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NTRA Barbaro Memorial Fund Raises $230,000 through Derby Day

May 10, 2007

Through Saturday, May 5, more than $230,000 has been raised in support of the NTRA Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund. Racetracks and other organizations will be holding additional fundraising initiatives throughout the Triple Crown.... Read More

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Court Dismisses Wrongful-Death Case Against Wedgewood Pharmacy

May 10, 2007

The United States District Court in the Northern District of New York has dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Wedgewood Pharmacy filed in September 2005.

A group of Saratoga County Thoroughbred racehorse owners filed the suit,... Read More

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Challengers Line Up for Preakness

May 10, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense could face 10 challengers when the colt attempts to capture the Preakness and set up a shot at the Triple Crown.

Mint Slewlep, fourth in the Withers at Aqueduct in his last start, became the latest... Read More

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NBC National Derby Ratings Rise 5% for Race Segment

May 09, 2007

The race portion of NBC Sports' coverage of the 133rd Kentucky Derby  May 5 brought in 13.8 million viewers, according to national ratings results released by the network Tuesday. The one-hour segment (5:41-6:42 p.m. ET) of NBC's two hours... Read More

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Jockey: White House State Dinner 'Might Even Be Better' Than Winning the Derby

May 08, 2007

Washington turned out adoring schoolchildren and ladies in hats for Queen Elizabeth II's visit. The White House, too, laid on special touches at President Bush's first-ever white-tie state dinner to honor America's closest ally and make the quee... Read More

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Talkin' Horses Live Discussion to Feature Barbaro's Surgeon

May 08, 2007

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, will be the guest on this week's Read More

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Derby-Winning Jockey to Attend State Dinner at White House

May 07, 2007

Jockey Calvin Borel can add another first to his list after winning the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

He's been invited to attend a state dinner at the White House in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

Borel's agent, Jerry Hissam, said... Read More

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Rough Wildfire Season Predicted in Western States

May 07, 2007

Forecasters and fire officials are predicting an increased wildfire risk for the western part of the United States due to abundant plant growth expected to dry out by mid-May. The Humane Society of the United States recently urged residents to... Read More

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Jockey, Backstretch Worker Insurance Bill Introduced

May 07, 2007

Two congressmen introduced legislation May 4 that would provide injury insurance for jockeys and others who work in horse racing.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky and Democratic U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan introduced... Read More

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Barbaro's Owners Purchase His Derby Saddle

May 06, 2007

The saddle worn by Barbaro in the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) sold for $220,000 at the May 4 Mint Jubilee Gala, with proceeds of the sale going to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.

Dwight Manley, national... Read More

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Statement from the Broussard Family, Owners of Le Samurai

May 06, 2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Le Samurai has been humanely euthanized. From the outset we have been determined to give this magnificent horse the best veterinary treatment available, but only so long as the continuation of... Read More

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It All Makes Sense in Kentucky Derby

May 05, 2007

 

The jinx is over.

Calvin Borel did what he does best, skim the rail, and Jim Tafel's Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Saturday, becoming the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner... Read More

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Barbaro's Shadow Lingers at the Track

May 05, 2007

Step aside, Curlin. No matter the names atop the tote board Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, Barbaro is still the favorite at the Kentucky Derby. A year after his stunning 6 1/2-length victory, and nearly four months after he was euthanized,... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Horses Drug Tested

May 05, 2007

For the first time, all 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby were administered surprise tests for performance-enhancing drugs.

Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet spokesman Mark York said the decision to test all the entrants... Read More

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All Derby Starters Cleared in EPO Testing

May 05, 2007

 

All 20 horses entered in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) were cleared by the state's racing authority after pre-race tests for performance-enhancing... Read More

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Derby Winner Gets Unusual Post-Race Conditioning Gallop

May 05, 2007

Early visitors to the stable area at Churchill Downs received a rare treat Sunday morning when Street Sense jogged a mile one day after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

After trainer Carl Nafzger and his wife... Read More

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Derby Horses Tested for EPO

May 04, 2007

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More

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Ancient Bronze Horse on Display in Rome

May 04, 2007

A bronze horse, possibly the work of the Parthenon sculptor, went on display Friday at a Rome museum after a decades-long restoration.

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Derby Horse Storm in May Flying Half-Blind

May 04, 2007

Storm in May will be flying nearly blind in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Bill Kaplan paid $16,000 for the colt last April, getting the bargain basement deal because Storm in May is completely blind in his right eye.

"It doesn't... Read More

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Churchill Prepares for Visit from Queen

May 03, 2007

Staff members and security guards at Churchill Downs are preparing for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, who will attend Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby.

According to Julie Koenig Loignon, official... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Complete

May 03, 2007

Curlin is undefeated, unchallenged and now he's the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. And in drawing the No. 2 post for Saturday's race, the imposing chestnut colt even gets to start from the same spot Affirmed did on his way to winning the Tripl... Read More

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Keeneland to Sell Barbaro Wristbands on Derby Day

May 03, 2007

On Kentucky Derby Day, Keeneland will join with racetracks and equine organizations across the country to sell the specially designed "Riding with Barbaro" wristbands in support of the NTRA Barbaro Memorial Fund.

The wristbands carry... Read More

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Horsemen Pledging Portion of Derby Purse to Barbaro Fund

May 03, 2007

Prominent jockeys and trainers, including Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, have agreed to pledge a portion of their Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby earnings to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)... Read More

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Massage Gets Derby Contender Hard Spun Ready to Run

May 03, 2007

Hard Spun's final preparations for the Kentucky Derby have included a sizzling five-furlong work and the usual early morning gallops. You've probably read about all those moves online and in the newspapers. But there's one step in the process yo... Read More

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Barbaro Gold Julep Cup Fetches $22K

May 02, 2007

A New Yorker paid $22,222 Tuesday for a gold-plated mint julep cup honoring 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in a charity auction to benefit retired racehorses and injured jockeys.

The buyer, Bonnie O'Neil, will have Barbaro owner... Read More