Articles posted July 15, 2012

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Dhaamer strolls home in Sunset

A tonic for trainer Mike Mitchell, who is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor, the Irish-bred was ridden for the first time by his future son-in-law, Julien Leparoux. Sunday happened to be Leparoux's 29th birthday, and Dhaamer turned the meet's final graded event into an extra-special family celebration.

Dixie strikes in Prince of Wales

Though Queen's Plate runner-up Irish Mission was sent off the 8-5 favorite in Sunday's $493,153 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, it was the other filly in the field, John C. Oxley's Dixie Strike, who got the win over the game duo of Ultimate Destiny and Colleen's Sailor.

Bodemeister spikes fever, out of Haskell

Zayat Stables' Grade 1 Arkansas Derby star is the latest big defection from Monmouth's $1 million showpiece, which lost Belmont Stakes hero Union Rags due to injury earlier this week. While Union Rags will be out for the rest the season with his tendon issue, at least Bodemeister's setback is simply an ill-timed illness.

Keeping Pastured Horses Safe during Drought

Much of the country is experiencing drier than normal conditions this summer and, thus, some horses living on pasture might soon have limited forage choices. Owners must take care to ensure pastures do not contain certain plant and weed species capable of producing toxins during stress conditions such as drought.

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