Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Off to the Races: Improved Surgery for "Bad Throats" Safe and Effective

February 23, 2008

Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More

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Scientists Examine New Joint Disease Evaluation Method

February 22, 2008

Danish researchers have been investigating a novel technique for evaluating joint disease. This involves the serial evaluation of cartilage-derived retinoic acid protein (CD-RAP) levels in individual horses as a measure of cartilage synthesis... Read More

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More Incentive Money Offered for Riders in Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

February 22, 2008

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Farnam, just got a little more exciting. With an additional $50,000 in prize money on the line, this year's event is sure to again draw many of the world's best horses and riders, as well as... Read More

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Santa Anita to Replace Racing Surface

February 21, 2008

Experts from all avenues of the racing industry presented statistics and opinions on synthetic surfaces before a standing-room-only crowd during a six-hour special meeting called by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Feb. 20. While some... Read More

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Washington Thoroughbred Owners Back Rescue Farms

February 21, 2008

Beginning with the 2008 season, horse owners at Emerald Downs can make contributions to accredited Thoroughbred rescue, retirement and rehabilitation facilities through a voluntary $1 per start minimum contribution from their horsemen's bookkeeper... Read More

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Horse of the Year Curlin Prepping for Dubai Race

February 20, 2008

Horse of the Year Curlin looked to be in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, site of his main target, the Dubai World Cup.

The son of Smart Strike cantered gently around the... Read More

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Derby Champ Winning Colors Euthanized

February 19, 2008

Champion Winning Colors, winner of the 1988 Kentucky Derby, was euthanized Feb. 17 following complications from colic at Hagyard Davidson McGee vet clinic near Lexington. The 23-year-old Caro mare was buried at Greentree Farm, a division of... Read More

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Santa Anita Pick Six Pays Out $3.1 Million

February 19, 2008

One winning ticket in Santa Anita's Feb. 18 Pick Six produced an all-time record track payoff of $3,120,256.

The three-day carryover coming into Monday's Pick Six of $1,269,223, coupled with the additional $3,337,881 that was bet during the... Read More

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Second Mini Horse Dies after Texas Dog Attack

February 18, 2008

A second Miniature Horse has died after being attacked by pit bulls last month. (For more on the attack see Five Miniature Horses Attacked by Dogs, One Killed.)  

Kauli... Read More

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Olympic Workshop Reviews Horse Health Concerns

February 18, 2008

"Horses will be better cared for than the human athletes at the equestrian Olympic Games in Hong Kong this summer," said International Olympic Committee Medical Director Patrick Schamasch, MD, at the end of the pre-Olympic Workshop held by the... Read More

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Veterinary Preparations for Hong Kong Equestrian Events

February 18, 2008

Christopher M. Riggs, BVSc, PhD, DEO, Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, Head of Veterinary Clinical Services at the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), reported on the veterinary arrangements for the forthcoming Games at a pre-Olympic Workshop held by the Fédération... Read More

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Summer Games: Keeping Equine Athletes Cool

February 18, 2008

David Marlin, BSc (Hons.) PhD, of David Marlin Consulting Ltd., worked on heat and humidity research for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. He elaborated on some important steps being taken to protect horses from the worst effects of heat... Read More

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Court Date for Owner of Horses in Illinois Trailer Accident

February 17, 2008

The former owner of 59 horses involved in a semitrailer rollover accident last October in Wadsworth, Ill., is slated to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on March 3 according to a spokesperson for the Lake County, Ill., County Clerk.

Keit... Read More

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Kentucky Governor's Wife Named to WEG Foundation Board

February 16, 2008

Jane Beshear,wife of Kentucky Govenor Steve Beshear, was announced Thursday as the latest addition to the 2010 World Equestrian Games Foundation Board of Directors. She was elected unanimously by the board.

"I am pleased to be able to offer my... Read More

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Malnourished Horses Taken from Children's Camp

February 16, 2008

Five horses that were donated to a Deming, Wash., children's summer camp have been removed after being found to be malnourished, Humane Society officials and Whatcom County sheriff's deputies say.

A report from a concerned citizen led to the... Read More

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Grayson-Jockey Club Funding 24 Equine Research Projects

February 15, 2008

The board of directors of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a record allocation of $1,226,457 for equine research in 2008. The funds will underwrite a slate of 14 start-up projects and 10 second-year proposals.

This mark... Read More

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Steroids Investigation to Include Horse Racing

February 15, 2008

The president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association will testify before Congress this month as part of its investigation into steroids in sports.

Alexander Waldrop has been asked to appear Feb. 27 before the House Energy and Commerce... Read More

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Ryder Report: Horse Health News Video

February 14, 2008

The Ryder Report is a weekly video broadcast presented by News Editor Erin Ryder, reviewing the top headlines in equine health care, management, and welfare news. View all Ryder Reports in the Read More

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Response to Call for WEG Volunteers 'Overwhelming'

February 13, 2008

In the first 10 days since the launch of a new Web-based volunteer registry system, nearly 4,000 new volunteers have signed up online for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games... Read More

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Jackie Chan Saddles Up to Promote Olympic Equestrian Events

February 13, 2008

Jackie Chan saddled up for a video to promote the Beijing Olympics' equestrian events.

In the 30-second video, the 53-year-old "Rush Hour" star urges audiences to visit his hometown of Hong Kong to watch the event and introduces various... Read More

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Record-Priced Thoroughbred Retired to Stud

February 12, 2008

The Green Monkey, whose $16-million price was the most ever for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction, has been retired from racing. The 4-year-old son of Forestry will enter stud next year at Randy Hartley and Dean De Renzo’s Hartley/De Renzo... Read More

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FEI to Begin Considering Host Sites for 2014 World Games

February 11, 2008

With preparations for the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games 2010 well underway, the time has come to think of the following edition, the games to be held in 2014.

To ensure a clear and fair process in the... Read More

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Racehorse Identification More than Flipping Lips

February 11, 2008

A weekly feature found only on BloodHorseNOW.com, The "Inside Track" is dedicated to the people in Thoroughbred racing that may not always make the headlines, but... Read More

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Researchers Examine Annular Ligament Injuries

February 10, 2008

In a retrospective study, researchers from the United Kingdom found that injuries to the palmar or plantar annular ligament (PAL)--the anatomic structure that holds that superficial and deep digital flexor tendons in place as they pass the fetlock... Read More

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Santa Anita to Host 2008, 2009 Breeders' Cups

February 08, 2008

The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held in 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the California racetrack that will serve as this year's host. It marks the first time the event will be held at the same host site two years in a row.

The... Read More