Articles posted May 1, 2007

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Regulators Pass Model Rule on Steroids

Regulators attending the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 26 approved a number of model rules, including the prohibition in horses of nearly all anabolic steroid use.

Miesque's Approval Sold to South African Interests

Eclipse winner and Florida-bred Horse of the Year Miesque's Approval has been sold to Kwazulu Natal Breeders Club and Scott Bros Highdown Stud from South Africa, it was announced by Live Oak Stud's general manager, John Rasmussen.

Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes Concludes Atlantic City Festival

The Philadelphia Park horsemen will conclude their four day "turf festival" at Atlantic City Thursday afternoon with the running of the $50,000 Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes. It's the second running of the race, a five-furlong turf test for three year-olds and up. The race is named in memory of the long time plant superintendent at the Mays Landing track.

TwinSpires Wagering Site to Begin May 2

A new advance deposit wagering service, TwinSpires, is prepared to launch on May 2, accepting wagers on the 2007 spring meet at Churchill Downs racetrack in time for the 133rd renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5 and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a day earlier, Churchill Downs Inc., announced.

Champion Peaks and Valleys' Dam Dead

Strike a Balance, dam of Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys, died April 12 at Josephine Abercrombie's Pin Oak Stud near Versailles. Ky., from foaling complications.

Yum! Brands Bonus Receives Mixed Responses

The $1-million Yum! Brands bonus that will be offered to this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victor if he posts a margin larger than Barbaro's 6 1/2-length triumph in 2006 received cautious responses from Derby-bound trainers Tuesday morning on the backstretch at Churchill Downs.

Who'll Get to the Eighth Pole First?

In 49 of the last 52 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner was either on the lead with an eighth of a mile to go in the race, within a length of the lead, or running second although more than a length off the leader at that point.

HRTV Will Show Live Telecast of Barretts May Sale

The Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training will be broadcast live on HorseRacing TV (HRTV). The auction, which has a catalog of 406 horses, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, beginning at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) and will also be streamed live at www.barretts.com.

Word On The Street

By Ray Paulick - For some, just getting a horse to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May is the realization of a dream. For others who've been there before, it's about winning -- pure and simple.

Still A Mystery

By Pete Pedersen - Why did this man, at the height of his career, choose death? The answer is locked in the soul of Robert McDaniel, never to be revealed.

Tuesday Morning Line: Day Before the Draw

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas holds court for an assembling of media in front of his spotless barn. He's the only trainer without a Derby horse who can still provoke a good half-hour worth of questioning.

Cryptorchidism in Horses

Cryptorchidism is a congenital condition (i.e., the individual is born with it) in which one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) of the testes fail to descend into the scrotum. A number of common terms have been used to describe cryptorchids, including "rig," "false rig," and "ridgling." Embryologically, the testes develop high ...

The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., and host of the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, he...

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