Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Shetland Ponies Donated to Hong Kong Equestrian Federation

June 06, 2008

In a gesture of goodwill, the American Shetland Pony Club (ASPC) is sending a gift of two American Shetland ponies to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation to salute their efforts for hosting the 2008 Equestrian Olympics. The two Shetland riding... Read More

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Stone Bruise Suspected for Belmont Contender Casino Drive

June 06, 2008

The status of Casino Drive, the 7-2 second-choice for Saturday's Belmont Stakes is in doubt it was announced Friday morning. The winner of the May 10 Peter Pan Stakes did not go to the track this morning.

"He has a small issue with his... Read More

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Animal Rights Group Pushing for Eight Belles Charges

June 05, 2008

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging prosecutors to bring animal cruelty charges against Eight Belles' trainer, Larry Jones.

Lawyers for the animal rights group plan to deliver a letter to R. David Stengel,... Read More

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Big Brown Continues Triple Crown Quest

June 05, 2008

Big Brown hit the Belmont Park track early June 5 with a morning jog around the sloppy and sealed main track about 5:45 EDT. With Michelle Nevin aboard, the colt traveled through the paddock, out of the tunnel, and onto the main track.

Nevi... Read More

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Trainer Says Big Brown Ready to Run

June 04, 2008

Big Brown's bombastic trainer has no concerns about the colt's slightly cracked hoof.

Rick Dutrow Jr. wishes everyone else would stop worrying how his horse will handle running with a patch on the quarter crack.

"I don't understand it,"... Read More

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Big Brown Draws Inside Belmont Post

June 04, 2008

Triple Crown contender Big Brown was installed the 2-5 morning line favorite and drew the rail in the June 7 Belmont Stakes. The post position draw took place in the Garden Terrace on the fourth floor clubhouse of Belmont Park.

The Kentucky... Read More

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Big Brown's Hoof Patch on Hold Until Friday

June 03, 2008

Big Brown's cracked left front hoof is improving with each passing day, so trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is waiting until Friday to have a patch applied.

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay suggested putting the patch on Saturday, the morning of the Belmon... Read More

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Eight Belles to be Interred at Kentucky Derby Museum

June 03, 2008

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby but suffered a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be honored by Churchill Downs Inc. through a series of charitable contributions and initiatives, including the interment of her... Read More

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37-Year-Old Competitive Trail Horse Completes Another Ride

June 03, 2008

Elmer Bandit, a 37-year-old Half-Arabian gelding, completed the Indian Territory North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) ride over Memorial Day weekend, finishing in sixth place and bringing his lifetime mileage total to 20,360.

The... Read More

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Big Brown to Work Tuesday Without Hoof Patch

June 02, 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow said Sunday afternoon that Big Brown will not be fitted with a patch on Monday as originally scheduled and will work on Tuesday without one.

"I'm going to breeze him just the way he is and give him more time to let Ian... Read More

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Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

June 01, 2008

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the... Read More

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Diagnosing Muscle Soreness

June 01, 2008

Last year my 18-year-old Quarter Horse mare became very sensitive to touch on her back and hindquarters. ... Read More

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Big Brown Gets New Sutures, Quarter Crack in "Good Shape"

June 01, 2008

Big Brown has new sutures in his hoof, and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. says his unbeaten colt "knows it's time to get ready" for a shot at the Triple Crown.

There was concern when Big Brown missed three days of training this week with a slight... Read More

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Feeding Minis

June 01, 2008

Minis require special diets for sustaining health.

Horses of any size have a fabulous appeal for animal lovers, and none more so than the Miniature breeds, fondly referred to as "Minis." Because of their cuteness, it is... Read More

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10 Principles of Exercise Physiology

June 01, 2008

Basic principles you can apply to your everyday training to boost your horse�s performance.

Elite athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors, and many times they find that edge by applying the science o... Read More

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Racehorse Steroids Rule Moves Ahead in New York

May 30, 2008

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) on May 29 passed proposed restrictions on use of anabolic steroids in racehorses for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.

Based on a national model rule supported by the Racing... Read More

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Iowa Pony Club Coordinating Equestrian Tornado Relief

May 30, 2008

Some of the victims of the recent tornadoes in Iowa have lost almost everything they own, including their homes, barns, horses and ponies, and all of their equipment. One of the local Pony Clubs in the affected area has started to collect items... Read More

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Millionaire Racehorse Nashoba's Key Euthanized

May 29, 2008

Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Nashoba's Key was involved in a freak accident in her stall at Hollywood Park and had to be euthanized May 28.

The 5-year-old daughter of Silver Hawk fractured her left hock when she kicked the... Read More

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Suit Filed Against Santa Anita Footing Supplier

May 29, 2008

The operator of Santa Anita Park has filed a federal lawsuit against the original supplier of its troubled synthetic racing surface, claiming it has suffered at least $8.4 million in damages from improper installation and repair.

The Los... Read More

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Big Brown Quarter Crack 'Not a Setback'

May 29, 2008

Anyone following Triple Crown races this year knows there's a lot of controversy about the soundness of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown's feet. But despite a third hoof problem in his short career--a quarter crack that showed up in his... Read More

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Memories of Teddy O'Connor

May 28, 2008

Fans share their memories of Teddy and offer their condolences to his owners.... Read More

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Two Graded Stakes Winners Retired Due to Suspensory Issues

May 28, 2008

Grade I winners Nobiz like Shobiz and Panty Raid have been retired due to suspensory problems.

Stud plans are being decided for millionaire Nobiz Like Shobiz.

A 4-year-old son of Albert the Great, Nobiz Like Shobiz scored his big win in... Read More

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Eventing Rule Changes Passed, Effective Immediately

May 28, 2008

The executive committee of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) met May 19 and approved several rule changes, to be implemented immediately.

Effective immediately, the first fall of a competitor at obstacles on the cross-country course wil... Read More

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Theodore O'Connor Euthanized

May 28, 2008

Theodore O'Connor, the 13-year-old eventing "super pony" was euthanized today as a result of an injury sustained in an accident at Karen and David O'Connor's barn in The Plains, Va., according to a statement released by the U.S. Equestrian... Read More

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O'Connors Release Statement on Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia

May 28, 2008

David and Karen O'Connor have released a statement regarding the euthanasia of Theodore O'Connor.

The statement reads:

"'Teddy' got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind... Read More