New York Racing Officials Meet in Wake of Breakdowns

Officials said racing participants will be asked to be more vigilant in an effort to prevent injuries to racehorses.
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The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), which met Jan. 10 in the wake of a spate of catastrophic breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack, in Ozone Park, New York, said racing participants will be asked to be more vigilant in an effort to prevent injuries to racehorses.

The comments came in a lengthy New York Racing Association (NYRA) release that mostly revisited actions taken by the 2012 New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety. The racing association didn’t offer any causes for the recent breakdowns, other than to say reforms enacted several years ago have reduced catastrophic injuries.

The NYTHA called the meeting after a fatal breakdown in the second race Jan. 9. The remainder of that program was canceled, as was the full card for Jan. 10, because of weather conditions, NYRA said.

"We had a good meeting today," said NYTHA president Rick Violette Jr. "As a result of these discussions and in a proactive fashion, we will ask jockeys and trainers to be more vigilant in reporting any issues or sensitivities which they experience, or see arise

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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