Horse Given Painkiller Breaks Down at New Mexico Racetrack | New York Times | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

A Quarter horse that recently tested positive for demorphin, a supercharged painkiller drawn from a type of South American frog, broke down and was euthanized Thursday at a New Mexico racetrack after winning a trial heat for the upcoming All American Futurity, one of the world’s richest horse races...


....Separately, in Kentucky, the state’s racing commission announced Wednesday that it had instituted safety measures aimed at identifying injured or at-risk horses after a rash of fatal breakdowns in May at the country’s most famous Thoroughbred racetrack, Churchill Downs.