The Blood-Horse Staff

  • Zenyatta Stays Perfect; Ties Record

    As professional as ever, undefeated Zenyatta equaled the legendary Personal Ensign's 13-race winning streak to begin her career, sweeping past the pacesetters in upper stretch to capture Oak Tree's $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakesbefore 20,329 at Santa Anita in characteristic fashion Oct. 10.

  • Horse Farms Damaged in Ice Storm Will Not Receive USDA Aid

    <P>Dozens of Central Kentucky horse farms that <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=13543">suffered significant damage from a January ice storm</A> will not receive any relief from the USDA due to the wording in the agency's handbook. <P>Five months after horse industry officials lobbied for funds from the USDA's Emergency Conservation P...

  • AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

    <P>The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare. <P>The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year's AHC National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. The event begins June 15 with committee and state horse counc...

  • Mine That Bird's Registration Papers Reported Stolen

    <P>Trainer Chip Woolley Jr., who trains Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, woke up the morning of June 2 to find his truck had been broken into at the Louisville hotel where he was staying. The registration papers for Mine That Bird were missing, along with the conditioner's GPS (global positioning system). <DIV class="figure figureleft"><IMG style="...

  • Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

    <P>The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma. <P>The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas, Nev., also discussed upcoming studies on therapeutic medication, development of best practices for drug-testin...

  • No Breeders' Cup Positives for Steroids, EPO, TCO2

    None of the horses that participated in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita tested positive for steroids, blood-doping agents or TCO2 (bicarbonate), according to Pam Blatz-Murff, senior vice president of operations for the Breeders' Cup.

  • Alysheba to Return to U.S., Reside at Horse Park

    <P>Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. He will reside in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park. <P>According to a release from the Kentucky Horse Park, the public is invited to the Kentucky Horse Park for Alysheba's welcome home reception, Oct. 31 at 1:15 pm in the Hall of ...

  • Special Report: Racehorse Durability

    <P>In this exclusive report, <I>The Blood-Horse </I>investigates whether the Thoroughbred racehorse is as tough today as it was 30 to 40 years ago. Editors of <I>The Blood-Horse</I> recently sought the answer to this question by producing a comprehensive review of 34 years of historical Thoroughbred stallion progeny records pulled from The Jockey Club's e...

  • Storm Cat Experiencing Drop in Fertility

    <P>Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old stallion has covered are in foal. <P>"We've been dealing with his fertility, but as long as he's comfortable co...

  • Mothers to Be

    While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive duties.

  • Genetic Compatibility

    <P>Michael Goodbody is the managing director of Gainsborough Stud Management near Newbury, England. He delivered the following speech to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) at its annual awards dinner in London on Jan. 7. <P>I would now like to touch on the important points that breeders should consider when planning to mate their mares with the...