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A French harness racing driver is in plaster and another suffering minor injuries after a freak head-on crash. Tony Le Beler and Charle Nivard were preparing their horses, Athos in April and Love Waltz, for a race in Cabourg when they failed to notice each other and spectacularly collided. The force of the impact was enough to disintergrate both sulkies, leaving the drivers writhing in pain on the track. Nivard suffered a wrist fracture and knee injury and had to be hospitalised. Rubbing salt into his wound, he was later deemed to have caused the accident and was suspended for a month. Le Beler escaped with minor injuries. "Accidents like that, it can happen. A moment of inattention. I didn't expect it at all," Le Beler said afterwards. Neither horses was injured. By Mat Mackay Reprinted with permission of The Daily Telegraph

Montreal, August 7 2014 – Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture, Pierre Paradis, announced his intention to put forward a bill that would redefine animals in the Civil Code of Quebec and grant them the status of sentient beings. In order to proceed with this reform, Mr. Paradis reached an agreement with the Minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée. Mr. Paradis’ announcement comes in response to the Animals are not things manifesto, which was launched on January 22nd and has been signed by over 46 000 people. The manifesto, which is supported by theMontreal SPCA, calls for a reconsideration of the legal status of animals in the Civil Code of Quebec. Currently, our Civil Code considers animals to be moveable property, indistinguishable from a toaster or a chair. Under civil law, the act of hurting or abusing an animal is therefore tantamount to the destruction of property. The SPCA applauds Minister Paradis’ willingness to reform the legal status of animals. “Given the importance and complexity of this issue, as well as the fact that over 46 000 Quebec citizens have expressed their concern about it, it is crucial that public consultations take place before moving forward with a bill” said Me Sophie Gaillard, Lawyer and Campaigns Manager for the Montreal SPCA Animal Advocacy Department. “We feel that this is an opportunity to effect real change for animals in this province and for Quebec to become a leader in animal welfare instead of lagging behind.” Anita Kapuscinska, Media Relations Coordinator, Montreal SPCA, 514-226-3932, or anitak@spca.com.

Wednesday night race card at Saratoga was marred by a bad looking accident that took place in the evening’s ninth race. Just past the three quarter pole, pocket sitting Rozewood (Billy Dobson) was starting to fade and appeared to go down to his knees, causing an ugly chain reaction that resulted in four drivers being unseated and four horses that did not finish. While all four horses were corralled without major incident, the extent of the injuries to the drivers involved is currently unknown. It appeared that Dobson and Brian Cross got the worst of it while Bruce Aldrich Jr.and Cory Stratton, who were also unseated, did appear to walk away without major injury. All drivers involved in the accident were transported to the local hospital. Further updates will follow in the coming days. Best wishes to all involved in the spill. To view the accident click here.     Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella  

North Island harness racing reinsman James Stormont and Todd Mitchell starred on Breakfast this morning and discussed the horrific crash they were involved in at Alexandra Park  last Friday. Also disscussed is the herroic act of Todd Mitchell in saving his friend and fellow driver. Here is a link to the news article  

Hamburg, NY---Tim Bojarski, President Upstate New York Harness Writers Association, reports, 'I was at ECMC last night to see harness racing driver Jack Flanigen.

In the third race here at Buffalo Raceway (Friday, July 12), a New York Sire Stake race worth $57,443, an accident involving four horses and harness racing drivers, sent drivers Jack Flanigen, and Ray Fisher, Jr., to the hospital after a bad spill at the top of the stretch.

A terrible crash at the Buffalo Raceway was captured on video.

Betterthancheddar, who finished eighth in the hotly-contested $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has been retired from racing.

If you decide to drop a claim slip in with the judges, it's fair to say that you've done all your homework first. You've looked at pedigree; studied past performances; watched how the horse makes it around the oval for several weeks and generally have the feel that you can get him to be competitive in a higher class in rapid fashion.

Two Victorian harness racing horses have been rescued after becoming trapped in their float when it rolled in icy conditions north-west of Melbourne.

Queensland reinsman Bruce Birch is set to go under the knife. The New Zealand born harness racing horseman was left with a broken collarbone and three cracked ribs after a race fall at Albion Park when driving Gold Pay on December 1, 2012.

Getthemoney was about to take the lead with a huge move on the outside when the trotter suddenly went down on the first turn at Monticello Raceway. It happened so quickly and violently that the harness racing drivers and horses behind Getthemoney had no chance of escaping the wreck.

Not even the loss of her regular driver, Bruce Aldrich, Jr., would prevent Tracy's Song, the winningest horse in all of pari-mutuel racing world-wide this year, from posting her 18th consecutive victory with a one and three-quarter length triumph Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway.

Seven harness racing drivers were involved in a racing accident at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon.

Billy Davis Jr., who was involved in a racing accident last night at Mohawk, is still recovering and will not be available for tonight's harness racing card at the Campbellville oval.

It's never too late to be safe, especially when it comes to the safety of your harness racing horses and yourself and your horse trailer. With the stakes season upon us in North America and racing year-round across the globe it's always a good thing to make sure your trailer is in tip top condition.

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