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Task Force Discusses KY Drug Testing Lab

In response to the horse industry's cries for more effective ways of regulating racehorse medications, Kentucky Horse Racing Commission chairman Robert Beck reported the possibility of the state obtaining its own laboratory facility.

Chelokee Relocated to Vinery

Chelokee Relocated to Vinery

Chelokee, who sustained injuries during the Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard at Churchill Downs, has changed residencies from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital to Tom Simon's Vinery, both near Lexington.

Surf Cat on Board for Pacific Classic

Surf Cat on Board for Pacific Classic

A lot is at stake Aug. 24 in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, which marks not only one of the most prestigious races of the year on the West Coast, but also earns the winner an automatic spot in the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita Park.

Houghton Glad to Return to Michigan

Houghton Glad to Return to Michigan

After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

Reflections Offered on Rose Decision

Following a three-hour hearing that resulted in the reduction of Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jeremy Rose's suspension from six months to 90 days, attorney Alan Foreman and Bernard Daney, chairman of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, reflected on the outcome.

Houghton: Glad to Be Back Home

Houghton: Glad to Be Back Home

After the Office of Race Commissioner granted a jockey's license to Terry Houghton, the veteran rider expressed his relief to once again be racing in his native state at the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit.

Pinnacle Reaches the Top in Attendance

Jerry Campbell, chairman and CEO of the new Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich., said he couldn't remember the last time horse racing was featured on the front page of The Detroit News. Even when the old Detroit Race Course was up and running 10 years ago, he failed to recall when the sport had been such a prominent topic of interest among local patrons.

Challenges for Kentucky Not Going Away

The bipartisan Joint Subcommittee on Horse Farming, which meets periodically when the Kentucky General Assembly isn't in session, has made strides in educating lawmakers on the importance and scope of Kentucky's horse industry. And the challenges for the industry won't go away.

InsideTrack: Different Kind of Beginning

InsideTrack: Different Kind of Beginning

In this day and age, more and more stories seem to be popping up about Thoroughbreds being retired from racing and retrained to do different jobs, from police assistants to track ponies to show circuit performers.

Ten Juveniles Look for First Big Score

The July 5 Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park is shaping up as a wide-open race, as 10 California-based 2-year-olds are all traveling six furlongs for the first time and looking for the first major victory of their careers.

On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

Dr. Larry Bramlage, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about him being released from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington within weeks.

ECB Equine Spa Comes to Churchill

ECB Equine Spa Comes to Churchill

John Christensen has teamed with Churchill Downs to install an equine hydrotherapy spa product and service at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center on Poplar Level Road in Louisville.

Janney Addresses Safety Recommendations

Following the recommendations The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee made regarding the elimination of steroids, ban of toe grabs, and changes in whip usage, chairman Stuart Janney, along with American Association of Equine Practitioners veterinarian Larry Bramlage, addressed numerous inquiries from the media during a June 17 conference call.

KY Farms Implement Employee CPR Training

KY Farms Implement Employee CPR Training

On a late-spring morning at the Keeneland library near Lexington, the American Heart Association recognized representatives of Keeneland, Darley, and Stonestreet Farm for training their employees in CPR and placing automated external defibrilators on their properties.

Daily Track-Surface Reports Called Key

After track superintendents from across the nation discussed various methods for maintaining their individual surfaces at the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, Dr. Mick Peterson offered ways to apply what was learned and make the necessary changes to lessen on-track injuries.

Track Supers: Don't Diss Dirt Just Yet

Track Supers: Don't Diss Dirt Just Yet

On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.

Track Superintendents Talk Synthetics

With the racing industry being scrutinized in the area of track safety, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track maintenance professionals from around the country.

Inside Track: Happy Trails

Inside Track: Happy Trails

In the midst of the disappointments and tragedies that sometimes occur in the horse industry, it's refreshing to hear a story with not one, but two happy endings.

Belmont Profile: Icabad Crane

Belmont Profile: Icabad Crane

Icabad Crane's connections had faith in him at least hitting the board in the May 17 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico, and their intuitions were proved right when the son of Jump Start finished a game 5 3/4 lengths in third behind Big Brown.

Belmont Profile: Tale of Ekati

Belmont Profile: Tale of Ekati

It's difficult to characterize the rise to greatness for a horse like Tale of Ekati, who was born already virtually flawless, according to John Phillips, managing partner of Darby Dan near Lexington, where the colt was foaled.

Reserved BC Tickets Sold as Package Deal

Reserved BC Tickets Sold as Package Deal

After the third jewel of the Triple Crown has been run, the attention of horsemen and fans will be turned toward the Oct. 24-25 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park and how to acquire tickets for the two-day event.

Significant Minority Support Racing Ban

In the wake of the tragedy that followed the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with Eight Belles' fatal breakdown, alarming statistics reflecting the percentage of those who would support a horse racing ban were revealed by a Gallup poll.

Inside Track: Burnett's Journey

Inside Track: Burnett's Journey

On April 28, long time racetrack worker and paraplegic Rodney Burnett began a daunting journey with a worthy mission. Burnett, 51, is currently en route to the West Coast in a covered wagon on a 2,500-mile cross country trip that began in Williston, Fla.

Stronach, Frankel Win Again With 'Gizmo

Stronach, Frankel Win Again With 'Gizmo

Steady rain and sloppy track conditions did nothing to dampen the fortunes of Stronach Stables and trainer Bobby Frankel when the 4-year-old homebred Giant Gizmo scored a come-from-behind victory in the $166,050 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, giving them their second graded stakes win on the May 2 card.

King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

King Selected to Create Barbaro Statue

Surrounded by images of their deceased colt projected on the walls of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Roy and Gretchen Jackson May 1 announced they have selected equine sculptor Alexa King to create a permanent memorial honoring the 2006 Derby victor.

NBC to be Broadcast Partner of WEG

NBC to be Broadcast Partner of WEG

On the lavish fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites, two days prior to the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs, representatives of the World Games 2010 Foundation announced NBC as the official network broadcast partner for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Sept. 25-Oct. 10, 2010.

Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

Matz is Quietly Confident in Visionaire

Things are relatively quiet at the barn of trainer Michael Matz and void of the media buzz that surrounded other such barns as Richard Dutrow and Eoin Harty leading up to Saturday's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Big Brown: 'A Dream Come True'

Big Brown: 'A Dream Come True'

Big Brown has caused quite a stir on the backside in the days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), so much so that trainer Richard Dutrow decided the easiest way to handle the media was to host a daily question and answer session.

No Simulcasts for Atlantic City

No Simulcasts for Atlantic City

Atlantic City Race Course, which opened April 23 for six days of all-turf racing, will not send out the simulcast signal of its live meet due to a disagreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.

Jones: Casino Bill 'Improperly Handled'

Jones: Casino Bill 'Improperly Handled'

The chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project said the organization is "disappointed" not only in the failure of legislation calling for a constitutional amendment on casino gambling, but also with the way the measure was handled from the beginning of this year's General Assembly session.

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