Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Final TV Ratings for Belmont Slide 12%

June 15, 2007

Final national ratings for ABC's telecast of the June 9 Belmont Stakes from New York showed a 12% percent decline in viewership from 2006. The two-hour program, which aired from 5-7 p.m. EDT, registered a 2.9 rating and an 8 share. Each rating poin... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy Discussion Planned at SmartPak Store

June 14, 2007

Most horse owners are familiar with the term "tying up," which describes the pain and cramping of a horse's muscles with exercise. Veterinarians refer to this condition as exertional rhabdomyolysis, and now recognize a specific type known as... Read More

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New Interest in Retired Racehorses Following TV Feature

June 14, 2007

Hundreds of viewers of a June 8 segment on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric featuring the Kentucky-based stallion retirement facility Old Friends have responded by opening their hearts and wallets.

Old Friends volunteer Ruthann von den... Read More

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First Equine Product Tested by ConsumerLab.com Passes

June 13, 2007

An independent testing laboratory results provider, ConsumerLab.com, recently announced that GLC 5500 glucosamine/chondroitin equine powder concentrate passed the company's testing criteria. According to ConsumerLab.com president Tod Cooperman,... Read More

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Drug Withdrawal Times Posted on Racing Medication Group Web Site

June 13, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has completed a section of its Web site (www.rmtcnet.com) that enables licensed horsemen to look up guidelines for withdrawal times for approximatel... Read More

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USEF Forms Safety Task Force

June 12, 2007

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has formed a task force to review current safety procedures at USEF competitions and to make recommendations to the group's safety committee regarding possible changes to safety standards for... Read More

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Steve Haskin's Belmont Recap: Wonder Woman

June 12, 2007

Call it fate. Call it kismet. Whatever title you prefer, Rags to Riches seemed destined to give trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their first classic winner.

Although "Johnny V" has been Pletcher's first-call rider for years, it... Read More

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FEI Appoints Members to Group Reviewing Endurance Rules

June 12, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has appointed members to the endurance task force, which has been asked to undertake a full review of the sport ahead of the disciplines major rule review due in January 2009.

Over 50 application... Read More

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Rags to Riches, Foes OK After Grueling Belmont

June 11, 2007

(from Belmont Park notes)

More than seven years after he competed in his first Kentucky Derby with Trippi, More Than Ready and Impeachment in May of 2000, perennial champion trainer Todd Pletcher finally got his first Triple Crown... Read More

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RSPCA Investigating Drowning at Horse Fair

June 11, 2007

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is investigating after a horse drowned in the River Eden at Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria, U.K.

The incident happened on Friday, the second day of the annual event, which runs... Read More

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A Filly Wins the Belmont; Rags to Riches Outduels Curlin

June 09, 2007

After stumbling out of the gate, Rags to Riches won the battle of the sexes Saturday in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), winning a furious stretch duel with Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin.

The pace of the race was extremely slow but that did... Read More

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NTRA Barbaro Memorial Fund to Disburse $150,000 at Belmont

June 08, 2007

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced June 7 that the NTRA Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund will make its first two disbursements, totaling $150,000, this Saturday at Belmont Park in the winner's circle following the seventh... Read More

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Steve Haskin's Belmont Report: The End of the Road

June 08, 2007

It's been a wild and crazy Triple Crown (no tip intended) with lots of twist and curves, and it all comes to a rousing conclusion in Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Will Curlin finally regress, and if so, how much? How special is Rags to Riches? Will... Read More

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Colorado Horse Owner Convicted Of Animal Cruelty

June 08, 2007

A Colorado woman whose underweight horse died last year was convicted Thursday of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Jacqueline Lovelace, 61, of Eaton faces up to three years in prison at her sentencing, scheduled for July 26.

The horse,... Read More

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Seven Entered for Saturday's Belmont

June 06, 2007

Slew's Tizzy and Hard Spun, who figure to be the pacesetters in the June 9 Belmont Stakes, drew next to each other at the post position draw this morning. A field of seven was entered in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Curlin, who won the... Read More

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Curlin vs. Rags Has Belmont Abuzz

June 06, 2007

When all is said and done, the 139th Belmont Stakes has turned out to be one heck of a race after all, Street Sense or no Street Sense. We have seven legitimate horses, with none of the usual no-hopers that seem to pop out of the woodwork for the... Read More

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Pfizer's PreventiCare Program Marks 10 Years

June 05, 2007

Launched in 1997, Pfizer Animal Health's PreventiCare is an equine wellness program that is designed to promote the overall health of horses through routine veterinary care and a sound deworming program. The premise behind the creation of this... Read More

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Filly Rags to Riches Will Run in Belmont

June 05, 2007

Trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday morning that the filly Rags to Riches will contest the June 9 Belmont Stakes and be ridden by John Velazquez. Also, trainer Greg Fox said Rafael Bejarano has been named to ride Slew's Tizzy.

Pletcher... Read More

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Trainer, Jockey Suing Disney Over "Ruffian" Movie

June 05, 2007

Trainer Frank Whiteley Jr., jockey Jacinto Vasquez, and Thoroughbred Legends LLC have filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries, ABC and ESPN, over "Ruffian," a television movie that is scheduled... Read More

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Old Friends to be Featured on CBS News

June 05, 2007

Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement facility based near Lexington, will be featured in a segment on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric June 7th. This is the first news piece... Read More

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List of Belmont Contenders Continues to Grow

June 04, 2007

They're not pouring out of the woodwork, but they're coming--slowly but surely. Normally, if the winner of the Kentucky Derby defects from the Belmont Stakes, it's going to bring a deluge of newcomers looking to take a shot at the final leg of the... Read More

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Bengals' Chad Johnson will Race Horse for Charity

June 03, 2007

Chad Johnson's trash talk won't work on his next opponent.

As part of a charity promotion, the Cincinnati Bengals receiver has agreed to race a horse at a track next weekend. He's not running against Mr. Ed, so his gift for in-your-face... Read More

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Barbaro Painting Brings $14,400 for Memorial Fund

June 03, 2007

Artist Susan Sommer-Luarca's portrait "Barbaro"--a 5' by 4' tonal acrylic on canvas that was painted at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week--brought a final price of $14,400 at the conclusion of bidding yesterday on eBay.

The... Read More

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Rolex Alleged Abuse Case Hearing Scheduled for June 25

June 03, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced Friday (June 1) that U.S. eventing rider Amy Tryon has requested a hearing regarding an incident of alleged abuse that occurred o... Read More

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Veterinary Ethics

June 01, 2007

Owners, trainers, and veterinarians are responsible for the health and welfare of the horse. Performance horses need to be treated like any other athletes. This often entails medical treatment by veterinarians, which allows horses to compete in a... Read More