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RUMORS THAT SANTA ANITA TRACK TO SHIFT DATES ARE FALSE

Posted by on Apr 4, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RUMORS THAT SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK WANTS TO SHIFT DATES ARE FALSE

Article from Paulick Report

April 4, 2019

After California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for a suspension of horse racing at Santa Anita and the California Horse Racing Board scheduled a meeting to discuss reallocation of Santa Anita dates, management with The Stronach Group say they plan to continue on this weekend as scheduled.

Tim Ritvo, Stronach Group chief operating officer, told The Blood-Horse Wednesday that the action item on the CHRB’s agenda for its April 12 meeting was not requested by the company. Further, Ritvo said speculation, including a tweet from New York Times writer Joe Drape, that The Stronach Group would ask CHRB to shift Santa Anita’s dates to Golden Gate Fields were “totally false.”

Following the breakdown of Arms Runner on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita last weekend, horsemen were notified that races scheduled for the downhill course on Thursday and Friday had been moved to the dirt.

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CALIFORNIA SENATOR CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SANTA ANITA RACES

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, MAJOR EVENTS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

CALIFORNIA SENATOR CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF RACES AT SANTA ANITA PARK

Information from an April 3, 2019 article in the Paulick Report

According to an April 3 article in The Paulick Report, California U. S. Senator Diane Feinstein, in a letter to California Horse Racing Board Chairman Chuck Winner, has called for the suspension of Thoroughbred horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia Calif., until an investigation has determined the cause or causes of 23 racehorse fatalities since the current winter meet that began on Dec. 26.

Feinstein, a lifelong lover of horses, said, “I’m appalled that almost two dozen horses have died in just four months.”

Feinstein asked Winner in an April 2 letter for “more information about what the California Horse Racing Board is doing to both investigate the matter and address some of the concerns that these incidents have rightly raised.” 

That same day, the California Horse Racing Board posted notice of an April 12 meeting that was not on its regular calendar. The meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita, has the subject listed as “Discussion and action by the Board regarding possible reallocation of race dates granted to the Los Angeles Turf Club (LATC) at Santa Anita Park Race Track pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 19530.”

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48 STATES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO & VIRGIN ISLANDS MAKE SOME ANIMAL CRUELTY FELONIES

Posted by on Apr 2, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

FORTY EIGHT STATES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO & VIRGIN ISLAND MAKE SOME ANIMAL CRUELTY FELONIES

 

ANOTHER HORSE DIES AT SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK; VIRGINIA ADOPTS “TOMMIE’S LAW”

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For allaboutcutting.net
April 2, 2019

ANOTHER HORSE DIES AT SANTA ANITA RACETRACK

The Sports Report: It’s time to stop racing and replace the track at Santa Anita – Los Angeles Times.

An article, by Houston Mitchell, published on April 1 in the Los Angeles Times reports: Well, another horse died at Santa Anita on Sunday.  Arms Runner, a 5-year-old gelding, fell on the dirt track crossover of a 6 1/2-furlong race on the hillside turf course. He appeared to suffer a catastrophic injury to his right front leg and was euthanized.This makes 23 horses to die at Santa Anita since Dec. 26.

“While this incident happened during competition on a track that has been deemed by independent experts to be safe,” said Santa Anita said in a statement, “We are working closely with the CHRB to understand if there was anything additional that we could have done to prevent Sunday’s tragedy.”

It’s time to stop racing at Santa Anita until more drastic steps are taken. You can change or ban the amount of medications given to a horse and you can stop jockeys from using their riding crop, but none of that changes the fact that 23 horses have died at Santa Anita since Dec. 26. If those numbers were people, the sport would be shut down. I’m not saying the life of a horse and a person is equivalent. But what I am saying is the life of a horse has some intrinsic value and it’s time to stop turning a blind eye to it.

However, some will say, “But this is what they were bred to do. Making these horses stop would be damaging to them.”

”Yes. You know what else is damaging to them? Dying.

In my opinion, Santa Anita needs to replace the entire track. And why do I focus on the track and not some other cause, like medication or riding crops? Because 23 horses haven’t died in three months at any other track. There has to be some sort of problem with the Santa Anita track.

We’ve been very lucky that no jockeys have been seriously injured, or even worse, from one of these incidents. Let’s hope that’s not what it will take for the outcry to be so overwhelming that drastic steps be taken.  To read the entire article, click on the following LINK:

 

HUMANE SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ANIMAL CRUELTY A FELONY IN 48 STATES:

According to an announcement by the Humane Society, 48 states in the USA have adopted FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS, even for the first offense.  To see if your state is included on the list, click on the following LINK.

 

VIRGINIA ADOPTS “TOMMIE’S LAW”

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia is the latest or 49th state to adopt a felony animal cruelty law named “Tommie’s Law” that was enacted due to an animal cruelty where a Pit-bull dog was tied to a fence, doused with a flammable material and set on fire.

According to WGN(9) Chicago, lawmakers passed ‘Tommie’s Law’ to make an animal cruelty charge a felony in Virginia. The bill is awaiting the governors signature. Ten days after a pit bull named “Tommie” was found tied to a pole and on fire at Abner Clay Park in Jackson Ward, Virginia’s legislature passed a bill that would stiffen the penalty for animal cruelty.  Even though the bill is based off another animal cruelty case, some are dubbing it “Tommie’s Law.”

According to WTVR in Richmond, the legislation by Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach) increases the penalty for “cruelly or unnecessarily beating, maiming, mutilating or killing a dog or cat” to a felony.  Under current law, the animal must die as a direct result of the torture or inhumane injury before a suspect faces a felony charge.

Desteph said he has been working on the legislation for three years after a dog name Sugar was attacked with a machete in Virginia Beach.

“It should be named for every one of those cases,” DeSteph said.  “The crime matches the penalty. Not whether the dog lives or dies, the act of maliciously wounding or torturing a dog is the felony.”

Tommie was tied to a fence in Abner Clay Park in Richmond on Sunday, Feb. 10, doused in accelerant, then set on fire.  He lived for another five days before, as Richmond Animal Care and Control announced his death in a Facebook post, “his body simply gave out” and he stopped breathing.

“They couldn’t charge him with a felony until Tommie passed away, which is a horrible thing. The act itself is the horrible thing too. The act itself should be the felony, not the outcome,” DeSteph said.

Memorials at both Abner Clay Park and RACC continue to grow.  All week long, supporters of Tommie can stop by RACC on Chamberlayne Avenue to pay their respects and drop off donations in Tommie’s name.

“For somebody to have the heart to set a dog on fire, that’s like setting a human being’s body on fire,” said Jamilah Jones, who stopped by RACC to show Tommie love.

To read the full article click on the following LINK:

 

For years, I’ve been reporting that animal cruelty laws are expanding, becoming tougher on the offender and even has been adopted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in how, animal cruelty crimes are reported and categorized. In all fifty states the (FBI) is categorizing animal cruelty in the same categories as “Crimes Against Persons.”  

It’s long been known, there’s a direct correlation between animal abuse and violent offender acts being committed, in our society.  One would think, animal abusers would stop their animal abuse activities before he or she makes an extended stay trip to the “Grey Bar Hotel.” Guess we’ll wait and see!

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Copyright April 2, 2019, all rights reserved.

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone:  (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site:  http://www.richardedennis.net

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NEW RULES CONVULSE A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR HORSE RACING INDUSTRY

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

NEW RULES CONVULSE A MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR HORSE RACING INDUSTRY

 

 

NO RACE-DAY DRUGS AND NO USE OF WHIPS AT SANTA ANITA TRACK IN RESPONSE TO MULTIPLE HORSE DEATHS

 

March 19, 2019

The owners of the Santa Anita racehorse track announced strict new rules for their sport — no race-day drugs, no use of whips — in response to a spate of horse deaths, 22 since the end of December.

The new rules have not only put trainers and owners at the track on notice, but also convulsed a multibillion-dollar industry from Kentucky to New York that has resisted meaningful oversight for decades. The stakes are high, especially in California, where the animal rights movement is particularly strong, and all it takes is 600,000 signatures on a petition to prompt a ballot initiative on whether horse racing should even exist here.

Even more harrowing is the fact that Los Angeles County district attorney’s office investigators are looking into deaths at the behest of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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RENO HORSES QUARANTINED FOR EQUINE HERPES

Posted by on Mar 19, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

RENO HORSES QUARANTINED FOR EQUINE HERPES

 

RENO, Nev. (AP) — March 19, 2019

State agriculture officials have ordered the quarantine of a second and third horse in southern Nevada that tested positive for an equine herpes virus after the state high school rodeo last month in Pahrump.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture said Monday two additional Clark County horse facilities have been quarantined since the first case was confirmed on Friday.

The facilities have not been identified because the state says there is no public health risk.

However, horse owners in Nevada and surrounding states are warned to watch for signs of fever, cough or runny nose in any animals that may have been exposed to the virus known as EHV-1.

It can cause respiratory disease in young horses, abortions in pregnant mares and neurologic disease in older horses. It can be spread through contact with exposed animals, people, equipment and vehicles.

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23 HORSES DIE ON SANTA ANITA RACE TRACK

Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 4 comments

IS FEDERAL DRUG TESTING OF HORSES ON THE HORIZON?

ILLEGAL DRUG USE ON HORSES, A RACE TO THE BOTTOM!!

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For Allaboutcutting.com

March 18, 2019

ARCADIA, Calif. (KABC) — Santa Anita Park is scheduled to resume horse racing on Friday, racetrack officials confirm. 

The track is set to reopen after a deal was made Saturday by track officials and the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Part of the deal includes a ban on the drug Lasix, which will now be delayed until next year. Lasix is a diuretic that helps prevent horses from hemorrhaging, according to the Daily Racing Forum. Racing at the Park had been suspended indefinitely after the number of Thoroughbred deaths started to skyrocket since late December. A total of 23 horses have died due to injuries on the track. 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that it is joining an investigation surrounding the 23 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park.The DA confirmed that it has assigned investigators to work with the California Horse Racing Board. Meantime, there is a call for a congressional committee to investigate treatment of racehorses. Congresswoman Judy Chu wants the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the treatment of horses, not only at Santa Anita but at racetracks across the country.

The park announced this week that the track would ban race-day medication and the use of riding crops. The Lasix ban was one of several changes to Santa Anita policies announced. But the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Thoroughbred Trainers — which both support the use of Lasix — balked at the ban, according to the DRF, and it will now begin with next year’s crop of 2-year-olds. Additionally, race-day administration of Lasix will be reduced from a maximum of 10 CCs to 5. 

PETA issued on statement late Saturday, saying Thoroughbred owners are like Lasix addicts and “if one more horse dies, there will be blood on the owners’ hands and hell to pay.” California Thoroughbred owners and trainers are like Lasix addicts, but they’re shooting up the horses instead of themselves. No horses outside the U.S. and Canada race with Lasix in their systems, and the owners’ claim that its use must be phased out and not ended outright, is transparently bogus. 

PETA is relieved that Santa Anita has finalized its ban on some of the cruelest racing practices, including injection of joints with corticosteroids, painful shockwave therapy as well as whipping and has enacted medication rules that will end the use of Phenylbutazone 24 hours before a race and most other drugs in the week before a race, among other changes. PETA will be watching very closely to see that these changes are implemented, and the public will join us in watching what happens to the horses. If one more horse dies, there will be blood on the owners’ hands and hell to pay.

Santa Anita Park has been plagued by horse fatalities since the winter season opened on Dec. 26, this being the 22nd reported fatal incident.

The track was closed for racing on Tuesday March 5, pending further evaluation of the surfaces. It was reopened for galloping and jogging, but not timed workouts, yesterday, Wednesday, March 13, following retesting of the surface by veteran trackman and previous Santa Anita superintendent Dennis Moore.

“Everything went well,” Moore is quoted as saying in a press release. “The main track is good. All of the test data support what we experienced.”

A reported 196 workouts were completed Wednesday without incident, prior to this morning’s fatality.

However, it was later reported that Princess Lili B, a 3-year-old maiden filly  broke both forelegs following the end of a half-mile workout Thursday morning at Santa Anita Park and was euthanized, according to her trainer David Bernstein and reported in the Daily Racing Form by Brad Free.

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, is quoted as saying, “We are devastated.”

A spokesperson is quoted as saying a major corporate announcement  is planned for midday Thursday.

The problems have altered the racing schedule and have had an impact on prep races for The Kentucky Derby with the cancellation of the San Felipe Stakes (G2). Santa Anita Park is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup Championships Nov. 1–2. This is an evolving story.

THE “MECHANICAL HORSE,” A HORSE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS

I authored the following  article on Aug.6, 2014 in response to an ever-increasing use of drugs in the horse industry, by horse trainers.  The primary motivation driving drug use in the horse industry is “Money”.  As the old adage states, “Money is the ROOT of all evil.”  In this article, I made a myriad of “Ominous Predictions” about the effects of drug use on horses both, during training and exhibition, that unfortunately, for the horse, is coming full circle and “IS” becoming a stark reality.

Also, the article includes my prediction of the eventual federalization of equine drug-testing programs in the private sector. Simply put, “If the private sector won’t police itself, the Federal Government will do it for them.”  Obviously, from the foregoing, the race horse industry isn’t doing such a hot job of eliminating drug use.  The impending investigation by the DA in the foregoing matter as well as a hearing by Congress are certainly steps in the right direction for a coup. As a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs training school, my experience as a 16-year Drug Enforcement Agent and being certified as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State Courts on drugs of abuse, I know all too well, the effects drugs of abuse has on the anatomy.

The detriment to the horse, attributed to drug use either during training, exercise, or performance, far outweighs the money made by individuals using unscrupulous methods to cheat ones way through the industry.

To read the entire article click on the following link:

☛ Mechanical Horse Under the Influence 8-6-14

THE LEGALITY OF DRUG TESTING

The legality of drug and alcohol testing for humans, in the private sector, was established back in 1987.  Over-the-years, I’ve authored a myriad of Drug and Alcohol Testing programs for the private sector which includes a litany of Fortune 500 and other companies to include, but not limited to,:  Exxon Company, USA, Gulf Oil, Pennzoil, USA, Chevron, USA, Kerr-McGee Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, ARCO Oil & Gas, etc.  A few of the established legal precedents included language emphasizing “SAFETY” instead of incarceration for the violator.  Therefore, the courts have overwhelmingly approved and upheld the rights of a private company, to include in their hiring criteria, the ability to drug and alcohol test as well as performing a cursory search or inspection of an individual employee, his or her personal effects, individual private vehicles as well as their packages “on Company premises or properties” as a condition of employment, in order to provide and SAFE and PRODUCTIVE work environment.  

Also, as a condition of employment is a provision authorizing the Company to inspect Company provided owned or leased property to include Company provided housing.  The primary use of drug and alcohol testing as well as individual searches is to provide a “Safe and Effective work force” and the general public, in general.

The key to a successful drug testing program is to design one that accomplishes the main goal, i.e., to provide a safe and productive work environment without using this program to circumvent or violate an individual’s constitutional rights, e.g., 5th Amendment Rights:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Simply put, the employee’s employment status is terminated rather than summoning law enforcement to effectuate an arrest.  Therefore, the employees civil rights are maintained and aren’t violated.  The US COAST GUARD included an additional punishment for licensed marine individuals who fails a drug or alcohol test to include:  A suspension of their licenses until such time as they successfully complete a drug rehabilitation program and agree to unannounced or random drug and alcohol testing thereafter, for a specified time period. 

PRIVATE SECTOR HORSE ASSOCIATIONS

Private sector horse associations use present-day horse testing programs which are modeled from the foregoing program criteria, or the 1987 model. Authors of these programs, myself included, always incorporate the same or similar language when designing a drug testing program for a private horse association.  After all, the language and criteria in the 1987 model is already a proven and judiciary winning model.  Some additional language in the private sector horse associations programs include monetary fines, penalties, and suspensions from the association for the individual violating the drug testing rules.  

The key to this authority is to provide, in writing, to the prospective member, that complete adherence to the associations horse drug testing rule is required by same as a condition of individual membership into the association.  Another key, is to provide the member with a copy of the penalties the individual or individuals will be subject to for violating such rules and regulations. 

HORSE SAFETY AND THE SLAUGHTER PIPELINE

One of the adverse effects of using a certain class of drugs on a horse either, during training or exhibition, can become detrimental to the safety and well being of the horse and rider.  A horse is not designed to operate under the influence of drugs.  As we know, a horse has a very sensitive system which will allow a horse, on a particular medication, to easily become impaired during exercise or performance.  It’s this impairment capability of certain drugs which become a “RISK FACTOR” and perhaps detrimental to the safety and well being of the horse and rider.  Accidents can happen and if the injury, to the horse, become a debilitating one and contributive to unauthorized or illegal drug use, the horse usually ends up in the sale pen and perhaps the foreign horse slaughter plant.  An otherwise healthy horse, just becomes another victim to the greed and morale decay of humanity.  

Therefore, the “breed more, kill more” cycle of some horses lives continues to become a reality and feed the horse slaughter pipeline. Perhaps the horse industry is to corrupt to police itself and a federalized drug testing law is the only way to eliminate drug use and abuse among horses.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Freelance Writer & Author
Phone (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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