Thoroughbred Racing

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Millionaire Racehorse Nashoba's Key Euthanized

May 29, 2008

Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Nashoba's Key was involved in a freak accident in her stall at Hollywood Park and had to be euthanized May 28.

The 5-year-old daughter of Silver Hawk fractured her left hock when she kicked the... Read More

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Suit Filed Against Santa Anita Footing Supplier

May 29, 2008

The operator of Santa Anita Park has filed a federal lawsuit against the original supplier of its troubled synthetic racing surface, claiming it has suffered at least $8.4 million in damages from improper installation and repair.

The Los... Read More

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Big Brown Quarter Crack 'Not a Setback'

May 29, 2008

Anyone following Triple Crown races this year knows there's a lot of controversy about the soundness of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown's feet. But despite a third hoof problem in his short career--a quarter crack that showed up in his... Read More

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Big Brown's Hoof Shows Improvement

May 27, 2008

Ian McKinlay, the farrier who has been treating Big Brown's quarter crack, said Monday morning the colt's left front foot has shown improvement and he and trainer Rick Dutrow remain confident the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will not be... Read More

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Big Brown Returns to Track

May 27, 2008

Big Brown was back on the track a day earlier than expected, and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said he looks as good as ever--maybe even better.

The Triple Crown hopeful went out for a 1 1/2-mile jog around Belmont Park on a rainy Tuesday morning... Read More

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Animal Relief En Route to Myanmar

May 27, 2008

After weeks of resistance from the military regime which governs Myanmar (a country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma), animal welfare workers from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) finally have been given permission to... Read More

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Options for Ex-Racehorses

May 26, 2008

Only a handful of racehorses continue racing for more than a few years. The most talented runners are retired ... Read More

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Big Brown Has 'Slight' Quarter Crack

May 26, 2008

Big Brown, who will be seeking the coveted Triple Crown in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has a "slight" quarter crack on the inside of his left front foot, trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday, May 25. The colt did not go to the track Saturday o... Read More

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West Virginia University to Offer New Equine Degree

May 25, 2008

West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WVU-P) will offer a new equine-focused degree in conjunction with Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre.

WVU-P has entered into an agreement with Meredith Manor to offer an associate in... Read More

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Santa Anita to Conduct Flood Test on New Track Surface

May 25, 2008

A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following... Read More

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Genetic Concentration: Too Much of a Good Thing?

May 24, 2008

"For years we've taught the industry about reproduction, but we haven't taught about breeding," said Gary Carpenter, executive director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation during a roundtable at the International Equine Summit, held in... Read More

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Congress Wants Info on Injuries, Drugs

May 24, 2008

A congressional subcommittee has demanded information from state racing commissions about racehorse injuries, drug use, and breeding.

The United States House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection sent a letter to the... Read More

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Lawsuit on 'Ruffian' Movie Dismissed

May 24, 2008

A lawsuit over the movie "Ruffian" has been dismissed in a Georgia federal court, vindicating defendants The Walt Disney Co. and its television networks ABC and ESPN.

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Central California Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

May 23, 2008

Hundreds of people evacuated from their homes were anxiously waiting Friday to be let back into their neighborhoods while frustrated firefighters battled a fast-moving wildfire burning in a central California mountain range.

About 1,400... Read More

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Racehorse Steroids: More Questions Than Answers

May 21, 2008

The complicated nature of regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses came to light May 20 when discussion among members of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council and others seemed to indicate the easiest route is an all-out ban on the substances... Read More

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Got Milk? Central Kentucky Colostrum Bank in Need

May 21, 2008

Veterinarians with Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., have put out a call for colostrum donations as their supply has dwindled in the midst of foaling season.

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Pacers Take to Polytrack for Road Test

May 21, 2008

Harness racing at Keeneland? Yes, there was, but it's not what you might think.

Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at the Lexington racetrack the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under... Read More

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Big Brown Arrives at Belmont

May 20, 2008

Big Brown arrived in style at Belmont Park May 19. With a police escort in front and a UPS truck behind, a Brook Ledge van delivered the winner of the first two legs of the Triple Crown to a loading ramp near Barn 2 at 2:25 p.m.

Big Brown... Read More

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Family of Rider Killed During Event Files Suit

May 19, 2008

The parents of a 17-year-old girl who died after she fell off her horse during an equestrian event two years ago have sued her former trainer, the sport's governing body, and others, claiming her death was caused in part by a dangerous course an... Read More

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Big Brown Bound for New York

May 19, 2008

With his huge Preakness Stakes win in his rear-view mirror, Big Brown left Baltimore Monday morning right at 10 a.m. to head to New York and his date with destiny in the June 7 Belmont Stakes.

Big Brown was the last horse remaining in the... Read More

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Big Brown to Stud Duty in Kentucky After Racing Career

May 19, 2008

Big Brown will stand at stud following his racing career at Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky.

No formal announcement was made, though it was the subject of talk on the backside for days. It was announced as part of NBC's... Read More

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Scollay Hired as Kentucky Horse Racing Medical Director

May 19, 2008

During a meeting dominated by health and safety topics, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) announced May 19 that Mary Scollay, DVM, has been appointed to the new position of equine medical director.

Scollay, the senior veterinarian... Read More

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EPA Orders Horse Track to Cut Waste Discharge

May 18, 2008

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering the Suffolk Downs horse racing track to reduce animal waste the federal regulator says is flowing into a creek that drains to Boston Harbor.

The EPA said Thursday that the East Boston track does... Read More

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Big Brown Crushes Preakness Rivals

May 17, 2008

In a performance that was more like a coronation than a Thoroughbred horse race, Big Brown crushed his 11 rivals in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday afternoon by 5 1/4 lengths. The son of Boundary, who two weeks ago won the... Read More

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Eight Belles Tests Negative for Steroids

May 17, 2008

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tested negative for all banned substances, including steroids, according to test results from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority’s official laboratory at... Read More