Recent News for Sports Medicine

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New FEI Eventing Safety Group Holds First Meeting

June 26, 2007

The Fédération Equestre Internationale's new safety subcommittee held its first meeting on June 18 in London.

International rider and course designer David O'Connor chairs the group. Committee members include: Chris Bartle, international... Read More

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The Horse Recognized at 2007 American Horse Publications Awards Program

June 25, 2007

Blood-Horse Publications received a total of 13 awards on Saturday, June 23 at the American Horse Publications (AHP) Annual Awards Program held in Albuquerque, N.M. Since its inception in 1970, the American Horse Publications Annual Awards Program... Read More

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Rolex Alleged Abuse Hearing Held; Decision Expected within 30 Days

June 25, 2007

According to a statement released today (June 25) by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the hearing in the case of alleged abuse at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event involving rider Amy Tryon was held earlier today.

Tryon's... Read More

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Managing an Equine Medical Emergency

June 24, 2007

Quality care and rapid response time can mean the difference between life and death for a sick or injured horse.

Although each patient is unique, advanced planning for critical situations can tip the odds in favor of a successful outcome.... Read More

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NSAID Options: New Pain Reliever for Horses Released

June 22, 2007

Equioxx (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in horses, is now available from Merial. Equioxx is delivered as a paste (similar to paste dewormer) and i... Read More

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Jockey Molina to Meet with Stewards Over Kicking Incident

June 20, 2007

Philadelphia Park jockey Victor Molina waived his right to a notice of a formal hearing Tuesday and will instead meet with track stewards on Friday to discuss his actions prior to the third race on Monday, which resulted in his indefinite ejection... Read More

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Jockey Ejected from Philly Park for Kicking Horse in Stomach

June 19, 2007

Veteran jockey Victor Molina was ejected from the grounds of Philadelphia Park Monday after the track received numerous complaints concerning his actions prior to the start of the third race.Molina, who was scheduled to ride the... Read More

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Jockey John Velazquez to be Guest on Blood-Horse Interactive Chat Tuesday

June 18, 2007

Join award-winning jockey John Velazquez for a special Tuesday edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses" sponsored by Equine Oxygen Therapy. Velazquez will be the guest live online a... Read More

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Jockey Paralyzed From Waist Down

June 17, 2007

Jockey Andrew Lakeman is paralyzed from the waist down following a spill during a race at Belmont Park Thoroughbred racetrack last month, the Daily Racing Form reported.

The 32-year-old Lakeman was told by doctors at North Shore... Read More

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Calgary Thoroughbred Track Closing

June 17, 2007

In an article by Billy Powers on the Calgary Sun Web site, the writer lamented that today (June 15) might be the last day for Thoroughbred racing Stampede Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

"When they finish the eighth race on today's... Read More

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Oregon Teen Accused of Sexually Abusing Horse

June 16, 2007

A Corvallis, Ore., teenager was arrested after a surveillance camera captured him preparing to sexually abuse a horse inside a barn, police said.

The owners of the barn installed the camera after reporting an assault on the horse last... Read More

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Street Cry Not Shuttling

June 16, 2007

Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Australia has announced that Street Cry, sire of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, would not return for a fifth season to Australia.

"We would like to assure breeders that this... Read More

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Genetics of Speed: U.K.'s Royal Veterinary College Investigating Racehorse Eclipse

June 15, 2007

Scientists from the U.K.'s Royal Veterinary College and the University of Cambridge are researching what made the undefeated 18th Century horse, Eclipse, such a great champion. The genetics research is giving insights into the origins of the... Read More

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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