Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Author of Barbaro Book to be Guest on Talkin' Horses

February 13, 2007

Join Sean Clancy, author of the upcoming Eclipse Press release Barbaro: The Horse Who Captured America's Heart, for Thursday's edition o... Read More

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Barbaro's Owners Pledge Support for UPenn Equine Disease Research

February 13, 2007

A $3-million gift from Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of Barbaro, will endow a chair in the name of Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

In acknowledging the... Read More

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Drug Contaminants, 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Collision Course

February 12, 2007

A Louisiana research project that shows racehorses can come into contact with drug residue just about anywhere on the backstretch has some horsemen calling for an end to "zero tolerance" drug-testing policies and creation of a national panel to... Read More

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Temperature Believed to Have Impact on Polytrack

February 12, 2007

As officials and horsemen at Turfway Park work daily to find an optimum Polytrack surface for winter racing, there is growing sentiment the synthetic material is affected by temperature or swings in temperature.

Recently, horsemen have... Read More

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Barbaro: The Horse Who Captured America's Heart (Excerpt)

February 10, 2007

This was no longer the stressed-out horse last seen standing a few yards past the finish line at Pimlico, wired by adrenalin and pain. No, this was more like the Barbaro the world had come to expect, the one presiding over his barn at Fair Hill... Read More

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Immigration Bill Brings Call for Political Action

February 09, 2007

Horsemen have indicated they plan to step up efforts to educate legislators about their concerns regarding immigration policy in the United States given the horseracing industry's heavy reliance on foreign workers, particularly those of Hispanic... Read More

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Pennsylvania Senate Honors Barbaro and His Connections

February 09, 2007

The connections of Barbaro, the deceased winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby, were honored Feb. 5 in a resolution adopted by the Pennsylvania state Senate.

The resolution, introduced by four senators, recapitulated the horse’s career an... Read More

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Kentucky Governor Supporting Funding for Horse Park Projects

February 08, 2007

Governor Ernie Fletcher announced his support for the funding of three major improvements at the Kentucky Horse Park: a new outdoor stadium, an expansion of the new covered equine arena and comprehensive improvements of the park's 30-year-old... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Humane Center Seeking Farm Equipment and Supplies

February 08, 2007

Horses of all breeds in Kentucky who are currently in life-threatening situations will be given a second chance at Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KEHC). Assistance from the public will be crucial in helping get the center ready to... Read More

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Barbaro's Memory Spurs Retirement Program Donations

February 07, 2007

Soon after the death of Barbaro Jan. 29, horse racing enthusiasts and fans of the colt began contacting equine retirement organizations and making donations in his memory.

"We've received at least a dozen donations from Minnesota, Wisconsin... Read More

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Stallion Manager Sandy Hatfield to Be Guest on "Talkin' Horses"

February 07, 2007

Join Sandy Hatfield, stallion manager at Three Chimneys Farm, for Thursday's edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses."

Hatfield has overseen an all-star roster of Thoroughbred racehorses and will be the guest live online at Read More

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Farnam Offering New Scholarship for Pony Club Members

February 07, 2007

Farnam is sponsoring a new scholarship for U.S. Pony Club (USPC) members as a reward for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Clubs.

The Farnam Equine Pharmaceuticals Scholarship will be awarded to an... Read More

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Arlington Park to Install Polytrack for $10 Million

February 06, 2007

Edited press release

Arlington Park has selected Polytrack as the new synthetic racing surface that will replace its organic dirt track for the 2007 meet that begins May 4. The project will cost an estimated $10 million.... Read More

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Horse Owners Contributing Prize Money to Hong Kong Olympic Fund

February 05, 2007

Racehorse owners in Hong Kong will now contribute part of their prize money to support cultural, educational, promotional, and community involvement programs related to the 2008 Olympic equestrian events, with the setting up of the 2008... Read More

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Barbaro: Unhappy Ending

February 05, 2007

Fairy tales are not supposed to have unhappy endings. Barbaro was to leave New Bolton Medical Center, walking soundly with his head held high, and live happily ever after. But Thoroughbreds, despite the fairy tales they inspire, live in a... Read More

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American Farrier's Association Convention Coming to Albuquerque

February 04, 2007

The American Farrier's Association (AFA) will host the world's largest gathering of professional farriers at its 36th Annual Convention, to be held February 27-March 3 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The convention will be held at the Albuquerque... Read More

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Supporting Limb Laminitis: Learning How to Save Horses Such As Barbaro

February 03, 2007

Barbaro's death might lead one to think that despite the best veterinary care available, horses with severe leg injuries and/or laminitis are unrecoverable and should be immediately destroyed. But one equine veterinarian says that couldn't be further... Read More

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Jockey Jose Santos Out Indefinitely After Three-Horse Accident

February 03, 2007

Jockey Jose Santos will be sidelined indefinitely because of injuries from a three-horse spill at Aqueduct.

Santos sustained spinal injuries, broken ribs and possibly a broken nose in Thursday's accident. "It was bad, and Jose knew it was... Read More

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Mississippi Horse Shot

February 03, 2007

A black and white, 3-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse mare was shot and killed near Helena, Miss., on Jan. 30 in the middle of the afternoon, reported Brad Crocker on gulflive.com (Read More

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Vet Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Records in Alleged Race Fixing Plot

February 02, 2007

A veterinarian pleaded guilty to falsifying records in a case that included the arrests of four people in an alleged plot to fix harness races by injecting horses with banned performance-enhancing drugs.

John Witmer, 68, of Freehold, N.J.,... Read More

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Ky. Horse Park Gets Governor's Backing for $38 Million More

February 02, 2007

On a busy day at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., it's possible to see pedestrians, trucks, horses and golf carts all traveling--albeit at far different speeds--down the same narrow road.

That kind of infrastructure isn't... Read More

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Hormone and Drug Use in the Stallion

February 01, 2007

Many hormone and drug treatments could have a negative impact on the endocrine system, so it's best to avoid using them altogether in the breeding stallion. However, Sue M. McDonnell, PhD, Certified AAB, of the University of Pennsylvania's School... Read More

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Warming Up to the Idea

February 01, 2007

Riders understand the importance of warming up as a way to ready the horse's mind and body for the challenges ahead, but there is more to a warm-up than simple preparation. Correctly done, prior exercise substantially benefits physical performance... Read More

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Jacksons Considering Options for Derby Winner Barbaro

February 01, 2007

Barbaro's owners will take their time before determining the final resting place for Kentucky Derby winner who was euthanatized Monday.

It could be the Kentucky Derby Museum, just a few hundred yards from the scene of his greatest triumph i... Read More

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Barbaro's Stall Remains Empty on Ky. Farm

February 01, 2007

Greg Burchell doesn't know if it'll be days or weeks. For now, he just can't bear leading any of the 26 horses on his farm into a certain stall inside barn No. 4.

The stall is different from the others because a diamond-shaped opening allow... Read More