Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Curlin to Get Break, Race Later in Year

March 31, 2008

(from Dubai World Cup release)

Curlin winning the 2008 Dubai World Cup

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Gulfstream Park Awards Barbaro Scholarships

March 30, 2008

Gulfstream Park in Hallandell Beach, Fla., in conjunction with the University of Florida (UF), announced the names of this year's three recipients from Gulfstream Park's $30,000 Barbaro Scholarship Program March 29.

The Florida Derby... Read More

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Curlin Conquers the World in the Dubai World Cup

March 30, 2008

As 12 horses headed to the post in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), trainer Steve Asmussen stood in the paddock at Nad Al Sheba racecourse. "I’m just wanting the real Curlin to show up,” he said. Moments later, the Smart Strike colt more tha... Read More

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Help Award the Title of 'Greatest Thoroughbred of all Time'

March 28, 2008

BloodHorse.com has launched a new interactive game entitled "March into May."  

Beginning today, and for the... Read More

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Steroid Regulation Efforts Turning a Corner

March 27, 2008

Anyone who caught the opening comments of the March 26 medication roundtable in Austin, Texas, but left early and returned at its conclusion would have thought the worst--an industry meeting on the divisive topic of use of drugs in racehorses ha... Read More

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Giving Omeprazole for Ulcers Intravenously

March 27, 2008

In the past few years, we've been hearing how many more horses have gastric ulcers than we used to think. We also know that oral omeprazole paste (GastroGard, manufactured by Merial Limited, Decatur, Ga.) effectively treats and prevents ulcers.... Read More

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Glucosamine and Joint Health: Pharmacologic Research Ongoing

March 26, 2008

Canadian researchers recently compared the pharmacologic properties of two different forms of glucosamine--hydrochloride and sulphate. They measured significantly higher levels of glucosamine in synovial fluid samples from horses receiving the oral... Read More

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John Henry Memorial Statue Underway

March 26, 2008

Work has begun on the John Henry memorial statue that will be part of a small park at the gravesite of the legendary racehorse. John Henry was euthanized last October at the age of 32. He is buried outside his paddock at the Kentucky Horse Park... Read More

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Myristol's Effects on Clinical Joint Disease

March 25, 2008

For the study, 39 horses in Missouri and Florida (on a broodmare farm, a Thoroughbred retirement center, and in two university equestrian programs) were selected for naturally occurring osteoarthritis that caused Grade 2-4 lameness on a scale of 0-4.... Read More

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Event Horse Euthanized after Accident

March 24, 2008

Task Force, a 16-year-old Australian Thoroughbred who represented the United States in several international competitions, was euthanized Saturday after sustaining a catastrophic hind leg injury. According to a statement released by the United... Read More

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Auction Benefits Secretariat Foundation

March 24, 2008

The Claiborne Farm Stallion Memorabilia Auction to benefit the Secretariat Foundation began on eBay March 20 and will run through March 30.

Bidders will have the opportunity to purchase authentic racing artifacts of 1973 Triple Crown winner... Read More

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Belmont-Winning Filly Rags to Riches Retired

March 24, 2008

Edited press release

It was announced March 24 that 2007 Belmont Stakes winner and 2007 champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches has been retired from racing and will head to Ashford Stud where she will be bred to champion sire... Read More

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Lessons from Barbaro

March 23, 2008

Barbaro first captured America's imagination, then its heart. "People thought a superstar was on the horizon" after Barbaro's easy win in the Kentucky Derby, said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the veterinary surgeon who headed the team that... Read More

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Intravenous Lidocaine for Controlling Pain and Inflammation

March 23, 2008

Intravenous (IV) lidocaine is one systemic way to manage pain and inflammation, and it also has been used to improve intestinal motility in colic cases. Its use has been a fairly hot topic of late, so Margaret Mudge, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC,... Read More

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The State of Stem Cell Therapy

March 22, 2008

Stem cell therapy has received a good deal of attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. It holds theoretical promise for treating conditions ranging from traumatic tendon and cartilage injury to liver failure, Parkinson's... Read More

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Virginia: Free Pre-Race Steroids Tests

March 22, 2008

The Virginia Racing Commission will offer free pre-race testing for anabolic and androgenic steroids in horses that race at Colonial Downs this year.

The commission, at its March 19 meeting, unanimously adopted regulations and penalties... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Hopeful Sidelined by Ankle Fracture

March 21, 2008

Sierra Sunset, a three-length winner of the $300,000 Rebel March 15 at Oaklawn Park, has a hairline fracture of his left front ankle and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jeff Bonde reported.

"It's not bad enough to... Read More

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Speakers on Equine Wellbeing Selected for Kentucky Summit

March 21, 2008

More than 80 speakers will discuss the wellbeing of the competitive horse at the inaugural Kentucky International Equine Summit, April 28 and 29 Lexington.

Panelists and individual speakers will discuss the challenge of improving the... Read More

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'Healthy Discussion' at Racehorse Safety Summit

March 20, 2008

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded March 18 with the 62 participants releasing action plans on how to improve various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.

Some of the recommendations could prove difficult to... Read More

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First Aid for Limb Fractures in Horses

March 20, 2008

When a horse's leg is fractured, the primary treatment goal is to stabilize the fracture site so the broken bone ends don't further separate and do more damage. The outcomes of these cases often have a great deal to do with how well the broken... Read More

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American Farrier's Association, WEG Partnering

March 20, 2008

The World Games 2010 Foundation today announced that the American Farrier's Association has been named the official certified farriers of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

As the official certified farriers, the American... Read More

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Racing Medication Group Moving Ahead with Steroid Work

March 20, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will hold its spring board of directors meeting March 25 in conjunction with the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual convention in Austin, Texas.

The RMTC will receive an... Read More

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More

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3 Horses Loose on Interstate Killed by Tractor-Trailer

March 18, 2008

A tractor-trailer struck and killed three horses that wandered into traffic on Interstate 81 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

State police say the horses apparently got loose from a nearby farm. Another horse and a donkey were with them but... Read More

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Site Plan Approved for New Horse Track Near Detroit

March 18, 2008

The Huron Township Planning Commission approved a site plan March 10 for the proposed $142-million Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich.

Approved by the commission on a 6-1 vote, the site already is being prepped for construction by... Read More