Recent News for Sports Medicine

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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

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Derby Documentary Nears Completion

January 16, 2007

Two brothers working on a documentary about the Kentucky Derby are nearing completion of the project.

John and Brad Hennegan putting the finishing touches on "The First Saturday in May," a film they conceived after seeing stories surroundin... Read More

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Equine Ambulance Staff Members Participate in Large Animal Rescue Training

January 16, 2007

The staff of the Humane Equine Aid and Rapid Transport (HEART) Equine Ambulance recently attended a training session to improve their knowledge of large animal rescue techniques.

Fortunately, it is a rare occurrence that horses are... Read More

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Barbaro "Stable and Comfortable"

January 16, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is stable and comfortable following the latest setback. "Barbaro's comfort improved considerably following the procedure on Saturday morning," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "He has been... Read More

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Barbaro Has 'Improved Significantly' After Latest Surgery

January 15, 2007

The chief of surgery at University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center said Jan. 15 that Barbaro had “improved significantly” after undergoing surgery two days earlier to remove more of the left rear hoof that has been impacted by a bout of... Read More

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Horse Dies of Apparent Heart Attack, Jockey Hurt

January 14, 2007

A horse died of an apparent heart attack during a race Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, injuring his jockey.

Carlos Marquez Jr. was taken to Tulane Medical Center with shoulder pain after Arbuckle Bandit went down o... Read More

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Barbaro Undergoes Planned Procedure

January 13, 2007

As previously planned, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia this morning (Jan. 13), so surgeons could fully examine his left hind foot. "While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable t... Read More

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Barbaro's Problem

January 13, 2007

The daily strolls are out for now, replaced with several hours in a sling. It's a setback, for sure, but Barbaro's outlook is not as grim as it was six months ago.

The Kentucky Derby winner shows no sign of infection in either of his hin... Read More

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Barbaro "Coming Back" After Setback

January 12, 2007

Gretchen Jackson tried to feed her hungry horse, when Barbaro took a nip at his co-owner's hand.

"Typical Barbaro," she said with a laugh.

Barbaro's got some spunk, another affirmative sign that the Kentucky Derby winner is bouncing... Read More

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Barbaro Update: No Sign of Infection in Either Hind Leg

January 12, 2007

Barbaro shows no sign of infection in either of his hind legs, and the Kentucky Derby winner has more healthy tissue on his diseased left hind hoof than he did in July when he was first stricken with laminitis.

"We do not believe that this... Read More

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Armchair Jockeys Getting Chance to Ride for Real, Benefit Charity

January 12, 2007

Britain's armchair jockeys will have the chance to prove they can beat the professionals by taking part in the John Smith's People's Race. This charity race, to be held on Grand National Day on 14th April, will give members of the public a chanc... Read More

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Barbaro "A Horse That Wants to Live"

January 11, 2007

Every time the outlook was grim for Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner pulled through like a champ.

Time will tell if he can do it again.

After months of upbeat progress reports, the horse suffered a significant setback Wednesday... Read More

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Richardson: Barbaro Stable and Acceptably Comfortable

January 11, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's management has been changed to include sling support for several hours during the day, according to Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "He is getting up and down on his own and continues to eat... Read More

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Humane Society Providing Food for Horses Affected by Drought

January 10, 2007

Snow storms, wildfires, and droughts in the Western United States have created a dire situation for stranded farm animals and hungry horses in the region. By making over $55,000 in donations, The Humane Society of the United States hopes to... Read More

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Barbaro Update: Foot Cast Will Aid Coffin Bone Realignment

January 10, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had a foot cast applied to his left hind foot on Jan. 3, 2007, by Scott Morrison, DVM, head of the equine podiatry service at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. "This cast was applied with the goal of... Read More

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Barbaro Setback: Showing Discomfort on Left Hind

January 10, 2007

Barbaro, the Kentucky Derby winner who had been making steady progress on his road to recovery from an injured right hind leg and a bout of laminitis, suffered a "significant setback" Tuesday night at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton... Read More

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Barbaro Suffers Significant Setback in Recovery

January 10, 2007

Barbaro has suffered a significant setback in his recovery from laminitis, with damaged tissue removed from the Kentucky Derby winner's left hind hoof.

Barbaro was being treated aggressively for his discomfort and is in stable condition,... Read More

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Auditor: Kentucky Needs to Improve Racehorse Drug Testing

January 09, 2007

Kentucky performs fewer drug tests on racehorses and has fewer positive results than most other states, the state auditor said in a report released on Monday.

Auditor Crit Luallen said the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority needs to enforce... Read More