March 2012 - According to Bob Ehalt, a blogger with ESPN, there have been 17 horse fatalities at Aqueduct race track since Nov. 30, 2011. These deaths have attracted attention and now New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joied the course. The New York Racing Associaiton is taking action. The blogger suggests the NYRA increase its veterinary staff and do pre-race inspections to determine a horse's fitness.
"While much of racing’s recent focus has been on illegal performance-enhancing medications, it might also be time for entities like NYRA to have the power to examine horse’s medical records and find out if $250 or $1,500 a month worth of permissible medications are being pumped into a horse -- and ask why."