Deirdre B. Biles

Osselets

An osselet is a traumatic arthritis of the fetlock of the equine front leg. Left unchecked, osselets compromise the horse's athletic potential and his ability to move soundly and fluidly.

Consignors Work to Improve Image of Auctions

Consignors of 2-year-olds in training banded together in Florida Aug. 24 and formed an organization designed to improve the image of juvenile auctions. In addition, they discussed various issues such as drug testing, the use of whips, and pre-sale workout formats.

Juvenile Sale Changes Possible

Officials of the four major auction firms that sell 2-year-olds in training—Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and Ocala Breeders' Sales Company (OBS)—all are considering changes in their formats for under tack shows.

Two Yearlings Bring $1 Million at Spa Opener

A colt by A.P. Indy and a filly by Silver Deputy each brought final bids in excess of $1 million during Tuesday night's opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but the average, median, and gross revenues all were down from the 1999 opener.

Seabiscuit's Trainer Joining Hall of Fame

Because the people and horses elected to racing’s Hall of Fame are revealed each spring prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the induction ceremony in August at Saratoga is more of a celebration than a news-making event. But this year’s induction provided a surprise.

OCD Study

Some interesting findings from a study involving horses with ostechondrosis dissecans (OCD) lesions were presented during the recent World Equine Veterinary Association meeting in France.

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