Headlines for Thursday, August 27, 2009

  • Jockey Mike Straight

    Jockey to Have Surgery, Paralysis Feared

    Apprentice jockey Michael Straight, seriously injured in an Aug. 26 spill at Chicago's Arlington Park, will undergo surgery for four fractured vertebrae at Luther General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. at approximately 3:30 p.m. CDT.

  • Black Astor faces several familiar foes in the Del Mar Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8343728%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Del Mar Handicap Up For Grabs

    The top four finishers of Hollywood Park's July 19 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT), including two-length winner Black Astor, return for the Aug. 30 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) in Southern California.

  • THS: Shadwell Travers Stakes

    Jason, Tom, and Les Instone from twinspires.com preview the Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga on August 29. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Shadwell Travers Stakes.

  • Sunriver

    Grade I-Winning Stallion Sunriver Dead

    Empire Stud announced Aug. 27 that young stallion Sunriver has died from what preliminary results indicate was either a heart attack or aneurysm.

  • Festival of Champions Closes Canterbury

    Canterbury Park's 62-day summer race season comes to a close Aug. 30 with the 16th renewal of the Minnesota Festival of Champions, a day of racing dedicated to horses bred in Minnesota.

  • And They're Off: August 26, 2009 (Video)

    Topics include Rachel Alexandra and Jess Jackson, the continued breakdowns at Del Mar, plus a look at the second season of Animal Planet's hit reality program, JOCKEYS.

  • Peter Land

    Land Leaves Breeders' Cup for Pepsico Post

    The Breeders' Cup announced Aug. 26 that chief marketing officer Peter Land will be leaving the organization after two years to accept a position with PepsiCo as senior vice president, communication.

  • Apprentice Jockey Straight Injured

    Apprentice jockey Michael Straight was taken to Lutheran General Hospital following an incident in the eighth race Aug. 27 at Arlington Park.

  • Common Variable Immunodeficiency in Horses, ACVIM 2009

    <P>Common variable immunodeficiency is a rare, but serious disease in adult horses that often leads to hospitalization, said Maria Julia Bevilaqua Felippe Flaminio, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, who presented research on the topic at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held June 3-6 in Montréal, Quebec. <P>Common variable immunodefi...

  • Microchips Not Required for Horses Entering Mexico

    <P>Horses being transported to Mexico are not required to be microchipped, said Jim Barrett, public affairs specialist with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, an agency within the USDA. <P>Clarification on the requirements took place the week of Aug. 17, after misinterpretation of the wording in <A href="http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulation...

  • Thoroughbred Trail Training Course Coming to KHP

    <P>A new trail training course at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center in the Kentucky Horse Park will allow off-the-track Thoroughbreds to be schooled over natural trails. The training course, developed by the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, the Equine Land Conservation Resource, and the Central Kentucky Back Country Horsemen, will include wooded trails,...

  • Tips for Safe Horse Transport during Hot Weather

    Hot weather can pose serious health problems for animals both two-legged and four-legged, including dehydration, heatstroke, and exhaustion. USRider, a national provider of roadside emergency assistance for equestrians, encourages horse owners to take steps to prevent these ailments when traveling with horses.