Esther Marr

Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Esther Marr

Track Superintendents Say Don't Diss Dirt

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

Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

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

Veteran Campaigner The Tin Man Retired, Recovering from Fracture

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

Gallup Poll: Significant Minority Support Horse Racing Ban

In the wake of Eight Belles' euthanasia after sustaining catastrophic injuries in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, a recent Gallup pollRead More

Artist Selected to Create Barbaro Memorial Statue

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

NBC to be World Equestrian Games Broadcast Partner

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

Cooperation Needed for Equine Industry Growth

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

Site Plan Approved for New Horse Track Near Detroit

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

Second Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Approaching

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

Kentucky Racetrack Gaming Bill Passes to House

After extensive debate among Kentucky Democratic House leaders over whether or not a number of licenses should be set aside for racetracks in a proposed expanded gaming bill, the Read More

Kentucky Casino Bill Fails to Pass

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

Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

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

Kentucky Equine Group Plans Rally for Casino Bill

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

Jacksons Reflect on Decision to Bury Barbaro at Churchill

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

Kentucky Equine Education Project Raises $4 Million

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

9-Year-Old Racehorse The Tin Man Retired due to Fracture

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

Racing Officials, Trainers Prepare for Wet Breeders' Cup


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

Cobra Venom Case: Trainer's Hearing Scheduled

Following the announcement of the five-year suspension of veterinarian Dr. Rod Stewart for alleged violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations, the Read More

Polytrack: Woodbine Adjusting Mix for Cold Weather Consistency

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

Kentucky 'Horses Count' Survey Nears End

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

KEEP Renews Push for Tax-Equity Legislation

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

Two Horses Killed in Ky. Barn Fire

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

Trainer Fined for Attempting to Run Wrong Horse at Churchill

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

Team Barbaro, Richardson, Crist Honored at NTWA Dinner

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

McCarron Unveils Racing Academy at Kentucky Horse Park

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