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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

Pimlico Considers Lifting Quarantine Feb. 4; Stakes Could Be Rescheduled

Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) officials are hopeful they will be able to lift the equine herpesvirus quarantine at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Feb. 4, MJC chief operating officer Lou Raffetto said at a news conference at Laurel Park on Jan. Read More

Restrictions Lifted on Most Lead Ponies, Outrider Horses at Turfway Park

All but one of the workhorses quarantined at Turfway Park have been cleared to return to the track on Tuesday (Jan. 24) after testing negative for equine herpesvirus.

Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, rescinded the Read More

New York Enacts Pre-Race "Milkshaking" Tests

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess Read More

American Horse Council: Immigration Bill Could Impact Horse Industry

The American Horse Council has issued an advisory concerning immigration legislation passed in December by the U.S. House of Representatives that could have negative implications for the horse industry.

According to the AHC, the Border Read More

Smarty Jones' First Foal Arrives

The first foal by dual classic winner Smarty Jones arrived shortly after midnight Jan. 10 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The newborn filly is the third foal from the winning Danzig mare Shoppingwithbetty, who is a daughter Read More

Leading Sire Danzig Dead at 29

Thoroughbred stallion Danzig, who topped the general sires list from 1991-93, was euthanatized Jan. 3 at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of the infirmities of old age.

The 29-year-old son of Northern Dancer Read More

Afleet Alex to Stand at Gainesway for $40,000

Cash is King Stable, Jess Jackson, and Gainesway Farm have announced that dual classic winner Afleet Alex will enter stud for $40,000 at Gainesway near Lexington. "Having Afleet Alex stand at Gainesway is one of the most exciting moments in our Read More

TCA/TOBA Auction Raises $1.9 Million

The 16th annual charity stallion season and art auction conducted by Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association on Dec. 3 at CandyLand Farm in Delaware and audiocast to Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, Read More

Afleet Alex Out for Year; Gets Vote as Top "Sportsman"

Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, tabbed by the senior writer at Sports Illustrated to be the magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" for 2005, won't race again until next year, trainer Tim Ritchey announced Nov. 5.

Afleet Alex, Read More