Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

May 13, 2008

There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of... Read More

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Blood-Horse Launches Mobile News Site

May 12, 2008

Blood-Horse Publications is meeting its customers' rapidly expanding need for information by introducing a mobile-friendly news delivery service, which presents in a crisp format the premier information from Read More

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Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More

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Eight Bells for Eight Belles

May 11, 2008

A petition urging Churchill Downs to honor Fox Hill Farms' deceased filly Eight Belles by ringing eight bells, a nautical euphemism for "finished," prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is gaining... Read More

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Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Ohio Needs Help

May 11, 2008

The Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center has helped north central Ohio residents for more than a decade, but now it needs the public's help, according to an article in Read More

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CSU Research Aims to Reduce Injuries to Racehorses

May 11, 2008

The death of a top racehorse in the Kentucky Derby is something researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) hope to help prevent in the future, according to an Associated Press article at Read More

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Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... Read More

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NTRA Calls for 'Urgency' In Addressing Safety Matters

May 10, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to coordinate equine health and safety initiatives in response to the death of the filly Eight Belles, and on May 9 called for "urgency" and an end to the "status quo."

The NTRA board o... Read More

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Great Expectations: Barbaro's Brother

May 08, 2008

On the morning of April 30, as the eyes of the nation turned to Churchill Downs for the upcoming running of the 134th Kentucky Derby, a Brook Ledge horse van arrived at Stephens Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla. While trainer Michael Matz supervised the... Read More

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Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

May 08, 2008

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More

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Derby Death Spurs Action by Thoroughbred Groups

May 08, 2008

In the wake of the fatal injury sustained by filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors... Read More

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NBC to Rebroadcast Rolex Event

May 08, 2008

NBC has announced that it will re-air its coverage of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in its entirety on Saturday, May 24 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The initial airing of the program on May 4 had to be shortened when the National Hockey League... Read More

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Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue

May 08, 2008

Six days after Eight Belles' catastrophic injury in the Kentucky Derby Presented, owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.

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Seven Confirmed to Run in the Preakness

May 07, 2008

With the May 17 Preakness Stakes days away, the field set to test Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown continues to change as the connections of some of the top 3-year-olds weigh a start in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico Race... Read More

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World Equestrian Games 2010, United Way Partnering

May 07, 2008

The World Games 2010 Foundation will partner with United Way of the Bluegrass for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

As an official community partner, United Way of the Bluegrass will showcase Central Kentucky's sense of community... Read More

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Readers Respond: Take the Pain Away

May 07, 2008

Nearly 1,200 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What concerns do you have about short- and long-term pain management in horses?"

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Racing Authority Responds to Animal Rights Groups' Objections

May 06, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority released a statement May 5 regarding Eight Belles, who was injured and subsequently euthanized after the May 3 Kentucky Derby. It followed demands by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals for changes in the... Read More

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Animal Rights Groups Target Eight Belles' Injury

May 06, 2008

In the wake of the death of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the May 3 Kentucky Derby, animal rights organizations are publicly calling for changes--some of them drastic--for the horseracing industry.

The group People for th... Read More

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Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

May 06, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. He added that "everything had... Read More

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Air Your Thoughts on Eight Belles

May 06, 2008

The Blood-Horse, sister publication to The Horse, has set up an open blog so that readers can share their thoughts on and memories of Eight Belles. It can be accessed through Read More

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Eight Belles' Injury Raises Questions About Racing Industry

May 05, 2008

A day after Big Brown blazed across the finish line, the snapshot of Eight Belles down on the dirt set off a raging debate that extended far beyond the Kentucky Derby: Is horse racing now facing an image crisis?

With the memory of Barbaro... Read More

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Eight Belles' Trainer Defends Jockey

May 05, 2008

The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles adamantly defended the way jockey Gabriel Saez handled the Kentucky Derby runner-up. In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Larry Jones said Saez applied the whip only to prevent Eight... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More

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Derby Winner Big Brown in Good Shape the Day After

May 04, 2008

Speaking to reporters on the Churchill Downs backside the day after Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. was cautiously optimistic regarding his starter's chances in the Preakness Stakes.

"I really liked him in (the... Read More

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Rolex Event Highlights Airing on NBC Today

May 04, 2008

NBC will broadcast the highlights of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event today. The hour-long broadcast will take place from 5-6:00 p.m., EDT.

Phillip Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., captured this year's title aboard Connaught. Dutton, 44, had... Read More