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  • High-Speed Exercise and Bone Response

    Bone was once considered an inert material with its structure defined by genetics. But it turns out there’s a lot more at work, explained Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS: “Selective breeding dictates the initial skeleton, but adaptive training in response to exercise modifies it further.” He and other racehorse surgeons are striving ...

  • Sarah and Ken Ramsey

    Ramseys Lead Field for Outstanding Owners

    Behind 43 stakes wins, 17 of them graded, Ken and Sarah Ramsey set the bar high for owners in 2013, and are favored to win the Eclipse Award for outstanding owner of fellow finalists Juddmonte Farms and Midwest Thoroughbreds.

  • Wicked Strong finished 3rd in the Remsen Stakes.

    Boston Marathon Tragedy Inspires Horse Names

    The Boston Marathon bombings last April were rated by many news organizations as the top story of 2013, and now the New England connections of two 3-year-old colts have named them in tribute to the victims.

  • Victor Carrasco

    Little Separates Apprentice Jockey Contenders

    Statistically speaking, there's little separating jockeys Victor Carrasco, Manuel Franco, and Edgard Zayas, the three Puerto Rican-born finalists for the 2013 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice rider.

  • Javier Castellano

    Three Jockeys Took Different Routes to Top

    Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, and Gary Stevens took three entirely different routes to their positions as jockey finalists in the Eclipse Awards. Who wins could depend upon what criteria voters choose to use.

  • Tapizar Sires First Foals

    Tapizar, winner of the 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I), sired his first two reported foals when both a colt and filly were born on Jan. 6.

  • Baker is New Surgeon at Hagyard

    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, announced that Dr. William True Baker joined the practice as a surgeon at the Davidson Surgery Center, effective Jan. 1.

  • Eclipse Party Auction Items to Aid Aftercare

    Thoroughbred racing and sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to bid on several outstanding items during a live auction on Friday, Jan. 17 in the walking ring at Gulfstream Park.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Misses Work with Popped Abscess

    Undefeated Shared Belief missed a scheduled workout the morning of Jan. 12 but is still on course for his 3-year-old debut in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II), according to the assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Smarty's Echo
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    Smarty's Echo Breezes Half Mile for Lecomte

    Windy Hill Farm's Smarty's Echo worked a half-mile in company Jan. 12 in preparation for the upcoming Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, centerpiece event of the "Road to the Derby Kickoff Day."

  • Figures Up for Magic Millions Book 2 Sale

    A Redoute's Choice filly sold for $280,000 ($251,580 in United States funds), the highest price from Book 2 on the fifth day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale Jan. 12 in Queensland.

  • South African Winners Get Breeders' Cup Slots

    South Africa's Beach Beauty, winner of the Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes (SAf-I) and Capetown Noir, who captured the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (SAf-I) at Kenilworth Jan. 11, earned starting berths in the Breeders' Cup.

  • Melanoma Implications in Prepurchase Exams

    A prepurchase exam can provide valuable insight on a horse’s health status, equipping you to make an informed investment decision. And while veterinarians commonly assess copious qualities from soundness to suitability, if it’s a stunning gray you have you have in your sights, it’s also important to consider whether the horse has melanom...

  • Lea and  Luis Saez dominate the Hal's Hope.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3017503749&k=vgtqKbZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Lea Carries Saez to Milestone in Hal's Hope

    Lea shook off pacesetter Csaba in early stretch and comfortably held back runner-up Jackson Bend as he romped clear to win the $100,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park.

  • Midnight Hawk comes home strong to win the Sham Stakes.

    Sham Stakes: Midnight Hawk Soars Over Kristo

    The $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park on Jan. 11 was a two-horse race all the way down to the final sixteenth, and considering the fact that only four runners started, that was not surprising.

  • Summer Front runs down Tetradrachm to win the Fort Lauderdale Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3017466186&k=D3vZngt">Order This Photo</a>

    Summer Front Back in Action in Ft. Lauderdale

    Favored at 6-5 for his first start since Nov. 29, Waterford Stable's Summer Front ran down pacesetter Tetradrachm in the final sixteenth to win the $200,000 Fort Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park.

  • More Than Ready Colt Tops at Magic Millions

    A colt by elite dual hemisphere sire More Than Ready sold for the highest price of $600,000 ($539,460 in United States funds) on the fourth day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale Jan. 11 in Queensland.

  • Mucho Macho Man<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2013-Breeders-Cup/Classic/33150031_7ZnLk4#!i=2886417473&k=GZpq2gT">Order This Photo</a>

    Mucho Macho Man, Groupie Doll Breeze

    Mucho Macho Man breezed sharply Jan. 11 for his scheduled 2014 debut in the $400,000 Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park, while top female sprinter Groupie Doll was also on the tab.

  • Bowman Joins Heritage Stallions

    Veterinarian Tom Bowman has joined his son, Brooke Bowman, D.V.M., and veteran Maryland horseman Louis Merryman as a partner in the newly formed Heritage Stallions.

  • Revolutionary returns a winner at Gulfstream Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/35724761_2vdnSX#!i=3017195222&k=pQ6cbKB">Order This Photo</a>

    Revolutionary Returns a Winner at Gulfstream

    WinStar Farm's multiple graded stakes winner Revolutionary returned to the races for the first time since the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a solid victory Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park, taking a one mile allowance event.

  • Tyler Baze Gets Initial Victory Since Return

    Jockey Tyler Baze earned his first win since returning from an alcohol-related suspension when he guided Changethechannel to a front-running tally in the featured $58,000 Venus Purse allowance Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Street Story and Ricardo Santana Jr. take the Dixie Belle Stakes on opening day at Oaklawn.

    Street Story Best in Sloppy Oaklawn Opener

    Street Story got the Oaklawn Park meet off to a fast start for 2013 leading jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and trainer Steve Asmussen by winning the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes before a rain-drenched crowd of 15,031 Jan. 10.

  • First Foal by Jersey Town Reported Jan. 10

    Jersey Town, a grade I-winning miler by leading sire Speightstown, sired his first reported foal when a filly was born Jan. 10 at Pennland Farm in Paris, Ky.

  • Mucho Macho Man won the 2012 Sunshine Millions Classic.

    Mucho Macho Man Headed to Sunshine Millions

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year finalist Mucho Macho Man will make his 2014 debut in the same race he has used for the past two years, the Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 18.

  • Iowa Breeders Seek Stallion Rule Change

    Iowa breeders are seeking legislation to end a requirement that a registered stallion in the state must be owned by an Iowa resident. Currently, at least 51% of an Iowa-registered sire must be owned by an Iowa resident.

  • Guild Assembly to Focus on Health, Safety

    Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys will be learning the latest information about health and safety issues, especially related to concussions, during the 2014 Jockeys' Guild Assembly Jan. 26-28 in Hollywood, Fla.