetrack safety, the Authority will establish a nationwide database of racehorse safety, performance, health, and injury information within one year of the establishment of the program.
Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.
The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.
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