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Will DNA Profiling Create The Perfect Thoroughbred? Hold Your Horses, Experts Say

A new clause began showing up in the breeding contract of at least one major Central Kentucky stud farm this winter: language informing mare owners that by signing, they are giving permission to stallion farms to collect broodmares’ hair samples for identity confirmation and possibly genetic analysis. From the stallion owner’s perspective, building a cache […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Waters Now Smooth For Rough C’s Ahead

About a year ago, Rough C’s Ahead got more ink after a ninth-place claiming run than most allowance horses do in their whole lifetimes. The Marvin Davis trainee struggled home last in his third career start at Fair Grounds on Dec. 29, 2016 and was listed for sale on social media by Thompson’s Horse Lot […]

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Girl Talk Brings Late Fireworks To Top Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale

Fasig-Tipton concluded its Winter Mixed Sale with Tuesday with solid results as economic indicators improved over last year. Total sales finished at $10,436,800 for 364 lots, a 10 percent improvement from the 2017 auction, while the $28,673 average was up 6 percent. The median of $10,500 also rose 16 percent. “It’s the same old story,” […]

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Push Lasix To 24 Hours Pre-Race? Study Says ‘Hold Your Horses’

As the debate about race-day medication rages on, hay/oats/water advocates have pushed to eliminate furosemide from the American raceday. But researchers and veterinarians have been left wondering: Will furosemide (widely known as Lasix or Salix) work as well to control exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) if it’s given the day before a race? According to a […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Greentree Stud

Just as Thoroughbred farms shift their names over the decades, the larger ones also shift their boundaries. Elmendorf Farm was at one time some 8,900 acres between Lexington and Paris, Ky., under the management of James Ben Ali Haggin. Like many large farms, it was sold piecemeal in the years after Haggin’s death in 1914, […]

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Barn Buddies: Alphabet Soup’s Donkey

Old Friends is home to the first two companion animals ever featured in our Barn Buddies series – Yahoo and Google, the goats who keep Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Eldaafer company. In October, the retirement home added another four-legged species to its ranks: a donkey by the name of Gorgeous George. Old Friends Founder Michael […]

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Smart Whips Could Catch What Human Eyes Can’t

There are a few things you count on in horse racing regulation and one of them is that whip rules will always be up for debate. Animal welfare groups and some race followers claim the presence and use of the whip alienates potential racing fans. Jockeys come down on both sides of the issue – […]

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Three Hagyard Veterinarians Sue Hospital Over Partnership Deal

Three associate veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Central Kentucky are suing the hospital and its recently-announced partner, Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates of North America (MAVANA), for what they say were breaches in promises related to a shareholder deal. Drs. Rocky M. Mason, Christopher R. Smith, and Patrick J. Ford claim HDM Holdings, HDM […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Maine Chance Farm

Many people in Lexington know the old Maine Chance Farm along Newtown Pike as the former base of cosmetics mogul Elizabeth Arden Graham, the place where legend has it Thoroughbreds were ordered dolled up in Arden makeup. But Graham was not the first person to raise top racehorses on the soil. Before it was called […]

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Barn Buddies: Go See CiCi At VanMeter Sales

As foaling season begins again, Kentucky horsemen have once again braved winter temperatures to do last-minute shopping at the Keeneland January Sale, looking for a bargain. For consignors, the calendar marks a return to work after a relatively quiet December, which also means it’s back to the grind for CiCi the Boston Terrier at VanMeter […]

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