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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Cantey ‘Made Horses Real’ To Her Audience

For many horse racing fans, the experience of the sport’s biggest race days comes through their television screens. Those of us who watched the Triple Crown more for the horses than the betting tips quickly learned to listen for the lilting voice of broadcaster Charlsie Cantey, who spent three decades giving audiences the horseman’s viewpoint […]

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The Mid-Atlantic’s Long Legacy Of Horsemanship

Although Kentucky is known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” a quick trip east to Maryland or Virginia provides excellent reminders that it doesn’t hold a monopoly on the title. In fact, you might say Kentucky wouldn’t have gotten to be “Kentucky” without the particular brand of horsemen who got a start in the […]

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Veterinarians Finding Off-Label Vaccine Effective Against Lawsonia In Young Horses

Lawsonia intracellularis is a type of bacteria associated with the disease Equine Proliferative Enteropathy (EPE), and for years, it has been a tricky foe for veterinarians. The bacteria, which tends to impact young horses, thickens the intestinal wall, preventing horses from properly absorbing their food. EPE causes puffiness in the jaw, leg or abdomen, lethargy, […]

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Updated: Zenyatta Loses 2018 Into Mischief Foal, Mare ‘Bounced Back Well’

An official Equineline mare produce record indicated late Wednesday that Zenyatta has lost her 2018 foal by Into Mischief. Equineline noted the foal, which had been due this spring, has been aborted. Zenyatta’s connections updated her blog Friday morning, revealing the abortion happened mid-April and was caused by low grade placentitis which caused “premature placental […]

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Updated: No Evidence Of Scratches On Justify Tuesday, Colt Recovering From Bruise

Two days after trainer Bob Baffert told the media Kentucky Derby winner Justify was suffering from scratches, Kentucky Horse Racing commission veterinarians said the colt appeared to be sound once again. “The horse walked, jogged, and turned in tight circles in both directions today without evidence of lameness,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Thirty-Five Years After Sunny’s Halo, Cross Is Back To The Beginning Again

With each passing day in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, the Churchill Downs backstretch buzzes louder. It seems the reporters, broadcasters, cousins of neighbors of friends of horse owners – all of them multiply, parking wherever possible and snapping photos of horses eating, working, and bathing. For the locals without a horse […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Doc’s Products, Inc.: A Cat Called Ian Wilkes

Sometime early in Kentucky Derby week, Keith Desormeaux assistant and longtime partner Julie Clark acquired a very persistent fan. A friendly brown tabby showed up in the barn where My Boy Jack and several other Desormeaux shippers have been stabled, toward the Longfield Ave side of the barn complex. The cat (Clark wasn’t sure if […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: The Jockey Shuffle?

Every spring between mid-April and early May, the country’s top jockeys play a complex game of musical chairs (or musical saddles). Injuries or multiple commitments often mean at least one or two horses are headed to Louisville without their regular rider. For the veteran with multiple prospects, it can mean the biggest handicapping job they’ll […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Derby Countdown: In A Foreign Land

When Mendelssohn makes the walk over to the paddock on Saturday, his connections will hope he can overcome more than a grueling 1 ¼ miles and 19 opponents: the overseas-prepped runner will also be facing statistical improbability. Since 1940, 45 horses have prepared for the Derby abroad, with two winners and one second place finisher. […]

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‘So Grateful’: After Public Outcry, Churchill Offers Credential To Bredar

After racing fans reacted with disgust to the news that freelance television analyst Caton Bredar had been denied a media credential to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs management has reversed its decision. Bredar, who works as an independent contractor for Twinspires competitor TVG, said she received a call over the weekend from Kevin Flanery, Churchill […]

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