Bramlage Hospitalized After Golf Cart Fall

Bramlage Hospitalized After Golf Cart Fall

Dr. Larry Bramlage speaking with the media last year.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

Prominent equine surgeon Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, was taken to University Hospital near Louisville, Ky. on May 2 after falling from the back of a golf cart and hitting his head in the barn area of Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission equine medical director Mary Scollay, DVM, confirmed the accident. She said Bramlage, 61, was conscious and alert, and was "just being taken to the hospital to be checked out."

The specialist from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington was on the backside not far from the five-eighths pole when the incident occurred.

Bramlage is a representative for the American Association of Equine Practitioners' On Call Program. It is designed to deliver accurate veterinary information to broadcast and print journalists regarding the health of equine athletes leading up to and during big events such as the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. 

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Claire Novak

Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

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