Horse Racing Injuries and Fatalities

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  • RachelRachel Member
    hmm i had no idea they even had a twitter account LOL. well theres still In Memory of Our Racehorses on Facebook, they even sometimes give pictures of the horses
  • RachelRachel Member
    Chiffy dies after breaking hind leg at Penn National on Friday.

    I saw the replay of the race, the horse was #8 and raced at the back of the pack. Upon heading for the turn into the stretch his back leg got broken. The jockey immediately tried to pull the horse up but the horse kept on running. The camera stopped showing the horse and focused on the others after that, but according to Horseracing Wrongs website and the race caller, the horse ended up falling and throwing the rider. Horseracing Wrongs has quoted what an eyewitness said as the horse then tried to get back up but fell back down then apparently died due to the shock of its injury. They didnt need to euthanized him :( Chiffy was a chestnut 4 yr old gelding with a bold white face. Trained by Michael W. Salvaggio, Jr. , had 6 starts with 2 wins.
  • RachelRachel Member
    Rock and Roll Star breakdown at Finger Lakes while Breezing. Apparently its trainer Ralph D’Alessandro's second death in a month (Just Mizzy was the other one). And over at Monticello the Standardbred, Dalglish, collapsed and died after crossing the finish line. Vet report state it as "suspected cardio vascular event".
  • So sad. I hate this discussion.
  • KayJayKayJay Member
    RIP to all the beautiful horses that lost their life this week. Run free in the green grass under the bright sunshine. :' (
  • slewpyslewpy Member
    Another one at Finger Lakes. There should be a major investigation of that track. Dread thread strikes again. RIP.
  • RachelRachel Member
    edited June 2014
    They have donated $100,000 to laminitis research in memory of Intense Holiday Eat THAT Horseracing Wrongs!
  • KetaKeta Member
    Starlight Racing to help fund laminitis research
    Published June 23, 2014 Edited release:
    Alicia Wincze Hughes on horse racing blog ky.com
    Having recently lost graded stakes winner Intense Holiday to the effects of laminitis, Starlight Racing partners announced Monday it will donate large sums to two organizations for the purpose of funding research into that insidious disease.
    Starlight will offer a matching-funds donation of up to $100,000 to be divided between Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation (earmarked strictly for laminitis research) and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation Laminitis Research Project. Both Grayson-Foundation and the AAEP Foundation are challenged with raising matching funds for their research projects.
    Intense Holiday, winner of the Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds this February, was euthanized on June 12 after laminitis set in in both forelimbs. The son of Harlan’s Holiday had undergone surgery to repair a condylar fracture to his right front that was suffered during workout in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.
    http://horseracing.bloginky.com/2014/06/23/starlight-racing-to-help-fund-laminitis-research/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
  • RachelRachel Member
    i saw this quote in that article's comment section. It is from Dr Bob Judd, DVM:

    "I have heard many people say that their horse died of a heart
    attack and although that's possible, heart attacks are really rare in
    horses. A heart attack is a human medical diagnosis of myocardial
    infarction that is due to clogged arteries that lead to the heart in
    humans. Dr. Alan Loynachan reports in Equine Disease Quarterly that
    since horses do not suffer from coronary artery disease, heart attacks
    like those that occur in people rarely occur in horses. Racehorses that
    unexpectedly drop dead due to sudden death syndrome are said to have
    heart attacks, but this is not correct. Equine heart disease can
    develop quickly or can be a gradual progression. Acute heart disease
    results from a direct insult to the heart or disruption of the
    electrical signaling system. This disruption to the electrical system
    can occur with the use of drugs such as those used in routine equine
    dentistry. This is another reason a vet should examine your horse's
    heart before any sedatives are used because they have an effect on
    electrical conduction of the heart. Also, other poisons, snakebites,
    infections, or nutritional deficiencies can affect the heart."
  • They ought to do a complete necropsy on this horse. She was a 3-year old filly. Heart attack? I think not. If it turns out that some not-medically necessary drug was given to her, they should charge the person who ordered the drug with murder (of the rider). They get away with it so blithely that they aren't motivated to clean up their act. Sad for the rider and his young daughter. Sad for the filly and her owner. Maybe criminal. Hope they investigate thoroughly.
  • RachelRachel Member
    i think that they will investigate it thoroughly since there was a human death involved. sad that it takes a human rider dying as well to get a further investigation :(
  • Good article Rachel. Thanks! I've always been suspicious about all these so-called heart attacks in such young horses. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if drugs have something to do with it. I trust they will try to find out the real cause. This is so sad.
  • RachelRachel Member
    its not a natural thing to be in a horses system, i mean you get ulcers using pain medication in horses for too long. Its not really rocket science.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Rider, horse dead at Woodbine Racetrack
    By Rob Longley ,Toronto Sun First posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    TORONTO - A thoroughbred race horse and exercise rider have both died after a tragic early morning accident at Woodbine Racetrack.
    Woodbine officials say the horse died of a suspected heart attack and that the rider, identified by a source as Mourad Boudraa, was trapped underneath the three-year-old filly when she hit the ground.
    The incident occurred around 6 a.m., in the prime of training hours at the track.
    The male rider "suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene," Toronto EMS Deputy Cmdr. Jamie Rodgers said.
    The horse, Tawney’s Wish, was trained by Woodbine’s Don Pleterski. In her most recent start, the three-year-old filly finished last in an 11-horse field at Woodbine on May 25.
    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/ddmQz?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=horse-racing
  • slewpyslewpy Member
    Seems to me that any unexplained sudden death of a horse is labeled as a heart attack. Unless there's a necropsy on these horses, we would never know. What are the rules concerning sudden death and necropsy. Is it required and who determines whether one is done or not. It would be a benefit to saving the lives of many horses if a necropsy could determine if death was due to some medications and which ones.
  • RachelRachel Member
    from Woodford Thoroughbred facebook:

    "We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Unknown Road who, along with several other horses was given an improperly compounded dose of EPM medicine. He was the last foal out of Banshee Winds, Woodford bred, raised and sold."
    http://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloodstock/thomas-a-tragedy-that-could-have-been-avoided/
  • RachelRachel Member
    Cole Forty Five on June 20th at SA- from CHRB minutes:

    "As the field entered the backstretch of the one mile turf race, #8 COLE FORTY FIVE suffered a severe injury to the left front leg. The rider Kayla Stra attempted to pull the horse up, however, in doing so she lost her balance and fell.
    Jockey/Driver condition – Examined by paramedics – transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for observation; appeared to be uninjured
    Horse condition – Fractured sesamoids left front, euthanized by the trainer’s practicing veterinarian."
  • RachelRachel Member
    its a whipping injury, and one we didnt know about

    "6-14-142 ALONSO QUINONEZ RULING – LATS #206
    Jockey ALONSO QUINONEZ is fined THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($300.00)* for violation of California Horse Racing Board rule #1688(b) (Use of Whips – caused a welt) during the eighth race at Santa Anita Park on May 24, 2014.
    This ruling was issued after Mr. Quinonez viewed video and photographs of the horse “Warren’s Assassin, which he rode to a win on May 24, 2014. The horse was observed to have a large welt and blood on its right flank. After seeing the photos and looking at the video, Mr. Quinonez acknowledged his guilt. He said that he would be more cognizant of where he hits his mounts in the future."
  • So much for "whipping doesn't hurt the horse." Yeah, right.
  • RachelRachel Member
    depends on how hard u hit the horse, if you whip the crap out of them like this jockey and Joseph O'Brien did, yes it hurts them.
  • Sad story about the improperly compounded medicine and the horses lost because of it. Scary stuff.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Rider, horse dead at Woodbine Racetrack
    By Rob Longley ,Toronto Sun First posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    TORONTO - A thoroughbred race horse and exercise rider have both died after a tragic early morning accident at Woodbine Racetrack.
    Woodbine officials say the horse died of a suspected heart attack and that the rider, identified by a source as Mourad Boudraa, was trapped underneath the three-year-old filly when she hit the ground.
    The incident occurred around 6 a.m., in the prime of training hours at the track.
    The male rider "suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene," Toronto EMS Deputy Cmdr. Jamie Rodgers said.
    The horse, Tawney’s Wish, was trained by Woodbine’s Don Pleterski. In her most recent start, the three-year-old filly finished last in an 11-horse field at Woodbine on May 25.
    http://bleacherreport.com/tb/ddmQz?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=horse-racing
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