Natalie Voss

‘He May Be Able To Save Horses’ Lives’: The Mysterious Disease That Claimed Empire Maker

For many people, Empire Maker was an appropriately-named horse whose legacy as a stallion will live on well after his death this week at the age of 20. His veterinarians, Dr. Lauren Javernick and Dr. Nathan Slovis also hope the Gainesway stallion may also one day be remembered for helping other horses suffering from a […]

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Omaha Beach Scratched From Pegasus Swan Song Out Of ‘Abundance Of Caution’

Heavy favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched from this weekend’s Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational after trainer Richard Mandella was alerted Thursday morning to slight swelling in the colt’s right hind fetlock. Radiographs, which were reviewed by Dr. Larry Bramlage, revealed Omaha Beach had a small spot in his cannon bone that could signal […]

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Breeders’ Cup Releases Bramlage Report On Mongolian Groom, Along With Six Areas For Policy Improvement

The extensive pre-race veterinary screening process at the Breeders’ Cup is good, but it can be better. That’s the conclusion from top equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, who examined the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. In a 25-page report released Wednesday, Bramlage noted […]

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When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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New Jersey Attorney General: Alborano Raked In More Than $340K In Donations, Handed Civil Penalties Of $5K

Dina Alborano, founder of the now-defunct group ICareIHelp entered into an agreement with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General last month to pay civil penalties for allegedly violating state laws regarding charitable fundraising. A statement issued by the office on Jan. 13 indicates Alborano took in $344, 290 in donations between November 2017 […]

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Stocks And Studs: When Thoroughbreds And Investment Funds Mix

When revelations broke in late November that Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the big-spending new ownership group of mysterious origins, had been named in a money laundering case in New York, the racing world was abuzz. According to sales records, Phoenix has spent tens of millions of dollars in bloodstock over the past three years. Its website states […]

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Commentary: When Considering Racing’s Problems, Ask Yourself What You Can Do To Help

Soon, we will be able to close the book on 2019, and many of us who work in horse racing have never been so happy to see a year end. The start of a new year is often the time for reflection and hopes for a brighter future.  The horse racing community is an engaged […]

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What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it’s time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We’ve done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). It’s no secret that 2019 was a tough year for horse racing, and […]

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Louisiana Stewards Hand Suspensions To Owner, Trainer Accused In Neglect Case

Stewards in Louisiana have issued lengthy suspensions to trainer Thomas Sam and owner Keith Sam in connection with the neglect and eventual death of 8-year-old gelding I Promised Youhuff. Rulings published Dec. 6 indicated that both Sams are suspended for the remainder of the Delta Downs meet plus ten days, and denied access to all […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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