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(May 16, 2013)
"SHIP AND WIN" IS BACK AT DEL MAR!
Purse bonus now 33%!
Start a horse at Del Mar this summer whos last ran out of state and your bonus payment on top of purse money in that first race is an extra 33%! Not to mention the automatic check for $1,000 we'll write you for that start.
ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat Work-Related First Aid Injuries
(January 31, 2013)
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat Work-Related First Aid Injuries
Working with Finish Line Self-Insurance Group and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation (CTHF) will begin treating workers' compensation cases at the medical clinics beginning February 1, 2013.
STUDY: IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF HUMERAL AND SCAPULAR FRACTURES
(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures
Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.
There have been many calls for the banning of raceday Lasix in Thoroughbred racing. The grandees of the sport, in the form of The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, etc. have decided that Lasix must go. Fortunately for the horses, the effort to bar Lasix in North America seems to have stalled.
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Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission delayed action on a proposal to ban Lasix in that state. Wednesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Commission was overwhelmed with thousands of comments opposing a proposed Lasix ban, including 500 pages of documentation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, representing owners and trainers.
A year ago, I was uncertain about the Lasix issue. Since then, I've studied the science, notably a South African study financed but now disavowed by the Jockey Club that shows (a) that some 80 percent of horses have at least internal bleeding when they race and (b) that Lasix helps eliminate or reduce the level of bleeding. The more I learned, the more I'm convinced that Lasix is the most humane solution to a persistent problem. In fact, I've become so convinced that I was deeply involved in drafting N.Y.T.H.A.'s response to the state.
Horses bleed. While only a few (1 percent to 5 percent) bleed visibly through the nose or mouth, many more have internal bleeding in the lungs and trachea. And that internal bleeding causes cumulative damage. The more horses bleed, the more likely they are to bleed in the future. At the extremes, severe bleeding can cause a horse to die on the racetrack.
Lasix works. All the studies show that a modest dose of Lasix greatly reduces the incidence and severity of bleeding. Since Lasix was introduced in New York in 1995, severe, visible bleeding has been reduced by 76 percent. Whatever the cause of the far-too-many fatalities at Aqueduct this winter, it wasn't Lasix. As Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said on this year's Kentucky Derby telecast, "I've never had a horse break down under me because of Lasix."
Unlike (now-barred) steroids and other illegal drugs, Lasix doesn't enable a horse to perform beyond its natural ability, only to be more likely to reach that ability. And whatever the situation may have been years ago, Lasix no longer interferes with testing for other illegal drugs. New York now tests racehorses for some 900 illegal substances, and leading equine toxicologists unanimously agree that Lasix doesn't mask any of those drugs.
If Lasix is barred, trainers will revert to the cruel and illegal methods used in the past to limit bleeding. They'll withhold water, and perhaps food, from horses for 24 hours or more before a race. They'll use illegal, and less effective, drugs like "Kentucky Red" or tranexamic acid – both of which have been detected in "Lasix-free" jurisdictions. Or they'll use trainer Woody Stephens's old trick of giving his grooms red towels to wipe off the blood before anyone noticed.
New York's horsemen support getting tough on the drug cheaters. We've proposed to the State Racing Board that they tighten limits on painkillers, corticosteroids and clenbuterol, and that they make permanent the current arrangements under which Lasix is administered in specified dosages by veterinarians who work for the state or the racetrack, not the trainers. But we don't support a Lasix ban that would inflict unnecessary pain on the horses that we love and that would serve no purpose other than the ego gratification of a few of the 1 percent.
This article does not necessarily represent the views of either N.Y.T.H.A. or B.E.S.T.
Steve Zorn, a lawyer and law professor in New York, is the racing manager of Castle Village Farm thoroughbred partnerships and a director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Backstretch Employees Service Team. He writes the Business of Racing blog.
Dr. Mark Dedomenico on EIPH (Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage in racehorses), and the need for the regulated administration of furosemide (Salix or Lasix) as a treatment.
AHC WASHINGTON UPDATE
(February 28, 2012)
Department of Labor Finalizes Changes to H-2B Visa Program
On February 21, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule concerning the H-2B temporary guest worker program. This final rule will make significant changes to the way the H-2B program operates for all employers including those in the horse industry. This new rule will go into effect on April 23, 2012.
"OH, NO," I can hear you saying to yourself, "not another essay about impending doom."
But if you have anything to do with racing, any kind of even passing interest in it, you would have to be living under a rock not to have been aware of and thought about the relentless attack on it we're seeing in national media, led by The New York Times, whose editorial writers condemned it as "this disreputable sport."
That really hurts. I never thought I would live to see the day that presumably intelligent observers would resort to such language – commonplace in the newspapers of the early 1900s when racing was actually barred in many states throughout America.
Trainer Peter Eurton can only hope that the Del Mar meet this summer can approach that of 2011.
Eurton elevated his stature from solid Southern California conditioner to Grade 1 winner through the accomplishments of Weemissfrankie, who captured the Del Mar Debutante for two-year-old fillies last September.
Eurton sensed something unusual in the air during that entire meet following the death of owner and close friend Frank Alesia, who died in Carlsbad in February, 2011, and after whom the filly was named.
"It was the meet of all meets," said Eurton from a mezzanine box seat recently at Hollywood Park. "Everybody felt throughout the meet that Frank was there in some way, carrying those horses."
California Horse Racing Board
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Date: May 21, 2013
CHRB NEWS RELEASE
Subject: GEORGE KRIKORIAN COMMITTED TO HELPING RACING
SACRAMENTO, CA - George Krikorian seems well suited to his new role as a California racing commissioner. He has roots in horse racing going back to his childhood in Salem, New Hampshire, where his father trained horses at Rockingham Park. The younger Krikorian didn't take to working with horses but he showed an early business sense by earning spending money selling programs and Daily Racing Forms.
Diseases such as PSSM, EPSM and Vitamin E deficiency are sometimes overwhelming for the horse owner to understand. Pose your questions to this month's expert, Dr. Holly Bedford regarding these muscle diseases and more.