State racing commission to consider study on treating injured horses

Thursday, November 16th 2006, 2:55 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The state Racing Commission will consider a proposal from Oklahoma State about the treatment of race horses that suffer major injuries at state racetracks.

OSU veterinarians are asking the commission for $250,000 help create a program to rehabilitate severely injured horses that in the past were put to death.

The group used Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro as an example. Barbaro shattered his right rear leg during the Preakness Stake and instead of being euthanized is now slowly recovering after extensive treatments.

The commission is forming a committee to study the proposal.

There are four horse racing tracks in Oklahoma _ in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Claremore and Sallisaw.