Updates

12 Jun 2020

Making Spectator-Free Racing Safe for Everyone

As thoroughbred racing returns across the country, we’re proud to support the NTRA’s national best practices for safely conducting racing without spectators in these challenging times. Last month, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) released a document outlining best practices for North American racetracks determined to prioritize …

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14 May 2020

Insights From the Backstretch During COVID-19

Racing’s favorite father-daughter duo discuss the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their daily routines and social distancing in the country’s track communities Shortly before Santa Anita Park received approval from the Los Angeles County Health Department to resume live racing on May 15 under …

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5 May 2020

Keeping Ourselves Accountable

How we’re tracking our progress on implementing vital equine-safety reforms With the COVID-19 pandemic at the top of everyone’s mind, our Coalition members have rallied to support the racing community and anyone whose health, family and employment have been affected by the virus. We take …

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4 May 2020

Helping Out Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

How we’re supporting the backstretch community, healthcare providers, and families in need We recognize that in this extraordinary time, we all—the members of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition and the broader racing community—have a responsibility to support those in need, including the backstretch community, health professionals, …

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13 Apr 2020

Why Tracks Keep Operating in the Face of COVID-19

Donna Brothers discusses this, how to support the backstretch broader community, with Laffit Pincay and fellow jockey Gary Stevens Our strategic advisor Donna Brothers spoke to Laffit Pincay and fellow jockey Gary Stevens on Fox Sports’s America’s Day at the Races this past Sunday to explain why …

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10 Mar 2020

Donna Brothers Issues a Statement on Behalf of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition in Response to the California Horse Racing Board’s Report on the 2019 Fatalities at Santa Anita

The loss of any equine athlete is felt by all of us in the Thoroughbred racing community. We can and will do better.  This report provides our community with an important opportunity to reflect on and learn from its findings. Members of the Thoroughbred Safety …

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9 Mar 2020

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Issues Statement on Federal Indictments Accusing 27 Individuals of Administering Illegal Medication

There is no place in our sport for the activities described in the indictments filed by the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney’s Office. Safety and integrity will always come first for the members of the Coalition, which is why restricting medication and improving …

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28 Jan 2020

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Issues a Statement Following Today’s Congressional Hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act

Following the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection’s hearing on the Horseracing Integrity Act this morning, the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition issued the following statement: “The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition’s top priority is the wellbeing of our athletes, both equine and human. …

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27 Jan 2020

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Gains Momentum in Evaluating and Implementing Reforms, Increasing Membership and Expanding the Leadership Team at Steering Committee Meeting

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL (January 27, 2020) – The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee met in Florida to advance ongoing safety reform initiatives. Coming out of this meeting, the coalition made progress in developing a framework for reform implementation, approved new members and agreed on coalition …

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19 Dec 2019

Steering Committee Met to Discuss Advancing Coalition Efforts

Yesterday the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee met in New York City to discuss next steps on advancing safety in Thoroughbred racing. The committee gathered to progress reforms and formalize membership efforts.

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10 Dec 2019

The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Supports KHRC’s Updated Medication Reforms

Yesterday the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC), with the support of a number of Kentucky race tracks, announced the adoption of new medication reforms, which align with the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition’s ongoing efforts.

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19 Nov 2019

Announcing the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

Please watch our announcement below.

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19 Nov 2019

Leading Thoroughbred Racing Organizations Launch Safety Coalition

LEXINGTON (November 19, 2019) – The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together …

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