Leslie Deckard

Leslie Deckard is a former staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Leslie Deckard

Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via Read More

Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Continues Slump in Second Session

When most everything else in the world--including stocks and home values--seems to be losing value, 3-year-old racehorse Mushka went up in the value, proving the old adage that good horses will bring good money, even in tough economic times. Read More

Dam of Eight Belles Sells for $2.5 Million

Away, the dam of the ill-fated Eight Belles, was purchased for $2.5 million during the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser, Read More

Louisiana Barn Fire Kills 12 Horses

A Sept. 25 fire at Velocity Farms near Benton, La., killed 12 horses, including Deerhound, sire of Thoroughbred champion Countess Diana. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Shanna Berry, who co-owns the farm with Sandi Blackburn, said Read More

Keeneland Yearling Buyers Utilize Steroid Tests

During the first two sessions of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale the Central Kentucky auction company reported 20 requests for testing for exogenous anabolic steroids.

There were six requests during the opening session Sept. 8 an Read More

Eight Belles Tests Negative for Steroids

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tested negative for all banned substances, including steroids, according to test results from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority’s official laboratory at Read More

Chelokee Continues to Improve

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle during the Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 2 at Churchill Downs continues to improve at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. Read More

Hanging At Home with Rags to Riches

One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks. Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches, owned by Michael Tabor Read More

California Racing Group to Turn Over Necropsy Results

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has agreed to pay owner Jerry Jamgotchian $19,440 in attorney fees and costs, as well as turn over necropsy submission forms for horses that died on California racetracks in 2006 and part of 2007, Read More

Louisiana Racing Commission Might Appeal Drug Ruling

After the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee struck down the Louisiana State Racing Commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium model rules for medication Feb. 11, the commission is yet to decide its next move.

The Read More

Racing Medication Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. Read More

Curlin Tops Eclipse Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2007 (Thorougbred) Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 4, with many of the categories, as usual, dominated by winners of the Breeders' Cup World Championships races.

It is possible that nine of the 10 (flat) Eclipse winner Read More

Kentucky Moves to Regulate Racehorse Steroids

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the state, and took the first step toward drafting and adopting the revised model rule offered by the Association of Racing Commissioners Read More

Trainer in Cobra Venom Case Agrees to Yearlong Suspension

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority reached a settlement agreement with trainer Patrick Biancone Oct. 17 that will bar him from training horses for six months and prevent him from applying for a trainer's license for an additional six months. Read More

Trainer Given Yearlong Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

 Kentucky racing stewards have suspended trainer Patrick Biancone for one year for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations following a hearing Oct. 4. The suspension begins Oct. 15.

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$3.7 Million Colt Tops Keeneland Select Yearling Sale

A striking son of Unbridled's Song brought a final bid of $3.7 million from Coolmore and associates to establish a new high price for the second session and first two days of the Keeneland September sale.

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Veterinarian Appealing Suspension in Snake Venom Case

Dr. Rod Stewart has appealed a suspension order issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority in connection with the ongoing investigation of trainer Patrick Biancone.

Lisa Underwood, executive director of the KHRA, said following an Aug. 2 Read More

Vet Suspended from Tracks for Noncompliance in Venom Investigation

Dr. Rod Stewart, a veterinarian for racehorse trainer Patrick Biancone, was suspended by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority for failing to comply with an order to turn over his computer and records to state stewards.

Stewards requested the Read More

Louisiana Racing Group Hires Medical Director, Plans to Add Vets

The Louisiana State Racing Commission has hired Tom David, DVM, as its first equine medical director.

David will supervise new and previously existing state veterinary positions. In addition, he will oversee medical and testing activities a Read More

Drug Test Results Questioned in Kentucky

The results of post-race blood tests in five horses that raced at Keeneland or Churchill Downs have raised some red flags in Kentucky.

Trainers Bobby Frankel, Bob Holthus, Mike Maker, Bob Pincins, and Mike Tomlinson were notified by the Read More

Derby Horses Tested for EPO

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m. Read More

Racetrack Ambulance Protocol Examined After Breeders' Cup Injuries

The sight of Fleet Indian standing in discomfort at the top of the Churchill Downs stretch while waiting for an equine ambulance during the running of the Nov. 4 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff is something owner Paul Saylor will never Read More

Agricultural Guest-Worker Bill Introduced in Washington

As many as 1.5 million undocumented farm workers and their relatives currently living and working in the United States could gain legal status under an ambitious agricultural guest-worker plan introduced Jan. 10 on Capitol Hill.

The Read More

Norman Gets Six-Month Suspension in Louisiana

Trainer Cole Norman was suspended for six months and fined $1,000 by the Delta Downs stewards after two horses he saddled in the Jean Lafitte Stakes Nov. 3 at Delta Downs tested in excess of the permitted levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2). H Read More

Fleet Indian Has Fetlock Fused

Fleet Indian, who suffered an injury to her left front suspensory ligament during the Nov. 4 running of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, had surgery Nov. 20 to fuse her left front fetlock.

Owner Paul Saylor sai Read More