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COMPETITION is essential to sport. In our sport – the greatest of them all – we have many creatures of various descriptions and talents who actively join together in the teams competing in each race.
Unique among them is the amazing non-human who naturally and instinctively competes. Anyone who has ever had the privilege of sitting on a Thoroughbred trying to catch another one, or keep another from passing, knows the pure, sheer thrill and exhilaration of the true competitive instinct.
That's the fundamental reason that publics the world over delight in betting on a great horserace.
Business in our capitalistic age is also based on competition. Sadly – especially for a business based on competitive sport – our most prominent California racing leaders seem not to understand or be willing to invest in the necessary tools to compete and compete successfully. Do they not see a future for their business (which is our business, too, as horsemen)? Would they rather be in another business (real estate, for instance)?
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.
by Ed Golden
Photos: Horsephotos, Frances J Karon
Through diligence, dedication and devotion, Casse has won favor with major clients who have helped make him a respected horseman at any shed row under which his shingle hangs.
Presently, that would include California, Kentucky and his home away from home, Woodbine near Toronto, where he won his eighth straight title in 2014 and his ninth overall.
He won the crown at Turfway Park four times, topped the list at Churchill Downs in 1988, was champion of the 2014 Keeneland Spring meet, and was among the leaders at the 2015 Winter session at Santa Anita, no easy feat against the likes of perennial alpha males Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Miller, Doug O’Neill and John Sadler.
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.
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.
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.
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Date: April 30, 2015
ALEX SOLIS APPOINTED TO CHRB SEAT VACATED BY BO DEREK
SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of jockey Alex Solis to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). This followed the resignation of Bo Derek, who served nearly seven years on the Board, most recently as 1st Vice Chair.
CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner expressed high praise for both.
"I'm very pleased that the Governor appointed Alex to the Board. Having a rider will bring a new dimension to our process that has been missing," said Chairman Winner. "I've known Alex since he began riding in California. He's a terrific jockey and a man of integrity, who is well respected throughout the industry."
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.