New York City's Track

First Carriage Horses, Then Race Horses?

Last Friday night, the local Time Warner News NY1 aired a report about fatalities at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, linking horse racing with the contentious Central Park carriage horse issue. On the face of it, it’s not a stretch to consider the issues together; both, after all, raise issues of equine welfare; both have made…

The Aqueduct injury report: at last, we wait no more

In the five months since the first target date for the Aqueduct injury report came and went, rumors and questions abounded about its contents and the process by which it was compiled. Through much of the Saratoga meet, whispers of new release dates circulated weekly, with no official information coming from either the governor’s office…

Reporting on the Round Table

I’m getting to be quite a fan of these little racing industry gatherings that happen from time to time, and pretty regularly in Saratoga. So far this meet I’ve attended a Racing Commissioners International meeting on medication and the Albany Law School Racing & Gaming Institute (both taking place on Tuesdays, the only dark day…

Equine Injury Database update

My first post on synthetic racing surfaces was on September 26, 2007, nine days after this site was launched. I suppose that I can rightly be called a synthetic skeptic; while heartened at the possibility of a surface that would decrease injuries, I found hasty, and perhaps even dangerous, the quick adoption of synthetics without…