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  • Jockey Club Launches Injury Database

    The Jockey Club has launched the Equine Injury Database system that will provide the racing industry with its first national database of racing injuries. The Equine Injury Database grew out of a proposal first put forth at the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington in October 2006.

  • Jockey Club Launches Racehorse Injury Database

    <P>The Jockey Club has launched the Equine Injury Database system that will provide the racing industry with its first national database of racing injuries. The Equine Injury Database grew out of a proposal first put forth at the <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=8116">Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit</A> in Lexington in Octob...

  • Horsemen's Group Hosts Racehorse Welfare and Safety Forum

    <P>During a July 18 equine welfare and safety forum, Jay Hickey recalled that in 1982, legislation to regulate parts of the horseracing industry was circulated in the halls of Congress. The bill, which had the not-so-enticing name of the "Corrupt Horseracing Practices Act," dealt with prohibited drugs, pre-race testing, and penalties for offenders. <P>H...

  • Potomac Horse Fever: Don't Ignore Fevers!

    Summer and fall are key seasons for the appearance of Potomac horse fever, which is caused by the bacterium Neorickettsia risticii. Don't be fooled by the name; Potomac horse fever originally was identified in 1979 as a sporadic disease affecting horses residing in the eastern United States near the Potomac River, but since that time it has been diagnosed...

  • Prevent Fractures in Horses: New Technology Could Help

    Researchers are developing a monitoring system similar to those used by earthquake seismologists to detect tiny cracks in bones, a technology that could help prevent fractures in humans and racehorses. The new monitoring system records &quot;acoustic emission data,&quot; or sound waves created by the tiny bone fissures. The same sorts of acoustic emission...

  • Racetrack Enacts Zero-Tolerance Slaughter Policy

    <P>Sending racehorses to slaughter will not be tolerated at Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston. Track management will now deny trainers stalls if they sell a horse for slaughter. This latest move bolsters other efforts underway to protect Thoroughbred racehorses, including retirement funding already in place by the track and local horsemen. <P>"I hope we...

  • Multiple Pregnancies: Double the Trouble

    <DIV class=deck>The causes and management of equine multiple pregnancies.</DIV> <P>Multiple pregnancies are an increasing problem in breeding management. They are usually multizygotic (originating from several ova, i.e., the result of multiple ovulations, thus giving nonidentical offspring). Monozygotic twins (originating from a single fertilized ovum th...

  • Understanding and Preventing Catastrophic Injuries

    Following the euthanasia of filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter mile after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to proactively address safety and welfare issues. In this article, representative members of the equine industry to...

  • Hearing Shows Thoroughbred Racing at Critical Point

    <P>Drugged equines, grisly catastrophic injuries, greedy breeders, damaged racehorses with nowhere to go, inaction and confusion, and industry leaders more concerned with holding onto power than doing the right thing--a congressional subcommittee heard it all June 19 during a hearing in Washington, D.C. <P>An observer easily could come to the following ...

  • Racing Groups Have Say Before Washington Hearing

    <P>As the House Subcommittee on Commerce and Consumer Protection prepared for a June 19 hearing on the horseracing industry, groups continued to weigh in on various issues, including use of anabolic steroids in racehorses. <P>On June 18, the Lexington-based Association of Equine Racetrack Veterinarians said it supports recommendations by The Jockey Club...

  • Special Report: Catastrophic Injuries

    <P>Following the euthanasia of the filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter-mile after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to proactively address safety and welfare issues. <P><I>The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care</I> is prou...

  • Dr. Patricia Marquis

    Marquis Named Calder Vet

    Dr. Patricia Maquis was named senior track veterinarian at Calder Race Course. Dr. Marquis replaces Dr. Mary Scollay who took the position of equine medical director at the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority

  • McIlwraith, Peterson Honored With Award

    The second Elastikon Equine Research Award, funded through a grant made by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Co. to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, has been awarded to Dr. Wayne McIlwraith of Colorado State University and Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Maine for their research designed to enhance the safety of racetracks for horses.

  • No Date Set for House Hearing on Racing

    <P>The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection continues to maintain it will hold a June hearing on horse racing, but no date had been set as of June 2. <P>The subcommittee is headed by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky. Kristin Walker, Whitfield's press secretary, said June 2 there could be m...

  • Big Brown Quarter Crack 'Not a Setback'

    <P>Anyone following Triple Crown races this year knows there's a lot of controversy about the soundness of Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown's feet. But despite a third hoof problem in his short career--a quarter crack that showed up in his left front foot last Friday--his consulting farrier/repair expert Ian McKinlay isn't concerned. <P>"This i...

  • Options for Ex-Racehorses

    <P>Only a handful of racehorses continue racing for more than a few years. The most talented runners are retired to stud or join a broodmare band, but often horses must move out to make room for new prospects. The problem of what to do with ex-racehorses is ongoing, and several organizations have been created to help resolve this. <P><B>Thoroughbred Ret...

  • Racehorse Steroids: More Questions Than Answers

    The complicated nature of regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses came to light May 20 when discussion among members of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council and others seemed to indicate the easiest route is an all-out ban on the substances.

  • Pfizer Animal Health and the NTRA have joined forces to  fund laminitis research through the Barbaro Memorial Fund.

    Pfizer Increases Support of Charity Fund

    Since late January, Pfizer Animal Health and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) have joined forces to help fund laminitis research through the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund. Pfizer Animal Health displays, featuring "Riding with Barbaro" awareness bracelets, will appear in select veterinary clinics and retail outlets across the country and at major equine events. Due to the strong response thus far, Pfizer Animal Health will be expanding its number of display locations and manufacturing thousands of additional bracelets for public distribution.

  • CHRB Issues Steroid Advisory

    The California Horse Racing Board has issued an advisory to explain the changing regulatory scheme of anabolic steroids.

  • Eight Belles

    TCA Announces Eight Belles Memorial Fund

    Thoroughbred Charities of America, ("TCA"), has announced the formation of the Eight Belles Memorial Fund. Donations made in Eight Belles honor will go specifically toward retraining of Thoroughbreds for secondary careers and research into catastrophic breakdowns.

  • Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

    <P>There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of criticism due to the tragic catastrophic breakdown suffered by second-place finisher Eight Belles. <P>The industry...

  • Eight Belles

    Catastrophic Injuries: What Do We Know?

    In the wake of two highly publicized catastrophic racetrack injuries since May 2006, questions and opinions regarding the safety of Thoroughbred racehorses have been generated and propagated by fans, the media, and animal rights groups.

  • KY Caterpillar Populations Up From 2007

    Experts have reported that eastern tent caterpillars are now wandering and population levels are among the highest they've seen since the 2001, when Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome hit Central Kentucky particularly hard.

  • Derby Death Spurs Action by Thoroughbred Groups

    In the wake of the fatal injury sustained by filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors has scheduled a special meeting May 9 to discuss a course of action. <P>Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills "Di...

  • Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

    Spring means vaccination time. In 2008, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Infectious Disease Committee released a revised online version of their &quot;Guidelines for the Vaccination of Horses.&quot;

  • Diagnosing Upper Cannon Area Injuries

    Pain originating in the upper cannon bone area, just below the knee or hock, is common in all types of equine athletes. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what structure is injured; some injuries can only be seen with high-field MRI. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., Matthew...

  • How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

    <P>The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses' performance at maximal exercise, so buyers can consider this in their purchasing decisions. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Pr...

  • Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

    <P>According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance. <P>"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley Young, BVSc, PhD, DVA, Dipl. ECEIM (European College of Equine Internal Medicine), DVC, MRCVS, an equine cardio...

  • Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central KY

    Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked them with outbreaks of mare reproductive loss syndrome, which can cause late-term foal losses, early-term fetal losses, and weak foals.

  • Factors that Cause Ulcers in Racehorses

    Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population.

  • Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

    <P>Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population. Guy Lester, BVMS, PhD, associate professor of large animal medicine at Murdoch University, presented the st...

  • Storm Cat Experiencing Drop in Fertility

    <P>Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old stallion has covered are in foal. <P>"We've been dealing with his fertility, but as long as he's comfortable co...

  • A Clearer Picture (Imaging Technologies)

    <DIV class=deck>Advancements in imaging technologies make diagnoses easier.</DIV> <P>For decades veterinarians have relied upon a number of different imaging tools, from radiographs to ultrasonography, to diagnose lameness, pregnancy, and soft-tissue-related conditions. In recent years a host of advanced imaging modalities such as digital radiography, CT...

  • Shoulder Blade Stress Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

    Although it's not a common injury, fracture of the scapula or shoulder blade does occur in horses and causes notable lameness. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., Stuart Vallance, BVSc (Hons), of Shotter &amp; Byers Equine Veterinary Services in Surrey, United Kingdom, presented a retrospect...

  • Ky. Talks Timing of Steroid Rules

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it difficult for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to implement steroid regulations in the state by Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it difficult for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to implement steroid regulations in the state by Jan. 1, 2009....

  • Commission May Appeal Drug Ruling

    After the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee struck down the Louisiana State Racing Commission's adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium model rules for medication Feb. 11, the commission is yet to decide its next move.

  • Racehorse Identification More than Flipping Lips

    <P><EM>A weekly feature found only on </EM><A href="http://www.bloodhorsenow.com/" target=_blank><EM>BloodHorseNOW.com</EM></A><EM>, The "Inside Track" is dedicated to the people in Thoroughbred racing that may not always make the headlines, but nevertheless are vitally important to the sport.</EM> <P>It has been nearly 20 years since one of the most no...

  • The Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will be held at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

    Summit Will Examine Progress

    The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, set for March 17-18 at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, will feature wide-ranging discussions of critical equine health- and safety-related issues, including progress reports from the working committees established coming out of the original summit in October 2006.

  • Bowie Samples Negative for EHV-1

    Blood samples on the Bowie-based horse that was sent to isolation by the Maryland Department of Agriculture Jan. 22 were negative for equine herpesvirus (EHV-1).

  • Caslick's Operation: Problem Barrier

    Infertility is a major problem in some broodmares. A large incidence of infertility is seen in valuable, intensively bred mares such as racehorses and performance mares, and significant amounts of money and time are devoted to dealing with the problem. <P>There are many causes of infertility, but endometritis (inflammation of the endometrial lining of t...

  • Botulism: A Perfect Killer

    <CENTER> <HR> <STRONG><EM>Horses are highly susceptible to botulism toxins; vaccination and feed/water management are key to prevention.</EM></STRONG> <HR> </CENTER> <P>Botulism is an often-lethal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. Although the disease can affect nearly all warmblooded animals, it is particularly deadly in horses, because they are...

  • Study of EIPH Drug Seeks to Answer Effectiveness, Enhancement Concerns

    <P>A study led by Colorado State University and research partners will help to answer a long-debated question about health and performance effects of a drug commonly used to treat racehorses in the U.S. to prevent bleeding into their airways as they run (also known as <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/TopicSearch/Default.aspx?n=Exercise-Induced+Pulmonary+H...

  • Thoroughbred Group Offers Tips on Managing, Retraining the Ex-Racehorse

    <P>The proliferation of racehorse rescues and retirement programs means that thousands of retired Thoroughbred racehorses have been placed into new homes. Ensuring success in what comes next--the transition and retraining of Thoroughbreds by their new owners--is one of the primary missions of Wood End Farms, a nonprofit facility located north of Chicago t...

  • Warwick Outbreak Forces Rosehill to Cancel Meet

    New South Wales racing was to return Sept. 22 to Sydney's Rosehill Gardens, with 12 races planned and more than 210 horses engaged. The morning of the meeting, that all changed. Horses at Warwick Farm, a track that had previously been clean of equine influenza, came down with the virus. Rosehill officials were forced to scrap the meeting, as many horses set to compete had been trained at Warwick.

  • Elusive Quality Will Breed in Australia

    Darley has decided to send one of the world's truly great stallions, Elusive Quality, to the New South Wales Hunter Valley's purple zone. The farm decided Sept. 21 which stallions to send home and which will remain in Australia to cover mares for the remainder of the crippled NSW breeding season.

  • Aussie Champion Stricken With Equine Influenza

    Just when the newly created "purple zone" in Australia's New South Wales was to reinvigorate the beleaguered breeding season, the country's star stallion -- Redoute's Choice -- has been stricken with equine influenza.