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Grade I-Winning Mare Behaving Badly Retired

Behaving Badly, one of the year's top sprinting distaffers, has been retired after a disappointing fourth as the favorite in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) Oct. 14 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

The 5-year-old daughte Read More

Welfare and Safety Summit Begins Monday at Keeneland

The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit opens Monday at Keeneland in Lexington with a session of presentations and panel discussions that will be open to the public. The session, which will be held in the Keeneland sale pavilion, will run Read More

Transcript: Talkin' Horses with J. Paul Reddam

Following is yesterday's Talkin' Horses transcript from our sister publication's web site,

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Smarty Jones Colt Stands Out at OBS Sale

A colt from the first crop of Smarty Jones became the highest-priced horse sold so far this year at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s fall mixed sale when he brought $170,000 Wednesday (Oct. 11). Clear Sky Stable purchased the chestnut weanling Read More

Polytrack Debuts at Keeneland

As Keeneland officials noted with a laugh, it couldn't have been better scripted. But sometimes in horse racing, things have a funny way of coming together despite numerous factors. And on Friday, opening day at the Lexington racetrack, they did Read More

Internet Gambling Bill Passes; Racing Exempted

Racing's right to offer account wagering under the amended 1978 Interstate Horseracing Act was reaffirmed in Internet gaming legislation passed early Saturday morning by the U.S. House and Senate.

The measure bans other forms of Internet Read More

Kentucky Thoroughbred Industry Reeling After Plane Crash

The Central Kentucky horse industry was reeling Sunday after several prominent members of the equine community and others were among the 49 people killed in the crash of a commuter jet shortly after takeoff from Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky. Read More

Bluegrass Cat Retired Due to Pastern Injury

WinStar Farm's Bluegrass Cat, runner-up in Saturday's (Aug. 26) Travers Stakes, was retired Sunday morning after X rays revealed a fractured right hind pastern.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said copies of the X rays will be forwarded to tw Read More

Horsemen Who Died in Plane Crash Remembered by Friends, Relatives, and Associates

One day after Comair flight 5191 crashed shortly after it left Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, Ky., three horsemen who were among the 49 victims were being remembered Monday by friends, relatives and associates.

Listed among the victims Read More

Horsemen Among Air Crash Victims

George Brunacini, who bred 2005 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Flower Alley, Central Kentucky horseman Dan Mallory, and trainer Jeff Williams were among the 49 victims of Sunday morning's crash of a commuter jet shortly after takeoff from Blue Read More

National Turf Writers to Honor "Team Barbaro"

(from National Turf Writers Association release)

The individuals associated with undefeated Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro, veterinary surgeon Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, and the University of Pennsylvania School Read More

Talkin' Horses Transcript: Dean Richardson

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, has been in the public eye since May 20 when he began treating Kentucky Derby winner Read More

Special Edition of Talkin' Horses to Feature Barbaro's Surgeon has announced a special edition of Talkin' Horses that will feature Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Read More

During Cast Change, Barbaro's Injured Leg 'Looked Good'

Edited release from New Bolton Center

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was doing well Wednesday morning after the cast on his right hind limb was changed late Tuesday afternoon under general anesthesia at the New Bolton Read More

HBPA to Emirates: Reconsider Position on Brass Hat Disqualification

The board of directors of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has sent Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mansour, chairman of the Emirates Racing Association, an Read More

Barbaro's Vital Signs Monday; No Change in Condition

Barbaro's vital signs, appetite and heart rate remained normal Monday, though there was no indication the classic winner's condition has improved since a grim prognosis by his veterinarian last week.

The colt, who had 80% of his left rea Read More

Lawrence Retires as Director of UL Equine Industry Program

The Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville has announced Robert G. "Bob" Lawrence will retire as director and chairman, effective Aug. 1.

Lawrence has led the program since its inception in 1987. During that time, the Read More

Barbaro: Through First Cast Change, Leg Looks Excellent

Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, on Tuesday got his first look at the right rear leg of Barbaro since he performed surgery on the colt and reported "his leg looks Read More

Barbaro Treated to Carrots and Sugar Following TV Appearance

Because he continues to improve daily, Barbaro was allowed by his veterinarians to make a special televised appearance during ABC Sports' coverage of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 10.

"He is just fine and he has been enjoying some Read More

Barbaro's Latest Visitor Comes Bearing a Large Gift

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell paid a special visit today to the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, where he checked on the condition of Kentucky Derby Read More

Favorite Trick, Saratoga Six Die in Barn Fire

Favorite Trick, the 1997 (Thoroughbred) Horse of the Year as a 2-year-old, and Saratoga Six, a grade I winner, died last night in a barn fire at Jim and Marilyn Helzer's JEH Stallion Station near Hondo, N.M. They were among six stallions, Read More

Barbaro Walks Stall, Munches Huge Carrots

Barbaro chomped "phenomenally large" carrots and his condition remained unchanged Sunday (June 4) as veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., continued a daily assessment of whether his cast needs to be changed. So far, no Read More

New Bolton Answers Common Barbaro Questions

Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continues to improve daily as he recovers from a shattered hind leg sustained at the Preakness on May 20. "I'm very pleased with the progress Barbaro is making," said chief Read More

Barbaro: Importance of Hind Leg in Breeding Explained

Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Read More

Industry Sends Best Wishes to Barbaro, Connections

Industry associations have joined the thousands of racing fans rallying around Barbaro, who was pulled up in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and underwent surgery on his right hind leg the following day.
The story has gotten regular play Read More