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ONE RACE HORSE DIES EACH WEEK AT PENNSYLVANIA RACE TRACKS

Posted by on May 2, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

ONE RACE HORSE DIES EACH WEEK AT PENNSYLVANIA RACE TRACKS

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May 2, 2019
Article written from an article in the Paulick Report

According to an article by David Wenner of PennLive posted in the “Paulick Report”, The bad news about Thoroughbred racing in the PennLive racing facility is that a recent report report on racing fatalities showed that roughly one horse dies each week at the Pennsylvania racetracks. However, the good news is that the state’s fatality rate is down from previous years and slightly below the national average.

Pennsylvania made headlines several years ago in connection with an FBI investigation and subsequent race-fixing charges related to illegal medication administration. The state’s racing commission says it has made positive changes, such as making its rulings publicly available and searchable and implementing out-of-competition testing.

However, Dr. Kate Papp, a rescue advocate and veterinarian, said there are still changes to be.made like Pennsylvania condition books still show a problematic unbalance between slots-infused purses and claiming prices. Papp is also convinced trainers and backstretch employees witness cheating but are afraid to testify about it. The remedy may be increased security cameras.

A portion of one response to the article said, “In my view the article brings into focus further evidence that horse racing is truly in trouble. The overwhelming majority of the general public increasingly see it as a drug-laden, cruel undertaking whose day has come and gone. The powers-that-be in the industry would be wise to take to heart the harsh lessons of the greyhound racing industry, which has seen voters in numerous states make greyhound racing illegal over the past couple of decades.”

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