Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More

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High-Tech Fetlock Joint Fragment Removal

April 08, 2008

VIDEO | Joint chips plague many high-performance horses--up to 29% of Standardbred yearlings and 2% of Thoroughbred yearlings. Often the chips must be removed,... Read More

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Storm Cat Experiencing Drop in Fertility

April 08, 2008

Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old... Read More

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Olympic Horse Transporter Aims for 'First Class' Service

April 07, 2008

Martin Atock has seen a lot of things in the more than 20 years he has spent coordinating international equine travel. Atock is managing director of Peden Bloodstock, the official Olympic horse transportation company.

In 1990 he was... Read More

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37-Year-Old Horse Closing in on Trail Mileage Record

April 06, 2008

Pushing the envelope of equine athletic prowess, 37-year-old half-Arabian Elmer Bandit is gearing up to start yet another competitive trail ride season.

In 2007 Elmer's certified lifetime competitive miles stood at 20,240, nearing the... Read More

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Derby Hopeful War Pass Endures Rocky New York Flight

April 05, 2008

Trainer Nick Zito hopes the running of the Wood Memorial (gr. I) today at Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, N.Y.) goes smoother than War Pass' flight from Florida to New York.

War Pass banged his head during the turbulent trip... Read More

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center to Hold Remembrance Event April 16

April 05, 2008

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center will host a time of remembrance event at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 (rain or shine).

Speakers will include Dr. Martin Furr, professor and Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More

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Doxycycline Antibiotic Might Help Treat Arthritis

April 01, 2008

Osteoarthritis is the most common human joint disorder in the world, and in the equine industry it's the most economically important disease. It's the primary cause of decreased athletic function and wastage in racehorses.... Read More

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Summer Heat Too Hot to Handle? (Book Excerpt)

April 01, 2008

With the exception of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, which began in September to allow for the southern hemisphere's "reversed" order of seasons--winter in Australia is summer in North America--the summer Olympic Games generally are held in just... Read More

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Surpass vs. Bute for Arthritis

March 31, 2008

Does Surpass really work to improve joint health, or is it just another way of delivering a painkiller? CSU researchers set out to answer that question.... Read More

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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