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  • Trouble on the Tracks

    The NEWS4 I-Team in Washington, DC uncovered a staggering number of horse deaths at a major thoroughbred racing track in the area. Using never before seen video, surveillance and exclusive interviews the investigation gave viewers an inside look at the dark side of horse racing. The series led to new state regulations and Congressional reaction of what's known as the "Sport of Kings". The digital timeline we created of the deaths from 2014-2016 also became a reference guide for the public and stakeholders in the industry. http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/160-Racehorses-Died-From-Injuries-at-Charles-Town-Races-Since-2014-390369632.html http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Behind-the-Scenes-Disputes-Between-W_Va_-Racing-Officials-and-Charles-Town-Races_Washington-DC-390508531.html http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Renewed-Calls-for-Strict-Federal-Oversight-of-Thoroughbred-Horse-Racing-392941291.html http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Horse-Racing-Safety-Reviews-Ordered-in-West-Virginia_Washington-DC-394516851.html
  • Fleet But Fatally Fragile

    After witnessing a horse pull up lame while at the racetrack, reporter John Tedesco overheard a security guard noting that the horse would likely be "put down." Spurred by this, Tedesco researched how often racehorses suffer this tragic fate, and discovered more than just statistics. The story details how "performance-enhancing medications, both legal and illegal, are routinely administered to the majestic animals."
  • The Killing of Alydar

    Texas Monthly examines the connection between the death of a racehorse and the failure of one of Houston's biggest banks.
  • Silent Victims of the Sport of Kings

    Freedom reports on the drugging of racehorses, some of which is legal; misuse of even approved drugs can force an injured horse to race and can endanger horses and jockeys and lead to unfair betting, August 1986.