The Blood-Horse Staff

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Articles by Blood-Horse Staff

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.

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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 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.

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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, Bramlage graciously agreed to Read More

Interactive Chat: Equine Surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage to be Encore Guest

Equine surgeon Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, will join readers for another interactive chat this Thursday, Dec. 20, at  

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U.S. Senate Approves Farm Bill

The United States Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill Dec. 14 by a vote of 79 to 14. Included in the legislation is the Equine Equity Act, which would reduce the capital gains Read More

California Fund for Retired Horses Passed

California took a first step toward helping more horses after their racing years with the final approval of a new fund to support the state's equine retirement facilities.

During a meeting held Dec. 14 in Inglewood, the California Horse Racing Read More

Transcript: Talkin' Horses with Equine Surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage

Equine surgeon Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, joined readers for Thursday's edition of's "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by He was the featured gues Read More

Dr. Larry Bramlage to be Guest on Interactive Chat

Join world-renowned equine surgeon Larry R. Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, for Thursday’s edition of's “Talkin’ Horses” sponsored by He will be the gues Read More

Old Friends Welcomes Thoroughbred Champion Williamstown

Williamstown, a former mile record holder at Belmont Park, has arrived at Old Friends retirement home near Georgetown, Ky. He was pensioned from stallion duty after proving infertile this year at Rockin' River Ranch near Winterset, Read More

Santa Anita Closing Main Track to Examine Drainage Issue

Santa Anita Park, currently open for training only, will close its main track Dec. 3-10 to examine its new Cushion Track surface due to problems with drainage.

The move comes just a month before the start of the Santa Anita winter/spring Read More

John Henry 'Moneigh' on eBay

One of the last "Moneigh" paintings done by the late John Henry is up for bids in an eBay auction held by ReRun, the ex-racehorse adoption program.

Previously, Moneighs by the two-time Horse of the Year have been sold online, but it is Read More

EVA Vaccination Snafu Blocks Top European Horse from Running in Japan

Dylan Thomas, who was recently named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse in Europe, is no longer a contender for the Nov. 25 Japan Cup due to not testing negative for equine viral arteritis (EVA).

A series of examinations conducted a Read More

Texas Ex-Racehorse Group Launches Founders' Circle

Members of the racing industry in Texas are showing strong support for LOPE Texas, a non-profit racehorse-placement program, the organization reported in a Nov. 15 press release.

Although LOPE has just launched its newest initiative--the Read More

Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

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Author Josh Pons to be Guest on Interactive Chat

Join Eclipse Award-winning writer and farm owner Josh Pons for Thursday's edition of "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by He will be the guest live online Read More

Laminitis Studies Financed by Barbaro Fund to Commence

Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon utilizing funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

The projects, at more than $100,000 Read More

Half of Churchill Downs Herpesvirus Quarantine Lifted

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has lifted a quarantine order for half of Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, which was placed under quarantine Oct. 26 after a horse was found to be infected with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

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Churchill Downs Herpesvirus: Tests Indicate Virus Isolated to One Horse

Thirty-five horses stabled in a barn at Churchill Downs where one other horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) have tested negative for the disease, leading track officials to believe the case is isolated.

According to an Read More

Random Drug Tests Clear on Breeders' Cup Entries

The random out-of-competition testing of Breeders’ Cup World Championships participants for Epogen (EPO) and total carbon dioxide (TCO2) have all returned negative, officials announced Oct. 24.

The New Jersey Racing Commission Sept. 17 Read More

10-Year-Old Steeplechaser Wins Fifth Breeders' Cup

Questions abounded over his fitness, but the three-time champion hurdler McDynamo turned back all challengers on the final turn and drew off over the final half-mile to win his fifth consecutive Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (NSA-I) Oct Read More