Natalie Voss

Updated: New Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Hagyard Equine Medical, Others Over Misdated Sale Radiographs

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, whose partners are already fighting a civil lawsuit over a contract dispute from three former employees, was hit with a class action suit this week – this one centering on some of its veterinarians’ practice of misdating pre-sale radiographs. Illinois-based owner/trainer Tom Swearingen is suing the hospital, individual Hagyard surgeons Drs. […]

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Renowned Surgeon Bramlage Isn’t Done Learning From His Four-Legged ‘Puzzles’

Few equine veterinarians have the clout of Dr. Larry Bramlage. In the Thoroughbred world, he is the expert eye trainers trust to get to the bottom of a horse’s difficult lameness. When he sits on a panel at a veterinary conference, the crowds frequently overflow. In his time on the NBC Triple Crown broadcasts, the […]

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Study: War Horses Aren’t More Likely To Suffer Soundness Issues In Retirement

Over the last decade, the Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) has become more and more popular with amateur and professional riders of sport horses. It would seem the breed is picking up steam for a resurgence in the English disciplines, where it has been elbowed out by Warmbloods in recent years. While Thoroughbreds are gaining acceptance in […]

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Eight Hagyard Veterinarians Sign Settlement Agreements With Kentucky Board

Eight veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute agreed to financial settlements with the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners last week, following the board’s investigation into misdating of sale radiographs by several of the hospital’s partners. Drs. Michael Hore and Michael Spirito agreed to pay $25,000 in “administrative payments” to offset the cost of the board’s […]

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‘Bring Rick Back’? Years Later, Dutrow’s Ban Still Divides

One sunny afternoon last August, patrons approaching the front gates of Saratoga Race Course were met with a series of protestors waving signs with red lettering demanding: “BRING RICK BACK.” “Who’s Rick? What’d he do? Did Rick get fired?” Men with rolling coolers and women holding folding chairs traded theories while waiting for the light […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: The Cow Who Thinks She’s A Thoroughbred

When any farm animal grows up as a cherished pet instead of one of a herd, it’s natural to have a little species confusion. That’s the easiest explanation for why Bessie Cow, as the big white Brahma at South Fox Farm LLC is known, thinks she’s in training for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Now […]

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‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Veterinarian Dr. Kate Papp is one of those people whose brain is always on overdrive, as if it has its own direct infusion of caffeine. She sometimes has to gulp for air mid-sentence because although she speaks fast, it isn’t fast enough to get one thought out before another one breaks through. She frequently wakes […]

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Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions Under Strangles Quarantine; Some Farm Clients Claim They Were Not Notified

The Florida Department of Agriculture has instituted a quarantine for strangles at Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions in Ocala, Fla., impacting approximately 93 horses on the property. Officials placed the farm under quarantine Dec. 20 after one horse presented with clinical signs of strangles and a positive test result on PCR. At the time of the Department’s […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Castleton’s Prowess Touched Three Breeds

Many subjects of our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series thus far have seen their development mirror that of Lexington as the top Thoroughbred nursery in the country. The oldest Thoroughbred farms may sometimes trace their roots to a family homestead in the late 1700s, maybe to use as pastureland for cows, and then make the […]

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Seven Months Later, No Consequences For Oklahoma Horsemen Violating 24-Hour Medication Rule

There’s an old saying in politics, originating I think in the Watergate scandal, that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. It’s a phrase that may as well have evolved in horse racing. When I recently reviewed 2018’s top stories on the Paulick Report, I was reminded of Joe Gorajec’s dogged investigation into post-race […]

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