Horse Health

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  • Fifth Fair Grounds Horse Positive for EHV-1

    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots reported a fifth horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus, with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture allowing the horse to be released to a private farm where it will be kept in isolation.

  • Entire Fair Grounds Backstretch Under Quarantine

    Two horses on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots spiked temperatures Jan. 2. As a result of this development, the precautionary step has been taken to place the entirety of the Fair Grounds backstretch under quarantine. 

  • A horse trains in the early morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    Fair Grounds Barn Quarantined for EHV-1

    Officials with the State of Louisiana's Department of Agriculture have installed a quarantine on Barn 14 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots after a horse residing in that barn tested positive for equine herpes virus.

  • Grayson, Partners Kick Off Kentucky Initiative

    The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has announced the launch of the Kentucky Initiative. Hallway Feeds, Hinkle Farms, the Keeneland Association, and Reynolds Bell Thoroughbred Services have joined as founding partners

  • Karen and Mickey Taylor flank Seattle Slew at Three Chimneys Farm in 2000.

    Mickey Taylor Pays Tribute to Slew's Surgeon

    Mickey and Karen Taylor were at Seattle Slew's side in his final years at Three Chimneys Farm, and paid gratitude to Dr. George Bagby, who invented the Bagby Basket and operated on Slew, giving him quality time late in life.

  • The California whip rule, which currently applies to racing, could soon apply to training, as well

    CHRB Considers Altering Training Rules

    The California Horse Racing Board's Medication, Safety, and Welfare Committee Dec. 14 moved forward three measures to adjust training regulations more into line with rules currently employed for racing.

  • Ed Martin

    ARCI Advances Multiple Violator Rule Changes

    The head of the ARCI believes recommended changes to the multiple medication violator provision of the National Uniform Medication Program will help states that have not adopted the provision put it in place.

  • Patti Strand at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming Dec. 7

    Symposium Panel Warns of Animal Rights Groups

    The horse industry was warned that animal rights groups will continue to seek to abolish racing through propaganda and legal fights in the coming years, according to panelists at the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming Dec. 7.

  • medications prepared and laid out

    Jockey Club Opposes Multiple Violator Changes

    The Jockey Club plans to actively oppose changes to the current multiple medication violation penalty system currently on the agenda for the Association of Racing Commissioners International Model Rules Committee Dec. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.

  • John Ward

    Ward Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

    Retired classic winning trainer and former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission John Ward has joined the Water, Hay, and Oats Alliance, which supports federal intervention to bring about national uniformity in medication policy.

  • Keeping Pace

    Proposed Multiple Medication Violator Changes

    Looking at proposed changes being considered for the multiple medication violation penalty system (MMV), it's not readily clear how these changes—when you just look at factors like reduced points for some infractions—would play out in the real world.

  • Sams

    Kentucky Drug Testing Lab Enjoys Expansion

    While the focus of the expanded LGC Science facility in Lexington will be on testing human-use supplements, as opposed to the lab's equine drug testing, the additional expertise on such supplements could provide crossover benefit.

  • New THA Website Aims to be Comprehensive

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association on Nov. 30, launched its much anticipated website designed to provide a one-stop shop for important information, news, features, and commentary.

  • Attorney Liebman ROAP Event's Keynote Speaker

    Bennett Liebman, government lawyer in residence and an adjunct professor of law at the Albany Law School, will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Conference on Officiating Horse Racing Monday, Dec. 5,

  • Gulfstream Park

    Quarantine Lifted on Gulfstream Park Barn

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Florida DOACS) has lifted its quarantine of a Gulfstream Park barn that had been the stable for a horse that died Nov. 6 from the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus (EVH-1).

  • Stronach Group senior vice president of West Coast operations Joe Morris outlines features in Santa Anita Park's state-of-the-art surveillance system.

    Santa Anita Park Cameras Focus on BC Horses

    As handicappers look for every possible angle in considering a horse's chances in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita Park security will be monitoring every Breeders' Cup horse from a state-of-the-art surveillance system.

  • Syringe for use on equine animals on May 24, 2006, in Lexington, Ky.

    Kentucky Likely to Put Labs to the Test

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will likely run double-blind quality assurance testing on its lab after the state’s Equine Drug Research Council approved plans to carry out such tests.

  • A case involving Corvus shed light on how Maryland stewards were handling medication violations.

    Maryland Backs Medication Penalty Model Rule

    The Maryland Racing Commission on Oct. 19 adopted the Association of Racing Commissioners International model rules on medication penalties—rules that most observers thought the commission had adopted back in 2014.

  • Health Zone: Tying-up in Thoroughbreds

    Muscle pain and cramping associated with exercise have been recognized for more than 100 years. In recent years veterinary researchers have found several different forms of this syndrome, with different causes.

  • Dionne Benson

    RMTC Letter Addresses Motion Overage

    Dionne Benson, executive director of the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium, submitted this letter to BloodHorse on the 2015 methocarbamol positive in Kentucky of trainer Graham Motion which was upheld Oct. 11 by the KHRC.

  • Graham Motion

    KHRC Upholds Motion Finding, Alters Sanctions

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission didn't change a stewards' ruling that a Graham Motion-trained horse raced with too much methocarbamol in its system, but the KHRC did alter the sanctions levied against the classic-winning trainer.

  • RMTC Committee Accredits New York Laboratory

    The Horseracing Testing Laboratory Committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) met Sept. 9 and voted to fully accredit the New York Drug Testing Laboratory (NYDTL) pursuant to the RMTC laboratory accreditation program.

  • Del Mar

    Del Mar Critics Speak Out at CHRB Meeting

    A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar.

  • Madeline Auerbach

    CHRB Member Calls for Trainer 'Profiling'

    California Horse Racing Board member Madeline Auerbach, at an Aug. 24 meeting of the agency's Medication and Track Safety Committee, called for increased scrutiny on certain trainers through "profiling."