Recent News for Sports Medicine

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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

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War Admiral's Kentucky Derby Trophy Found

June 01, 2007

The Kentucky Derby Museum has located War Admiral's 1937 Kentucky Derby Gold Cup Trophy, and it will be loaned to the museum for its Kentucky Derby Gold Cup exhibition in 2010.

The Triple Crown winner's Derby trophy was privately purchased in... Read More

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Belmont: Curlin, Hard Spun Take Over Center Stage

June 01, 2007

With the racing world still rocking from the bombshell dropped by Carl Nafzger Thursday morning, all thoughts immediately turned to the two big horses who will remain on their Triple Crown journey and the two trainers who elected to see it through... Read More

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HBO's Barbaro Documentary Debuts June 6

June 01, 2007

"Barbaro," a documentary exploring the triumph and tragedy of the Thoroughbred who captured the public's imagination last year after winning the Kentucky Derby, will premiere on HBO on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 p.m. (EST).

Tracing Barbaro'... Read More

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Street Sense to Pass Belmont, Focus on Travers

May 31, 2007

The streets of New York will be a little less crowded next weekend because Street Sense will not be running in the June 9 Belmont Stakes but instead will be pointed toward the Travers at Saratoga and a fall campaign. The announcement was made by... Read More

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South Dakota Short on Farm Animal Vets

May 31, 2007

Fewer veterinary school graduates are taking their talent, time and training to the farms and ranches of South Dakota. It's a trend seen in other farm states, too, in part because Americans love their pets.

The nation's 28 veterinary... Read More

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Trainers of Belmont Contenders Ship, Plan Final Works

May 31, 2007

With the June 9 Belmont Stakes fast approaching, trainers of the expected contenders were making plans for travel and pre-race works May 31.

Larry Jones will ship Hard Spun to Belmont Park from Delaware Park June 2 and will ready the son of... Read More

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Belmont Decision for Street Sense to Come Thursday

May 30, 2007

A decision on whether Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby, will compete in the June 9 Belmont Stakes will be made during a May 31 press conference at Churchill Downs.

According to Churchill officials, trainer Carl Nafzger will be... Read More

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Barbaro Painting at $12,600 on Ebay, Two Days Remain

May 30, 2007

Bidding on Susan Sommer-Luarca's portrait "Barbaro," a 5' by 4' tonal acrylic on canvas that was painted at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week this year and signed by jockey Edgar Prado, is up to $12,600 with bidding continuing on Ebay... Read More

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Unusual Tornado Damages Connecticut Horse Barn

May 29, 2007

The National Weather Service confirmed that a small tornado briefly touched down Monday afternoon and damaged a horse barn in Somers, Conn.

The landspout, which the weather service said is technically a tornado because it was a rotating... Read More

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New Lexington Airport Murals Promote WEG 2010

May 29, 2007

Officials with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games recently unveiled new signs at the Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington, Ky., promoting four disciplines that will be featured at the event, as well as scenic landscapes photographed by... Read More

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Mustangs Used for Border Patrol

May 28, 2007

There is a 309-mile section of the U.S./Canadian border from Washington State into Montana that is so rugged that vehicles can't be used. However, the Border Patrol that is responsible for that area uses natives to help them negotiate the... Read More

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UMaine Professor Reveals Racetrack Defects

May 28, 2007

A biomechanical engineer at the University of Maine is working to make the nation's racetracks safer for the Thoroughbred horses that run on them.

Professor Michael "Mick" Peterson's tools are radar and a robotic metal hoof that mimics a... Read More

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'Belmont Bash' to Benefit Grayson-Jockey Club

May 26, 2007

The Belmont Bash, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held June 8 at the historic Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The Bash once again will benefit the Grayson-Jockey Club... Read More

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Injury KO's Great Hunter From Belmont Stakes

May 26, 2007

Paul Reddam's Great Hunter, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby will miss the June 9 Belmont Stakes after suffering a chipped ankle in his right front leg, trainer Doug O'Neill said Saturday.

"He'll be out of commission for a few months,"... Read More

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Derby Winner Street Sense 'Possible' for Belmont; Great Hunter to Run

May 25, 2007

(Edited Churchill Downs release)

James Tafel's Street Sense, the winner of the $2 million Kentucky Derby, returned to the track on Thursday for the first time since last Saturday's narrow loss to Curlin in the Preakness Stakes a... Read More

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Preakness National TV Ratings Dip 9%

May 24, 2007

Final national television ratings for NBC's coverage of the May 19 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., dipped 9% from year-ago figures. The 2007 Preakness telecast drew a 4.9 national rating and a 13 share. Each rating... Read More

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Curlin on Track for Belmont Start

May 24, 2007

Curlin, winner of the May 19 Preakness Stakes, returned to the racetrack May 23 at Churchill Downs for the first time since his heart-pounding victory over Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby.

The chestnut son of Smart... Read More

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Barbaro Painting Doing Well on eBay

May 23, 2007

(Edited press release)

The NTRA Charities--Barbaro Memorial Fund will benefit from a painting of Barbaro created on Kentucky Derby Day in the Churchill Downs paddock by Susan Sommer-Luarca. The item is now for sale on... Read More

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Haskin's Preakness Recap: Crafty Curlin

May 22, 2007

(This article appears in the May 27, 2007 issue of The Blood-Horse magazine.)

Thoroughbred racing is a sport of contrasting emotions, ranging from euphoria to despair and laced with a heavy dose of what might have beens. It often... Read More

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Hard Spun Looks Good for Belmont Stakes; Curlin Weary

May 21, 2007

(compiled from Preakness notes)

Third-place finisher Hard Spun is the most likely of Saturday's Preakness Stakes contenders to move on to the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on June 9.

Trainer... Read More

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Magnesium Bone Cement Aids Fracture Repair

May 21, 2007

Biocompatible magnesium phosphate bone cement might be a better option for aiding fracture healing in horses than the calcium phosphate cement more commonly used today, according to a study performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.... Read More

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Life-Threatening Situation for Walla Walla Whiz at 2007 NRHA Derby

May 20, 2007

To watch National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in Oklahoma City, OK, Two-Million-Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida and Walla Walla Whiz compete in the first section of the of the $80,000 added Open Derby go round on Wednesday, May 16, you’d never... Read More