Recent News for Sports Medicine

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South Carolina Ag. Official Charged with Horse Abuse

February 29, 2008

A top South Carolina agriculture official and two of his relatives are accused of mistreating dozens of horses in South Carolina and in Georgia, where authorities described some of the animals as looking like someone "draped a hide over bones."... Read More

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California Racing Group to Turn Over Necropsy Results

February 29, 2008

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has agreed to pay owner Jerry Jamgotchian $19,440 in attorney fees and costs, as well as turn over necropsy submission forms for horses that died on California racetracks in 2006 and part of 2007,... Read More

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Spring Training: Getting Your Horse Ready to Ride

February 28, 2008

To prepare for warmer weather, you should start getting your horse ready by checking his feet.... Read More

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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Returns in April

February 28, 2008

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 24-27. The event features some of the world's best horses and riders vying for top honors.

This year's event has the added attraction of... Read More

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Kentucky Racetrack Gaming Bill Passes to House

February 28, 2008

After extensive debate among Kentucky Democratic House leaders over whether or not a number of licenses should be set aside for racetracks in a proposed expanded gaming bill, the... Read More

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Congressman Criticizes Racehorse Drug Policy

February 27, 2008

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky opened a Feb. 27 congressional hearing on the use of steroids in sports by claiming leaders of horse racing have repeatedly failed on promises to self-regulate medication issues.

Whitfield, a Republican... Read More

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Airport Expanding in Anticipation of WEG 2010 Traffic

February 26, 2008

An expected surge of air traffic in conjunction with the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games has expedited a $4 million expansion at the Georgetown-Scott County, Ky., Airport.

The expansion includes a ramp extension and a new terminal... Read More

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Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

February 26, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it... Read More

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Wildfires Threaten Texas Horses

February 26, 2008

Monday night, reining horse breeder and trainer Dee Hertig watched a line of wildfires creep closer to her Young County, Texas, ranch. With 12 horses in the pasture, she and husband, Jack, had to think fast to come up with a plan to get their... Read More

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Off to the Races: Improved Surgery for "Bad Throats" Safe and Effective

February 23, 2008

Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More

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Scientists Examine New Joint Disease Evaluation Method

February 22, 2008

Danish researchers have been investigating a novel technique for evaluating joint disease. This involves the serial evaluation of cartilage-derived retinoic acid protein (CD-RAP) levels in individual horses as a measure of cartilage synthesis... Read More

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More Incentive Money Offered for Riders in Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

February 22, 2008

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, just got a little more exciting. With an additional $50,000 in prize money on the line, this year's event is sure to again draw many of the world's best horses and riders, as well as... Read More

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Santa Anita to Replace Racing Surface

February 21, 2008

Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces before a standing-room-only crowd during a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Feb. 20. While some... Read More

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Washington Thoroughbred Owners Back Rescue Farms

February 21, 2008

Beginning with the 2008 season, horse owners at Emerald Downs can make contributions to accredited Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and rehabilitation facilities through a voluntary $1 per start minimum contribution from their horsemen's bookkeeper... Read More

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Horse of the Year Curlin Prepping for Dubai Race

February 20, 2008

Horse of the Year Curlin looked to be in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, site of his main target, the Dubai World Cup.

The son of Smart Strike cantered gently around the... Read More

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Derby Champ Winning Colors Euthanized

February 19, 2008

Champion Winning Colors, winner of the 1988 Kentucky Derby, was euthanized Feb. 17 following complications from colic at Hagyard Davidson McGee vet clinic near Lexington. The 23-year-old Caro mare was buried at Greentree Farm, a division of... Read More

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Santa Anita Pick Six Pays Out $3.1 Million

February 19, 2008

One winning ticket in Santa Anita's Feb. 18 Pick Six produced an all-time record track payoff of $3,120,256.

The three-day carryover coming into Monday's Pick Six of $1,269,223, coupled with the additional $3,337,881 that was bet during the... Read More

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Second Mini Horse Dies after Texas Dog Attack

February 18, 2008

A second Miniature Horse has died after being attacked by pit bulls last month. (For more on the attack see Five Miniature Horses Attacked by Dogs, One Killed.)  

Kauli... Read More

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Olympic Workshop Reviews Horse Health Concerns

February 18, 2008

"Horses will be better cared for than the human athletes at the equestrian Olympic Games in Hong Kong this summer," said International Olympic Committee Medical Director Patrick Schamasch, MD, at the end of the pre-Olympic Workshop held by the... Read More

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Veterinary Preparations for Hong Kong Equestrian Events

February 18, 2008

Christopher M. Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, Head of Veterinary Clinical Services at the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), reported on the veterinary arrangements for the forthcoming Games at a pre-Olympic Workshop held by the Fédération... Read More

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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

February 18, 2008

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat... Read More

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Court Date for Owner of Horses in Illinois Trailer Accident

February 17, 2008

The former owner of 59 horses involved in a semitrailer rollover accident last October in Wadsworth, Ill., is slated to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 3 according to a spokesperson for the Lake County, Ill., County Clerk.

Keit... Read More

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Kentucky Governor's Wife Named to WEG Foundation Board

February 16, 2008

Jane Beshear,wife of Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear, was announced Thursday as the latest addition to the 2010 World Equestrian Games Foundation Board of Directors. She was elected unanimously by the board.

"I am pleased to be able to offer my... Read More

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Malnourished Horses Taken from Children's Camp

February 16, 2008

Five horses that were donated to a Deming, Wash., children's summer camp have been removed after being found to be malnourished, Humane Society officials and Whatcom County sheriff's deputies say.

A report from a concerned citizen led to the... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Funding 24 Equine Research Projects

February 15, 2008

The board of directors of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008. The funds will underwrite a slate of 14 start-up projects and 10 second-year proposals.

This mark... Read More