Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.
Articles by Esther Marr
July 17, 2009
After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four Read More
June 17, 2009
Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.
With a special session currently Read More
June 15, 2009
Barbara Luna has spent most of her life working in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, from hot walking horses as a college student, to becoming a licensed owner and trainer later on down the road. Throughout her endeavors she Read More
May 31, 2009
If there's one thing the horse industry needs, its new blood to fuel the sport. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association (TOBA) works each year to accomplish just that through its new owner seminars and breeding clinics, the most recent Read More
April 17, 2009
March 28, 2009
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 27 the Kentucky Breeders' Incentive Fund will distribute more than $18.7 million in awards for 2008.
While this year's KBIF awards are down from the $19,220,007 paid in 2007, they are Read More
March 09, 2009
On a warm and windy overcast morning March 6, trainer Joel Marr stood pensive in the shedrow of his undefeated world record holder Peppers Pride's new home at Nathan Fox's Richland Hills Farm near Midway, Ky. Although in less than 24 hours, he Read More
February 23, 2009
Kelly's Landing, a Thoroughbred racehorse whose career was highlighted by a victory in the 2007 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen, ran his last race Jan. 17 and is now enjoying some rest and relaxation.
The 8-year-old son of Patton has been Read More
February 11, 2009
A month after eight catastrophic injuries occurred during Turfway Park's 21-day holiday meet, state veterinarian Bryce Peckham, DVM, and Turfway president Bob Elliston were on hand at a Feb. 10 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting in Read More
January 30, 2009
While the icy wonderland that has blanketed the Bluegrass region left more than 600,000 Kentuckians without power the week of Jan. 25, Thoroughbred farm managers are doing all they can to keep their operations functional and safe in spite of Read More
January 28, 2009
To make its position on horse slaughter clear, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers linked to that industry. The track has also created an adoption program for Fairmount Read More
January 25, 2009
Although five horses have been euthanized as a result of catastrophic injuries at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots since Jan. 17, Tom David, DVM, equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, said the incidents appear to Read More
December 26, 2008
Clever Allemont, a 26-year-old Thoroughbred stallion, has been rescued from the road to slaughter and will be shipped to Kentucky to spend the rest of his days at Old Friends near Georgetown.
A stakes winning son of Clever Trick who stoo Read More
December 02, 2008
Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.
Dean Read More
November 20, 2008
A barn fire that broke out the morning of Nov. 20 killed 27 horses at Riverside Downs, a former harness track that is being used as a Thoroughbred training and boarding facility in northern Henderson County, Ky.
Bill Shaw, chief of the Baskett Read More
November 14, 2008
October 24, 2008
It was hard for Todd Malley and Larry Higgs to speak after watching a video at the Race Track Chaplaincy Association's White Horse Award Luncheon that told the story of how they rescued 19 horses from a barn fire. The two grown men wiped their Read More
August 28, 2008
July 23, 2008
July 23, 2008
Following a three-hour hearing that resulted in the reduction of Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jeremy Rose's suspension from six months to 90 days, attorney Alan Foreman and Bernard Read More
July 21, 2008
Jerry Campbell, chairman and CEO of the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich., said he couldn't remember the last time horse racing was featured on the front page of The Detroit News. Even when the old Detroit Race Course was up an Read More
June 28, 2008
Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about the colt being released from Rood & Riddle Equine Read More
June 26, 2008
Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards' hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23. (For more on this see "Read More
June 25, 2008
Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards' hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23.
In the official ruling, Delaware Park Read More
June 18, 2008
Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman Read More