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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.

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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

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Big Brown Breezes Preakness Morning

May 17, 2008

Heavy Preakness (gr. I) favorite Big Brown worked two furlongs at Pimlico early this morning as he prepares to meet 11 opponents in the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

With trainer Rick Dutrow watching from the rail at 5:40 a.m.,... Read More

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Big Brown's Feet Not So Bad, Farriers Say

May 16, 2008

(PHOTOS/VIDEO) Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown clearly owns some of the Thoroughbred industry's fastest feet. But many question their soundness, fueled by reports of layoffs, quarter cracks, and special shoes. His current farriers Tom Curl and Ian... Read More

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Eight Belles' Trainer Clinging to Support, Faith

May 16, 2008

Trainer Larry Jones doesn't have a horse in the May 17 Preakness, but he is at the track to run horses in stakes Friday and Saturday. Not surprisingly, he is still being asked questions about the injuries sustained by Eight Belles.

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Big Brown Stud Deal Will Have to Wait

May 16, 2008

Plans to announce a stallion deal for Preakness Stakes favorite Big Brown on May 15 fell through, but discussions will continue after the second leg of the Triple Crown is run May 17.

IEAH Stables co-president Michael Iavarone told The... Read More

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Stud Plans for Derby Champ Big Brown Expected Today

May 15, 2008

Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and 1-2 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes May 17, will not run past his 3-year-old campaign, it was announced May 14. Speaking at a post-post position draw press conference for the second jewe... Read More

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Thoroughbred Safety Committee Convenes

May 15, 2008

The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee convened for its initial meeting via teleconference May 14 to discuss the goals and objectives of the committee and to set meeting dates and timelines for the future.

All seven members had... Read More

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Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

May 15, 2008

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.... Read More

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Top Stallion Storm Cat Retires from Breeding at 25

May 14, 2008

Storm Cat, North America's premier Thoroughbred sire for years, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of declining fertility at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. According to farm official Ric Waldman, the 25-year-old son... Read More

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Eight Belles Memorial Fund Formed

May 14, 2008

Thoroughbred Charities of America, (TCA), has announced the formation of the Eight Belles Memorial Fund. Donations made in Eight Belles honor will go specifically toward retraining of Thoroughbreds for secondary careers and research into... Read More

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Pfizer Extends Barbaro Memorial Fund Support

May 14, 2008

Since late January, Pfizer Animal Health and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) have joined forces to help fund laminitis research through the NTRA Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund.

Pfizer Animal Health displays featuring... Read More

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Derby Contender Recapturetheglory Spikes Fever, Out of Preakness

May 13, 2008

Recapturetheglory, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, has had his Preakness Stakes plans derailed by a fever. The son of Cherokee Run is officially out, according to co-owner Ronnie Lamarque.

"The racehorse comes first," said Lamarque, who teamed up... Read More

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Blood-Horse Launches Mobile News Site

May 12, 2008

Blood-Horse Publications is meeting its customers' rapidly expanding need for information by introducing a mobile-friendly news delivery service, which presents in a crisp format the premier information from Read More

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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