Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.
Articles by Esther Marr
June 04, 2008
On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.
Jerry Porcelli Read More
June 03, 2008
With track safety being one area of the racing industry under scrutiny, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track Read More
May 23, 2008
The Tin Man, who has spent the last several months recovering from a fractured knee at Santa Anita Park, has been sent to Martin and Pam Wygod's River Edge Farm near Buellton, Calif., for his retirement.
Trained throughout his career by Read More
May 16, 2008
In the wake of Eight Belles' euthanasia after sustaining catastrophic injuries in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, a recent Gallup pollRead More
May 02, 2008
Nearly two years after Barbaro took the Kentucky Derby, and a year and a half following his death, the colt's memory continued to prevail as dozens of fans and media gathered for a special announcement regarding a memorial statue of him at Read More
May 01, 2008
On the lavish fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites, two days prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, representatives of the World Games 2010 Foundation announced NBC as the official network broadcast partner for the Alltech FEI World Read More
April 29, 2008
Because lack of growth appears to be one of the many issues plaguing the horse industry, the Kentucky International Equine Summit in Lexington hosted an April 28 seminar to tackle the topic and seek solutions.
In a discussion titled "Effort Read More
March 18, 2008
The Huron Township Planning Commission approved a site plan March 10 for the proposed $142-million Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich.
Approved by the commission on a 6-1 vote, the site already is being prepped for construction by Read More
March 12, 2008
The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, slated for March 17-18 at Keeneland, will be an event to focus on new approaches to solving industry issues, as well as continuing the discussion of progress on topics brought up at Read More
February 28, 2008
February 27, 2008
A Kentucky casino proposal continues to sit on Capitol Hill in Frankfort, as a bill for a constitutional amendment failed to pass out of committee Feb. 26.
An overflow of horse industry members packed into the Kentucky state capitol Feb. 26 to Read More
February 26, 2008
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it Read More
February 24, 2008
In an attempt to recruit people to support the proposed constitutional amendment for expanded gaming, the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) urged its members to attend a Feb. 26 committee meeting hearing for the bill, as well as a horse Read More
January 30, 2008
The morning of Jan. 29 represented a lot of things for Roy and Gretchen Jackson. Not only was it the one-year anniversary of when their colt Barbaro lost his battle with laminitis, but it was the day when they would finally reveal that he Read More
December 09, 2007
Many horse industry figures were in the spirit of giving Dec. 7 during the Kentucky Equine Education Project stallion season auction, billed with the tag line, "No Time to Hold Your Horses." The auction was held for the first time since 2004 to Read More
November 01, 2007
The Tin Man, a 9-year-old multi-millionaire who has experienced continued stakes success on the racetrack, suffered a fractured knee while coming out of anesthesia following an Oct. 25 surgical procedure.
Trainer Richard Mandella, who was Read More
October 26, 2007
Although the current forecast calls for weather that could dampen Breeders' Cup weekend, Monmouth Park and Breeders' Cup officials, as well as trainers, are remaining optimistic.
"When you play Read More
September 20, 2007
April 04, 2007
Woodbine, which experienced problems with its Polytrack surface in cold weather last year and before the start of its meet in late March, hopes to address the issues during a two-step process that will begin in May.
On March 31, opening Read More
March 20, 2007
More than 2,000 surveys have been returned in the "Horses Count" project, a collaborative effort between the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky Equine Initiative, Kentucky Horse Council, and Kentucky Equine Read More
February 19, 2007
The Kentucky Equine Education Project recently announced a renewed push for legislation that would remove the sales tax on equine feed and supplies in Kentucky.
“This is a continuation of what KEEP has done in the past, and we thought it Read More
February 06, 2007
A Jan. 31 barn fire believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction claimed the lives of two Thoroughbreds boarded at Warren Lyster's 100-acre Tarleton Farm near Paris, Ky. According to chief Lloyde Campbell of the Bourbon County Fire and Read More
November 21, 2006
During a Nov. 20 Kentucky Horse Racing Authority meeting at the Kentucky Horse Park, the state's chief steward John Veitch announced that trainer Scott Blasi had been fined $2,500 for bringing the wrong horse to the Churchill Downs paddock befor Read More
November 02, 2006
The individuals associated with undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro -- veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center -- and veteran racing journalis Read More
October 17, 2006
As several of his students hot-walked horses in a barn at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Ky., Oct. 16, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron unveiled the North American Racing Academy (NARA), the first and only national jockey training Read More