Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Santa Anita Trying New Synthetic Material to Fix Drainage Woes

January 15, 2008

Synthetic material that includes a liquid binder will be added to Santa Anita Park's main surface in an effort to improve drainage, the Southern California racetrack announced Jan. 15.

After several days of testing material manufactured by... Read More

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Oregon Rancher Completes Cross-Country Ride

January 14, 2008

An Oregon rancher who set off on a cross-country horseback ride seven months ago in search of what's good in America dismounted in Hendersonville, N.C., feeling encouraged by the spirit and stories of the people he met.

Bill Inman's journey... Read More

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First Keeneland Sale Since New Steroids Rule; One Test Requested

January 14, 2008

Although Keeneland's January Thoroughbred horses of all ages sale was the first to be conducted under new policies allowing buyers the right to request testing for exogenous anabolic steroids in weanling and yearling purchases, there was only on... Read More

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Don Burt Receives Lifetime Achievement Award; Karen O'Connor Named Equestrian of the Year

January 13, 2008

It was a night for celebration and standing ovations during the much-anticipated Pegasus Awards where the equestrian world’s brightest stars gathered to be honored and celebrate achievements from 2007, as well as a lifetime.

The highligh... Read More

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Two Canadian Riders Opt Out of Olympics

January 12, 2008

Three top dressage riders--one from Switzerland and two from Canada—have renounced their participation in the 2008 summer Olympics in China, citing potential equine health hazards posed by extreme climate and travel conditions.

Canadian... Read More

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Cohesive Rules for Racehorse Steroids Sought

January 11, 2008

The head of a major horsemen's group in the United States has proposed a national approach for regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses with an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2009.

Roughly 10 jurisdictions around the country are preparing... Read More

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BEVA 2007: Students Win Clinical Research Awards at BEVA

January 10, 2008

Each year at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress (BEVA), the organization awards prizes to top student presentations in the clinical research portion of the program. The 2007 award winners’ talks were both rooted in orthopedics,... Read More

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Olympic Organizers Confident Hong Kong Weather will not Endanger Horses

January 10, 2008

Olympic organizers do not expect other equestrian teams to follow the lead of Switzerland by pulling out of events at this year's Games due to Hong Kong's heat and humidity.

The Swiss team said Wednesday that it would not take part in the... Read More

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Blood-Horse Launches Stallion Tour Video Library

January 10, 2008

Blood-Horse Publications has announced the launch of its Blood-Horse New Stallions Tour, a specialized online video library available on BloodHorse.com and Read More

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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