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Geese and Greed
WE all know the old tale about a certain goose and her golden eggs, but once in a while it's good to remember and apply it to particular circumstances.
The owner of that fabled goose went from countryman to well-to-do. Not exactly overnight, but one golden egg at a time. So, a step at a time, he grew rich.
It wasn't enough. He thought to himself one not-so-fi ne morning that he might as well get all that gold at once. And so that goose became the subject of what could only be described as a spectacularly failed surgery. “Greed often overreaches itself.”
ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
A Message from California
Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation
(Notice date: May 11, 2016)
In response to an excellent turnout of stable area workers in April, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation, Inc. ("CTHF") has, again, scheduled FREE mammogram screenings for women age 40 years or older to take place at the CTHF medical clinic at Santa Anita on June 1, 2016.
For those interested, please let the CTHF staff know by calling Aracely Cedeño or Monica Inda at (626) 446-0169. You can also email Aracely at email@example.com.
The company that CTHF is contracting with requires a minimum of 20 women to participate. Therefore, if you are interested, please sign up today!
ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTT Pledge $150,000 for Urgent
Surveillance Program Initiative
(Notice date: August 31, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN
ARCADIA, CALIF. . The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.
by Ed Golden
Keith Desormeaux was raised right. There were bumps in the road, sure, but he absorbed each one, squirreling them away. He knew they would come in handy on a rainy day.
Truth is, all six Desormeaux kids were well-reared. The fact that each has a first name that begins with "K" has nothing to do with karma, although it well could.
Karma, as Webster defines it, has its origin in Hinduism and Buddhism and is "the sum and the consequences of a person's actions during the successive phases of his existence, regarded as determining his destiny."
Other than that, there is no specific reason all the names begin with "K." "My mother started with 'K' and just followed suit," Keith Desormeaux said. "I guess she liked the idea of all the names beginning with 'K.'"
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ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
New Year-Around Ship & Win Program
(Notice date: March 27, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN
New year-around Ship & Win program provides incentives for you!
Purse bonuses and cash incentives - see attached or below - are provided for a horse's first start in California (first-time starters excluded), whether or not the owner or trainer are currently based in Southern California.
This program is an ongoing opportunity for Southern California trainers and their owners to be rewarded for bringing new stock to California to race at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.
Program begins April 2, and provides for a 30% purse bonus, plus $1,000 for first Southern California start. See the details attached.
TOC, CTT Endorse THA Open Letter Regarding Lasix
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 9, 2014
Del Mar, Calif. – Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) stand together in support of the open letter distributed by Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA) on August 6, 2014, regarding Lasix.
Memberships of both organizations overwhelmingly support current initiatives to implement uniform medication guidelines including use of Lasix. A broad coalition of racing entities has been working within the Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) on this issue for several years. For the first time, the Thoroughbred industry became united in its efforts to join all racing jurisdictions under the same medication guidelines. This major initiative and step forward ought not be disturbed.
Instead, a united sport needs to continue its work until these guidelines have been adopted in every racing state. Dr. Mark Dedomenico’s efforts to fund additional research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) require support. Objective scientific research rather than political posturing must guide policy-makers and regulators to the next steps. Making arbitrary changes to rules or policies, not founded in objective science, would only result in additional turmoil and failure.
The Case for Using Lasix
(May 17, 2012)
The Case for Using Lasix
By STEVE ZORN
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.
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.
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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.
California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
Date: August 26, 2016
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 8-25-16
DEL MAR, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 25, at Del Mar's Surfside Race Place. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
Seven individuals concerned about racehorse fatalities at Del Mar's current meet addressed the Board during the comment period to express those concerns. CHRB Executive Director Rick Baedeker described some of the rules, policies and practices the CHRB has in place with respect to the safety of horses and riders. He and Chairman Winner assured the public that this Board's primary objective is the health and safety of horses and riders.
The Board approved a rolling three-year racing calendar for thoroughbred meets in Southern California as submitted by racetracks and horsemen and reflecting a multi-year agreement on racing and stabling. As part of the motion to approve, the Board reserves the right to annually alter the calendars as may be deemed necessary. The allocated dates for the 2017 racing season are: Santa Anita Park, December 21 (opening day December 26) through July 4; Los Alamitos, July 5 through July 18; Del Mar, July 19 through September 5; Los Alamitos, September 6 through September 26; Santa Anita, September 27 through October 31; Del Mar, November 1 through November 28; and Los Alamitos, November 29 through December 19. The 2018 and 2019 approved allocations mirror this sequence of dates with minor changes due to differences in the calendar and hosting of the Breeders' Cup.
The Race Dates Committee reported that stakeholders in Northern California have not reached agreement on a proposed calendar for 2017 or for 2018 and 2019. The Committee indicated that if racing associations, fairs, and horsemen do not submit a consensus calendar or calendars by the September 22 Board meeting, the Board will decide those dates.
The Board approved the license application for the Los Angeles Turf Club to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita Park from September 28 through November 8. Joe Morris with the Stronach Group reported that a new video surveillance system will be in place for this meet covering every shedrow as well as other important horse traffic areas. The California Thoroughbred Trainers and Thoroughbred Owners of California have committed funds to this project. The Santa Anita system could become the model for other racetracks in the state.
The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center
- Creating a Lasting Legacy
- Protecting Racing Integrity
- Postmortem Examinations
- Reducing Catastrophic Injuries
- Advancements in Hospital Care
- ...and More
The leaves are beginning to fall and the nights are getting cooler, but show season is still in full-swing. Does your horse still have the potential for gastric ulcers? Join us in October as our expert, Dr. Jean-Yin Tan, answers your questions concerning equine gastric ulcers on AAEP's "Ask the Vet" forum.
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.
Edwin J. Gregson Foundation