Thoroughbred Racing

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AAEP Releases Racetrack Practitioners Directory

October 11, 2002

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published a new directory of racetrack veterinarians. More than 700 AAEP members currently practicing at racetracks across the country are listed.... Read More

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Zimbabwe Horse Farms Under Attack

October 01, 2002

Horses in Zimbabwe are facing injury and slaughter due to a government land grab. According to reports from racing officials in South Africa, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has instituted a program whereby all white farmers must leave their... Read More

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Numbers Fall For Keeneland November Sale; MRLS Blamed

September 26, 2002

Keeneland will catalog 3,597 lots for the November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky. The number is down by 12.6% from last year's figure of 4,119. Tom Thornbury, Keeneland's associate director of sales, identified the effects of mare... Read More

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Preakness Runner-Up Positive for West Nile Virus, Condition Improving

September 11, 2002

Magic Weisner, the popular gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Monday with West Nile virus (WNV), said Dr. Bob Vallance, a Maryland veterinarian.

Vallance, Magic Weisner's local veterinarian, has bee... Read More

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Mosquito Infected with West Nile Virus Found at Churchill Downs

August 23, 2002

Officials with the Jefferson County, Ky. Health Department said that at least one mosquito infected with West Nile virus has been found at Churchill Downs.

The discovery of the mosquito came during a routine examination of a group of... Read More

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Radiographs and Selecting Racehorses

August 22, 2002

Veterinarians should select racehorses at auction, not "radiographically clean horses," Thoroughbred farm Three Chimneys' resident veterinarian Jim Morehead, DVM, told Australia's leading equine veterinarians at a yearling radiographic seminar... Read More

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Derby Winner, Top Japanese Sire Sunday Silence Dies

August 19, 2002

The long vigil is over. After 14 weeks of battle, Sunday Silence died of heart failure Sunday, Aug. 19, brought on by infection in his leg and the debilitating effects of laminitis.

At Shadai Stallion Station in Japan's Hokkaido, where... Read More

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Churchill Downs, Farms Take Steps Against West Nile Virus

August 15, 2002

Churchill Downs' primary weapon against the West Nile virus (WNV) sits in a clear, plastic vial on the desk of track superintendent Butch Lehr, according to AP writer Chris Duncan.

The vial holds birdseed-like pellets that release a... Read More

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Fire at The Thoroughbred Center Kills Two Horses

July 10, 2002

A barn fire late Monday night killed two horses at The Thoroughbred Center near Lexington, KY. The fire, which was contained to two stalls of a 20-stall barn adjacent to the training track, is suspected to have started near an electric fan... Read More

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Fatigue in Racehorses

July 01, 2002

While visibly obvious, fatigue is hard to quantify. Electromyography (EMG) measures conduction along nerves in a particular muscle group--as muscle fibers fatigue, EMG signals shift from high to low. Taking EMG readings during galloping is... Read More

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Belmont Ball Raises $150,000 for Equine Research

June 17, 2002

The Belmont Ball, hosted by the New York Racing Association on June 6 at Belmont Park, raised more than $150,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

The black-tie event featured a live auction with items ranging from box... Read More

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Update on 2002 Early Fetal Loss in Central Kentucky

May 22, 2002

Figures generated from ultrasound... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pasture Update and Recommendations

May 17, 2002

A report was issued today by Jimmy Henning, Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. The text follows:

Many questions... Read More

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Methods for Diagnosing Lameness

May 08, 2002

After an exciting day of cross country at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 27, horse owners and enthusiasts gathered to hear top equine veterinarians from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital speak on health issues pertaining to the sport... Read More

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Superstar Seattle Slew Dead at 28

May 07, 2002

Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated, died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington. On May 7, 1977, exactly 25 years ago, Slew won the Kentucky Derby. Seattle Slew had been the last... Read More

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Harlan's Vet Gets A Holiday

May 03, 2002

Kentucky Derby favorite Harlan’s Holiday is getting a lot of attention this week, including a visit from the veterinarian who cared for him over the winter racing season in Florida.

Dr. Tom Brokken of Florida was invited to the... Read More

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Buddha's Diagnosis Uncertain, But Favorable

May 03, 2002

Dr. Ken Reed, the attending veterinarian for Derby pre-race second choice Buddha, did a preliminary examination of the colt on Friday before lunchtime after Buddha was withdrawn from the Derby Friday morning because of lameness i... Read More

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Buddha's Prognosis?

May 03, 2002

Kentucky Derby pre-race second choice Buddha was declared out of the race on Friday morning because of a sore left front foot.

Buddha worked on Thursday and cooled out sound. But on Friday morning when he was taken from his stall at 5... Read More

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Veterinarians On-Call at Derby

May 02, 2002

The American Association of Equine Practitioners created the On-Call program 11 years ago to assist media in understanding injuries and treatment of horses before, during, and after upper-echelon equine events. Most of the 70 events covered by... Read More

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Rare White Thoroughbred Born in Kentucky

April 10, 2002

Patchen Beauty, the rare white Thoroughbred mare who garnered a lot of attention when she competed on the Kentucky circuit in the mid-1990s, produced a white colt on April 5 at Warren Rosenthal's Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington,... Read More

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Racetrack Vets Could Form Own Organization

March 12, 2002

As the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Integrity and Drug Testing Task Force prepared for its March 12 meeting, some racetrack veterinarians moved closer to forming their own organization.

Representatives from The Race... Read More

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Thoroughbred Pedigrees Show Little Genetic Diversity

March 01, 2002

More than 95% of Thoroughbreds share the same paternal lineage, and almost half of the genetic makeup of the breed can be attributed to just 10 foundation horses. These facts are just a few of the recent findings brought to light by a research... Read More

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Seattle Slew to Undergo Surgery

February 26, 2002

Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew is being removed from stallion service in central Kentucky indefinitely and his return, if ever, to service will depend upon what is in the best interests of the horse, according to a press release by Three... Read More

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Davy Jones to Ride at the 2002 Blood-Horse Sportsman’s Challenge

February 21, 2002

Ever wanted to race against a singing Monkey? Davy Jones of the Monkees will be the celebrity rider in the 2002 Blood-Horse Sportsman’s Challenge, which will be run at the High Hope Steeplechase on May 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.... Read More

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John Henry Back Home

February 05, 2002

Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who underwent colic surgery Jan. 25 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, arrived back home at the Kentucky Horse Park Feb. 4. "He was given a clean bill of health, and everyone is happy... Read More