Headlines for Friday, February 17, 2006

  • Washington Using Scan Fingerprint Technology

    Washington is introducing live scan fingerprint technology to the pari-mutuel industry as state racing commission officials begin to process the applications of owners, trainers, jockeys and other personnel for the opening of Emerald Downs' live Thoroughbred meet April 21.

  • Relaxed Gesture Leads Gulfstream BC Turf Noms

    Moyglare Stud Farm's 5-year-old Relaxed Gesture, the Irish-bred son of Indian Ridge, is prominent among 15 older horses nominated for the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Bob and Beverly Lewis.

    Prominent Owner Bob Lewis Dead; Services Set for Thursday

    Bob Lewis, whose upbeat personality in winner's circles nationwide showed Thoroughbred racing in its best light throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, died at his Newport Beach, Calif., home Friday at 2 a.m. PST. Funeral services have been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.

  • Virus Hold Order Lifted on Barn at Pimlico

    The Maryland Department of Agriculture has lifted the hold order on Barn A at Pimlico Race Course after 21 of the 25 horses in the barn tested negative for equine herpesvirus.

  • Champion Folklore Tops Nominations to Kentucky Oaks

    Folklore, winner of the Alberto V05 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2005, heads a list of 160 fillies nominated to the 132nd running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) on Friday, May 5, at Churchill Downs.

  • Artie Schiller, Better Talk Now Among Woodford Reserve Nominees

    Artie Schiller, winner of the 2005 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), are among 128 nominees to the 20th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Help Wanted: Starter at Churchill Downs

    Churchill Downs is searching for someone to fill the post of official starter, a position that includes the duties of sending the horses off in each year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Bluegrass Cat, tops field for the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Steve Haskin's Weekend Preview: Davis Cup Runneth Over

    What has happened to the Sam F. Davis Stakes? Saturday's race has drawn a field that in the past would have been considered a super field for the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III), for which the Davis has been an obscure prep. Perhaps the presence of so many accomplished horses can be attributed to Gulfstream Park's configuration.

  • Downey Profile Analysis: Davis is a Don't-Miss Kentucky Derby Prep

    Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs has long been a traditional prep race for the grade III Tampa Bay Derby, but this year's 26th running holds importance in its own right. No less than Bluegrass Cat and Hesanoldsalt ship up from South Florida to test the waters against 10 others, many of whom are worthy foes.

  • AAEP Convention 2005: Lameness in Racehorses

    Inconsistencies in racetrack surfaces account for a large number of lamenesses in racehorses, said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the Lameness in Racehorses Forum held at the 51st Annual AAEP Convention, in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 3-7, 2005. "Even though they are at the same track, the consistency of t...

  • AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammatory Airway Disease

    A racehorse running at top speed breathes about 120 times per minute, moving about 12-15 liters of air per breath or 1,400-1,800 liters per minute. With this amount of airflow, it's not hard to imagine that any amount of airway inflammation can significantly affect performance. Unfortunately, the problem is common in horses, said Susan J. Holcombe, VMD, P...

  • AAEP Convention 2005: Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage

    Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), or bleeding in the lungs after exercise, costs the United States horse racing industry a great deal--estimated at up to $260 million per year by Kenneth W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, of The Ohio State University. During his presentation at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Conventio...