Articles posted June 15, 2009

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Quality Road Sent to Pletcher

Quality Road Sent to Pletcher

Quality Road, winner of this year's Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth (gr. II), has been transferred from Jimmy Jerkens' barn to Todd Pletcher by owner and breeder Edward P. Evans, who also took five other horses away from Jerkens.

KEEP Poll: 61% in Favor of VLTs at Tracks

KEEP Poll: 61% in Favor of VLTs at Tracks

As a special session of the Kentucky legislature convened to consider several issues, including legalization of video lottery terminals at racetracks, the Kentucky Equine Education Project released results of a poll showing 61% of registered voters favored alternative gaming at tracks.

Rachel Alexandra Works Under Lights

Rachel Alexandra Works Under Lights

Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra was among the horses working at Churchill Downs on the morning of June 15 as horses trained under lights for the first time in the track's 135-year history.

Colic Alarm Presented at Equine Science Society Meeting

Developed by a team at Utah State University, a proposed equine distress monitor system combines a tilt sensor, accelerometer, and wireless technology interfaced with a computer in order to alert horse owners to animals in distress. The team has filed a provisional patent and is seeking a manufacturer.

Rebecca Lewis, BT, presented results of ...

Positive Response to Arlington Polytrack Upgrade

State-of-the-art track maintenance equipment in use for less than two weeks on Arlington's Polytrack course has already led to positive feedback from local horsemen.

"I haven't heard any criticism at all," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington's vice president of facilities and operations. "So far, everyone seems to like it. Christine Janks told me that w...

Former Trainer Guides New Racehorse Transition Program

Barbara Luna has spent most of her life working in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, from hot walking horses as a college student, to becoming a licensed owner and trainer later on down the road. Throughout her endeavors she discovered that even greater than her love of campaigning runners was the passion that came from helping retired race...

Researchers Examine Oral Acetate for Equine Exercise Recovery

An inaugural study has found that a sodium acetate electrolyte solution given orally with a typical hay and grain meal following exercise enhanced skeletal muscle metabolism to restore depleted glycogen (energy) sources.

"Glycogen stored in muscle is the primary energy source for horses undergoing either short-term, high intensity or p...

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