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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More

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Jockeys, Horses Injured in Pileup at Golden Gate Fields

January 29, 2007

(from Golden Gate Fields report)
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, all-time leading rider by victories, sustained a cracked rib when he went down at Golden Gate Fields a race prior to the California Derby.
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Barbaro: Richardson Provides More Information on Recent Procedures

January 29, 2007

Barbaro's fight for survival might have reached a critical point. The Kentucky Derby winner suffered a significant setback over the weekend, and surgery was required to insert two steel pins in a bone--one of three shattered eight months ago in... Read More

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Richardson: Last Night "Not a Great Night" for Barbaro

January 29, 2007

The doctor who's treating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro says last night was "not a great night" for the horse.

Barbaro is once again fighting for survival, and the doctor is warning that another setback could bring a decision to... Read More

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Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More

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Barbaro Timeline: Significant Developments in Barbaro's Life

January 29, 2007

A chronology of Barbaro's life, from winning the Kentucky Derby through his Jan. 29 death.
   
May 6 - Wins Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths for sixth straight win.
    
May 20 - Injured at start... Read More

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Industry Reaction to Barbaro's Death

January 29, 2007

Robert L. Evans, Churchill Downs Incorporated president and chief executive officer:
"Churchill Downs Incorporated and the entire Kentucky Derby family are deeply saddened by the passing of Barbaro. Our hearts and prayers are... Read More

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Richardson: Barbaro Euthanasia Peaceful and at the Right Time

January 29, 2007

It was, by all accounts, a peaceful ending to what had sometimes been an epic struggle to keep the horse that America held on to as its own comfortable, happy, and on track to a normal, if not celebrity, equine life.

Dean Richardson,... Read More

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Barbaro: Deep Abscess in Right Hind Potentially as Serious as Laminits

January 28, 2007

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Barbaro was taken back to surgery because New Bolton Center veterinarians could not keep him comfortable on his right hind foot. That foot developed a deep subsolar abscess secondary to bruising when he went through a perio... Read More

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Procedure Performed on Barbaro's Injured Right Hind Leg

January 28, 2007

Barbaro had a custom-made cast removed and underwent a procedure on his right hind leg Saturday (Jan. 27), the same leg the Kentucky Derby winner shattered eight months ago in the Preakness.

The incident is the first time in weeks the le... Read More

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Polytrack Reviewed After 18 Ambulance Runs at Turfway Park

January 27, 2007

Recent temperature drops have given officials at a northern Kentucky racetrack the opportunity to review how well Polytrack surface material handles cold weather, according to a Jan. 26 report in the Lexington... Read More

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Officials: Offseason Events at Churchill Up Racing Appeal

January 25, 2007

Though months away, excitement already was building for the upcoming big event as the offseason crowd took in the attractions at Churchill Downs--home of the Kentucky Derby.

There was no live horse racing, but there were fancy gowns,... Read More

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Barbaro: Left Cast Changed, Right Cast Replaced by Brace

January 25, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is doing well after a planned procedure yesterday. "Barbaro was placed under anesthesia yesterday to have his left hind foot cast replaced," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "We also... Read More

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1970 Kentucky Derby Trophy on eBay

January 24, 2007

An authentic replication of the 1970 Kentucky Derby trophy is currently being offered on eBay. Connie Peters, a daughter of the late Robert Lehmann, who owned the winning horse Dust Commander, posted the trophy on the online auction site.... Read More

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Invasor Defeats Barbaro for Horse of the Year Eclipse Award

January 23, 2007

All the adoration for Barbaro at the Eclipse Awards couldn't prevent two of his rivals from winning Thoroughbred racing's biggest honors.

Invasor overwhelmingly defeated the injured Kentucky Derby winner for Horse of the Year, and Barbaro... Read More

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Barbaro's Recovery Voted NTRA 'Moment of the Year'

January 20, 2007

The emotional scene at the New Bolton Center as Barbaro recovered from a serious injury suffered during the Preakness Stakes has been voted the 2006 National Thoroughbred Racing Association “Moment of the Year.”

Barbaro's connections, an... Read More

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Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center Coming to Ocala

January 19, 2007

Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC) and Main Street Management Services, Inc. (Main Street) have announced the formation of a joint venture to build a world class equine sports medicine facility in Ocala... Read More

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Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Issue Statement on Anabolic Steroid Policy

January 19, 2007

Officials from Keeneland Association Inc. and Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc., today jointly announced their support for development of a policy regarding the testing for, and inappropriate use of, anabolic steroids in horses sold at public... Read More

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Barbaro Update: Derby Winner Gradually Improving

January 18, 2007

A week after a setback in his recovery from a broken pastern bone and bout of laminitis, Barbaro continues to gradually improve, according to the latest report from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

“Barbaro’s comfort... Read More

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Derby Documentary Nears Completion

January 16, 2007

Two brothers working on a documentary about the Kentucky Derby are nearing completion of the project.

John and Brad Hennegan putting the finishing touches on "The First Saturday in May," a film they conceived after seeing stories surroundin... Read More

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Equine Ambulance Staff Members Participate in Large Animal Rescue Training

January 16, 2007

The staff of the Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance recently attended a training session to improve their knowledge of large animal rescue techniques.

Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence that horses are... Read More

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Barbaro "Stable and Comfortable"

January 16, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is stable and comfortable following the latest setback. "Barbaro's comfort improved considerably following the procedure on Saturday morning," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "He has been... Read More

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Barbaro Has 'Improved Significantly' After Latest Surgery

January 15, 2007

The chief of surgery at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center said Jan. 15 that Barbaro had “improved significantly” after undergoing surgery two days earlier to remove more of the left rear hoof that has been impacted by a bout of... Read More

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Horse Dies of Apparent Heart Attack, Jockey Hurt

January 14, 2007

A horse died of an apparent heart attack during a race Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, injuring his jockey.

Carlos Marquez Jr. was taken to Tulane Medical Center with shoulder pain after Arbuckle Bandit went down o... Read More

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Barbaro Undergoes Planned Procedure

January 13, 2007

As previously planned, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia this morning (Jan. 13), so surgeons could fully examine his left hind foot. "While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable t... Read More