Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Big Brown Trainer Says He Feels 'Like a Loser'

June 10, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. says he feels "like a loser" after Big Brown's stunning last-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, and he was still searching for answers Monday about what went wrong.

Big Brown became the first horse seeking the Tripl... Read More

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Horsemanship, Lack of Data Discussed at Eventing Safety Summit

June 10, 2008

Officials with the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) and U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) collected input from the equestrian community on ways to improve eventing safety at a summit on June 7-8. Proposed solutions range from required... Read More

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Iavarone: Reason for Big Brown's Loss Unknown

June 09, 2008

One day after Big Brown was eased in his attempt to win the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and the Triple Crown as the 3-10 favorite, one of his co-owners said there is nothing physically wrong with the Boundary colt.

"We went over him good last... Read More

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Spanish Educational Lesson Plans Offered by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

June 09, 2008

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum's current educational programs have gone bilingual. All existing and future educational lesson plans offered by the museum will now be available in Spanish.

Two Bits for Your Brain was... Read More

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Prominent Sire Silver Hawk Euthanized

June 09, 2008

Thoroughbred Silver Hawk, the sire of 76 stakes winners who was pensioned in the fall of 2003, was euthanized June 5 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 29.

By Roberto out of the Amerigo mare Gris Vitesse, Silver Hawk stood his... Read More

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Michigan State Opens Equine Back Pain Clinic

June 09, 2008

"Oh, my aching back!" It's a complaint heard worldwide and one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. So, it's not hard to imagine what a horse with back pain might feel like. Unfortunately, very few veterinarians are... Read More

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Da' Tara Springs Upset; Big Brown Eased

June 08, 2008

The world awaited a delivery from Big Brown, but in a shocker it was 38-1 longshot Da’ Tara who won the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) (watch the replay on BloodHorse.com), taking the "Test of the Champion" in... Read More

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Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More

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Injured Casino Drive Out of Belmont

June 07, 2008

About an hour after giving the all-clear for Casino Drive to run in the Belmont Stakes, trainer Kazuo Fujisawa said the colt was favoring his left rear hoof and was scratched from the classic.

Earlier, Fujisawa was all smiles after... Read More

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Alltech Announces Western Milling as Official West Coast Feed Partner for WEG

June 07, 2008

Alltech, the global animal health company, is continuing to maintain momentum as the title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010 with the announcement of Western Millling as the official West Coast feed partner of the Games.... Read More

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Big Brown is Patched, Ready for Run at History

June 07, 2008

The Triple Crown trail is littered with colts whose feet failed them along the way. Less than 24 hours before the biggest horse race in three decades, favorite Big Brown and his Japanese challenger, Casino Drive, took steps in opposite... Read More

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No Eight Belles Investigation, Prosecutors Say

June 06, 2008

State prosecutors in Jefferson County, Ky., said they can't investigate the death of the filly Eight Belles despite a request from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Steve Tedder, a spokesman for the commonwealth's attorney, said... Read More

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Eventing Rule Change will Apply at 2008 Olympics

June 06, 2008

The International Olympic Committee and the Bureau of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) have approved an eventing rule change proposed by the FEI eventing committee and safety subcommittee

The new rule states that horses... Read More

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Track Offering $5 Million Purse for Big Brown, Curlin Duel

June 06, 2008

Suffolk Downs has announced that the purse for this year's Massachusetts Handicap will be $5 million if Big Brown wins the Triple Crown and both he and 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Curlin remain unbeaten in 2008, and go on to start in the... Read More

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Shetland Ponies Donated to Hong Kong Equestrian Federation

June 06, 2008

In a gesture of goodwill, the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) is sending a gift of two American Shetland ponies to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation to salute their efforts for hosting the 2008 Equestrian Olympics. The two Shetland riding... Read More

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Stone Bruise Suspected for Belmont Contender Casino Drive

June 06, 2008

The status of Casino Drive, the 7-2 second-choice for Saturday's Belmont Stakes is in doubt it was announced Friday morning. The winner of the May 10 Peter Pan Stakes did not go to the track this morning.

"He has a small issue with his... Read More

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Animal Rights Group Pushing for Eight Belles Charges

June 05, 2008

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging prosecutors to bring animal cruelty charges against Eight Belles' trainer, Larry Jones.

Lawyers for the animal rights group plan to deliver a letter to R. David Stengel,... Read More

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Big Brown Continues Triple Crown Quest

June 05, 2008

Big Brown hit the Belmont Park track early June 5 with a morning jog around the sloppy and sealed main track about 5:45 EDT. With Michelle Nevin aboard, the colt traveled through the paddock, out of the tunnel, and onto the main track.

Nevi... Read More

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Trainer Says Big Brown Ready to Run

June 04, 2008

Big Brown's bombastic trainer has no concerns about the colt's slightly cracked hoof.

Rick Dutrow Jr. wishes everyone else would stop worrying how his horse will handle running with a patch on the quarter crack.

"I don't understand it,"... Read More

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Big Brown Draws Inside Belmont Post

June 04, 2008

Triple Crown contender Big Brown was installed the 2-5 morning line favorite and drew the rail in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The post position draw took place in the Garden Terrace on the fourth floor clubhouse of Belmont Park.

The Kentucky... Read More

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Big Brown's Hoof Patch on Hold Until Friday

June 03, 2008

Big Brown's cracked left front hoof is improving with each passing day, so trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is waiting until Friday to have a patch applied.

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay suggested putting the patch on Saturday, the morning of the Belmon... Read More

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Eight Belles to be Interred at Kentucky Derby Museum

June 03, 2008

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby but suffered a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be honored by Churchill Downs Inc. through a series of charitable contributions and initiatives, including the interment of her... Read More

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37-Year-Old Competitive Trail Horse Completes Another Ride

June 03, 2008

Elmer Bandit, a 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding, completed the Indian Territory North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) ride over Memorial Day weekend, finishing in sixth place and bringing his lifetime mileage total to 20,360.

The... Read More

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Big Brown to Work Tuesday Without Hoof Patch

June 02, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday afternoon that Big Brown will not be fitted with a patch on Monday as originally scheduled and will work on Tuesday without one.

"I'm going to breeze him just the way he is and give him more time to let Ian... Read More

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Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

June 01, 2008

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the... Read More