Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Kentucky Regulators Examine Drug-Testing Procedures

November 03, 2006

As Churchill Downs prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Kentucky regulators are examining the state's drug-testing policies and procedures. Upgrades, however, may hinge on state funding.

For the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup, a full... Read More

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Shadow of Barbaro Still Looms Over Former Rivals

November 03, 2006

No matter what happens -- even on the biggest day in thoroughbred racing -- Bernardini seems destined to remain shadowed by Barbaro.

The Kentucky Derby winner is recovering from a devastating misstep at the start of the Preakness in what ha... Read More

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Fla. Trainer Claims Calder, Churchill Downs Abused His Horses

November 03, 2006

A horse trainer and owner has sued the operators of two race tracks in Florida and Kentucky that he claims drugged and physically abused his Thoroughbreds, and allowed other jockeys to maneuver their steeds into his horses during races.

Dennis... Read More

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Veterinarians, Firefighters, and Helicopter Crew Team Up to Rescue New Zealand Horse

November 02, 2006

A 27-year-old horse was airlifted by helicopter after it fell down a hill on a farm near Palmerston North, New Zealand, Tuesday night (Oct. 31).

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Barbaro Doing Well: Vets Plan to Remove Cast Next Week

November 02, 2006

Barbaro, the unbeaten winner of the Kentucky Derby, is in good health and progressing well on his road to recovery, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, told reporters in a Nov. 1 press conference during the National Turf Writers' Association dinne... Read More

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Team Barbaro, Richardson, Crist Honored at NTWA Dinner

November 02, 2006

The individuals associated with undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro -- veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center -- and veteran racing journalis... Read More

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Oral Supplement Combination Reduces Joint Inflammation

November 01, 2006

Several studies have suggested that administering a combination of oral glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate (Glu/Chon) provides a greater benefit than giving each by itself. After eight years of research, Martha Rodgers, VMD, a private... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology Part 11: Of Blood and Breath

November 01, 2006

There are few similarities between horses and automobiles, but in a manner of speaking, the horse's circulatory and respiratory systems constitute its engine. The food a horse consumes is its fuel. The fuel is converted into nutritional energy that... Read More

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Matz Full of Fond Memories of Barbaro's Derby Win

November 01, 2006

Michael Matz is back at Churchill Downs this week, scene of Barbaro's dominating Kentucky Derby victory.

The trainer's working in the same barn area and leading his horse for the Breeders' Cup along the paths where Barbaro walked.

One... Read More

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"Talkin' Horses" Breeders' Cup Countdown Continues

November 01, 2006

This week, bloodhorse.com's "Talkin' Horses" is featuring special guests to mark the remaining days leading up to Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Championships. The chat can be found online at Read More

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Official Barbaro Portraits to Benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America

October 31, 2006

Kentucky Derby winnder Barbaro, whose shattered leg in the Preakness brought his stunning career to a halt, has been captured beautifully by veterinarian-turned-artist John Fawcett. The two original portraits were commissioned by Roy and Gretche... Read More

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Merial U.S. and Ulcergard Web Sites Win Online Excellence Awards

October 31, 2006

Two Merial web sites -- http://us.merial.com and www.ulcergard.com -- recently received Pharmaceutical Standard of Excellence Award... Read More

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Quarter Horse Jockey Suspended in Buzzer Case

October 29, 2006

A quarter horse jockey received a one-year suspension Saturday for allegedly using an electronic buzzer to shock a horse he rode at Fairplex Park in September.

Carlos Bautista was accused of using the device on... Read More

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Keeneland Reports Record Attendance, Wagering

October 29, 2006

Keeneland reported record attendance and wagering at the 17-day fall race meeting that ended Oct. 28, its first with a new Polytrack surface.

The synthetic track attracted a large contingent of Breeders' Cup-boun... Read More

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SmartPak's SmartPink Program Raises Over $25,000 for Breast Cancer Research

October 29, 2006

Kensington Protective Products recently presented SmartPak with a donation in the amount of $5,000 to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation under the auspices of the SmartPink Program. This latest donation brings the total contribution t... Read More

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Keeneland's Polytrack Popular With Breeders' Cup Hopefuls on Saturday

October 28, 2006

Racing may have been winding down on Saturday, Oct. 28, the final day of Keeneland's fall meet in Lexington, Ky., but top stakes contenders were taking advantage of the opportunity to get in one last work over Polytrack before the Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Vartanian Accused of Methamphetamine Violation

October 28, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has filed an accusation against Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Gregory Vartanian for several rule violations after a horse in his care tested positive for the Class 1 prohibited substance methamphetamine... Read More

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Horse Dies in Movie Mishap Near Santa Fe

October 27, 2006

A horse was killed and its rider was seriously injured in an accident on a movie set west of Santa Fe, N.M.

A spokesman for the American Humane Association says producers were shooting a scene Monday in which riders came toward a... Read More

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ReRun Launches Breeders' Cup Moneigh Auction on eBay

October 26, 2006

ReRun, the non-profit adoption organization, announced Oct. 25 that a select group of its signature "Moneigh" paintings created by past and present Breeder's Cup winners and contenders are available on eBay.

Each Moneigh is an original... Read More

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EasyCare Trivia Contest Offers Hoof Care Clinic Admission

October 26, 2006

EasyCare, Inc. will be giving away multiple prizes including admission to an upcoming two-day Pete Ramey Hoof Care Clinic that will be held in Tucson, Arizona on Jan. 20-21. Also included in the Grand Prize is admission to the Hoof Boot Fitting... Read More

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Jersey Officials Await Test Results; Fields Take Hit

October 25, 2006

New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are awaiting test results on a horse that shipped from a Canadian farm to the Monmouth Park backstretch and is suspected of having equine herpesvirus.

The horse, which was sent to the... Read More

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California Council Approves Dixon Downs Racetrack Proposal

October 25, 2006

The Dixon City Council has tentatively approved a proposal that will bring a multi-million dollar horse racing track to the California city. The council voted in favor of the Dixon Downs project at their meeting on Monday night (Oct.... Read More

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After Five Months, Barbaro Still Going Strong

October 24, 2006

It has been a little over five months since Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was brought to the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital at New Bolton Center. "I am happy to report that Barbaro had another good week, and his... Read More

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Calder Institutes Policy to Curb Infectious Diseases Among Racehorses

October 23, 2006

In an effort to control the spread of infectious diseases, including Equine Herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1), among Thoroughbred racehorses, Calder Race Course is instituting the following standing policy effective immediately:

All horses seeking... Read More

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Churchill Readies Breeders' Cup Quarantine Facilities

October 22, 2006

Churchill Downs is putting the finishing touches on quarantine and isolation facilities that will house foreign participants set to compete in the 23rd... Read More