Recent News for Sports Medicine

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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

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Favorite Big Brown wins Kentucky Derby, Filly Euthanized

May 03, 2008

Updated: 7:36 p.m. EDT

Big Brown backed up his trainer's boasts with an explosive finishing kick and won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, a commanding victory turned somber by the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles on hors... Read More

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Winner of Barbaro Stakes Injured on Oaks Day

May 03, 2008

Two years after Barbaro's catastrophic breakdown, trainer Michael Matz watched another one of his colts break down in a race at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Chelokee, a 4-year-old colt, took a misstep on the sloppy track and fractured his... Read More

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Artist Selected to Create Barbaro Memorial Statue

May 02, 2008

Nearly two years after Barbaro took the Kentucky Derby, and a year and a half following his death, the colt's memory continued to prevail as dozens of fans and media gathered for a special announcement regarding a memorial statue of him at... Read More

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2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games a 'Celebration of the Horse'

May 02, 2008

"The breadth of this event is going to be staggering," said John Long, CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation and Board of Directors Chairman for the World Games 2010 Foundation, at a press conference at Churchill Downs in Louisville,... Read More

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Fiber in Hay: What's the Magic Number?

May 01, 2008

Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.

Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Favorite Big Brown Draws Outside Post

May 01, 2008

Big Brown's all in and so is the filly Eight Belles, a perfect combination for an intriguing 134th Kentucky Derby.

Unbeaten in three career starts, Florida Derby winner Big Brown was stamped the 3-1 favorite for Saturday's 1 1/4-mile Derby... Read More

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NBC to be World Equestrian Games Broadcast Partner

May 01, 2008

On the lavish fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites, two days prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, representatives of the World Games 2010 Foundation announced NBC as the official network broadcast partner for the Alltech FEI World... Read More

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The Steroid Debate

May 01, 2008

"Steroid" use has made headlines because of abuse in human athletes for the past decade, from Major League Baseball to track and field events. The topic has also become hot in the horse industry, from steroid use for bulking up young horses in... Read More

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Reproduction and Sports Medicine Update: AAEP 2007

May 01, 2008

Veterinarians who attended presentations at the event came away with 18 hours of continuing education credit and new knowledge of current topics in equine reproduction and lameness.... Read More

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Oral Joint Supplements for Horses

May 01, 2008

With scores of oral joint health supplements on the market, how do horse owners know which to buy? This article examines the current state of the equine nutritional supplement industry, and it presents a seven-step "ACCLAIM" approach for horse owners... Read More

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Eventing Safety: Joint Letter from USEF and USEA Leaders

April 30, 2008

David O'Connor, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), and Kevin Baumgardner, president of the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA), released April 29 a letter concerning safety in eventing.

The authors invited all members of... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Debate Show Airs on BloodHorse.com

April 30, 2008

The maiden edition of BloodHorse.com's "And They're Off," a video feature hosted by veteran Blood-Horse turf writers Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, is now available on BloodHorse.com.... Read More

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MRI for Diagnosing Sesamoidean Ligament Desmitis

April 28, 2008

The high degree of detail seen with MRI has made it possible for veterinarians to find equine injuries they've never seen before. One example of this--MRI evaluation of desmitis in the oblique and straight distal sesamoidean ligaments--was discussed.... Read More

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Racetrack Turf Expertise Brought to Hong Kong Cross Country Course

April 28, 2008

The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More

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Rider Injured at Rolex Remains in Critical Condition

April 28, 2008

A rider injured when her horse crashed into a fence during the Rolex Three-Day Event remained hospitalized in critical condition on Monday.

Laine Ashker, 24, suffered multiple broken ribs, a badly broken jaw, a broken clavicle and scapula,... Read More

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Family of Rider Injured at Rolex Releases Statement

April 28, 2008

Equestrian Laine Ashker, 24, was seriously injured Saturday during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Her horse, Frodo Baggins, was euthanized.

Ashker's family released the following statement:

"First and... Read More

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37-Year-Old Horse Completes First Competitive Ride of the 2008 Season

April 28, 2008

Nineteen days after turning 37 years old, Half-Arabian Elmer Bandit and owner/breeder Mary Anna Wood crossed the timing line on Sunday to complete his first Open Competitive Trail Ride (CTR) of 2008. Less than two hours later he vetted out sound an... Read More

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Thoroughbred Mare Equals Record of 16 Consecutive Victories

April 27, 2008

Undefeated Peppers Pride equaled Thoroughbred racing's record of 16 consecutive victories when she came from off the pace to win the $75,000 Russell & Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap for New Mexico-breds at SunRay Park and Casino in Farmington,... Read More

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Holder Holds Lead Going into Stadium Jumping

April 27, 2008

With a faultless cross-country round, Becky Holder moved a giant step closer to winning her first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam. Holder, of Mendota Heights, Minn., has kept her number one placing since Thursday, aboard... Read More

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Second Rolex Horse Euthanized

April 27, 2008

The Quiet Man, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, was euthanized today after sustaining an injury during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The horse, ridden by Sarah Hansel, fractured his distal scapula and the shoulder... Read More

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Dutton Captures First Rolex Event Win

April 27, 2008

With a completely faultless show jumping round on Connaught, Phillip Dutton, of West Grove, Pa., scored his first victory in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam.

Becky Holder, of Mendota Heights, Minn., lowered two rails... Read More

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Enhancing Jockey Medical Care

April 26, 2008

Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Ky., the Jockeys' Guild, and Lexington physician Dr. Barry Schumer announced April 25 a plan to develop a system to maintain jockeys' updated medical histories so they are immediately accessible to emergency... Read More

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Rider in Hospital, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Rolex Event

April 26, 2008

Equestrian Laine Ashker and her mount, Frodo Baggins, were both injured this afternoon in an accident during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The horse, a 12-year-old black Thoroughbred from New Zealand, was... Read More