Headlines for Thursday, February 11, 2010

  • Adkins Responds to MI Horsemens' Requests

    Dan Adkins, a Michigan racetrack official who has for the last 18 months been working on a petition that would allow eight casinos in the state, is moving forward with the measure -- with or without the support of horsemen.

  • Thorn Song<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%3D8152167%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Thorn Song Gets a Second Chance at Life

    Thorn Song, who was severely injured in his final start at Del Mar last summer and had "an almost zero chance" at survival after developing laminitis, has made a remarkable recovery thanks to breakthrough stem cell therapy.

  • New Mexico state representative Candy Spence Ezzell (right), Dr. Leonard Blach (center), and Scott Scanland of Sunland Park celebrate Mine That Bird as New Mexico Horse of the Year for 2009.

    NM House Honors Mine That Bird

    New Mexico state representative Candy Spence Ezzell recognized Mine That Bird as "New Mexico Horse of the Year for 2009." The memorial passed the state's House of Representatives Feb. 11 unanimously by a vote of 70-0.

  • Danzon is among those expected for the Likely Exchange Stakes at Turfway Park.

    Turfway Cards Two Stakes Feb. 13

    There will be two scoops of stakes action at Turfway Park Feb. 13, as the rescheduled Likely Exchange Stakes joins the Dust Commander Stakes on the 12-race card. Both carry $50,000 purses and will be run on Polytrack.

  • KY Derby Fantasy Challenge Available Online

    The "Road to the Roses" Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest that allows racing fans to manage a stable of contenders during the three-month buildup to the historic Kentucky Derby, is open for registration

  • Munnings makes his 4-year old debut in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship.<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%3D8300694%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Munnings Makes 4YO Debut at Gulfstream

    Munnings, who established himself as one of the nation's top 3-year-old sprinters a year ago, will make his first start as an older horse against a capable group in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (gr. II)

  • THS: Sam F. Davis Stakes

    Jason, Tom, and Tim Holland of brisnet/twinspires.com preview the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) on February 13 at Tampa Bay Downs. Plus, picks for the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Sam F. Davis.

  • Rule Goes to School in Uptown Sam Davis

    Rule looks to be the controlling pace in Saturday's Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs, and his speed figures tower over the competition.

  • Arthrodesis of the Hock Joint

    Osteoarthritis of the distal (lower) hock joints (bone spavin) is a common performance problem in sport horses. At the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nev., Chris Bell, DVM, discussed fusion of the tarsometarsal (TMT) joint by injection with ethyl alcohol.

  • Hay Quality (Book Excerpt)

    Much of the assessment of the quality of your hay can be done the old-fashioned way: Break open a bale and scratch n' sniff! Good quality hay should be green rather than yellow or brown. (Keep in mind that some hays, particularly some varieties of clover, can cure to quite a dark color, and that this is not necessarily an indicator of mold growth.) It...