Headlines for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • 2014 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    No Consensus on Fewer Starts, Shorter Fields

    A panel discussion during the first day of the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit yielded no consensus on possible reasons for declines in average starts per horse and average field sizes over the past five decades.

  • Doug Byars, D.V.M.

    Kentucky Horses Lose a Friend in Vet Byars

    On the morning of July 8, the word "irreplaceable" kept bouncing around the head of Old Friends founder Michael Blowen as he thought about the previous night's death of Central Kentucky veterinarian Doug Byars, D.V.M.

  • Welfare & Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

    Identifying At-Risk Racehorses a Priority

    As the North American Thoroughbred industry continues its quest to lower the catastrophic breakdown rate, it is actively pushing the need to identify at-risk racehorses, even if the effort makes stakeholders uncomfortable.

  • Ben's Cat won the 2014 Jim McKay Turf Sprint. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-ghR62DS">Order This Photo</a>

    Ben's Cat, Tightend Touchdown in Dash Rematch

    Ben's Cat, winner of the Parx Dash Handicap (gr. IIIT) in 2012 and 2013, returns July 12 for his fourth consecutive outing in the race. He'll face nine, including Tightend Touchdown, runner-up by 1 1/4 lengths last year.

  • Dynaformer in the 1988 Jersey Derby.

    Slideshow: Dynaformer Retrospective

    Dynaformer sired 25 Grade I winners, 10 Grade II winners, 31 Grade III winners and numerous other stakes winners following his racing career.

  • 2014 Breeders' Cup Virtual Stable Launched

    The Breeders' Cup and Equibase Company have launched the 2014 Virtual Stable "Road to the Breeders' Cup" notification service, which provides a daily e-mail of workouts, entries and results for the top contenders.

  • Racing at Zia Park.

    New Racing Appointments at Zia Park

    Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., has announced the appointment of Robbie Junk as racing secretary and Johnnie Jamison as starter for the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet that begins Sept. 6.

  • Dynaformer was welcomed into graded company after winning the 1988 Grade II Jersey Derby at Garden State Park.

    Dynaformer Retrospective

    Dynaformer, Barbaro, Blue Bunting, Brilliant Speed, Collect The Cash Dynaforce & More