Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Officials Continue Review of Churchill Ambulance Response

November 17, 2006

In the days following the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, questions remain as to why an equine ambulance was delayed in attending to Fleet Indian after the mare suffered an injury at the top of the stretch in the... Read More

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Minn. Horse Shooting Believed to be Intentional

November 16, 2006

Investigators with the Sherburne County, Minn., sheriff's office are looking into a weekend horse shooting they believe was intentional, reported KARE 11,... Read More

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Pfizer Animal Health Supports New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.

November 15, 2006

Pfizer Animal Health is proud to announce its support of New Canaan Mounted Troop, Inc.--a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building leadership, responsibility and confidence in youth through sound horsemanship. In order to help further... Read More

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Volunteers Help Horses During California Wildfires

November 15, 2006

While the Esperanza wildfire burned around them, approximately 100 horses were able to wait out the blaze in their own pastures in Riverside County, Calif., with care from Riverside Emergency Animal Rescue Services (REARS). According to Frank... Read More

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Final Turn: Phar Lap Redux

November 15, 2006

By Morton Cathro

News reports from Australia alleging that the country's legendary wonder horse, Phar Lap, died not of colic but of deliberate arsenic poisoning, has thrust affluent Atherton, a secluded enclave on the San Francisco... Read More

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US Rider Teams with EKU to Provide Equine Rescue Training

November 14, 2006

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) will soon be visited by some four-legged friends. USRider and EKU are collaborating to present large-animal emergency rescue training for the third consecutive year. They are bringing in specially-trained... Read More

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Barbaro Able to Bear Weight on Right Hind Leg Following Cast Removal

November 14, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to improve following the removal of his right hind leg cast last week, according to his medical team.

"Barbaro's strength on the right hind limb has been gradually improving," said Dean W. Richardson,... Read More

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"Training Thru Trust" Horseman Signs On With aaVaa World Health Care Products

November 13, 2006

avVaa World Health Care Products Inc., a global biotechnology company offering therapeutic, natural skin and health care products, announced today that it has signed a spokesman agreement with Doug Mills of Training Thru Trust, Read More

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Kennel Owner Arrested After Failing to Cremate Horse

November 13, 2006

State troopers and natural resources police are charging the owner of Bethany Beach Kennels in Ocean View, Del., following the discovery that a dead horse believed to have been cremated never was.

The 32-year-old Arabian mare belonged to... Read More

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Thoroughbred Champion Bowl Game Dead at 32

November 12, 2006

Bowl Game, the champion turf male of 1979 who was believed to be the oldest living Eclipse Award winner, was euthanatized due to the infirmities of old age Nov. 10 at the age of 32. Under the care of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation since... Read More

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Truck Plows Into Mule Carriage; 3 Dead

November 12, 2006

A tractor-trailer plowed into a mule-drawn covered carriage that was returning from the annual town festival in Alapaha, Ga., Saturday (Nov. 11), killing three people and injuring three others.

The victims, who were all related, had left th... Read More

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Derby Winner Giacomo Retired to Adena Springs

November 11, 2006

Giacomo, upset winner of the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been retired to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Midway, Ky. The 4-year-old son of Holy Bull will stand for a live foal fee of $12,500.

A homebred racing for Jerry and... Read More

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Recommendations Released

November 10, 2006

Edited press release

A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who participated in the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, on Oct. 16-17, have drafted recommended... Read More

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Top Eventing Rider Amy Tryon Joins Team UlcerGard

November 09, 2006

Merial has announced that top eventing rider and 2006 World Equestrian Games Bronze Medalist, Amy Tryon will become the newest member of Team UlcerGard. Tryon will join other top equestrian athletes, including Darren Chiacchia, John Williams, an... Read More

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Probios Horse Treats

November 08, 2006

Each Probios treat contains live, naturally occurring microorganisms that restore and maintain the natural balance of digestive bacteria in the horse's gut.... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Injuries Turn Focus Back to Artificial Surfaces

November 07, 2006

For the second time in six months, tragedy struck one of Thoroughbred racing's showcase events. The arrival of a new racing surface, however, could usher in an era of safer American tracks.

Pine Island was fatally injured and Fleet Indian... Read More

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Churchill Says Personnel Were Following Regulations on Ambulance Availability

November 06, 2006

An equine ambulance was delayed in getting to Fleet Indian after the mare injured her left front suspensory ligament during the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff because Churchill Downs personnel were following state regulations regarding... Read More

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Joint Supplements: What's Hip and What's Hype?

November 06, 2006

The following is a summary of Dr. Gray's presentation on selecting joint supplements, part of the SmartPak GetSmart series.

Horses can experience improved joint health with appropriate supplementation whether they are old or young, in... Read More

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Barbaro's Cast Removed

November 06, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's right hind leg cast was removed today (Nov. 6), according to his medical team. "Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia for the cast removal," said Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "In... Read More

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TWHBEA Announces Conversion to DNA Parentage Verification

November 05, 2006

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association is pleased to announce that the parentage verification program for Tennessee Walking Horse registrations will be converted from blood typing to DNA beginning January 1, 2007.... Read More

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Racing Medication and Testing Group Announces Steroid and Drug Withdrawal Plan

November 04, 2006

During its meeting on Thursday, November 2, in Louisville, Ky., the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) announced future plans regarding anabolic steroids and out-of-competition drug testing, and received an... Read More

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Two Students Indicted in Texas Horse Killing

November 04, 2006

Two Texas A&M students have been charged with cruelty to animals and criminal mischief for killing a horse in Bryan, Texas, reports The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

Kenneth Ryan Peterson, 21, and Walter Ray Williams, 20,... Read More

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Kentucky Regulators Examine Drug-Testing Procedures

November 03, 2006

As Churchill Downs prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Kentucky regulators are examining the state's drug-testing policies and procedures. Upgrades, however, may hinge on state funding.

For the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup, a full... Read More

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Shadow of Barbaro Still Looms Over Former Rivals

November 03, 2006

No matter what happens -- even on the biggest day in thoroughbred racing -- Bernardini seems destined to remain shadowed by Barbaro.

The Kentucky Derby winner is recovering from a devastating misstep at the start of the Preakness in what ha... Read More

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Fla. Trainer Claims Calder, Churchill Downs Abused His Horses

November 03, 2006

A horse trainer and owner has sued the operators of two race tracks in Florida and Kentucky that he claims drugged and physically abused his Thoroughbreds, and allowed other jockeys to maneuver their steeds into his horses during races.

Dennis... Read More