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Help Award the Title of 'Greatest Thoroughbred of all Time'

BloodHorse.com has launched a new interactive game entitled "March into May."  

Beginning today, and for the Read More

Auction Benefits Secretariat Foundation

The Claiborne Farm Stallion Memorabilia Auction to benefit the Secretariat Foundation began on eBay March 20 and will run through March 30.

Bidders will have the opportunity to purchase authentic racing artifacts of 1973 Triple Crown winner Read More

Belmont-Winning Filly Rags to Riches Retired

Edited press release

It was announced March 24 that 2007 Belmont Stakes winner and 2007 champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches has been retired from racing and will head to Ashford Stud where she will be bred to champion sire Read More

Virginia: Free Pre-Race Steroids Tests

The Virginia Racing Commission will offer free pre-race testing for anabolic and androgenic steroids in horses that race at Colonial Downs this year.

The commission, at its March 19 meeting, unanimously adopted regulations and penalties Read More

Kentucky Derby Hopeful Sidelined by Ankle Fracture

Sierra Sunset, a three-length winner of the $300,000 Rebel March 15 at Oaklawn Park, has a hairline fracture of his left front ankle and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jeff Bonde reported.

"It's not bad enough to Read More

Racing Medication Group Moving Ahead with Steroid Work

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will hold its spring board of directors meeting March 25 in conjunction with the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual convention in Austin, Texas.

The RMTC will receive an Read More

Thoroughbred Songster Back in Training after Fertility Issues

Darley stallion Songster will be taken out of stud duty and put back into training due to undetermined fertility issues.

"It's obviously an unfortunate situation, but one that happens occasionally in our business," said Charlie Boden, Read More

Kingmambo Back in Action

Thoroughbred stallion Kingmambo, who missed several days of breeding because of a neurological problem, has returned to action at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

The plan is to have Kingmambo cover a mare a day. Read More

West Virginia Track Barn Quarantined

A barn at Charles Town Races & Slots was placed under quarantine March 10 after a local veterinarian reported he was treating a 4-year-old filly for neurological signs of an unknown origin.

Live racing and training at the West Virginia Read More

Kentucky, Mexico Team on Equine Industry

An agreement signed March 10 will enable horsemen from Kentucky and Mexico to share knowledge and resources and set up commercial and technical exchanges to improve both equine industries.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and Read More

BloodHorse.com Launches Blog Stable

BloodHorse.com has launched a collection of Weblogs. The BloodHorse.com Blog Stable is now available 24/7 at BloodHorse.com/Blogs.  

Each individual blog, written by Read More

Trainers Fined for Clenbuterol Overages

Thoroughbred trainers David LaCroix and Melody Conlon were each fined $3,000 by Santa Anita stewards for violating limits on the use of the bronchodilator clenbuterol last year, the California Horse Racing Board reported Feb. 23.

LaCroix wa Read More

Washington Thoroughbred Owners Back Rescue Farms

Beginning with the 2008 season, horse owners at Emerald Downs can make contributions to accredited Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and rehabilitation facilities through a voluntary $1 per start minimum contribution from their horsemen's bookkeeper Read More

Horse of the Year Curlin Prepping for Dubai Race

Horse of the Year Curlin looked to be in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, site of his main target, the Dubai World Cup.

The son of Smart Strike cantered gently around the Read More

Derby Champ Winning Colors Euthanized

Champion Winning Colors, winner of the 1988 Kentucky Derby, was euthanized Feb. 17 following complications from colic at Hagyard Davidson McGee vet clinic near Lexington. The 23-year-old Caro mare was buried at Greentree Farm, a division of Read More

Economic Stimulus Benefits Owners of Horse Businesses

The Economic Stimulus Act signed into law by President Bush on Feb. 13, 2008 includes two tax incentives that would allow a much bigger write-off for horses and other property purchased and placed in service during 2008, according to an advisory Read More

South Dakota Legislators Kill Slaughter Incentive Bill

A bill that would make a state-funded loan of up to $1 million available to construct a horse slaughtering facility in South Dakota is no longer under consideration.

A spokesperson for Sen. Jay Duenwald, chair of the state's Senate Agriculture Read More

Equine Herpesvirus: Maryland Training Center Barn Quarantined

The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced Jan. 22 that horses stabled in Barn 7 at the Bowie Training Center cannot leave until test results are completed for a horse showing clinical signs suggestive of equine herpesvirus.

Equine Read More

Curlin Named Thoroughbred Horse of the Year

Curlin began the 2007 racing season as a maiden. After winning his first race of the year by an eye-popping 12 3/4 lengths, the son of Smart Strike has been nearly unstoppable. His remarkable campaign carried him all the way to the Breeders' Cup Read More

Blood-Horse Launches Stallion Tour Video Library

Blood-Horse Publications has announced the launch of its Blood-Horse New Stallions Tour, a specialized online video library available on BloodHorse.com and Read More

Santa Anita Cancels Live Racing due to Ongoing Footing Trouble

Santa Anita Park canceled live racing for Jan. 7 because of continued problems with its Cushion Track surface.

The Southern California racetrack also scrapped its Jan. 5-6 programs. The surface doesn't properly drain, and a storm dumped Read More

Footing Trouble: Santa Anita Races Could Shift to Hollywood

The California Horse Racing Board will meet in special session by teleconference Jan. 8 to consider allowing the Los Angeles Turf Club to move some or all of its racing dates to Hollywood Park if the drainage problem that Read More

Deadline to Name Thoroughbred Foals Feb. 1

A valid attempt to name foals of 2006 must be made by Feb. 1, 2008, in order to avoid a $75 late fee, The Jockey Club announced Dec. 27.
 
As an aid in selecting a desired name, The Jockey Club once again has published on the Read More

Leading Thoroughbred Trainer Killed in Traffic Accident

Dale Baird, the all-time leading Thoroughbred racehorse trainer by wins, died in an automobile accident Dec. 23, a spokesman for Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort confirmed. He was 72.

The Greenfield, Ind., Daily Reporter Read More

Transcript: Talkin' Horses with Dr. Larry Bramlage, Part 2

Many readers' questions remained unanswered following the most recent chat with equine surgeon Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. As a favor to Bloodhorse.com, Bramlage graciously agreed to Read More