Horse Racing Injuries and Fatalities



  • carolinarkansascarolinarkansas hot springs, arkansasMember
    Saw tweet from tvg John Johny Jak did not make it.....just seems so very wrong
  • KetaKeta Member
    Hollywood Park: John Johny Jak euthanized after Kerlan win
    By Steve Andersen Daily Racing Form 07/02/2012 12:01 PM
    John Johny Jak was euthanized following his victory in Sunday's Robert Kerlan Handicap.
    INGLEWOOD, Calif. – John Johny Jak, vanned off after winning Sunday’s $70,800 Robert Kerlan Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park, was euthanized Sunday evening because of a shoulder injury, trainer Kristin Mulhall said.
    John Johny Jak was pulled up about a quarter-mile after the finish and transported to Mulhall’s stable for evaluation. Mulhall said that several veterinarians were consulted in the hours after the race.
    “We ended having to put him down,” she said Sunday evening. “It was the hardest thing.”
    Owned by Kretz Racing, John Johny Jak won three minor stakes in the last year, including the Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar and Lure Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2011. Last December, John Johny Jak underwent surgery for colic, which kept him out of training until this spring.
    The Kerlan was John Johny Jak’s first start since a fourth in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park last fall.
    A 5-year-old ridgling by Wildcat Heir, John Johny Jak won 9 of 25 starts and $342,279.
  • RachelRachel Member
    John johnny jak was eauthanized due to a broken shoulder
  • John Johny Jak So very sad they could not save him.RSP!
  • I'm not sure if this includes injured people or just horses, bit I would like to say RIP Jorge Herrera, jockey killed in California yesterday, 7-5-2012. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family. So sad!
  • Of course I meant "BUT I would like to say...."
  • KetaKeta Member
    Yes, it can/should include people-although I have been posting in Weekly Racing Discussions. Here is a statement from the Jockey Guild. It was posted on Twitter with a Facebook link. The link to the Jockey Guild site is at the bottom.
    Statement on the death of jockey Jorge Herrera from John Velazquez, Chairman of the Jockeys’ Guild
    JULY 6, 2012 4:40 p.m. EDT
    Jockey Jorge Herrera, 34, died Thursday after a spill while racing at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. He was riding in the eighth race at Pleasanton when he was thrown from his horse, Morito, which appeared to clip the heels of another horse and stumble. Herrera lurched forward and went over Morito's head as the horse righted itself and continued. Jorge suffered severe head injuries and passed away later at Eden Trauma Center in Castro Valley, California.
    Jorge’s death was tragic, and every jockey and jockey’s family mourn his passing. On behalf of the Jockeys’ Guild, we send our sincere condolences to his family, and offer our assistance to them in this time of grief. Originally from Mexico, Jorge has been a valued member of the Guild since 2004, riding his entire career in the Northwest and California. Those who knew him well described him as well-liked. He will be missed deeply.

    It is a reminder to all riders of how dangerous this profession really is and the risks that they take every time they get a “leg up” on a horse. Five jockeys have died since 2008, and 152 riders have been killed since 1940. Hundreds more are injured every year, and at least 60 jockeys currently suffer permanently disabling injuries, including the country’s leading quarter horse jockey.
    Jorge’s death affected me particularly hard because I was injured three weeks ago and have been unable to ride since. I was fortunate and expect to fully recover, but jockeys face the potential of injury, paralysis or death every time they ride. We participate in the most dangerous sport there is, and even though it is a job, we do it because we love racing.
    Sadly, there is no safety net for jockeys and their families. The Jockeys’ Guild and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund provide assistance as best we can, mostly through voluntary contributions, but the sad fact is many in the industry who benefit from racing do not contribute to the safety and well-being of jockeys. All tracks do not contribute to the Guild to help cover life insurance, death and dismemberment, and temporary disability benefits. Most casino-owned tracks in general do not contribute a dime, yet they make hundreds of millions of dollars from the license of operating a race track.

    It is essential that an adequate safety net for jockeys and their families be established. May this latest tragedy serve as a wake-up call for those tracks which do not live up to their responsibility to the men and women riders who are essential to their success.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Good news about John Velasquez!
    Injured Velazquez Continuing to Heal (Update July 9, 2012)
    Excerpt from article: Link to full article below
    Velazquez has since been under the care of Dr. Stephen O’Brien at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
    "I saw Dr. O’Brien (July 9), and he said I was healing very well," Velazquez said in a news release.
    O’Brien cleared Velazquez to start exercising horses at Saratoga July 16.
    "After that, I will just have to play it by ear," Velazquez said. "Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I can race again, but I want to make sure I'm strong enough to compete before I get back to riding."
  • Thank you so much for posting about Jorge and John V. I always enjoy all your posts so much and I always learn something new! I had no idea that so many jockeys have died and been so seriously injured and that they are treated this way! It's disheartening to say the least. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and for all your great posts here and on the blog.
  • KetaKeta Member
    You made my day!!
    Appreciate your comments.
    Hugs, Keta
  • KetaKeta Member
    Esther Marr ‏ The Blood-Horse tweeted
    Union Rags has sustained a tendon injury.
    His future is being evaluated....
    official vet statement to come tomorrow.
    Keta note: There are over 260 tweets about Union Rags.
    So, tomorrow Wed. July 11th, we will get the official evaluation on the injury.

    Glenye Cain Oakford‏ of Daily Racing Form tweeted
    UnionRags will miss balance of '12 season due to tendon injury,
    Russell Jones says. He just got word from trainer M Matz while at #julysale
    Keta Note: This gives more info. Still have to wait for vet report tomorrow
  • How so very sad for these brave and talented horses that give so much.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Alex Brown tweeted a post on Facebook–Union Rags Update
    Full presser from Dr. Kathy Anderson, re: Union Rag’s injury:
    Union Rags presented Tuesday 7/10/12 with mild filling of his left forelimb after returning to exercise following his work on 7/6/11.
    Although he was 100% sound, ultrasound examination revealed a small lesion of his high suspensory that appeared to be brand new indicating the injury likely occurred during his last work.
    The prognosis for full return to racing is excellent and he is scheduled to undergo treatment and therapy immediately with the goal of keeping his options open for 2013. Needless to say his owners, trainer and allconnections are extremely disappointed with this turn of events but we believe that this early diagnosisand treatment combined with rest will ultimately favor his full recovery and future success
  • KetaKeta Member
    Rood and Riddle on Facebook. Thought you'd like to watch. Keta
    Dr. Bramlage was interviewed this afternoon for a segment on tonight's NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, addressing some of the recent media concerns about racehorse safety and health. Be sure to tune in for what should be a great story--6:30 EST this evening on your local NBC station.
    We will be live tweeting the interview as it's released also from @roodandriddle.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Worth reading the entire statement By Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
    Reports on racehorse injury rates, medications misleading
    "In my opinion, The New York Times piece published on July 11 titled ‘I’ll Have Another had history of ailments, records show’ was closer to tabloid journalism than in-depth reporting, as was the selective editing demonstrated on the July 11 edition of NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams.
    In reality, statistics given by the Times that 24 horses break down each week on American racetracks was calculated based on a number of questionable assumptions including, the inclusion of "eased” designations and equine ambulance pick-ups after a race as indications of injury, a procedure that is often, in fact, precautionary. Our increased awareness of equine injuries has increased the number of times that we help the horse off the track, but those are not necessarily indications that the horse has had a serious problem. In fact, statistics indicate the number of Thoroughbred injuries has trended downward with the increased caution The misinterpretation of the medical terminology ‘osteoarthritis’, and the substitution of ‘major painkillers’ for anti-inflammatory medications is unfair to the uninformed general public. It’s useful only to sell newspapers, not to allow the public to understand what actually happened for the horse. The phenylbutazone given to I’ll Have Another is from the same drug group as aspirin and ibuprofen in humans, can’t be given to a horse within 24 hours of a race, and is tested for with blood and urine samples at all levels of the sport. Dexamethasone is a corticosteroid used as an anti-inflammatory as well.
    There have been 11 horses that have won two of the three legs of the Triple Crown in the last 33 years. I would guess that almost all of those horses had x-rays after winning the second leg as a monitoring, precautionary measure. That’s routine veterinary care, and would be akin to the kind of examinations that human Olympic athletes who just qualified in the U.S. championships will undergo prior to competing in the Olympics at the end of July.
    While veterinary ethics preclude us from speculating on I’ll Have Another’s case specifically as we were not the attending veterinarian, the records provided to New York State Racing and Wagering Board do not indicate anything inappropriate. No illegal, unprofessional, or medically unwarranted medication was given to this horse. We totally agree with the approach that Dr. Jim Hunt, attending veterinarian, took to get this horse ready for a possible Triple Crown run.”

    As a member of the Jockey Club, and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, renowned Thoroughbred health expert Dr. Larry Bramlage gave an interview to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in an attempt to more accurately inform the public about health and safety practices in racing. That video can be found here:
    As the AAEP’s on-call veterinarian for Triple Crown races and chief orthopedic surgeon at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Dr. Bramlage became concerned following the release of that segment that the public did not have all the facts regarding the issues presented by the Times and NBC.

  • KetaKeta Member
    Not an injury-retired because of recurring liver problem!
    Grade II Winner Kathmanblu Retired
    by Esther Marr The Blood Horse
    Dual graded stakes winner Kathmanblu, a 4-year-old daughter of Bluegrass Cat , has been retired from racing.
    Co-owner Dr. William Dobozi, who raced Kathmanblu under the name Five D Thoroughbreds in partnership with Wind River Stables, said the filly had suffered from a recurring mild liver inflammation that prevented her from consistently performing at a high level of racing.
    He confirmed that Kathmanblu will be consigned to this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
    Trained by Kenny McPeek, Kathmanblu recorded her biggest victory as a 2-year-old in the Golden Rod (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. At 3, she scored consecutive triumphs in the Sweetest Chant Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park and the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
    After finishing third in the 2011 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, Kathmanblu contested the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), where she finished sixth. During her career, Kathmanblu placed in three other graded stakes: the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT), the 2011 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (gr. IIT), and the April 20 Hillard Lyons Doubledogdare (gr. III).
    Kathmanblu’s career record stands at 5-3-2 from 18 starts, with earnings of $584,327.
    "Kenny told me, 'Horse racing is like a wave. You rode the wave on the upside for all that time and the wave has finally come in; it’s time to quit,'" said Dobozi. "On the farm, she sees all those mothers with their babies and she instinctively wants to be a mother. She’s gorgeous, she’s 1,000 pounds, and she’s happy as a clam. She just doesn’t want to run anymore."
    Dobozi still owns Kathmanblu’s stakes-placed dam Abba Gold, who is the only member of his broodmare band. He plans to eventually race the daughter of Devil’s Bag’s youngest offspring: a yearling City Zip filly named Ziptomylu. She's a full sister to Kathmanblu born April 12.
    Date Posted: 7/18/2012 5:13:19 PM
    Last Updated: 7/18/2012 5:33:40 PM

  • KetaKeta Member
    More info on WENT THE DAY WELL
    From: Cleveland Plain Dealer By D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer
    Went the Day Well is done: Went the Day Well won't be racing any more this season for Barry Irwin's Team Valor International, a syndicate that includes Youngstown horseman Bruce Zoldan. The three-year-old colt by Proud Citizen, a winner in the Vinery Spiral Stakes and a strong fourth in the Kentucky Derby, suffered from bone bruising in his front ankles and has been sent to Denali Stud in Kentucky for a couple of months. He's expected to race next in January at Gulfstream Park.
    Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 5:16 PM
  • Some times I'm just so reluctant to go to my favorite racing web sites each morning in case I'll have to read of more injuries, illnesses, retirements, etc. And of course, the worst - a fatality. Often it is with a heavy heart that I open this computer, fearing more bad news, but again the love I have for these wonderful horses keeps me coming back. Maybe I'm just a glutton for punishment as my mom used to say.
  • KetaKeta Member
    It is so sad when a horse is injured and/or dies.
    Don't open the computer anticipating the bad.
    Think of the days when you open it to good things like the photos of Rachel & group
  • KetaKeta Member
    Ray Paulick‏ tweeted update on Holy Candy
    John Sadler on Holy Candy, eased as fav in Oceanside div2 yesterday.
    “The good news is he’s going to be fine. He’ll be given some time off”
  • KetaKeta Member
    Big Brown Will Not Shuttle for 2012
    Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm announced today that 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown will not be returning to Australia for the coming 2012 Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Big Brown sustained a laceration to a hind leg which, although not structurally serious, did become infected, delaying the healing process. Veterinary advice has recommended against shuttling the horse, as the extensive travel and quarantine process would not be conducive to his recovery.

    "Those who've been around Big Brown for any length of time know him to be a good-natured horse, which makes him a good patient," said Three Chimneys president Case Clay. "While his initial injury didn't affect his ability to cover mares, looking out for his best interest, shuttling would not be conducive to his recovery."

    Big Brown maintained his popularity with breeders this past year in Kentucky. Fueled by positive reports about this two-year-olds in training, Big Brown covered a book of 140 mares during the 2012 Northern Hemisphere season.

    His three winners to date include BROWN ALMIGHTY, winner of a one mile maiden special weight at Arlington Park in his first career start, and BROWN EYES BLUE, who debuted a winner in a six furlong maiden special at Churchill Downs on June 30 by a length and three-quarters.

    "We are very happy for those breeders who took the opportunity to send mares to Big Brown in his first two seasons (in Australia) - 130 plus each year," said Peter Orton. "It looks like he is going to reward their support given good early results and the promise of so much more to come. We greatly look forward to Big Brown's return to Vinery in 2013."

    The Eclipse Champion Three-Year-Old Male in 2008, Big Brown earned more than $3.6 million on the track and was undefeated in all but one of his eight starts. His first crop are two-year-olds of 2012 and he stood for a $35,000 live foal fee this past breeding season.

  • KetaKeta Member
    NYRA‏ tweeted on Sunday July 22
    Jockey John Velazquez, sidelined since June 16 spill, will return to the races Wednesday, July 25 at Saratoga with two scheduled mounts
    Keta Note: What great news!
  • KetaKeta Member
    Holy Candy Recovering After Ankle Surgery
    Date Posted: 7/25/2012 5:12:05 PM The Blood-Horse
    Trainer John Sadler reported that Holy Candy, pulled up as the even-money favorite in the second division of the opening day Oceanside Stakes July 18 at Del Mar, has undergone successful surgery for a bone chip in his right front ankle.
    The surgery was performed by Dr. Wayne McIlwraith at Equine Medical in Cerritos, Calif.
    “Early on we’re very happy with the prognosis,” Sadler said July 25. “We keep them in for four or five days to make sure but in awhile he’ll be up the street and in the same area code.”
    Owned by the Craig Stables & Donkey Island Racing, Holy Candy will be recuperating at Jenny Craig’s Rancho Paseana, a few miles inland from the track.
  • KetaKeta Member
    From: Talking Horses Blog
    Pletcher: Gemologist had breathing problems in Haskell
    SARATOGA SPRINGS – Trainer Todd Pletcher thinks he has an explanation why Gemologist faded to last place in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday evening.
    Pletcher said Gemologist displaced his soft palate, which was confirmed by a endoscopic examination after the race.
    “Javier said (Gemologist) was making a lot of noise and when we got him back and scoped him, he appeared to displace his soft palate and he had a lot of mucus, like a lung infection going on,” Pletcher said. “We know he’s a lot better than that, his form from the spring, when he beat Currency Swap and Alpha and Street Life and those horses, it just didn’t make sense why he didn’t run better. But I think after scoping him, it became a lot more clear.”
    Gemologist raced to the lead and held it until the final quarter-mile, when he was passed by eventual winner Paynter.
    “We’ve got to get him on some antibiotics and treat him for it and get it cleared up and maybe make an equipment adjustment, add a tongue tie to the mix or something,” Pletcher said. “I’m pretty sure after talking to Javier, that he displaced his palate and when we scoped him, we could confirm that. Add the mucus and lung infection into the mix, and I think that’s what happened.”
    Pletcher said Gemologist, owned by WinStar Farm, will remain on antibiotics for a week. He didn’t rule the horse out of the $1 million Travers on Aug. 25.
    “We’re not going to rule anything out,” Pletcher said. “We’ll take a little time and talk to Elliott (Walden), Winstar connections. Everything else is good. He’s sound and that’s the main thing, so I think this is something we can work through.”
  • KetaKeta Member
    From The Blood-Horse
    Monarchos , the 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, returned home Saturday, Aug. 11, to Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky. He had undergone colic surgery at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington the evening of July 31.

    Charles Nuckols III said the 14-year old stallion is “on a strict diet and we are carefully measuring his water intake. We built a pen around the back door of his stall and mowed the grass very low. This way he can enjoy the outdoors but not overdo it.”

    Monarchos (Maria's Mon—Regal Band, by Dixieland Band) has sired 15 stakes winners, including champion Informed Decision.
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