Headlines for Friday, January 22, 2010

  • The two-tiered Kentucky Derby post position draw that has been used from 1998 through 2009 (shown) has been discontinued.

    Churchill Reverts to Traditional Derby Draw

    Churchill Downs is abandoning the two-tiered process that has been used since 1998 to determine the starting field for the Kentucky Derby and will revert to a traditional post position draw this year.

  • TrackNet, MidAtlantic Reach Agreement

    TrackNet Media Group and the MidAtlantic Cooperative announced Jan. 22 that they have reached an agreement with MidAtlantic members of the simulcast signals of racetracks affiliated with TrackNet

  • Players Gearing Up For NHC

    A record field of 302 horseplayers who will gather at Red Rock Casino on Jan. 29-30 to vie for horse racing's official title of "Handicapper of the Year" and a first-place prize of $500,000

  • 2009 Belmont winner Summer Bird<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%3D8205347%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Summer Bird on the Mend at Oaklawn

    Summer Bird, who received the Eclipse Award as the top 3-year-old male earlier in the week, was back in his stall Jan. 22 after a walk and being spoiled by his owners, Drs. K. K. and Vilasini Jayaraman.

  • Denis of Cork<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%3D4347223%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic-Placed Denis of Cork Retired

    Mr. and Mrs. William Warren's Denis of Cork, who was third in the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired, trainer David Carroll said Jan. 22.

  • Ohio Track Offers Help for Horses at Risk

    Cincinnati's River Downs Race Track has established a "surrender stall" program for horse owners who can no longer care for their animals. The program was established in response to the removal of six allegedly malnourished horses from a farm operated by former Thoroughbred horse trainer Chad Moore, said River Downs Publicity Director John E...

  • Changes in Equine Surgical and Postoperative Care, AAEP 2009

    Just 20 years ago, overall equine survival of surgical colic hovered at 39-48% due to anesthetic complications and breakdown of surgical incisions. Recent overall survival rates range from 55-95%, dependent on timely intervention and clinician/hospital experience. Barbara Dallap Schaer, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine an...