Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Racing Officials, Legislators Discuss Racehorse Steroids

January 09, 2008

An impending Congressional hearing on steroid use in Major League Baseball--and the possibility the inquiry could expand to other sports--has led the Thoroughbred racing industry to take preemptive action on Capitol Hill.... Read More

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Swiss Dressage Team Opts Out of Beijing Games; Humidity, Travel Stress Cited

January 09, 2008

Switzerland's dressage team will not take part at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The move follows the withdrawal of the team's top rider, Silvia Ikle, who doesn't want to expose her horse to travel-related stress and the humid conditions in Hon... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Park Honored for Contributions to Thoroughbred Racing

January 09, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Park, an educational theme park, equine competition facility, and home of the great racehorse John Henry for 23 years, has been honored with the 2007 Special Eclipse Award.

The Special Eclipse Award, which is presented by... Read More

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WEG 2010 Partner Selects Provider for Private Property Rentals

January 09, 2008

Event Home Leasing will serve as the official private property rental provider during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held in Lexington, Ky. The group was selected by Short's Travel Management, the official housing bureau... Read More

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Santa Anita Cancels Live Racing due to Ongoing Footing Trouble

January 08, 2008

Santa Anita Park canceled live racing for Jan. 7 because of continued problems with its Cushion Track surface.

The Southern California racetrack also scrapped its Jan. 5-6 programs. The surface doesn't properly drain, and a storm dumped... Read More

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Early Exercise and Future Tendon Health

January 07, 2008

Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons--such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)--which act like springs to contribute to movement.... Read More

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Footing Trouble: Santa Anita Races Could Shift to Hollywood

January 07, 2008

The California Horse Racing Board will meet in special session by teleconference Jan. 8 to consider allowing the Los Angeles Turf Club to move some or all of its racing dates to Hollywood Park if the drainage problem that Read More

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Rain Shuts Down Santa Anita Racing

January 06, 2008

Santa Anita officials canceled racing for Jan. 5 after Southern California was hit with the first of a series of rainstorms the previous evening. The Cushion Track synthetic surface, installed at Santa Anita this past summer to replace its main dir... Read More

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Curlin Tops Eclipse Award Finalists

January 05, 2008

The finalists for the 2007 (Thorougbred) Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 4, with many of the categories, as usual, dominated by winners of the Breeders' Cup World Championships races.

It is possible that nine of the 10 (flat) Eclipse winner... Read More

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Santa Anita Track Drainage Dilemma Not Over

January 03, 2008

Knee deep in controversy over drainage problems with Santa Anita's new synthetic racetrack and heavy rainfall expected this week, the company that installed the surface has acknowledged that the issue remains unresolved.

In a Jan. 2 press... Read More

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Thoroughbred Broodmares Inspected for Early Foaling

January 03, 2008

The Jockey Club once again dispatched teams of representatives in late December to numerous farms in six states and one Canadian province to inspect broodmares with early 2007 breeding or foaling dates.

This was the third consecutive... Read More

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World Equestrian Games 2010: Host City Begins Countdown

January 02, 2008

The city of Lexington, Ky., began its official countdown to the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games on Dec. 29--1,000 days before the Games will debut in the United States.

Official countdown clocks were unveiled during halftime of the... Read More

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Both Sides Claim Victory in Walking Horse Registry Dispute

December 29, 2007

Both sides in a dispute over ownership of Tennessee Walking Horse registry information are claiming victory in a case that took two years to process through the legal system, despite one of the parties being found in violation of copyright laws... Read More

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Deadline to Name Thoroughbred Foals Feb. 1

December 29, 2007

A valid attempt to name foals of 2006 must be made by Feb. 1, 2008, in order to avoid a $75 late fee, The Jockey Club announced Dec. 27.
 
As an aid in selecting a desired name, The Jockey Club once again has published on the... Read More

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John Henry Named Kentucky's Most Intriguing Newsmaker of 2007

December 28, 2007

John Henry garnered nearly 4,000 votes in a poll held by www.kentucky.com and the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper, narrowly defeating pastor Jon Weece to win the "Most Intriguing... Read More

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National Horsemen's Group Setting Racehorse Steroid Policy

December 28, 2007

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is formulating a position on regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses.

The National HBPA has affiliates in about 30 jurisdictions, some of which already have adopted rules to... Read More

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Track Records Set on New Santa Anita Synthetic Footing

December 27, 2007

It took only two races over Santa Anita's renovated Cushion Track for a horse to set a track record. Although times were quick, horses won from a variety of positions on opening day, Dec. 26, and the racing appeared to be formful. More... Read More

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FDA Dietary Supplement Rule Not Applicable to Veterinary Products

December 26, 2007

Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:

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Leading Thoroughbred Trainer Killed in Traffic Accident

December 26, 2007

Dale Baird, the all-time leading Thoroughbred racehorse trainer by wins, died in an automobile accident Dec. 23, a spokesman for Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort confirmed. He was 72.

The Greenfield, Ind., Daily Reporter... Read More

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Risk Factors for Catastrophic Fractures

December 24, 2007

At the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Ellen Singer, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVS and ECVS, MRCVS (epidemiology), of the University of Liverpool, discussed identifying risk factors... Read More

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Wyoming Horse, Rider Celebrate 1,000 Miles of Endurance Riding

December 21, 2007

It's an unlikely story of a 25-year-old mare and her 62-year-old rider competing on the endurance ride circuit.

Over a seven-year span, the duo, starting at age 18 and 54 respectively, completed more than 1,000 miles. The horse is now... Read More

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Alfalfa Might Buffer Gastric Acid Production, Prevent Ulcers

December 19, 2007

Feeding grain, confinement, exercise, and overall environmental stress factors are thought to cause ulcers, he said. It's commonly thought that horses turned out on pastures are better off than those that are confined. However, if grass hay is the on... Read More

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Weather Complicates Santa Anita Footing Switch

December 19, 2007

Rain has further delayed renovation of the Cushion Track at Santa Anita Park.

Horses were unable to use the main track Dec. 19, when track officials had hoped to finish the project to address drainage problems with the surface. They had hoped... Read More

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Kentucky Moves to Regulate Racehorse Steroids

December 18, 2007

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the state, and took the first step toward drafting and adopting the revised model rule offered by the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More

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Keeneland Contributes $1.2 Million to Charity in 2007

December 18, 2007

Keeneland announced today at its annual holiday luncheon that it gave more than $1.2 million in charitable contributions to more than 100 nonprofit organizations in 2007.

It is the third consecutive year that Keeneland's contributions... Read More