Thoroughbred Racing


Death of a Derby Winner: Slaughterhouse Likely Fate for Ferdinand

August 08, 2003

(Reported by The Blood-Horse, 7/25/03) Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup... Read More


Ferdinand Followup: Owners Promise to Tighten Contracts and Supervision

August 08, 2003

(Published in the Aug. 2 issue of The Blood-Horse) In the wake of the disturbing news of Ferdinand's demise in Japan, letters and e-mails from fans expressing both regret and anger have flooded in-boxes. It is likely, however,... Read More


Belmont Ball Raises $175,000 for Research

June 23, 2003

The Belmont Ball, hosted by the New York Racing Association on June 5 at Belmont Park, raised more than $175,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The black-tie event this year honored internationally renowned equine artist Richar... Read More


Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to Hold First Annual Open House

May 20, 2003

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) farm based at Blackburn Correctional Facility in Lexington, Ky., will be having its first annual open house on June 6. Events begin at 10 am and last until 2 pm.

Twenty TRF horses will be... Read More


EHV-1 Confirmed at Kentucky Racetrack; Pennsylvania Track Lifts Quarantine

May 01, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. The March 18 announcement of this fact followed treatment of EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio and... Read More


Thoroughbred-Interest Veterinarians Join AAEP On-Call Program

April 30, 2003

Three veterinarians with specific interests in the Thoroughbred athlete are the newest spokespersons for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) “On Call” Program. Randolph Hayes, DVM; Scott Hopper, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS; and Keith... Read More


Racing Industry Joins to Provide for Retirees at TRF-Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

April 28, 2003

Thanks to the generosity of Maker’s Mark, charitable donations from some of the most respected names in the Thoroughbred racing industry, and the vision of Penny Chenery, the owner of the great Secretariat, dozens of retired race horses will hav... Read More


Drug Raid at Australia Racetrack Produces Zero Positives

April 16, 2003

A massive out-of-competition drug-testing raid was conducted at Randwick racecourse Monday morning in Australia as 30 trainers had blood samples taken from horses in their stable.

The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory (ARFL) Racing... Read More


Misplaced Nail on Thoroughbred Mare: Case Study

April 14, 2003

A mare in excellent physical condition suddenly turns lame after a reset of commonly used shoes. ... Read More


Kentucky Derby Party to benefit LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

April 08, 2003

BATON ROUGE– The Companions of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine invite all horse enthusiasts to the fourth annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 3, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Country Club of Louisiana.

Proceeds from the party... Read More


Quarantine Lifted on Turfway Park Horses

April 04, 2003

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will release the quarantine placed on Barn 15 at Turfway Park as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday (April 5). The 80-horse barn was placed in quarantine after three horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus type 1... Read More


Keeneland Requiring Health Certificate for Horses

April 02, 2003

Keeneland, which opens for its spring meet April 4, is requiring all horses that enter the grounds to have a health certificate written within 72 hours of arrival.

River Downs in Ohio implemented a similar policy in the wake of the... Read More


TRF to Create Secretariat Center at Kentucky Horse Park

April 01, 2003

Two of Kentucky's most famous industries, bourbon and horse racing, have united to raise money for a new 25-acre center at the Kentucky Horse Park to facilitate adoption of former racehorses. Since 1996, Maker's Mark and Keeneland have produced ... Read More


Intravenous Nutrition for Colicky Horses

April 01, 2003

Horses which survive an episode of severe colic can be temporarily unable to eat. Anorexia, nasal regurgitation, and ileus (lack of bowel movement) prevent oral feeding. After several days of malnutrition, the horse's ability to heal is impaired... Read More


Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Announces 2003 Grants

March 25, 2003

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's board of directors has approved funding of $748,116 for a slate of 19 research projects for 2003, increasing the organization's total for equine research since 1983 to more than $10 million.

The... Read More


Derby Winner War Emblem Having Problems in the Breeding Shed

March 25, 2003

War Emblem, North America’s champion 3-year-old male of 2002 who was sold to Japan’s Shadai Stallion Station for nearly $18 million in September, is having difficulties covering mares in his first year at stud and his owners are negotiating a... Read More


EHV-1 Confirmed in Three Horses at Kentucky Racetrack

March 19, 2003

Equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as the cause of illness in three Thoroughbreds that were stabled in a training barn at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Tuesday’s announcement follows treatment of several EHV-1 outbreaks in Ohio... Read More


Kentucky Racetrack Announces Herpesvirus Cases

March 18, 2003

Three horses stabled at Turfway Park have been diagnosed with neurologic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Verification of the virus was completed over the weekend at the northern Kentucky track by researchers at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine... Read More


All-Thoroughbred Horse Show to Benefit Retired Racehorse Adoption Programs

March 17, 2003

For the third consecutive year, ReRun, Inc. and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption programs will co-host the All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show to be held on Sat., May 31 at Turfway Park. The Keeneland Association and Turfway Park have signed on... Read More


Fighting EPO Use Proving a Tough Fight

March 10, 2003

Though testing for the blood-doping agent erythropoietin (EPO) remains in its infant stages, a view into the prevalence of the drug on North America's backstretches is beginning to come into focus.
Since a test to identify EPO antibodies was... Read More


Central Kentucky Abortions Down For Third Straight Week

March 07, 2003

Reported equine abortions in Central Kentucky are down for the third week in a row and overall abortions for 2003 are drawing even with the 2002 numbers. According to figures from the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center... Read More


Herpesvirus Positives Keep Racetrack Shipping Ban in Place

March 05, 2003

Two additional positive tests for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) virus Feb. 26 were reported at Penn National Race Course. That prompted Philadelphia Park Racetrack to extend its ban on shipping into and out of the Grantville, Penn.,... Read More


Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 Cases at Pennsylvania Racetrack Keeping Officials Cautious

February 26, 2003

A restriction on horses shipping between Philadelphia Park Racetrack and Penn National Race Course due to three horses testing positive for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) at Penn National might be lifted early next week, officials... Read More


Horse Council to Focus on Education, Advocacy

February 20, 2003

The American Horse Council Convention and Congressional Conference for 2003 will focus on education and how it can lead to advocacy.

The convention, set for April 5-8 in Washington, D.C., will feature state horse council meetings, panel... Read More


Gulfstream Park Suspends Privileges For Veterinarian Patrick

February 14, 2003

Leonard Patrick, the primary veterinarian used by owner Mike Gill and trainer Mark Shuman, had his privileges suspended by Gulfstream Park on Wednesday for improper storage of Class 3 and Class 4 narcotic medication.

The irregularities... Read More