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PLEASE HELP MAKE RACING SAFER FOR HORSES   Horse Racing

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In reply toRe: msg 79
Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

STH--

Good job.  I want to stress that the purpose of this thread is multi-faceted:  to bring to the forefront the true statistics of breakdowns/deaths of our race horses every single day across this nation; to insist on accountability on every single level of the horseracing industry and make everyone involved responsible for the horses they have destroyed, and to make the necessary improvements that will give the horse a fighting chance for soundness, longevity, and sincere opportunities for other careers or rescue after their jobs on the oval have been completed, eliminating any possibility of being sent to slaughter.  Track surface is only one of many issues that may help--it is certainly not a fix-all.  When you write your letters about one or more horses, send a copy to each of the following: the Welfare and Safety Summit people, then the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (www.ntra.com), the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (www.toba.org), the Jockey Club(www.jockeyclub.com), then the individual racetrack management where the horse broke down, then the Racing Secretary of that track, then the trainer/owners involved.  We have to start at the top and go down.  Hard copy letters/faxes are the most effective.  They ALL need to know that now people on the outside are keeping track of the toll the racing industry is taking on the horses.  This has never been done before: racing has been able to keep its own little secrets within their enclosures, but the breakdown/euthanasia numbers are staggering, and we will keep exposing them every single time a horse is destroyed for nothing but monetary means.  Now it will be reported that every horse whose career or life has needlessly ended has a name and a face.  It won't take long for the 'powers that be' to realize that their revenue, jobs, entertainment and futures depend on none other than the Thoroughbred Racehorse.  It is high time these equine athletes get the respect due to them, and not continue to be looked at as disposable commodities.    

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Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

By the way, on sending letters, take a peek at the websites (given above) of the NTRA, TOBA, and the Jockey Club.  Look at what they say they are about and what they proclaim they do for the racing industry.  This would be a good reference point for your letters, starting with Inesperado.
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Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

sorry to say - another was just added to the May list

5/29, Early Tide, mare, $8K clm, Yavapi 6, in disress/vanned off

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Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

What are these people really doing?  How much is actually aimed at racing?

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.

A leading non-profit charitable foundation committed to the advancement of research to enhance the health and soundness of horses of all breeds.

http://www.grayson-jockeyclub.org/default.asp

The Jockey Club is the breed registry for Thoroughbred horses in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The organization is dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, and it fulfills that mandate by serving many segments of the industry through its family of companies. The Jockey Club maintains offices in Lexington, Kentucky, and New York City.

The Jockey Club, then and now, is dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing and it maintains a leadership role in numerous industry initiatives, including the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA).

Through the years, several subsidiary companies, charitable foundations and a general partnership have been created for the betterment of the industry and they now make up The Jockey Club family of companies.

Do any of you want to grade their efforts?

Breakdowns in 1967 vs. 2007   Are there any stats available that supports their claim of 'betterment'?

Horse Racing drug usage and types in 1967 vs. 2007 Has their research concluded drugging race horses is a 'betterment'?  It's gotta be an issue they've explored.

It appears they'll be more than happy to accept your donated money - for the 'betterment' of what?

Are they willing to enact change?  Are they avoiding real issues?

Rob 

  • Edited 5/30/2007 5:13 am by laserRob
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From: Guest

5/30/07

Those are interesting questions, Rob.  1967 -2007.  Compare breakdowns and drug usage.  Can we do that?
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From: Guest

5/30/07

excellent questions laseRob..i think we all know the answers..

btw would you be willing to watch a couple of tracks with us?? maybe the "triangle of death'?? would be much appreciated!!

here is what we have so far - please let me know if this is right

Belmont - Belmont, Araphoe

sth - Canterbury Arlington Hawthone Fairmount Praiire Meadows

racinggal- Delaware Park and Maryland tracks

judysees- Brown County Fair Calder Retama Louisnana Downs Lone Star Remington Park

Choklitz - Penn National

Swiss305- Southen Cal..

Is this right?? Anyone else want a track or two??

 



Edited 5/30/2007 9:48 am ET by sth99
  • Edited 5/30/2007 9:57 am ET by sth99
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Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

well this will be an interesting point of comparison..

http://www.bloodhorse.com/viewstory_plain.asp?id=39138

Equine Injury Reporting System to Begin at 30 Tracks
by -

Date Posted: 5/30/2007 9:22:11 AM
Last Updated: 5/30/2007 9:53:20 AM

Edited press release

A uniform on-track equine injury reporting system developed by Dr. Mary Scollay will be implemented as a pilot project at 30 racetracks beginning June 1, representatives of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit announced May 30.

The goal of the injury reporting pilot project is threefold: to identify the frequency, type and outcome of racing injuries using a standardized format that will generate valid composite statistics; to develop a centralized epidemiologic database that could be used to identify markers for horses at increased risk of injury; and to serve as a data source for research directed at improving safety and preventing injuries.

The centerpiece of the system is a standardized form that will be used by racetrack veterinarians to identify what happened to an injured horse. The injured horses will not be identified at any time, and tracks will be able to compare their individual statistics to the aggregate statistics.

“Most tracks have been keeping much, if not all, of this information already,” Scollay said. “The difference with this program is that by using standardized terminology, definitions, and reporting criteria we can all be on the same page. And that will permit constructive interactions.”

Another benefit is that the data could be linked to other studies emanating from the summit.

One is an ongoing study headed by Dr. Mick Peterson, professor of mechanical engineering, University of Maine, that records racing surface data.

“There is no such thing as ‘an acceptable rate of injury,’ but until we are able to document injury rates, trends, and outcomes—and figure out where we are—it is hard to figure out how to get to where we want to be,” Scollay said.

In addition to the tracks starting the study June 1, several other tracks anticipate participating if they can arrange personnel by that time.

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, which was conceived by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board of directors in 2005 and held in October 2006, addressed this issue and many others concerning the safety and soundness of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

Six committees are conducting research and making recommendations on the action plans that evolved from the summit’s strategic planning session:

•      Injury Reporting: Dr. Mary Scollay
•      Stallions’ Progeny Racing Durability: Ed Bowen
•      Racing Surfaces: Dr. Wayne McIlwraith
•      Race Condition and Race Office: Eual Wyatt
•      Shoeing and Hoofcare: Bill Casner
•      Education and Licensing: Paul Bowlinger

At the Association of Racing Commissioners International convention in April, Dan Fick, executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club; Bill Casner, chairman and co-owner of WinStar Farm; and Peterson and Scollay presented updates on the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit and the focus and progress of their respective committees.

One of the model rules passed by the RCI included a ban on toe grabs longer than 4 millimeters.

“The injury reporting system and toe grab ban are just two examples of progress from the summit,” Fick said. “Committee members are working hard to improve the safety and soundness of racehorses, and we will continue to provide updates from each of them in the months ahead.”

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was coordinated and underwritten by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club, and was hosted by the Keeneland Association Oct. 16-17, 2006. Since 1983, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has underwritten 230 projects at 32 universities for more than $14 million.

Here are the racetracks participating in the on-track injury reporting system as of May 29:

Albuquerque Downs
Aqueduct
Arlington Park
Belmont Park
Beulah Park
Calder Race Course
Canterbury Park
Charles Town Races
Churchill Downs
Delaware Park
Ellis Park
Emerald Downs
Fonner Park
Gulfstream Park
Hastings Park
Hawthorne Racecourse
Hollywood Park
Hoosier Park
Indiana Downs
Keeneland
Lone Star Park
Meadowlands
Monmouth Park
Penn National
Philadelphia Park
Prairie Meadows
Saratoga
Suffolk Downs
Turfway Park
Yavapai Downs



 

  • Edited 5/30/2007 10:37 am ET by sth99
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2ottbs

From: 2ottbs

5/30/07

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If someone emerges to "lead" a movement, I always want to know as much about them as possible.

sth99, would you let me know as much biographical info about yourself as you are comfortable giving out?   And why you have chosen to step forward at this time with many prior researched facts all ready for us?

Thank you,

GloriaRB, 5/29, 11:45pm, EDT >>


While I am very concerned about reform in racing, I am also concerned about animal rights group's agendas.

STH99 - you have previously posted that you are an avowed PETA member, who embraces the most radical viewpoints of that organization's leaders. The racing industry has been long been one of PETA's targets, and they urge an end to "this exploitive sport".

Are we to believe that you are interested only in seeing the Welfare and Safety Summit recommendations implemented, or is this project a means to the end of horse racing from your perspective?

 

 

 

In reply toRe: msg 88
Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

This is not a HSUS project..This is not a PETA project..This is not a project organized or promoted by any organization that I or btw many members of this board are involved with..This is not even "my project" - if you had fully read my earlier post as well as the relevant links, it should be clear that many individuals are involved in the intial ideas and organization of this effort..(btw if you will recall -my prior discussions of PETA here were to correct pro-slaughter propaganda posted on this board by someone else.. i can link the thread for you if you wish..)

This is not about any AGENDA except that of improving the lives of racehorses and while it is fair to ask questions, it is not fair to make inaccurate blanket assumptions as to what my positions or purposes actually are. you alledgedly read my earlier response?? and that is the truth of the matter...

This is not a project to abolish horseracing - it is an effort to hold the racing industry accountable for the promises they made in the Welfare and Safety Summit..This is not "unreasonable" or "radical" - it is engaged citzenship..

Many here have expressed an interest in this effort - the communications that flow from this project will come from concerned individuals - not from this board or any group or organization..

People have the right to view public infomation on racetacks, horse breakdowns and deaths and respond to it collectively if they wish.. They have the right to ask the powers that be in horseracing to be responsible fo the well-being of the animals they make millions off of..And you of course, have the right to assist us or not..


  • Edited 5/30/2007 12:08 pm ET by sth99
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Guest

From: Guest

5/30/07

repost-- do i have this right??

here is what we have so far - please let me know if this is right

Belmont - Belmont, Araphoe,Suffolk Downs

sth - Canterbury Arlington Hawthone Fairmount Praiire Meadows

racinggal- Delaware Park and Maryland tracks

judysees- Brown County Fair Calder Retama Louisnana Downs Lone Star Remington Park

Choklitz - Penn National

Swiss305- Southen Cal..

Is this right?? Anyone else want a track or two??

  • Edited 5/30/2007 12:22 pm ET by sth99
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