Articles posted July 22, 2009

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Lethal Heat Primed For Big Second Half

Lethal Heat Primed For Big Second Half

Dual graded stakes winner Lethal Heat, who set seven-furlong track records in consecutive races at Del Mar last season, continues what her connections hope will end with an appearance in the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) later this year when she returns in an allowance race July 25 on opening weekend of the Del Mar meeting.

CHRB to Examine Fermin's Del Mar Role

The California Horse Racing Board plans to meet in closed session prior to its general meeting July 23 to consider complaints and appeals that have been filed against the board challenging Ingrid Fermin's appointment as a steward at Del Mar this season.

NYRA Taps New Senior VP and CFO

The New York Racing Association announced July 22 that Ellen McClain has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. In her position, McClain will oversee all NYRA financials, including accounting, budgeting, and forecasting. She will start with the company in mid-August.

Jockey Club Adjusts Toe Grab Recommendations

After discussions with industry participants and a review of all scientific research available on the use of toe grabs on the front shoes of Thoroughbreds, The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee recommends adjusting the current RCI Model Rule on horse shoes to allow toe grabs up to four millimeters in height on front shoes on dirt racing surfaces only.

F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

F-T July Drops, But 'Medaglia' Fillies Shine

Fasig-Tipton's July select yearling sale ended with a bang instead of a whimper in Lexington, getting a boost from the progeny of the hot stallion Medaglia d'Oro. Even though the key business figures were down from the previous year, the final day produced the auction's highest price and results that were stronger than the opening day's statistics.

Owner to Appeal It's a Bird Decision

Owner to Appeal It's a Bird Decision

An attorney for Edmund Gann said the owner will appeal a July 21 decision by the Arkansas Racing Commission disqualifying It's a Bird from his victory in the April 4 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) after the horse tested positive for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

Charitable Jockey Luncheon Set for Aug. 7

Sponsored by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Illinois Chapter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, Dining With the Dynasty will give racing fans the opportunity to dine and converse with legendary jockeys from Thoroughbred racing's past.

Deadline Soon for BC Foal Nomination Discount

Deadline for the early discount of $100 off the $500 price for a Breeders' Cup foal nomination is midnight ET Aug. 1. As a part of a nominator stimulus plan announced April 7, the discount applies to all foals nominated electronically or "on-line" to the Breeders' Cup program for the 2009 foal crop if made on or before the Aug. 1 deadline.

Colic Surgery Outcomes Improved by Recent Advances

Today's colicking horse has a good chance for survival, said Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, who recently wrote a review of equine colic surgery advances for Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice.

A horse's anatomy puts it at risk for colic: the long intestine and colon are prone to twisting and obstructions that can prevent blood and o...

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Oral Rabies Vaccine Distributed in Arizona

Oral rabies vaccine baits are being distributed around Flagstaff, Ariz., to reduce the incidence of rabies in gray fox, said Wildlife Services, a program within the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The distribution was scheduled to begin July 21.

In cooperation with the Coconino County Health Department, 130,000 oral ra...

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