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"Repeated Medication" Injections In Weeks Before US Breakdowns

Tuesday, 1st May 2012

Also in the US overnight, the 2nd part of the headline-hogging series on horse racing appears as the lead story on page 1 of The New York Times under the heading "Big Purses, Sore Horses & Death". The report examines the relationship between increased prize-money at tracks featuring slot machines & equine breakdowns, focusing particularly on New York's Aqueduct racetrack. The story notes: "Since a casino opened at Aqueduct late last year, offering vastly richer prizes, 30 horses have died racing there, a 100% increase in the fatality rate over the same period the previous year." Importantly, the newspaper analysed the medication records of many of the horses who suffered catastrophic injuries & found "many had been injected repeatedly with pain medication in the weeks before their breakdowns".

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