Articles posted June 27, 2008

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Iowa Oaks: Storm Mesa Does It Again

Iowa Oaks: Storm Mesa Does It Again

It took Storm Mesa six starts and nearly seven months to earn her first victory. Three and half months later she has won four straight and become a graded stakes winner. The 3-year-old Sky Mesa filly completed her meteoric rise June 27 at Prairie Meadows, as she led nearly the entire way to post a one-length score in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (gr. III).

Kirk Ziadie Saddles Five Winners

Trainer Kirk Ziadie sent out six horses to compete at Calder Race Course June 27, and won with five of them, tying the long-held Calder record for most wins in a single day by a trainer.

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.

KEEP Adds Three Board Members

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KEEP Adds Three Board Members

At its June board meeting, the Kentucky Equine Education Project elected three new board members: Dr. Gary Knapp, Wayne Lyster III, and Andre Regard.

O'Connor Elected to AHC

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O'Connor Elected to AHC

David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist, and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist, has been elected to the board of trustees of the American Horse Council.

Dutrow Responds to Suspension

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Dutrow Responds to Suspension

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. addressed the media at his own request June 27 outside his Aqueduct barn to set the record straight on his 15-day ban in Kentucky for an overage of the bronchial dilator, clenbuterol, in Salute the Count, the runner-up of the Aegon Turf Sprint (gr.III) at Churchill Downs May 2.

Boy's Wish Granted to Meet Smarty Jones

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Boy's Wish Granted to Meet Smarty Jones

The Kentucky region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Three Chimneys Farm recently teamed up to grant a young boy's wish of meeting Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) winner Smarty Jones. His experience will be chronicled June 30 during SportsCenter's "My Wish" series at 6:00 on ESPN.

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.

TCA to Give $1.59 Million in Grants

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TCA to Give $1.59 Million in Grants

The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Charities of America has approved grants totaling $1,592,225 to 147 non-profit organizations in 35 states involved with rescue, research, backstretch education, and therapeutic riding programs.

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