Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Show Jumping Legend Gem Twist Euthanatized at 27

November 21, 2006

Gem Twist, a legend of the show jumping circuit, was euthanatized Saturday, Nov. 18. According to a U.S. Equestrian Federation press release, the decision was made to euthanatize hm after he sustained a pulled muscle that rendered hi... Read More

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Stevie Wonderboy's Return Delayed by Ankle Chip

November 20, 2006

Eclipse Award winner Stevie Wonderboy had a small chip taken out of his right front ankle a week ago, said trainer Doug O'Neill. The 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner had been doing well on the comeback trail, but came out of his last work with... Read More

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Driver Hits Two Buggies in Lancaster, Pa.

November 20, 2006

Police in Lancaster County, Pa., have charged a man with drunken driving after he collided with two horse-drawn buggies, reports Pennsylvania television news station Read More

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Bomb Hoax Forces Evacuation of English Racetrack

November 19, 2006

An anonymous bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate an English horse racing track Saturday (Nov. 18), but police found nothing suspicious.

Security officials at Lingfield Park Racecourse, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of... Read More

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Jockey's Guild Sues Its Former Attorney For Negligence

November 18, 2006

The Jockey's Guild has filed a lawsuit against the organization's former legal counsel claiming he and others were negligent in their responsibilities to protect the financial interests of the Guild and its 1,300 member-jockeys at race tracks... Read More

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Officials Continue Review of Churchill Ambulance Response

November 17, 2006

In the days following the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, questions remain as to why an equine ambulance was delayed in attending to Fleet Indian after the mare suffered an injury at the top of the stretch in the... Read More

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Minn. Horse Shooting Believed to be Intentional

November 16, 2006

Investigators with the Sherburne County, Minn., sheriff's office are looking into a weekend horse shooting they believe was intentional, reported KARE 11,... Read More

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Pfizer Animal Health Supports New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.

November 15, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health is proud to announce its support of New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.--a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building leadership, responsibility and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship. In order to help further... Read More

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Volunteers Help Horses During California Wildfires

November 15, 2006

While the Esperanza wildfire burned around them, approximately 100 horses were able to wait out the blaze in their own pastures in Riverside County, Calif., with care from Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue Services (REARS). According to Frank... Read More

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Final Turn: Phar Lap Redux

November 15, 2006

By Morton Cathro

News reports from Australia alleging that the country's legendary wonder horse, Phar Lap, died not of colic but of deliberate arsenic poisoning, has thrust affluent Atherton, a secluded enclave on the San Francisco... Read More

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US Rider Teams with EKU to Provide Equine Rescue Training

November 14, 2006

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) will soon be visited by some four-legged friends. USRider and EKU are collaborating to present large-animal emergency rescue training for the third consecutive year. They are bringing in specially-trained... Read More

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Barbaro Able to Bear Weight on Right Hind Leg Following Cast Removal

November 14, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to improve following the removal of his right hind leg cast last week, according to his medical team.

"Barbaro's strength on the right hind limb has been gradually improving," said Dean W. Richardson,... Read More

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"Training Thru Trust" Horseman Signs On With aaVaa World Health Care Products

November 13, 2006

avVaa World Health Care Products Inc., a global biotechnology company offering therapeutic, natural skin and health care products, announced today that it has signed a spokesman agreement with Doug Mills of Training Thru Trust, Read More

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Kennel Owner Arrested After Failing to Cremate Horse

November 13, 2006

State troopers and natural resources police are charging the owner of Bethany Beach Kennels in Ocean View, Del., following the discovery that a dead horse believed to have been cremated never was.

The 32-year-old Arabian mare belonged to... Read More

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Thoroughbred Champion Bowl Game Dead at 32

November 12, 2006

Bowl Game, the champion turf male of 1979 who was believed to be the oldest living Eclipse Award winner, was euthanatized due to the infirmities of old age Nov. 10 at the age of 32. Under the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation since... Read More

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Truck Plows Into Mule Carriage; 3 Dead

November 12, 2006

A tractor-trailer plowed into a mule-drawn covered carriage that was returning from the annual town festival in Alapaha, Ga., Saturday (Nov. 11), killing three people and injuring three others.

The victims, who were all related, had left th... Read More

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Derby Winner Giacomo Retired to Adena Springs

November 11, 2006

Giacomo, upset winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been retired to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky. The 4-year-old son of Holy Bull will stand for a live foal fee of $12,500.

A homebred racing for Jerry and... Read More

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Recommendations Released

November 10, 2006

Edited press release

A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who participated in the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, on Oct. 16-17, have drafted recommended... Read More

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Top Eventing Rider Amy Tryon Joins Team UlcerGard

November 09, 2006

Merial has announced that top eventing rider and 2006 World Equestrian Games Bronze Medalist, Amy Tryon will become the newest member of Team UlcerGard. Tryon will join other top equestrian athletes, including Darren Chiacchia, John Williams, an... Read More

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Probios Horse Treats

November 08, 2006

Each Probios treat contains live, naturally occurring microorganisms that restore and maintain the natural balance of digestive bacteria in the horse's gut.... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Injuries Turn Focus Back to Artificial Surfaces

November 07, 2006

For the second time in six months, tragedy struck one of Thoroughbred racing's showcase events. The arrival of a new racing surface, however, could usher in an era of safer American tracks.

Pine Island was fatally injured and Fleet Indian... Read More

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Churchill Says Personnel Were Following Regulations on Ambulance Availability

November 06, 2006

An equine ambulance was delayed in getting to Fleet Indian after the mare injured her left front suspensory ligament during the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff because Churchill Downs personnel were following state regulations regarding... Read More

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Joint Supplements: What's Hip and What's Hype?

November 06, 2006

The following is a summary of Dr. Gray's presentation on selecting joint supplements, part of the SmartPak GetSmart series.

Horses can experience improved joint health with appropriate supplementation whether they are old or young, in... Read More

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Barbaro's Cast Removed

November 06, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's right hind leg cast was removed today (Nov. 6), according to his medical team. "Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia for the cast removal," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "In... Read More

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TWHBEA Announces Conversion to DNA Parentage Verification

November 05, 2006

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association is pleased to announce that the parentage verification program for Tennessee Walking Horse registrations will be converted from blood typing to DNA beginning January 1, 2007.... Read More