Esther Marr

Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Esther Marr

Eight Horses Die in Central Kentucky Barn Fire

A Feb. 9 barn fire at Equine Integrated Medicine veterinary clinic near Georgetown, Ky., killed eight horses. Read More

Thoroughbred Health Conditions Discussed at CBA Seminar

Scoping yearlings and significant findings in radiographs were among the major topics covered. Read More

Trainer: Racehorse Monzante Euthanized Due to Injuries

Jackie Thacker said he euthanized Monzante because the gelding was suffering following a breakdown. Read More

New Thoroughbred Aftercare Donation Opportunity at Sales

The plan allows buyers and consignors to contribute a small portion of their purchases or sales to the TAA. Read More

Equine Reproduction Specialist LeBlanc Dies

Reproduction specialist Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, Dipl. ACT, died April 13 after a battle with ovarian cancer. Read More

Bob Baffert Trainee Tweebster Euthanized

The 5-year-old gelding was euthanized after fracturing both sesamoid bones in his left front leg. Read More

Commentary: New Vocations Breeders' Cup Pledge a Success

Program director Anna Ford says that around $50,000 had been raised from the pledges so far this year. Read More

Thoroughbred Aftercare One of Main Topics at Welfare Seminar

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance was a main focus during a session entitled "Totally Aftercare." Read More

Racehorse Trainer Panel Discusses Controversial Medications

Furosemide, clenbuterol, and owner education were among the topics discussed during the Welfare Summit. Read More

Michigan Barn Fire Kills 38 Horses; Injures Employee

A Southern Michigan barn fire at the farm of longtime Thoroughbred owner/breeder Jerry Campbell's Ca Read More

Indiana Thoroughbred Trainer Handed 10-Year Abuse Suspension

Janey Adams is fighting a 10-year suspension resulting from the alleged maltreatment of a horse in her care. Read More

Expanding OTTB Markets Discussed at Seminar

Topics from wise spending at aftercare facilities to off-the-track-Thoroughbred psychology were discussed. Read More

2010 Derby Contender Devil May Care Succumbs to Cancer

Devil May Care, a starter in the 2010 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, was euthanized May 4 after a confirmed diagnosis of lymphosarcoma, a form of cancer. The filly's condition was recently confirmed by Johanna Reimer, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, of Read More

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm Experiencing Financial Woes

Old Friends, one of the most well-known and supported Thoroughbred retirement facilities in the country, has fallen on financial woes due to a clerical error by its bank. In order to retain its current status and continue supporting the horses Read More

Key Issues Discussed at Kentucky Immigration Forum

The fairly new concept of e-verification for immigration workers was one of the topics at a March 8 forum hosted by Blue Grass Farms Charities in conjunction with attorneys from Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs in Lexington, Ky. About 40 Thoroughbred Read More

Chairman of Kentucky Equine Education Project Resigns

Brereton Jones, who has served as chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) since it was formed in May 2004, has resigned from his position. KEEP was formed with the purpose to educate Kentucky residents on the importance of the horse Read More

Kentucky Immigration Proposal Worries Horse Industry

After being on the national back burner for the last three years, the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced again in Kentucky in the form of a bill that breezed through the state Senate in early January. Horse industry officials discussed how the Read More

Zenyatta Owner, Blame Trainer Comment on Horse of the Year Debate

As Blame and Zenyatta fans hold their collective breath in anticipation of the highly debated Horse of the Year announcement at the Jan. 17 Eclipse Awards ceremony, the mare's owner Jerry Moss and the colt's trainer Al Stall gave their final thoughts Read More

HFL Sport Science Laboratory Opens in Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear joined community leaders and executives of HFL Sport Science on Dec. 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the company's new laboratory in Lexington, Ky. The facility will provide drug surveillance, doping control, and Read More

Zenyatta Arrives at Churchill Downs

Accompanied by a police escort, a van carrying Zenyatta rolled into the stable area of Churchill Downs and stopped at Barn 41 at 12:07 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 2. A cheer erupted from a hoard of media as Zenyatta stepped of the shiny, silver vehicle Read More

Protecting Racehorses for Second Careers

The biggest takeaway message from a panel on transitioning Thoroughbred racehorses to second careers during the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland June 28 was how trainers need to protect their horses while they're on the track i Read More

Rare White Thoroughbred to Debut at Turfway

When Paul Megson attended the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale with his young daughter, Valerie, he had his eye on a particular weanling that stood out from the hundreds of other catalog entries because of one obvious reason: his pur Read More

Off-the-Track Thoroughbred Dubbed 'World's Smartest Horse'

For 37 years Karen Murdock has dedicated her life to horses, doing everything from dressage and barrel racing to jumping and trail riding. But in all her experiences she has never encountered a horse quite like Lukas. Starting out as a Read More

Thoroughbred Sire El Prado Dead

Prominent Thoroughbred sire El Prado died of a heart problem in his paddock at Adena Springs near Paris, Ky. the morning of Sept. 21. The son of Sadler's Wells was 20 years old. Read More

Racehorse Trainer Dutrow Granted Stay of Suspension

A week after Thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow filed an appeal over the 30-day suspension handed out by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a clenbuterol positive in the spring of 2008, the Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court issued him a stay. Read More