Natalie Voss

The Pennsylvania EHV Outbreak That Wasn’t

Nearly a week after it issued a disease outbreak alert through the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says there isn’t an outbreak of EHV (equine herpesvirus) in the state. On May 17, the EDCC published a disease finding alert from the state indicating a horse on a Chester County equestrian […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Gaudet Loves A Horse With A Good Story

If you’ve spent any time racing in Maryland, you know the Gaudet family. Trainer Eddie Gaudet, who died at the age of 87 early last year, was a fixture on the circuit – he arrived from Massachusetts in the 1950s and never left, training winners of the G2 General George, the G3 Anne Arundel, the […]

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Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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EHV-1 Confirmed On Pennsylvania Farm; Presque Isle Mum On Quarantine Status

Jonathan Sheppard’s Ashwell Stables in West Grove, Pa., has been placed under quarantine after a steeplechaser there fell ill and died from the neurological strain of EHV-1. Sheppard said the horse, Out the Back Jack, showed symptoms for several days before his death on Sunday. “He was a rather likable horse and a bit of […]

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‘I Am The Last One They See’: The Artist Behind Racing’s Quickest Masterpiece

When Lawrence Jones arrived in the Preakness infield with a little red wagon full of painting supplies at 5:18 p.m., he was behind the schedule he sets for himself. It seems inconceivable that he, of all the people in the winner’s circle that day, should have encountered resistance navigating the labyrinth of security checkpoints with […]

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Meet The Former Jockey Who Caught Bodexpress After A Wild Preakness

When the gates opened on the 2019 Preakness, maiden Bodexpress leapt into the air, flinging jockey John Velazquez’s feet out of his irons and dropping the Hall of Fame rider to the dirt — hard. “He was just not behaving good in the gate,” Velazquez said on NBC. “He was not standing really well. He […]

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Parker Hit With Two More Felony Animal Cruelty Charges In Louisiana, Bringing Total To Over A Dozen

Police in Union Parish, La., have charged horseman Hal Parker, 60, of Haile, with two more felony counts of animal cruelty related to two horses he housed from the kill pen rescue ICareIHelp. In February, Parker was arrested and charged with one felony count of theft of livestock, two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to […]

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The Oft-Forgotten ‘Great Race’ At Pimlico That Wasn’t A Preakness

When Preakness revelers stream through the gates of Pimlico this weekend, many of them will walk by a golden outline of three old-timey horses stretched out in full flight, heads apart. That logo isn’t just a generic nod to Pimlico’s long history, but surprisingly, it’s not commemorating a Preakness of old, either. The three-horse gold […]

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Dominguez’s 360 Gentle Touch Riding Crop: Why It’s Different And How It Fits Into The Whip Debate

In the hubbub of the Kentucky Derby disqualification drama, replays and still images have been analyzed and watched thousands of times as viewers try to get a handle on Maximum Security’s path of travel and the resulting domino effect. One thing people probably weren’t looking at closely, however, was the whips the jockeys were carrying. […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Every Barn Needs A Goat

The Churchill Downs backstretch on Kentucky Derby week is a bustling place, fairly bursting at the seams by Wednesday or Thursday. Exercise riders and security guards navigate seas of visitors who never seem to quite realize they’re on horse paths. Grooms steer bikes through the chaos, sometimes stopping to gape at the scrum outside Bob […]

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