Headlines for Monday, March 12, 2012

  • Craft Unicorn wins on debut at Ocala

    Dennis J. Manning's first-time starter Crafty Unicorn stayed close to the early pace of the 23rd running of the $100,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/obs12race4.pdf">OBS Championship Stakes</a>, contested Monday at the Ocala Training Center in Florida. Crafty Unicorn fought to the lead along the inside in the stretch and beat Burn the Mortgage by 1 3/4 lengths, with Moon Traveler checking in third.

  • Havre de Grace puts in final work for New Orleans Ladies

    Reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace put in her last workout in advance of Saturday's $150,000 New Orleans Ladies this morning at Fair Grounds, breezing five furlongs in :59 3/5 with regular exercise rider Jen Brasser aboard. The five-year-old mare worked in company with an unraced three-year-old filly, Just Jan, who went the same distance in 1:00 under Rosie Napravnik while breezing to the inside of Havre de Grace.

  • Fed Biz out of the Derby picture

    Bob Baffert's highly-regarded Fed Biz has been ruled out of Kentucky Derby consideration, the Hall of Fame trainer revealed to <i>Daily Racing Form</i> Monday.

  • Animal Kingdom to miss Dubai World Cup

    Champion Animal Kingdom will miss his intended start in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup on March 31 after developing lameness in his left hind leg over the weekend at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.

  • Woodbine Racetrack

    Ontario: End Slots-at-Racetracks Program

    The Ontario provincial government said March 12 it will be ending payments to racetracks through the slots-at-racetracks program in March 2013. The result could mean potential closures for many of the province's 17 tracks.

  • John Veitch

    Veitch Seeks Reinstatement as KY Steward

    John Veitch, the Hall of Fame trainer who was fired from his position as chief racing steward in Kentucky, has filed legal documents seeking to be reinstated and to have a one-year suspension imposed on him lifted.

  • NTRA updates safety, integrity standards

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Monday that an updated set of racetrack safety and integrity standards has been circulated to members of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, and that it is now available for public comment. After finalization, the compliance standards will serve as the basis for future racetrack Alliance accreditation, including the re-accreditation of tracks previously accredited by the Alliance. The Alliance, formed in October 2008 with the goal of establishing national uniform standards in the areas of safety and integrity, includes 55 racetracks in North America and every major national horsemen's organization. Twenty-two racetracks have been accredited to date by Alliance safety teams.

  • OBS March Sale

    OBS March Session 1: Horses to Watch

    If this list is any indication, plenty of attractive prospects will be available March 13 during the first session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training.

  • OBS March Sale

    Mood Upbeat at OBS March Juvenile Sale

    The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. select sale of 2-year-olds in training kicks off its two-day run March 13 in Central Florida. Here's what several participants had to say about the auction and the outlook for its success.

  • Havre de Grace

    Havre de Grace Breezes, Set for 2012 Debut

    Horse of the Year Havre de Grace breezed five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 12 in preparation for her 2012 debut in the March 17 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at the Louisiana racetrack.

  • MRI to Detect Wobbler Syndrome? (AAEP 2011)

    In most cases--if not all--a clearer picture is better. One would be hard-pressed to find a person who would walk into a store and ask for a television with a fuzzy picture. So when it comes to disease diagnosis, such as that for cervical stenotic myelopathy (CSM, also known as cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy), wouldn&#39;t a clearer picture that r...

  • Equine Motor Neuron Disease: What We Know

    There&#39;s something not right with your horse. He&#39;s sweating, his muscles are twitching, and he can&#39;t seem to stand still. He just looks uncomfortable. You call your veterinarian and suggest it could be colic, but at the 2012 Western Veterinary Conference, held Feb. 19-23 in Las Vegas, Nev., one researcher suggested another ailment to consider: ...