Deadly to Horses: The Baffert Effect – Part 1

Horses continue to suffer in GREAT numbers while the systematic corruption goes on…racing to me has become the sport of You always hurt the one you love….if you can call it love. If you really loved your horse it would never race sore, race drugged, race on a sloppy track, carry too much weight, raced at an early age….& on & on & on.

Tuesday's Horse


An article written by Bill Dwyre last month in the Los Angeles Times absurdly glorifies Thoroughbred horse racing’s poster boy; “Horse racing has problems, but trainer Bob Baffert isn’t one of them”.


Bob Baffert is the Hall of Fame trainer with the largest racing stable in California, and more recently under the microscope for the mysterious “sudden deaths” due to cardiovascular/pulmonary failures of seven race horses over the course of several months (November 4, 2011 through March 14, 2013).

See The Blood-Horse at

What is particularly disturbing about these deaths is that by all accounts sudden death failures are a relatively rare occurrence, according to trainers and track veterinarians.

“A study published in 2010 in the Equine Veterinary Journal on sudden death in racing Thoroughbreds found it was responsible for 9% of fatalities in California. This same study showed 96 reported…

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