Leslie Deckard

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

Articles by Leslie Deckard

Officials Continue Review of Churchill Ambulance Response

In the days following the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, questions remain as to why an equine ambulance was delayed in attending to Fleet Indian after the mare suffered an injury at the top of the stretch in the Read More

Kentucky Equine Drug Council Forms Testing Partnership with RMTC

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has allotted $1.5 million over three years to partner with the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium on a research project to determine withdrawal guidelines and threshold levels of therapeutic Read More

Katrina Still Affecting Louisiana Racehorse Sales, Breeders

One year ago all eyes were on the Gulf of Mississippi and the path of Hurricane Katrina. The category four storm made landfall in New Orleans Aug. 29 while many of Louisiana's breeders and consignors were attending the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer Read More

Keeneland Going With Polytrack; Other Track Renovations Planned

The Keeneland Association board of directors gave its approval to install a synthetic surface known as Polytrack on the main racetrack during an April 19 meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in May and the Central Kentucky track will be Read More

Kentucky Issues Advisory on Naproxen Use

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race Read More

Jockey Club Inspects Thoroughbred Broodmares

As a follow-up to a rule revision last August that added provisions for field inpections, The Jockey Club (TJC) sent two teams of representatives to Thoroughbred farms in six states in December 2005 to examine broodmares with early 2005 breeding Read More

Kentucky Works on Withdrawal Times for Medications

In the wake of controversy concerning its new medication regulations, the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has formed two standing subcommittees to oversee the next phase of integrating the race-day medication regulations. The committees, Read More

Damage on Louisiana Thoroughbred Farms Not as Bad as Expected

The damage of Hurricane Katrina on south Louisiana Thoroughbred farms wasn't as bad as originally feared, but it will take time to repair and replace fencing and barns, as well as remove debris and tree limbs.

"It's not as bad as I Read More

Strangles Identified in Horse at Ellis Park

A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park in Henderson County, Kentucky, has been diagnosed with strangles. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the office of the state veterinarian, said the filly presented June 30 with an elevated body Read More

Jurisdictions Begin Milkshake Testing

Following recommendations issued in January by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, several racing jurisdictions have approved plans to test horses for evidence of "milkshaking" or excess levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2) Read More

Panel Discusses Veterinary Disclosure, Accountability

The issue of full disclosure of veterinary procedures for horses offered at auction generated lively discussion during the Nov. 2 Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club meeting in Lexington. The Sales Integrity Task Force is preparing a Read More

Kentucky Panel Adopts Policy on Horse Identification

Horses racing in Kentucky will now be identified the morning of their respective races and before leaving the paddock following a directive from Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA).

Gallagher, Read More

Nurse Mares for Hire

It's a crisp February afternoon at Diamond A Farm near Versailles, Ky., and Emmett Davis backs his red pickup truck and trailer up to a foaling barn. Inside the trailer is a 6-year-old Rocky Mountain mare named "George." As Davis puts his truck Read More

High-Tech Horse Raising

Tracking the growth of young horses is going high-tech with a computer program called Gro-Trac. Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), the program allows breeders to compare the growth rates of horses on their farms to others of the same Read More

New Immigration Act

Horse farm employees across the country can take advantage of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE Act). The LIFE Act allows illegal residents of the United States to file a labor certificate application, which among other things Read More