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PETA “Blazes” a New Trail at the Kentucky Derby as Congress Receives Proposed Racing Medication Legislation

PETA “Blazes” a New Trail at the Kentucky Derby as Congress Receives Proposed Racing Medication Legislation | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Mint juleps? Twin spires? Big hats? Those are hardly the images that this billboard designed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) evokes but that’s what you will see if you are in Louisville, Kentucky this week.


The outspoken media experts at PETA have created an image of a horse with a hypodermic needle for a blaze running down its face.


In a touch of classic irony, Congress may soon be deliberating new legislation to preclude drugs from racing. The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act would provide the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) with authority to clean up the sport and enforce anti-doping standards in races with simulcast wagering.

PETA and Congressional delegations on the same side of an issue? Don’t bet on it, but remember that when it comes to horse racing, anything can happen. And probably will.

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I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report

I’ll Have Another Controversy Sets Stage for Today’s Senate Hearing on Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Thoroughbred Racehorses | The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Today’s news, shared early yesterday by the New York Times, suggests that Doug O’Neill knew throughout the horse’s preparation for the Belmont that his horse was unsound. The story stated that the horse had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis after a post-Preakness set of radiographs and that two days before the Belmont “the colt was injected with two powerful painkillers as well as a synthetic joint fluid”.


The allegations came on the eve of a US Senate Commerce Committee hearing investigating the use of medication and performance-enhancing drugs in racing.


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Thoroughbred Racing Reform: Travers Stakes Entrants Face Heightened Scrutiny at Saratoga | New York Times

Thoroughbred Racing Reform: Travers Stakes Entrants Face Heightened Scrutiny at Saratoga | New York Times | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The hard-line stance comes in the wake of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s taking control of horse racing in New York in the hopes of overhauling a scandal-plagued industry.


"New York authorities have ordered that all horses racing in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 25 be placed under 24-hour surveillance, and their trainers will have to document each medical treatment a horse receives in the 72 hours before the race.


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