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Managing Mud-Induced Maladies In Horses

Spring brings with it rain showers and mud, the bane of many equine owners and property managers. In addition to simply being a pain to contend with, mud also brings a plethora or equine ailments, including scratches, thrush and other hoof problems. So how can a horse owner take the best possible care of their steed’s […]

Werther Earns Trip To Dubai With Victory In Hong Kong Gold Cup

Hong Kong’s reigning Horse of the Year Werther maintained his perfect record over the Sha Tin 2000m with a gutsy win in Sunday’s Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup as trainer John Moore confirmed plans to tackle the US$6 million Dubai Turf (1800m) on March 25 with the five-year-old. Moore landed his fifth consecutive Gold Cup […]

Prominent Ohio Owner-Breeder George A. Smith Passes Away At Age 84

George A. Smith, an Ohio breeder and owner of thoroughbred horses who had a major impact on the state’s program has passed away at the age of at the age of 84 at Kettering Medical Center after a sudden illness. Smith attended Ohio State University and was a three-year letterman and Captain of the Varsity […]

Three Foals Created From Deceased Mare’s Embryos

Veterinarians in Texas helped Lisa Gaudio, a Pennsylvania horse owner, keep the legacy of her beloved mare alive in a most unusual way: by harvesting her ovaries after she had passed. Vets from Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square removed the ovaries from Kyrie Eleison, a 20-year-old half-Arabian mare after she was euthanized […]

‘I’m a Stubborn Old Mule’: Pleterski’s Long Road Back From Near-Fatal Fort Erie Accident

Trainer Don Pleterski feels as if he had a great rest. As if he’s been on holiday. He knows he hasn’t. He can feel it every day when he wakes up in the morning, when he feels the pain and his joints kick up, as he examines a life in limbo. He’s lucky to be […]

KY Derby Future Wagering Up 14 Percent; Unique Bella Sole Favorite In Oaks Future

In the third Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, the mutuel field is still the slight favorite as it closed at odds of 5.20-1. Wagering on the third round of future wagers was up 13.8 percent over 2016, from $328,109 up to $373,354. Second choice was the undefeated Sam F. Davis winner McCraken, closing at 6.80-1, […]

Peruvian Huracan Americo ‘Muscled Up’ For U.S. Debut In Fountain Of Youth

Huracan Americo worked Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park for his North American debut in Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2), the local prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) April 1. Dora Licha Stables’ Huracan Americo, trained by Arturo Bruno Morales Cavieres in Peru, covered three furlongs in :36.11. Dante Zanelli Jr., who saddled […]

Girvin ‘100 Percent’ After Risen Star Effort, Points To Louisiana Derby

Trainer Joe Sharp reported that his G2 Risen Star winner Girvin exited the race in good shape, and confirmed to drf.com that the son of Tale of Ekati would likely be pointed to the G1 Louisiana Derby on April 1 at the Fair Grounds. “He was 100-percent. Timing-wise, the Louisiana Derby sets up great,” Sharp […]

McCraken, Classic Empire Lead Tampa Bay Derby Nominations

McCraken, the unbeaten colt who sits atop Thoroughbred racing’s 3-year-old rankings following his record-shattering victory here in the Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 11, heads a group of 46 sophomores nominated to the 37th renewal of the Grade II, $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 11 at Tampa Bay Downs. […]

Birzer Picks Up 3,000th Career Winner At Oaklawn

Jockey Alex Birzer became the 174th jockey in North America to win 3,000 races when he guided Numancia to victory in Sunday’s sixth race at Oaklawn. Birzer, 43, rode three winners on Saturday’s card to move within one win of the milestone, which came with fifth mount of the day. “I’m speechless,” Birzer said. “My agent […]