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Training Resumes at Churchill

Horses stabled in a second Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture because of confirmed cases of equine herpes virus at the track will be allowed to return to limited training on May Read More

Champion Sprinter Housebuster Dead

Housebuster, the last two-time Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, died May 15.

Donna Hayes, syndicate manager for Read More

Mothers to Be

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive Read More

Preakness Runners Not Affected by Churchill EHV Quarantine

Churchill Downs and Kentucky veterinary officials are segregating horses because of a possible outbreak of an equine respiratory virus in three barns, but no horses entered in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are affected.

Rusty Ford of Read More

Nineteen Horses Test Positive for Possible Strangles

Initial test results show that 19 horses have tested positive for possible strangles infection at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky., according to information provided by Churchill Downs.

In all, 49 horses--43 Thoroughbreds Read More

Kingmambo Taken Out of Stud Duty

Prominent Thoroughbred stallion Kingmambo, who was taken out of stallion duty in late February at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of an injured leg, will spend about three more weeks on the sidelines due to an Read More

NYRA Milkshake Tests to Begin Feb. 16

The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.

Random pre-race testing Read More

Report: Kentucky Tracks Might Test for Milkshakes

Kentucky racetracks could begin testing for "milkshakes" this spring under their own guidelines, officials said.

A milkshake is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a horse before it competes. Milkshakes are believed to Read More

Arizona Racing Officials Prepared to Delve into Raids, Medication

Arizona Department of Racing officials have planned hearings in early January for eight horse owners or trainers whose barns were raided by state and federal officials Dec. 15 at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.

The raids, according to the Read More

Kentucky Stud Farm Offers Seasons to Help Tsunami Victims

Coolmore stallion owners are donating one nomination to every one of their stallions worldwide to aid humanitarian efforts following the earthquake-tsunami catastrophe in Asia and Africa, Coolmore announced Dec. 30.

The stud farm in Read More

Hild Pleads Innocent to Animal Cruelty Charges

According to an AP story on, racehorse trainer Glenn Hild pleaded innocent Dec. 7 to misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty.

Hild, former owner of Broken Word Farm, nea Read More

California Legislator Introduces Milkshake Bill

Assembly member Jerome E. Horton announced legislation Dec. 7 to combat illegal substances in California racehorses, in particular milkshakes.

The bill would require the California Horse Racing Board to adopt emergency regulations to Read More

USEF Includes California in Plan to Standardize Drug Testing Fees

In a move designed to standardize drug testing fees across the country, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced a new plan to restructure fees for competitions in California. This restructuring will finally put California on Read More

Arkansas Trainer Charged With Animal Cruelty

An arrest warrant was issued yesterday (Nov. 16) for Arkansas trainer Glenn Hild on 17 charges of animal cruelty, according to Mary Ann Taft, Arkansas State Humane Officer. The 17 Thoroughbreds Hild allegedly mistreated Read More

Clenbuterol Appeals Denied, Suspensions Upheld

Harry Thompson Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National Race Course eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended for 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported Read More

Pleasantly Perfect Injured and Retired

Pleasantly Perfect, who finished third in defense of his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic--Powered by Dodge (gr. I), has been retired from racing after suffering an undetermined injury to the "left hind ankle." The 6-year-old son of Pleasant Read More

Louisiana Targets Blood-Doping,

The Louisiana State Racing Commission medication committee has asked the full commission to ban the use and possession of the blood-doping substances erythropoietin (EPO) and darbepoietin, as well as consider measures aimed at random Read More

Top Veterinarian William O. Reed Dies

William O. Reed, DVM, died Oct. 23 at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. He was 83 years old.

Internationally regarded as one of the finest equine practitioners of his time, Reed is perhaps most remembered for his surgery on the Read More

Wild Again Pensioned at Three Chimneys

Syndicate manager Robert Clay announced Oct. 13 that Three Chimneys Thoroughbred stallion Wild Again is being retired due to declining fertility. "Wild Again has been a distinguished member of our stallion roster for the last 13 years," Clay Read More

Noted Equine Researcher Jack Bryans Dead at 80

John T. "Jack" Bryans, MS, PhD, an equine researcher who developed numerous vaccines, died Saturday night from cancer at his home in Lexington. He was 80.

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Smarty Jones Makes the Move to Kentucky

Smarty Jones moved into his new Kentucky home at Three Chimneys Farm on Monday morning.

The Pennsylvania-bred winner of this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness left his home state Saturday for Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Read More

Millionaire Dollar Bill Euthanized

Gary and Mary West's millionaire grade II winner Dollar Bill, who proved popular enough to warrant his own web site, was euthanized Aug. 3 after foundering. He suffered from ankle problems during his racing career and had been a patient at Rood Read More

Smarty Jones Retired Due to Bone Bruises

Go Smarty Go--To Stud at Three Chimneys Farm 
By Ron Mitchell and Evan Hammonds

Smarty Jones, the Elusive Quality colt whose quest for the Triple Crown came up short in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired due to Read More

Perfect Drift Recovering From Throat Surgery

Edited from Churchill Downs reports

Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the 2003 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) and third to Colonial Colony in this year's renewal, is recovering from throat surgery to correct an Read More

Research Projects Benefit from Belmont Celebration

Edited release from The Jockey Club

The Belmont Celebration, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club on June 4 at Belmont Park, raised more than $235,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Read More