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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

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