• 16 horses died on the track at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, CA between July 17, 2014 and August 24, 2014.
  • Betting is allowed at horse racing events, which leads to regulations surrounding the betting, whereas the health and safety concerns for the horses are less regulated
  • “Some of the aspects of horse racing that affect the safety of the horses are: the type of track materials, maintenance of the tracks, and regulations on the use of drugs to enhance the horses’ performance.”
  • The track material at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club was renovated so that it could meet new regulations put in place by the Breeders’ Cup, a single race that is held at the racetrack.
    • The refurbishing of the track was delayed, but the track was opened in time for opening day anyway.
    • This rush “seem[ed] to to have led to less testing, which may have adversely impacted the safety of the track.” This could have been a factor in the rise of equine deaths on the racetrack in 2014.

Busch, Amanda. “Teach Me How to Derby: The Need for Standardized Regulations in Horse Racing.” Gaming Law Review and Economics, vol. 20, no. 6, 2016, pp. 516-524.  doi:10.1089/glre.2016.2066

 

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