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Kentucky Derby Horses Drug Tested

May 05, 2007

For the first time, all 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby were administered surprise tests for performance-enhancing drugs.

Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet spokesman Mark York said the decision to test all the entrants... Read More

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All Derby Starters Cleared in EPO Testing

May 05, 2007

 

All 20 horses entered in Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) were cleared by the state's racing authority after pre-race tests for performance-enhancing... Read More

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Derby Horse Storm in May Flying Half-Blind

May 04, 2007

Storm in May will be flying nearly blind in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Bill Kaplan paid $16,000 for the colt last April, getting the bargain basement deal because Storm in May is completely blind in his right eye.

"It doesn't... Read More

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Court: Wisconsin County Official Wrong to Seize Horse

May 04, 2007

A detective with no expertise in animal care was wrong to seize a woman's horse simply because he thought the animal looked hungry and dehydrated, a Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 32-year-old horse named April had a... Read More

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Derby Horses Tested for EPO

May 04, 2007

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More

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Ancient Bronze Horse on Display in Rome

May 04, 2007

A bronze horse, possibly the work of the Parthenon sculptor, went on display Friday at a Rome museum after a decades-long restoration.

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Churchill Prepares for Visit from Queen

May 03, 2007

Staff members and security guards at Churchill Downs are preparing for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, who will attend Saturday's running of the Kentucky Derby.

According to Julie Koenig Loignon, official... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw Complete

May 03, 2007

Curlin is undefeated, unchallenged and now he's the favorite for the Kentucky Derby. And in drawing the No. 2 post for Saturday's race, the imposing chestnut colt even gets to start from the same spot Affirmed did on his way to winning the Tripl... Read More

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Keeneland to Sell Barbaro Wristbands on Derby Day

May 03, 2007

On Kentucky Derby Day, Keeneland will join with racetracks and equine organizations across the country to sell the specially designed "Riding with Barbaro" wristbands in support of the NTRA Barbaro Memorial Fund.

The wristbands carry... Read More

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Horsemen Pledging Portion of Derby Purse to Barbaro Fund

May 03, 2007

Prominent jockeys and trainers, including Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, have agreed to pledge a portion of their Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby earnings to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)... Read More

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Massage Gets Derby Contender Hard Spun Ready to Run

May 03, 2007

Hard Spun's final preparations for the Kentucky Derby have included a sizzling five-furlong work and the usual early morning gallops. You've probably read about all those moves online and in the newspapers. But there's one step in the process yo... Read More

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Barbaro Gold Julep Cup Fetches $22K

May 02, 2007

A New Yorker paid $22,222 Tuesday for a gold-plated mint julep cup honoring 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in a charity auction to benefit retired racehorses and injured jockeys.

The buyer, Bonnie O'Neil, will have Barbaro owner... Read More

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Over-the-Limit Field of 22 Horses Entered in Kentucky Derby

May 02, 2007

Likely favorite Curlin and a record-tying five horses trained by Todd Pletcher were among an over-the-limit field of 22 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for the Kentucky Derby.

Curlin, one of two horses in the field trained by Steve Asmussen, wil... Read More

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USEF Statement on Le Samurai Injury, FEI Inquiry

May 02, 2007

The following is a statement released May 2 by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF):

The injury to Le Samurai, ridden by Amy Tryon, sustained at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 28 is under review by the... Read More

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FEI President Nominated to International Olympic Committee

May 02, 2007

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) President HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is one of four individuals nominated by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board for election as Committee members. The International Olympic... Read More

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Polytrack Founder Admits Problems at American Tracks

May 01, 2007

Martin Collins, the creator of the Polytrack artificial surface, admitted to having faced problems in North America in an interview with the British monthly racing magazine, Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.
 
Interviewed in the May... Read More

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Barbaro Documentary Will Air on NBC After Derby

May 01, 2007

"Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" has finally found a home. NBC Sports has announced that the one-hour documentary focusing on the life of last year's Kentucky Derby winner will air on the NBC network Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. ET. That will be 90... Read More

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Rolex: Safety Precautions in Place for Horses, Riders, and Spectators

May 01, 2007

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, sponsored by Farnam, is one of the most prestigious events in a potentially dangerous sport. An extensive medical support team for horses and humans works behind the scenes to keep the only four star event in the... Read More

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FEI Investigating Rolex Cross Country Injury

May 01, 2007

An incident on the cross country course at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, sponsored by Farnam, on April 28, has attracted the attention of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Le Samurai, a 12-year-old bay Holsteiner/Thoroughbred... Read More

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Tim Conway Helps Don MacBeth Fundraise for Injured Jockeys

April 30, 2007

A celebrity team penning event held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington on April 10 raised more than $60,000 for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, said Judy McCarron, wife of Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron and co-founder of the group... Read More

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Happy Birthday, Barbaro! Fans Pay Tribute

April 30, 2007

No cake, no oats. Only memories, tears, and stories of Barbaro's spirit were shared at this birthday party.

Fans traveled from around the world to pay tribute and honor Barbaro at Delaware Park on Sunday on what would have been the... Read More

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NBC Barbaro Documentary to Air on CNBC Derby Eve

April 30, 2007

"Barbaro: A Nation's Horse," which was pre-empted April 29 by an overtime hockey game on NBC, will be presented Friday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET and again at midnight on cable network CNBC. In addition, NBC is scrambling to see if it can find a timeslot... Read More

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Managing the Hard Keeper

April 29, 2007

Horses lose weight for a variety of reasons--some medical, some man-made. Learn why your horse might be underweight and what you can do about it.

Have your veterinarian perform a complete physical examination to rule-out medical diseases or... Read More

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Bachman and Gryffindor Lead After Cross Country at Rolex

April 29, 2007

Nearly 47,000 people turned out for a spectacular day of cross country yesterday (April 28) at the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam. A variation of last year's course greeted horses and riders, and at the end of a... Read More

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Rolex Kentucky Won by Aussie

April 29, 2007

A press release from the International Sports Movement stated that Australian Clayton Fredericks won the 2007 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam. U.S. riders Phillip Dutton and Karen O'Connor finish second and third,... Read More