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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

State Vet Says Barbaro Not Injured in Starting Gate

David G. Zipf, chief veterinarian for the Maryland State Racing Commission, is convinced classic winner Barbaro did not suffer his career-ending injury in the starting gate when he broke through the stalls prior to the start of Saturday's Read More

Veterinarians Discuss Barbaro's Injury Prior to Surgery

Drs. Dean Richardson and Barbara Dallap met briefly with the press shortly after noon Sunday at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., to discuss the surgery about to be performed on Roy and Gretchen Jackson's Read More

After Successful Surgery, Barbaro's Chances Remain a "Coin Toss"

Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in Read More

Bernardini Takes Preakness; Barbaro Injured

Bernardini rolled to victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) Saturday at Pimlico Race Course while a serious injury shattered Barbaro's racing career and dreams of a Triple Crown bid.

The start was delayed after Barbaro broke through th Read More

West Virginia Tracks Lift Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

A horse that had displayed clinical signs of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) was negative for the virus according to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for the disease. This resulted in the lifting of an embargo imposed by the West Virginia Read More

Lawyer Ron Back at Churchill After Surgery

Grade II winner Lawyer Ron, who ran unplaced in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been returned to trainer Bob Holthus at Churchill Downs following surgery to remove bone chips. Read More

West Virginia Tracks Issue Embargo on Horses from Ohio Farm

A suspected case of neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) has led two West Virginia racetracks to issue an embargo on any horses from a horse farm in Ohio.

According to the Wheeling (West Virginia) Intelligencer, officials at Read More

Lawyer Ron to Miss Preakness; To Have Chip Removed

Lawyer Ron is scheduled to have a small chip removed from his right, hind ankle May 12 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. The surgery, to be performed by Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, will force the son of Langfuhr to Read More

Sharp Humor Sidelined With Chip Knee Fracture

Purdedel and WinStar Stable's Sharp Humor has been diagnosed with a small fracture of the left knee which will knock him off the Triple Crown trail.

The 3-year-old New York-bred son of Distorted Humor is scheduled to undergo surgery Read More

Ellis Park Repairs Remain on Schedule

Repairs continue at Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack that was heavily damaged by a tornado the morning of Nov. 6.
Ellis Park sustained damage to its terrace grandstand, paddock, jockeys’ quarters, racing office, infield tote board, Read More

Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy Holding Golf Tournament May 22

Edited press release

Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy is holding its inaugural BGFC Golf Scramble Tournament May 22 at the Golf Club of the Bluegrass starting with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Registration fees Read More

CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House

(edited press release)

Colorado State University's (CSU) James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House will be held April 7-8, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will be open for tours on Read More

NYRA to Accept Maryland Shippers March 18

(Edited press release)

The New York Racing Association will allow horses to ship into its racetracks--Aqueduct, Belmont Park, and Saratoga--from Maryland beginning March 18, providing those horses meet certain Read More

Funding Bill Possible for Calif. Surfaces Plan

California Senator Dean Florez is developing legislation to address the issue of funding for the state's major Thoroughbred racetracks to install Polytrack-like surfaces in order to reduce injuries to horses and riders.

The California Read More