Deirdre Biles

Deirdre Biles is the Bloodstock Sales Editor for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Deirdre Biles

Bramlage: Rest Needed to Keep Horses Sound

"If horses start showing they need a rest, you need to give it to them or they will force you to," he said. Read More

Corticosteroids in Racehorses: Beneficial But Controversial

Corticosteroid use is controversial, but the medications are beneficial when used appropriately, one vet says. Read More

Veterinarians Discuss Thoroughbred Radiographs, Throat Exams

Presenters discussed joint radiographs, endoscopic exams, and changes in sales conditions during the lecture. Read More

Hagyard's Hyperbaric Chamber Up and Running

The hyperbaric oxygen chamber was shut down for evaluation after a similar chamber in Florida exploded. Read More

Zenyatta Adapting Smoothly to Farm Life

Zenyatta's transition from superstar racehorse to broodmare is going smoothly, according to William S. Farish, owner of Central Kentucky's Lane's End Farm, where the champion is now being boarded. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta arrived ... Read More

Uncertain Times Concern July Thoroughbred Sale Consignors

As she heads into the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select sale, which is the first major auction of the yearling selling season, consignor Kitty Taylor of Warrendale Sales said she feels like the manager of a baseball team. The sale is scheduled Read More

Rider Injury Database a Horse Racing Summit Priority

The third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit ended June 29 in Lexington with a commitment to create a national rider injury database, something that Keeneland president and CEO Nick Nicholson said was his No. 1 priority going into the m Read More

Nicholson: Expand Safety and Welfare Efforts in Horse Racing

Nick Nicholson, the president and chief executive officer of Keeneland, called for the Thoroughbred industry to expand its efforts to protect its participants – both human and equine – from injury on the opening day of the third Wel Read More

Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Sees Slight Comeback

The Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training, scheduled for April 5 in Lexington, will wrap up the select juvenile selling season, which has enjoyed some modest rebounds following 2009's major setbacks.

"I don't know if Read More

Colic: In-Depth Discussion by Vets at AAEP

Almost all horses with colic can be saved if the problem is recognized quickly and treatment is instituted rapidly, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of North Carolina State University, during the "In-Depth: Colic" portio Read More

Lameness in Racehorses, AAEP 2009

When a racehorse is injured, one of the biggest concerns an owner has is whether or not the animal will be able to race again. The owner also wants to know if the horse will be able to perform as well as it did prior to being hurt. Travis Tull, Read More

Vet: Rachel Alexandra's Break 'Good Management'

While many racing fans were hoping Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta would square off in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, prominent equine surgeon Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, said recently that Rachel Alexandra's connections did Read More

Horse Market Rebound Unlikely at Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale was hammered last year by the global financial crisis, suffering alarming downturns of 45.5% in gross, 39% in average price, and 42.9% in median price after a record-setting run in 2007. This year, Read More

Dam of Top Keeneland Opener Yearling Battling Laminitis

When Goulash’s Unbridled's Song colt brought $925,000 to top the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling auction Sept. 14, the prognosis for the Mari’s Book mare looked grim. She is battling laminitis, and there were concerns she Read More

Mine That Bird Headed to the Preakness

Mine That Bird, the surprise winner of the May 2 Kentucky Derby, will run in the May 16 Preakness Stakes, according to Pimlico spokesman Mike Gathagan.

Gathagan said Mine That Bird's trainer, Bennie "Chip" Woolley Jr. informed him of the Read More

Alysheba Remembered at Memorial Service

Preston Madden, who bred Alysheba, called the 1988 Horse of Year and racing Hall of Fame member "a gift from heaven" during a memorial service for the pensioned stallion at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington April 29.

The bay son of Read More

Sale Reports Five Violations of New Riding Crop Rule

The set of uniform policies developed by four major Thoroughbred auction firms--Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS)--took effect beginning with the OBS February select sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 1 Read More

White Colt Sold at Keeneland to Return to Breeder

White Prince, whose $60,000 price topped the fifth session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction in Lexington Jan. 16, did not go to a new home. The transaction was Read More

Keeneland Sale Final Gross Down 53.4%

The final results of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington were sobering, with setbacks of 53.4% in gross revenue, 48% in average price, and 44.1% in median price from a year ago. But they weren't anything new to the people Read More

$60,000 White Colt Will Be Resold

Florida-based pinhooker Christy Whitman bought what she thought was a unique yearling during the fifth session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction, and she's hoping that shoppers at a future sale will be attracted by his white Read More

Downward Spiral Continues at Keeneland Sale

The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued its scary downward spiral during the second session of its six-day run in Lexington. The gross revenue Jan. 13 dropped 66.2% from a year ago while the average price fell 61.6%. The median Read More

Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Opening Down 45.9%

The results were grim, but not surprising, as Keeneland opened its January horses of all ages sale in Lexington during a time of worldwide economic downturns. The gross revenue Jan. 12 plummeted 44% from the auction's first session in 2008 while Read More

Keeneland January Thoroughbred Sale Faces Tough Times

The Thoroughbred marketplace ended 2008 with dramatic declines, and all signs point to more tough times ahead as Keeneland gets ready to open its 2009 selling season with its January horses of all ages auction in Lexington. The recent Ocala Read More

Palomino Thoroughbred in Upcoming Keeneland Sale

Splash of Vanilla, a filly by Ballado Chieftan, probably will attract plenty of attention at the upcoming Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington because of her golden color. She is registered as a palomino.

It will be the first Read More

Plunging Horse Sales Market: The View from the Ring

On day four of the plunging Keeneland November breeding stock sale market, here's what people had to say about the situation:

Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, Virginia-based bloodstock agent: "The market is obviously a reflection of what the world i Read More