Updates

26 Aug 2021

Summer Safety Update

In November 2019, the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition’s founding members came together to strengthen the safety and integrity of racing so it can be enjoyed for generations to come. To date, we have adopted a total of 32 reforms aimed at modernizing our sport. And while …

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8 Jul 2021

HISA: Growing Momentum and the Road Ahead

The world of horse racing will soon be changing for the better – in fact, significant progress is already underway. In 2020, the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, its members, and other industry leaders worked diligently to encourage broad and bipartisan support for the Horseracing Integrity and …

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5 May 2021

Statement on Announcement of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Board of Directors and Standing Committee Members

The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition is encouraged by the list of individuals who will serve on the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority’s Board of Directors, Anti-Doping and Medication Control Standing Committee and Racetrack Safety Standing Committee as announced today by the HISA Authority’s nominating committee. Their diverse perspectives from inside and outside …

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29 Apr 2021

Triple Crown Spotlight: Churchill Downs

With only two days remaining before the 147th Kentucky Derby and the start of the 2021 Triple Crown, we are shining the spotlight on Steering Committee member Churchill Downs ahead of the annual Run for the Roses. Churchill Downs has a strong track record as …

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21 Apr 2021

HISA to lead the Thoroughbred community down a path to a safer and more transparent sport

To all of the hard-working individuals who make up the Thoroughbred community and the fans who share in our love for the horses that set our sport apart from all others: As one of our nation’s oldest and most celebrated pastimes, racing’s traditions run deep. …

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15 Apr 2021

Expanding Thoroughbred Care Through Diagnostic Technology

How increased diagnostic capabilities are helping advance the culture of safety in horse racing As a Coalition of industry leaders, we are constantly working toward a stronger, more transparent culture of safety. Advancements in diagnostic imaging technology have made great strides in recent years – …

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1 Feb 2021

Four New Reforms Added to Thoroughbred Safety Coalition’s Platform as Members Continue to Strengthen the Culture of Safety

New reforms help further lay foundation for the implementation of HISA February 1, 2021 (Lexington, Kentucky) – Today, members of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Steering Committee voted unanimously to adopt four new medical and operational reforms to further reduce the use of medication in racing, …

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22 Dec 2020

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Celebrates Passage of Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, Looks Forward to Working with New Authority

The passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) marks a historic moment for thoroughbred racing as we embark on a new path to a better, safer sport for all. The formation of the independent Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (the Authority) as a …

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22 Oct 2020

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Members Adopt and Enact Eight New Safety and Integrity Reforms

October 22, 2020 (Lexington, KY) – The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition announced today the addition of eight medical and operational reforms to its platform in its latest move to ensure that equine and human athletes are racing under the safest and most transparent conditions possible. The …

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10 Sep 2020

Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Supports Passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition fully supports the bipartisan Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) introduced today by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). Our founding mission has been to advocate for the implementation of …

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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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