Enhanced Horse Health Measures Put in Place at Saratoga

Seventeen horses have died or been euthanized after racing- and training-related incidents at the track this year.

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Edited press release. Pat Raia contributed to this report.

Two more Thoroughbreds have been euthanized at Saratoga Race Course, in Saratoga Springs, New York, bringing the number of fatalities there to a new record of 17 since the start of the year.

New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) records show that the most recent racing fatality occurred on Aug.17 when the 2-year-old filly Sayonara Rose unseated her rider, sustained a fracture in her left front leg, and was euthanized on the track. Two days later on Aug. 19, the unraced 3-year-old colt Travelin Soldier sustained an injury while breezing, which was later determined to be a fracture in his right hind leg, and was euthanized. Both incidents remain under investigation.

On Aug. 21, the NYSGC, New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) announced that they have implemented additional horse health and safety measures immediately at Saratoga, including increased regulatory veterinary presence at the track during training hours, state-of-the-art horse monitoring, and comprehensive trainer education intended to share scientific findings of research into the types of injuries that occur at New York Thoroughbred racetracks and risk and protective factors that can help to prevent injury

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