Claire Novak

Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Winner of the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, she maintains connections to esteemed organizations such as the Associated Press and The Blood-Horse Magazine. Her byline appears regularly in numerous other publications.

Articles by Claire Novak

Medications Seized from Sheikh's Farm Overseas

Products unauthorized for use in the UK were seized from a farm housing the Maktoum family's endurance horses. Read More

Kentucky Derby Contender Examined by Hoof Specialist

Normandy Invasion has been troubled by an abscess that did not respond to normal treatment. Read More

Racehorse Point of Entry Suffers Condylar Fracture

Point of Entry suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone and will have surgery. Read More

Bramlage Hospitalized After Golf Cart Fall

Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, fell from the back of a golf cart and hit his head on May 2. Read More

Hall of Fame Jockey Stevens Announces Comeback Plans

During retirement, Stevens served as a TV commentator and starred in the movie "Seabiscuit." Read More

Commentary: Saving Potesta, an Unlikely Story

Read how veterinarians saved a record-breaking racehorse after she sustained a life-threatening injury. Read More

Final Breeders' Cup Contenders Arrive in California

The final contingent of Breeders' Cup runners arrived at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31 after Hurricane Sandy. Read More

Racehorse Paynter to Rehab at Fair Hill Equine Therapy

Zayat, commenting Oct. 12, said the intent is to eventually return Paynter to training.
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Salix Accidentally Administered to Horse before Race

A Kentucky state veterinarian accidentally administered furosemide to a racehorse at Keeneland on Oct. 5. Read More

Racehorse Paynter Undergoes Surgery

Veterinarians removed a 15-inch external growth from the colt's intestines this morning. Read More

Racehorse Paynter Recovers from Laminitis, Fighting Colitis

Paynter has "beaten laminitis" and will be able to race again if he beats colitis, his owner said Sept. 21. Read More

Next 24 Hours 'Critical' in Case of Racehorse Paynter

Ailing Haskell Invitational winner fights infected catheter after receiving treatment for fever Read More

Ky. Derby, Preakness Runner-Up to have Diagnostic Procedures

The colt will be evaluated by specialists at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Read More

Venipuncture vs. IVC: Samples Similar No Matter How You Stick It

We've seen them before--hospitalized equine patients made anxious, even fractious, by the drawing of multiple blood samples via direct venipuncture. But here's good news for veterinarians and nursing staff who dislike using t Read More

Cartilage Repair Research Update

Members of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Rokeby Circle were briefed on Aug. 19 by Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, on her work in equine sports medicine as it relates to regenerative therapies. Her presentation was part of the o Read More

Track Bans Owner's Horses Pending Necropsy Review

Horses entered in the name of Michael Gill, North America's leading owner by races won and purses earned in 2009, will not be accepted for entry at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Chris McErlean, vice president of Read More

Jockey Apologizes for Mounted Fight

Jockey Eriluis Vaz, one of two riders involved in a mounted fight during Philadelphia Park's fifth race Jan. 8, has issued a public apology for what he terms "bad judgment" as he awaits a hearing before the stewards along with fel Read More

Mine That Bird Will Not Run in Travers

The Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes lost some of its luster hours before entries were taken Aug. 26 when it was announced that Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby, would not run in the "Mid-Summer Derby" at Saratoga Racecourse

Former Thoroughbed Jockey Gary Boulanger Recovering From Injuries

Former jockey Gary Boulanger, who rode the Florida circuit before he was injured in a 2005 spill at Gulfstream Park, was recovering from surgery Nov. 8 following a farm accident at a facility in Davie, Fla., where he had been teaching riding Read More

Eight Bells for Eight Belles

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

Great Expectations: Barbaro's Brother

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

Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue

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

Derby Winner Big Brown in Good Shape the Day After

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

Pletcher Duo One-Two in Blue Grass Stakes

Trainer Todd Pletcher had just one victory at Keeneland under his belt going into the April 12 card. But he won again when it counted, and with Monba and Cowboy Cal finishing 1-2 in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), it looks like Read More

Curlin Conquers the World in the Dubai World Cup

As 12 horses headed to the post in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), trainer Steve Asmussen stood in the paddock at Nad Al Sheba racecourse. "I’m just wanting the real Curlin to show up,” he said. Moments later, the Smart Strike colt more tha Read More