Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More

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Jockeys, Horses Injured in Pileup at Golden Gate Fields

January 29, 2007

(from Golden Gate Fields report)
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, all-time leading rider by victories, sustained a cracked rib when he went down at Golden Gate Fields a race prior to the California Derby.
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Barbaro: Richardson Provides More Information on Recent Procedures

January 29, 2007

Barbaro's fight for survival might have reached a critical point. The Kentucky Derby winner suffered a significant setback over the weekend, and surgery was required to insert two steel pins in a bone--one of three shattered eight months ago in... Read More

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Richardson: Last Night "Not a Great Night" for Barbaro

January 29, 2007

The doctor who's treating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro says last night was "not a great night" for the horse.

Barbaro is once again fighting for survival, and the doctor is warning that another setback could bring a decision to... Read More

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Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More

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Barbaro Timeline: Significant Developments in Barbaro's Life

January 29, 2007

A chronology of Barbaro's life, from winning the Kentucky Derby through his Jan. 29 death.
   
May 6 - Wins Kentucky Derby by 6 1/2 lengths for sixth straight win.
    
May 20 - Injured at start... Read More

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Industry Reaction to Barbaro's Death

January 29, 2007

Robert L. Evans, Churchill Downs Incorporated president and chief executive officer:
"Churchill Downs Incorporated and the entire Kentucky Derby family are deeply saddened by the passing of Barbaro. Our hearts and prayers are... Read More

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Richardson: Barbaro Euthanasia Peaceful and at the Right Time

January 29, 2007

It was, by all accounts, a peaceful ending to what had sometimes been an epic struggle to keep the horse that America held on to as its own comfortable, happy, and on track to a normal, if not celebrity, equine life.

Dean Richardson,... Read More

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Procedure Performed on Barbaro's Injured Right Hind Leg

January 28, 2007

Barbaro had a custom-made cast removed and underwent a procedure on his right hind leg Saturday (Jan. 27), the same leg the Kentucky Derby winner shattered eight months ago in the Preakness.

The incident is the first time in weeks the le... Read More

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Barbaro: Deep Abscess in Right Hind Potentially as Serious as Laminits

January 28, 2007

On Saturday, Jan. 27, Barbaro was taken back to surgery because New Bolton Center veterinarians could not keep him comfortable on his right hind foot. That foot developed a deep subsolar abscess secondary to bruising when he went through a perio... Read More

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Locking Compression Plate Aids Fracture Repair

January 27, 2007

The locking compression plate, the first significant advance in equine implant devices for fracture repair in ten years, is now a regular part of the armamentarium at Rood & Riddle, a full-service equine hospital in Lexington, Ky.

"We... Read More

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Polytrack Reviewed After 18 Ambulance Runs at Turfway Park

January 27, 2007

Recent temperature drops have given officials at a northern Kentucky racetrack the opportunity to review how well Polytrack surface material handles cold weather, according to a Jan. 26 report in the Lexington... Read More

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Officials: Offseason Events at Churchill Up Racing Appeal

January 25, 2007

Though months away, excitement already was building for the upcoming big event as the offseason crowd took in the attractions at Churchill Downs--home of the Kentucky Derby.

There was no live horse racing, but there were fancy gowns,... Read More

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Barbaro: Left Cast Changed, Right Cast Replaced by Brace

January 25, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is doing well after a planned procedure yesterday. "Barbaro was placed under anesthesia yesterday to have his left hind foot cast replaced," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "We also... Read More

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California Racing Board Moves Ahead With Stricter Drug Regulations

January 24, 2007

Taking a get-tough stance, the California Horse Racing Board moved forward with its sweeping overhaul of the state’s equine drug policies including the first ban of so-called “designer” anabolic steroids.

At its monthly meeting Jan. 23,... Read More

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1970 Kentucky Derby Trophy on eBay

January 24, 2007

An authentic replication of the 1970 Kentucky Derby trophy is currently being offered on eBay. Connie Peters, a daughter of the late Robert Lehmann, who owned the winning horse Dust Commander, posted the trophy on the online auction site.... Read More

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Invasor Defeats Barbaro for Horse of the Year Eclipse Award

January 23, 2007

All the adoration for Barbaro at the Eclipse Awards couldn't prevent two of his rivals from winning Thoroughbred racing's biggest honors.

Invasor overwhelmingly defeated the injured Kentucky Derby winner for Horse of the Year, and Barbaro... Read More

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Changes in Store for 2007 Rolex Event

January 22, 2007

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, one of the world's most prestigious, action-packed equestrian events, is set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 26-29. With its return come changes to the trade fair location and mor... Read More

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Barbaro's Recovery Voted NTRA 'Moment of the Year'

January 20, 2007

The emotional scene at the New Bolton Center as Barbaro recovered from a serious injury suffered during the Preakness Stakes has been voted the 2006 National Thoroughbred Racing Association “Moment of the Year.”

Barbaro's connections, an... Read More

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Clenbuterol, Steroids Dominate Southern Cal Talks

January 19, 2007

The use of clenbuterol and the potential elimination of anabolic steroids were the primary subjects of two meetings Thursday at Santa Anita. California Horse Racing Board Chairman Richard Shapiro, executive director Ingrid Fermin, and equine... Read More

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Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center Coming to Ocala

January 19, 2007

Kentucky Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (KESMARC) and Main Street Management Services, Inc. (Main Street) have announced the formation of a joint venture to build a world class equine sports medicine facility in Ocala... Read More

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Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton Issue Statement on Anabolic Steroid Policy

January 19, 2007

Officials from Keeneland Association Inc. and Fasig-Tipton Company, Inc., today jointly announced their support for development of a policy regarding the testing for, and inappropriate use of, anabolic steroids in horses sold at public... Read More

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Barbaro Update: Derby Winner Gradually Improving

January 18, 2007

A week after a setback in his recovery from a broken pastern bone and bout of laminitis, Barbaro continues to gradually improve, according to the latest report from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.

“Barbaro’s comfort... Read More

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More Than 7,000 People Apply as Olympic Equestrian Volunteers

January 18, 2007

Organizers of the equestrian events for the 2008 Summer Olympics will select their first batch of volunteers next week from more than 7,000 hopefuls.

Some 100 leader-volunteers will initially be chosen for the Hong Kong-based events, wit... Read More

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Show Jumping Superstar Authentic Named 2006 Horse of the Year

January 17, 2007

At the final social event of the 2007 Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., the much-anticipated Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year Awards celebrated the equestrian world's hardest working athletes--the horses--from across the spectrum of horse... Read More