Headlines for Tuesday, May 15, 2001

  • Ohio Diagnostic Lab Requests Owners Submit Aborted Fetuses, Deceased Foals

    As Ohio veterinarians try to understand and determine what might be affecting foals in the Ohio River Valley, the number of foals and fetuses available for testing by the diagnostic lab is no greater than normal. Sheila Grimes, DVM, PhD, Pathology Section Head for the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, recommends that horse owners submit aborted fetuses and deceased foals with the placenta for testing.

  • Federal Government Lends Research Assistance on Foal Loss Syndrome

    The good news is that the federal government doesn't <i>have</i> to be in Kentucky or any other state because of the current spring syndromes taking place in the horse populations. They would be required to investigate if there was any indication that an infectious or contagious disease process was at work.

  • Syndrome Problems Continue in Ohio; Spread to West Virginia

    It might not be possible to gauge the extent of the fetal loss syndrome problem in Ohio since pleasure horse owners might not pay for the cost of testing on dead fetuses and foals presented to the diagnostic lab. However, anecdotal reports support evidence that veterinarians and breeders in Ohio are seeing an abnormal number of problems.

  • Jockey Victor Espinoza has picked up the mount on A P Valentine in Saturday&#39;s Preakness Stakes.

    Espinoza Gets Mount on A P Valentine

    Trainer Nick Zito announced this afternoon that Victor Espinoza, who was replaced on Congaree by Jerry Bailey, has been named to ride A P Valentine in this Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

  • Canterbury Has Strong First Quarter, Call Now's is Mixed

    Canterbury Park reported a 114% increase in revenue and a 300% increase in earnings per share for its first quarter. The strong performance is attributed to the Minnesota racetrack's card room. Call Now, the owner of Retama Park, saw revenue increase but so did its net loss.

  • Magna Eyeing Four U.S. Tracks, Another in Ontario

    Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach told shareholders May 11 that he plans to buy four more racetracks in the United States. He said he hopes the racing conglomerate will control 35% of the U.S. handle on Thoroughbred races within two years. Stronach is also considering breaking into the Ontario racing market.

  • Steve Haskin's Preakness Report: Bridgmohan on Griffinite

    It was one of those bits and pieces kind of day on the Preakness front. With the leading contenders only walking the shed this morning, at Pimlico and Churchill Downs, most of the focus was on the two open riding assignments. As of 1 p.m., one (Griffinite) has been filled, and the other (A P Valentine) was due to be announced later this afternoon. Jennifer Leigh-Pedersen, trainer of Paraneck Stable's Griffinite, said earlier that New York-based Shaun Bridgmohan will be aboard the son of Unbridled's Song for the second leg of the Triple Crown.

  • NTRA commissioner Tim Smith, taking a proactive approach toward federal aid.

    Federal Aid Not Currently Available; NTRA, AHC Begin Lobbying Efforts

    Industry organizations have taken a proactive stand in the wake of the fetal loss syndrome that has gripped Central Kentucky farms in recent weeks. Tim Smith, commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been in contact with federal officials and is planning to spend most of Wednesday and Thursday morning in the nation's capital, meeting with members of Congress and staff to discuss the possibility of federal assistance for breeders who are being financially crippled by the health crisis. But Smith had some bad news about existing federal programs.

  • Goodbyes

    <i>By Tom LaMarra</i> -- The real Garden State Park went up in flames in 1977. Little did we know, it was the beginning of the end of a racing tradition in the Delaware Valley.

  • Ray Paulick&lt;br&gt;Editor in Chief

    Farm Crisis

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Politicians should look beyond the false image of the breeding industry to the rank-and-file horse farmers.

  • Atlantic City: Don't Count on Extended 2002 Meet

    Despite talk to the contrary, Atlantic City Race Course, which will conclude its 10-day, all-turf meet Tuesday afternoon, doesn't plan a longer meet for 2002, track president and general manager James Murphy said. In addition, talk of an imminent sale is just a rumor.