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Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, rescinded the Read More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

Hurricane Wilma Leads to Calder Cancellation

With South Florida under a hurricane warning, Calder Racecourse cancelled live racing and simulcasting Monday (Oct. 24) as the state's southwest coast awaited the arrival of Hurricane Wilma.

Track president Ken Dunn also announced that Read More

Painter Richard Stone Reeves Dies at 85

Richard Stone Reeves, perhaps the greatest modern-day horse painter, died Oct. 7 at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, N.Y. He was 85.

Over the years, Reeves had been commissioned by top owners and breeders to paint portraits of Read More

Mandatory Disclosure of Veterinary Practices Postponed

The Monitoring Committee for the Sales Integrity Program has postponed implementation of the mandatory disclosure of acceptable veterinary practices, says the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

The program's code of ethics Read More

Horse Rescue Groups Mobilizing Hurricane Relief Effort

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, horse rescue groups are mobilizing to provide assistance to horses and livestock impacted by the devastating storm and are seeking financial support for the effort.

The National Horse Protection Read More

Fair Grounds Racetrack Damage Unknown; Track Used as Staging Area

As Hurricane Katrina moved through New Orleans, La., Monday, the Fair Grounds racetrack sustained some structural damage and the track's parking lot was being used as a staging area from which rescue vehicles and personnel could Read More

Jockey Club Rule Changed; Inspections Possible of Early Foals

The Jockey Club, the registry for Thoroughbreds, has announced a change in its Stud Book rules that will permit representatives of the organization to physically inspect horses. According to a release, the rule change was made to insure the Read More

Horse in Australia Identified as Samood

The horse believed to have been Dubai Excellence when sold to stand at stud in Australia has been identified as Samood.

Michael Ford, keeper of the Australian Stud Book, confirmed that recent DNA test have confirmed the horse presently i Read More

Identity Mix-Up Regarding Dubai Excellence

 By Ric Chapman with additional reporting

Authorities are conducting DNA testing to determine the identity of a horse shipped to stand in Australia after preliminary tests proved it is not Dubai Excellence. Th Read More

Florida Stallion Tour d'Or Dead

Prominent Florida stallion Tour d'Or, one of the last major stallions stemming from Secretariat's male line, was euthanatized in late July after foundering. The 23-year-old Secretariat grandson by Canadian champion Medaille d'Or stood since the Read More

Saratoga County Euthanatized

Evelyn Pollard's Saratoga County, winner of the Dubai Golden Shaheen (a Grade 1 race--G1) in the United Arab Emirates in late March, was euthanatized on July 29 after developing laminitis. The Thoroughbred was being treated for colitis Read More

NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

The New York Racing Association is "100% committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

Hayward's Read More

Ellis Park Barn Released From Quarantine

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has released the quarantine of Barn 9 at Ellis Park following a third round of negative test results for the equine bacterial disease known as strangles.

Under the protocol established by the Read More

Wilson Named Kentucky's Top Racing Vet

Gary Wilson, DVM, a Winchester, Ky., veterinarian, has been named chief veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA). Wilson, who has been a practicing veterinarian since 1977, has extensive experience in the field of equine Read More

Thoroughbred Sire Lyphard Euthanatized at Age 36

Lyphard, one of the great sires of recent times and certainly one of the longest living, was euthanatized June 10 at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Pensioned in 1996 at age 27, Lyphard lived to be 36.

"Lyphard has been a part Read More