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Eight Bells for Eight Belles

May 11, 2008

A petition urging Churchill Downs to honor Fox Hill Farms' deceased filly Eight Belles by ringing eight bells, a nautical euphemism for "finished," prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is gaining... Read More

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CSU Research Aims to Reduce Injuries to Racehorses

May 11, 2008

The death of a top racehorse in the Kentucky Derby is something researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) hope to help prevent in the future, according to an Associated Press article at Read More

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NTRA Calls for 'Urgency' In Addressing Safety Matters

May 10, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to coordinate equine health and safety initiatives in response to the death of the filly Eight Belles, and on May 9 called for "urgency" and an end to the "status quo."

The NTRA board o... Read More

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Great Expectations: Barbaro's Brother

May 08, 2008

On the morning of April 30, as the eyes of the nation turned to Churchill Downs for the upcoming running of the 134th Kentucky Derby, a Brook Ledge horse van arrived at Stephens Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla. While trainer Michael Matz supervised the... Read More

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Derby Death Spurs Action by Thoroughbred Groups

May 08, 2008

In the wake of the fatal injury sustained by filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors... Read More

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Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue

May 08, 2008

Six days after Eight Belles' catastrophic injury in the Kentucky Derby Presented, owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.

According... Read More

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Seven Confirmed to Run in the Preakness

May 07, 2008

With the May 17 Preakness Stakes days away, the field set to test Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown continues to change as the connections of some of the top 3-year-olds weigh a start in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico Race... Read More

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Animal Rights Groups Target Eight Belles' Injury

May 06, 2008

In the wake of the death of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the May 3 Kentucky Derby, animal rights organizations are publicly calling for changes--some of them drastic--for the horseracing industry.

The group People for th... Read More

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Air Your Thoughts on Eight Belles

May 06, 2008

The Blood-Horse, sister publication to The Horse, has set up an open blog so that readers can share their thoughts on and memories of Eight Belles. It can be accessed through Read More

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Eight Belles' Injury Raises Questions About Racing Industry

May 05, 2008

A day after Big Brown blazed across the finish line, the snapshot of Eight Belles down on the dirt set off a raging debate that extended far beyond the Kentucky Derby: Is horse racing now facing an image crisis?

With the memory of Barbaro... Read More

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Eight Belles' Trainer Defends Jockey

May 05, 2008

The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles adamantly defended the way jockey Gabriel Saez handled the Kentucky Derby runner-up. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Larry Jones said Saez applied the whip only to prevent Eight... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More

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Derby Winner Big Brown in Good Shape the Day After

May 04, 2008

Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes.

"I really liked him in (the... Read More

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Winner of Barbaro Stakes Injured on Oaks Day

May 03, 2008

Two years after Barbaro's catastrophic breakdown, trainer Michael Matz watched another one of his colts break down in a race at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Chelokee, a 4-year-old colt, took a misstep on the sloppy track and fractured his... Read More

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Favorite Big Brown wins Kentucky Derby, Filly Euthanized

May 03, 2008

Updated: 7:36 p.m. EDT

Big Brown backed up his trainer's boasts with an explosive finishing kick and won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, a commanding victory turned somber by the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles on hors... Read More

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Artist Selected to Create Barbaro Memorial Statue

May 02, 2008

Nearly two years after Barbaro took the Kentucky Derby, and a year and a half following his death, the colt's memory continued to prevail as dozens of fans and media gathered for a special announcement regarding a memorial statue of him at... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Favorite Big Brown Draws Outside Post

May 01, 2008

Big Brown's all in and so is the filly Eight Belles, a perfect combination for an intriguing 134th Kentucky Derby.

Unbeaten in three career starts, Florida Derby winner Big Brown was stamped the 3-1 favorite for Saturday's 1 1/4-mile Derby... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Debate Show Airs on BloodHorse.com

April 30, 2008

The maiden edition of BloodHorse.com's "And They're Off," a video feature hosted by veteran Blood-Horse turf writers Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, is now available on BloodHorse.com.... Read More

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Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More

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Thoroughbred Mare Equals Record of 16 Consecutive Victories

April 27, 2008

Undefeated Peppers Pride equaled Thoroughbred racing's record of 16 consecutive victories when she came from off the pace to win the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington,... Read More

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Enhancing Jockey Medical Care

April 26, 2008

Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Ky., the Jockeys' Guild, and Lexington physician Dr. Barry Schumer announced April 25 a plan to develop a system to maintain jockeys' updated medical histories so they are immediately accessible to emergency... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Documentary Gets Another Week in Theatres

April 25, 2008

Documentary filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan's film "The First Saturday in May," which made its debut April 18 in approximately 20 cities around the country, has been carried over for at least one more week in six Truly Indie theaters. The film... Read More

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Florida Vet Students Awarded Racetrack Scholarships

April 23, 2008

Three students from the University of Florida (UF) College of Veterinary Medicine have received scholarships from Gulfstream Park to further their studies in equine medicine, surgery, and research.

Established after the death of 2006 Kentucky... Read More

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Full Field of 20 Expected for Kentucky Derby

April 22, 2008

In spite of the shocking news of the Triple Crown trail-ending injury to 2007 juvenile champion male War Pass and the apparent decision to forego the Kentucky Derby for a run in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) by the connections of Coolmore Lexington... Read More

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Racehorse Lava Man Reunited with Favorite Groom

April 21, 2008

Three-time Hollywood Gold Cup winner Lava Man seems back to being his old self after recently being reunited with his favorite groom, Noe Garcia, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

Lava Man is expected to lead the charge for O'Neill's stabl... Read More