Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Microchips Not Mandated in Racehorses

February 01, 2006

Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard ID procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts at The Syamposium on Racing and Gaming held Dec. 6-8, 2005,... Read More

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Book Excerpt: Planning and Preparing for the Big Adventure

February 01, 2006

Editor's Note: This is an excerpt from Happy Trails by Les Sellnow. This book is available from Read More

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Restrictions Lifted on Most Lead Ponies, Outrider Horses at Turfway Park

January 24, 2006

All but one of the workhorses quarantined at Turfway Park have been cleared to return to the track on Tuesday (Jan. 24) after testing negative for equine herpesvirus.

Robert Stout, DVM, Kentucky state veterinarian, rescinded the... Read More

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New York Enacts Pre-Race "Milkshaking" Tests

January 23, 2006

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board voted Jan. 19 to adopt an emergency rule allowing for the collection of pre-race blood samples from horses entered into races at the state's Thoroughbred and harness tracks to test for excess... Read More

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Herpesvirus Causes Maryland Jockey Club Quarantine of Pimlico Race Course

January 23, 2006

The Maryland Jockey Club (MJC) placed a quarantine on Pimlico Race Course effective after racing ended on Jan. 21 until further notice because of the neurologic equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) situation at the Baltimore track.

Since... Read More

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Turfway Park's Barn 26 Released from Quarantine

January 20, 2006

The 48 horses stabled in Barn 26 at Turfway Park in Boone County, Ky., were released Jan. 19 from quarantine. Horses in Barns 26 and 27 were quarantined following a Dec. 21, 2005, outbreak of equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) at the track,... Read More

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American Horse Council: Immigration Bill Could Impact Horse Industry

January 16, 2006

The American Horse Council has issued an advisory concerning immigration legislation passed in December by the U.S. House of Representatives that could have negative implications for the horse industry.

According to the AHC, the Border... Read More

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Turfway Reports No New Herpesvirus Cases

January 10, 2006

As of 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10, there were no new cases of equine herpesvirus at Turfway Park, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. He said private practitioners on the backside and Kentucky Racing Commission veterinarians... Read More

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Smarty Jones' First Foal Arrives

January 10, 2006

The first foal by dual classic winner Smarty Jones arrived shortly after midnight Jan. 10 at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. The newborn filly is the third foal from the winning Danzig mare Shoppingwithbetty, who is a daughter... Read More

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Update on Turfway Herpesvirus Quarantine

January 10, 2006

Turfway Park officials, representatives from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) veterinarian, met this afternoon (Jan. 10) at Turfway to update the current status of equine herpes (EHV-1) at th... Read More

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Second Barn Quarantined at Turfway Because of Virus

January 07, 2006

A second barn at Turfway Park has been quarantined because of equine herpesvirus, which was first discovered at the Northern Kentucky racetrack the week before Christmas.

One horse in Barn 27 has tested positive for the virus, Turfway... Read More

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Milkshaking Lawsuit Latest in Racetrack Dispute

January 05, 2006

Management of a Monticello, N.Y., harness track revealed on Tuesday (Jan. 3) that its horseman's association has filed a lawsuit to immediately terminate drug testing for illegal "milkshaking," the use of sodium bicarbonate solutions to enhance... Read More

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Herpesvirus Still Circulating At Turfway Park

January 05, 2006

Results received yesterday (Jan. 4) showed that three additional horses were positive for equine herpesvirus and two were "suspect" for the virus at barns quarantined at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky... Read More

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Jockey Club Teams Make Farm Visits to Check Broodmares, Foals

January 05, 2006

As a follow-up to a rule revision last August that added provisions for field inspections, The Jockey Club, during the last week of December, sent two teams of representatives to several farms in six states to examine Thoroughbred broodmare... Read More

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Additional Turfway Horse Dead

January 03, 2006

An outrider's horse at Turfway Park that had run a fever last week and tested positive on Dec. 29, 2005, for herpesvirus developed neurologic signs on Jan. 1, declined rapidly, and was euthanatized, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State... Read More

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Broken Legs Aren't Death

January 01, 2006

Looking at a horse's delicate limbs, it's a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a... Read More

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KHRA Approves Drug Regulations

January 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) on Nov. 14, 2005, gave unanimous approval to revised medication rules that were controversial when implemented under an emergency order signed in August by Gov. Ernie Fletcher. The regulations are... Read More

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Inheritance of RER in Thoroughbreds: One Affected Parent Required

January 01, 2006

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, tying-up) causes affected Thoroughbreds to suffer recurring episodes of muscle cramping, stiffness, excessive sweating, and a reluctance to move after exercise. With no cure available, information on how... Read More

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Turfway Park EHV-1 Summary 12/30/05

December 31, 2005

The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office announced yesterday (Dec. 30) that while 11 horses from Turfway Park's Barn 26 that previously tested positive for equine herpesvirus now test negative, five horses still tested... Read More

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Second Turfway Horse Positive for Herpes

December 31, 2005

The second neurologic horse that was undergoing testing from Barn 26 at Turfway Park was found to be positive for equine herpesvirus type 1, noted Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s office the afternoon of Dec. 29. He said there are... Read More

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Re-Testing At Turfway Tonight

December 28, 2005

Horses in Barn 26 at Turfway Park will be re-tested this evening for evidence of equine herpesvirus to determine if any other horses are positive for the virus, said Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. Results are expected... Read More

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Turfway Initiates Steps to Safeguard Against Spread of Equine Herpes

December 27, 2005

Barn 26, a 50-horse barn at Turfway Park, remains under quarantine after a 3-year-old filly who tested positive for the equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) was euthanized on Friday (Dec. 23). The Chuck Simon-trained filly, Coupe Aux Marrons, began... Read More

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Health Aspects of the World Equestrian Games

December 27, 2005

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced Dec. 6 that the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) in Lexington will host the 2010 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games (WEG). While this is a wonderful opportunity for the KHP and the... Read More

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Turfway Heightens Precautions After Filly Tests Positive

December 24, 2005

Turfway Park heightened precautionary measures Dec. 23 after a 3-year-old filly was diagnosed with equine herpesvirus, a contagious disease with respiratory and neurological signs.

The filly, trained by Chuck Simon, was shipped Dec. 21 t... Read More

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Kentucky Considered for 2010 World Equestrian Games

December 22, 2005

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., is one of three locations being considered to host the 2010 World Equestrian Games (WEG). The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the governing body for international equestrian sport) will announc... Read More