Horse Health

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  • Whitham

    Hot Topics on National HBPA Convention Agenda

    When the National HBPA meets in March, it will tackle hot topics including sports betting and its possible effects on racing, stemming the dearth of backside employees, and horses' inadvertent exposure to recreational and prescription medications. 

  • Model rules on race-day Salix, commonly referred to as Lasix, call for administration four hours before a race

    Regulatory Changes Not Expected Following Lasix Studies

    Racing rule changes regarding the pre-race administration of furosemide (Salix, commonly called Lasix) appear unlikely following the results of a pair of studies that assessed the diuretic used to prevent exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.

  • A pair of studies on Salix recently outlined their findings

    Lasix Study Backs Four-Hour Administration Time

    A study that has the potential to reshape the timing of Salix administration ahead of racing determined that the current four-hour timeframe is more effective than administering 24 hours out in reducing the severity of EIPH.

  • Gail Hughes

    Retired Farm Manager Gail Hughes Dies at 91

    Gail Hughes spent more than 60 years working with Thoroughbreds and in his free time enjoyed fox hunting with his wife Ruth. The all-horses, all-the-time hardboot died Jan. 18 in Carlisle, Ky. He was 91.

  • Quarantine on Belmont Park Barn is Lifted

    A quarantine at Belmont Park's Barn 44, in place for more than two weeks after a horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1, was lifted Jan. 26 by NYRA and the New York State Gaming Commission, which regulates the industry.

  • Bill Mott is pressing on with his lawsuit against the New York State Gaming Commission and the New York State Drug Testing Research Program

    Mott Vows to Fight New York Suspension and Fine

    An attorney for trainer Bill Mott said a Jan. 25 conference is scheduled with a NY State Supreme Court judge and lawyers for the state's gaming commission and drug testing director that will determine Mott's path as he tries to get sanctions lifted.

  • Oaklawn Issues Ban Amid EHV-1 Positives

    Following the news of equine herpesvirus-1 positives at both Belmont Park and Laurel Park,, Oaklawn Park announced Jan. 21 that horses stabled at either track will be prohibited from entering the Hot Springs, Ark., grounds until further notice.

  • A horse walks a shedrow at Belmont Park

    Second EHV-1 Positive Extends Quarantine at Belmont

    The New York Racing Association announced Jan. 19 that a "precautionary quarantine" at Belmont Park's Barn 44 remains in place after a horse that tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 again came back with a positive result in a follow-up test.

  • Hagyard Equine Merges With National Vet Network

    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington announced Jan. 19 a merger with Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates of North America, an umbrella organization for 22 equine, mixed animal, and companion animal veterinary practices in 11 states.

  • Pennsylvania Trainer Suspended for Year in Neglect Case

    The Pennsylvania racing commission on Dec. 15 strengthened the initial penalties assigned by state stewards against owner-trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for his handling of a horse with a broken leg at Hollywood Gaming at Penn National Race Course.

  • ARCI Calling for Oversight of Sales, Breeding

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International is calling for additional oversight of public sales and breeding by either state commissions or a new independent entity. Sale company executives defended their operations and integrity.

  • Iowa State to Study Equine Anticancer Immunotherapeutic

    NovaVive Inc., an animal health immunobiology company, today announced that its anticancer immunotherapeutic for horses will be evaluated in a clinical study at Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine. 

  • Jay Cash poses with Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming Nov. 28 at WinStar Farm as part of a fundraiser for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Gets WinStar Boost

    WinStar Farm opened up the doors to its stallion barn and also showed off this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming as part of a benefit for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Nov. 28.

  • Mare from Borell Case Begins Treatment at Park Equine

    A Thoroughbred mare the Kentucky Equine Humane Center received via Thoroughbred Charities of America in 2016 as one of the herd seized from Charles Borell and Maria Borell will enter Park Equine Hospital in Versailles, Ky. for treatment Nov. 28.

  • Health Zone: 11-11-17

    Health Zone: Correcting Crooked Legs in Foals

    Many foals are born with some degree of angular limb deformity. Most common are knees too close together (carpal valgus), with fetlock joints wide apart. Next common is bowlegged at the knees (carpal varus), with fetlock joints too close together.

  • NYTHA president Rick Violette Jr.

    NYTHA Says Split Sample Program Has Started

    In a release sent to members, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said a split sample program for horsemen racing at New York Racing Association tracks started with opening day of the Aqueduct Racetrack fall meet Nov. 3.

  • Andy Barr

    Horseracing Integrity Act Reaches 100 Co-Sponsors

    H.R. 2651, the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) now has the support of 100 members of the House of Representatives.  

  • Del Mar Earns NTRA Safety Reaccreditation

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, host site for Friday and Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Championships, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.

  • Unprecedented Drug Testing Ahead of Breeders' Cup

    With a new six-month withdrawal time in place for all anabolic steroids and a ramped-up out-of-competition testing program, Breeders' Cup has made integrity changes that have received international praise ahead of this year's World Championships.

  • Free Online Course Offered on Colic Prevention

    Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new 'Gut Health & Colic Prevention' online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing.

  • Kentucky to Examine Drug Levels in Racing Environment

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Oct. 17 approved $25,000 of Equine Drug Research Council funds for an analytical study to examine the levels of regulated substances—and other substances—found in the racetrack environment.

  • Jockey Club chairman Stuart S. Janney III

    Janney Stands by Criticism of Pennsylvania

    A request by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture for Stuart Janney III to retract his recent criticisms of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission saw the Jockey Club chairman reiterate his disapproval Oct. 17.

  • Salientito, one of eight horses who have started quarantine to go back to the mainland

    Retired Puerto Rico Runners Start Journey to Mainland

    Eight retired Thoroughbreds from Puerto Rico started their United States Department of Agriculture-required eight-day quarantine Oct. 11, the first step on their journey to the contiguous United States, according to Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare.