Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Big Brown's Feet Not So Bad, Farriers Say

May 16, 2008

(PHOTOS/VIDEO) Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown clearly owns some of the Thoroughbred industry's fastest feet. But many question their soundness, fueled by reports of layoffs, quarter cracks, and special shoes. His current farriers Tom Curl and Ian... Read More

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Eight Belles' Trainer Clinging to Support, Faith

May 16, 2008

Trainer Larry Jones doesn't have a horse in the May 17 Preakness, but he is at the track to run horses in stakes Friday and Saturday. Not surprisingly, he is still being asked questions about the injuries sustained by Eight Belles.

The... Read More

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Stud Plans for Derby Champ Big Brown Expected Today

May 15, 2008

Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and 1-2 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes May 17, will not run past his 3-year-old campaign, it was announced May 14. Speaking at a post-post position draw press conference for the second jewe... Read More

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Thoroughbred Safety Committee Convenes

May 15, 2008

The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee convened for its initial meeting via teleconference May 14 to discuss the goals and objectives of the committee and to set meeting dates and timelines for the future.

All seven members had... Read More

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Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

May 15, 2008

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.... Read More

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Rider Injured at Rolex Released from Hospital

May 14, 2008

The rider seriously injured when her horse crashed into a fence at the Rolex Three-Day Event in Lexington was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

University of Kentucky Hospital spokeswoman Whitney Hale said 24-year-old Laine Ashker was... Read More

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Top Stallion Storm Cat Retires from Breeding at 25

May 14, 2008

Storm Cat, North America's premier Thoroughbred sire for years, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of declining fertility at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. According to farm official Ric Waldman, the 25-year-old son... Read More

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Eight Belles Memorial Fund Formed

May 14, 2008

Thoroughbred Charities of America, (TCA), has announced the formation of the Eight Belles Memorial Fund. Donations made in Eight Belles honor will go specifically toward retraining of Thoroughbreds for secondary careers and research into... Read More

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Pfizer Extends Barbaro Memorial Fund Support

May 14, 2008

Since late January, Pfizer Animal Health and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) have joined forces to help fund laminitis research through the NTRA Charities' Barbaro Memorial Fund.

Pfizer Animal Health displays featuring... Read More

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Derby Contender Recapturetheglory Spikes Fever, Out of Preakness

May 13, 2008

Recapturetheglory, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, has had his Preakness Stakes plans derailed by a fever. The son of Cherokee Run is officially out, according to co-owner Ronnie Lamarque.

"The racehorse comes first," said Lamarque, who teamed up... Read More

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Vets Discuss Catastrophic Injuries on Horse Radio Show

May 13, 2008

Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair and director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State... Read More

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Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

May 13, 2008

There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of... Read More

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Blood-Horse Launches Mobile News Site

May 12, 2008

Blood-Horse Publications is meeting its customers' rapidly expanding need for information by introducing a mobile-friendly news delivery service, which presents in a crisp format the premier information from Read More

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Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More

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Eight Bells for Eight Belles

May 11, 2008

A petition urging Churchill Downs to honor Fox Hill Farms' deceased filly Eight Belles by ringing eight bells, a nautical euphemism for "finished," prior to the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is gaining... Read More

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Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Ohio Needs Help

May 11, 2008

The Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center has helped north central Ohio residents for more than a decade, but now it needs the public's help, according to an article in Read More

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CSU Research Aims to Reduce Injuries to Racehorses

May 11, 2008

The death of a top racehorse in the Kentucky Derby is something researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) hope to help prevent in the future, according to an Associated Press article at Read More

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Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... Read More

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NTRA Calls for 'Urgency' In Addressing Safety Matters

May 10, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to coordinate equine health and safety initiatives in response to the death of the filly Eight Belles, and on May 9 called for "urgency" and an end to the "status quo."

The NTRA board o... Read More

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Great Expectations: Barbaro's Brother

May 08, 2008

On the morning of April 30, as the eyes of the nation turned to Churchill Downs for the upcoming running of the 134th Kentucky Derby, a Brook Ledge horse van arrived at Stephens Thoroughbreds in Ocala, Fla. While trainer Michael Matz supervised the... Read More

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Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

May 08, 2008

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More

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Derby Death Spurs Action by Thoroughbred Groups

May 08, 2008

In the wake of the fatal injury sustained by filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors... Read More

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NBC to Rebroadcast Rolex Event

May 08, 2008

NBC has announced that it will re-air its coverage of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in its entirety on Saturday, May 24 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. The initial airing of the program on May 4 had to be shortened when the National Hockey League... Read More

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Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue

May 08, 2008

Six days after Eight Belles' catastrophic injury in the Kentucky Derby Presented, owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.

According... Read More

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Seven Confirmed to Run in the Preakness

May 07, 2008

With the May 17 Preakness Stakes days away, the field set to test Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown continues to change as the connections of some of the top 3-year-olds weigh a start in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico Race... Read More