Natalie Voss

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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A Look Back At Clyde Van Dusen, A Tiny Gelding With Magic Shoes

After the finish of the 1929 Kentucky Derby, a stunned and rain soaked Col. E.R. Bradley told reporters the race had crowned the worst Derby winner in 20 years. Bradley’s highly accomplished Blue Larkspur had fallen to a horse so little and unfortunate-looking, his trainer had warned his jockey about the dangers of judging a […]

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Despite Breathing Issue, Surgery, Omaha Beach Could Be Back For Summer Classics

Omaha Beach is out of the Kentucky Derby, but don’t count him out later this summer, his trainer Richard Mandella told media Thursday. Wednesday, news broke that the predicted Derby favorite was scratched from the race due to an entrapped epiglottis, which should be corrected by surgery that was planned Thursday at Rood and Riddle […]

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Oaks Contender Jaywalk Has A Star Wars Look To Her, But It’s For Good Reason

Sharp observers in the John Servis barn this week may have noticed Kentucky Oaks contender Jaywalk cooling out in the shedrow with some sort of futuristic plastic device on her nose. Have no fear – the reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner is neither sick nor a cyborg. The device is a battery-powered equine nebulizer […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Tom Van Berg On Emotional Ride With Kentucky Oaks Filly

If you ask Tom Van Berg what enticed him back to training after a ten-year hiatus, he’s quick to correct you. He wasn’t coaxed, or tugged, or drawn back into the early mornings and long days; he was grabbed by the hands of fate, and the hands of his father. The year after his return, […]

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Commentary: Fact Checking Opponents Of Safety And Welfare Reform

Most of the modern political discourse (and much of the mainstream news cycle) seems to be dominated by debate. Two sides with two opposite arguments, both hoping to sway their audience into seeing things their way. Usually representatives of each side make bold, occasionally fantastical statements; sometimes they stretch or distort the truth. Their job […]

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Ten Months Later, Remington Stewards Issue Fines To Trainer, Veterinarian After Violation Of 24-Hour Treatment Rule

Ten months after a veterinarian was observed by special investigators treating horses within 24 hours of race time, stewards at Remington Park have taken action against the vet and two trainers. In stewards’ rulings dated April 15, 2019, Dr. Joe Hadley Whiting was fined $6,000, trainer Clint Crawford was fined $4,000 and trainer Tyler Crawford […]

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California Board Leaves Dates At Santa Anita, Advances New Safety Rules

After much anticipation, the California Horse Racing Board decided not to reallocate race dates from Santa Anita Park at a board meeting Thursday afternoon. “My view is that racing since Santa Anita has reopened has been really good, there have been no accidents. Personally, I see no reason to move the race dates,” said CHRB […]

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Parker Hit With Nine More Animal Cruelty Charges In Continued Fallout From Louisiana Rescue Case

Things got more complicated this week for Hal W. Parker, the Louisiana horseman who boarded and quarantined horses for a kill pen rescue in 2018. Parker, 60, of Haile, La., has been hit with nine animal cruelty charges — seven for malnourished horses found on his property, and two for horses who were seized and […]

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The Future Is Here: University Of Kentucky Sports Medicine Program Will Help Jockeys Ride Safer, Better, Healthier

Any longtime rider of horses will tell you: It’s not a question of whether you will fall off but when. For jockeys, the question becomes not whether they’ll get hurt, but how badly (or for how long they’ll be out of the saddle, going without pay, while they recover). A new laboratory at the University […]

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