Natalie Voss

Stronach Group Reforms: Questions In California And A View From The Mid-Atlantic

As the hours tick down to Thursday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board – the first since Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing indefinitely following a rash of fatal breakdowns – everyone is wondering how The Stronach Group will propose to move forward with the reforms announced by Belinda Stronach March 14. A […]

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Bisphosphonates: What We Know About Off-Label Use, And What One Drug Company Is Doing About It

A little more than a year ago, top surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage stood up in Rood and Riddle’s annual Client Education Seminar and issued a warning to attendees about a new group of drugs called bisphosphonates. Bramlage worried the drug was being misused, and that misuse was putting racehorses at serious, long-term risk of injury […]

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Updated: Horse Stabled At Golden Gate Fields Diagnosed With Neurotropic Equine Herpesvirus

A racehorse stabled at Golden Gate Fields has been diagnosed with the neurotropic strain of EHV-1 (equine herpesvirus), according to California Horse Racing Board officials. The horse died over the weekend after experiencing neurological symptoms. According to an update Tuesday evening from the CHRB, one barn has been placed under quarantine with enhanced biosecurity measures […]

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Newly-Funded Grayson Research Projects Could Provide Answers To Racing Fatality Puzzle

Renowned equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage said earlier this month he’s not sure what caused this season’s much-publicized spike in horse racing fatalities at Santa Anita, but he does know one thing that will help: research. Bramlage sits on the board of directors for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which funds a wide range […]

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EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that one of […]

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Law Enforcement Seizes 18 Horses From Louisiana Feed Lot, Investigation Ongoing

Authorities with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Department of Agriculture have seized 18 horses after executing a search warrant at an address in Pitkin, La. A statement from the sheriff’s office on Facebook explained the offices had received “numerous” complaints of animal neglect against the Thompson Horse Lot, long known for its Facebook-based […]

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Updated: Ahead Of License Renewal, Questions About Turf Paradise’s Planned Reforms

After several weeks of tough press coverage and promises of reform, Turf Paradise will face the Arizona Racing Commission Thursday seeking a renewal of its three-year commercial permit to operate through the 2021 fiscal year. Trade and regional media covered Arizona’s spike in equine fatalities, which rose alarmingly in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, despite […]

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Santa Anita Breakdowns: Your Questions, Answered

Throughout this week, our coverage of Santa Anita’s spike in equine fatalities and subsequent indefinite closure has prompted all kinds of questions, comments, and theories from readers. Some are casual followers of the sport, just trying to get a handle on what’s happening, while others are more long-term fans with questions about the underlying cause. […]

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Want To Become A Trainer? Start By Ponying Up

When Michael Bray walked away from a 20-year training career in 1998, it wasn’t because he was sick of horses. It was because he’d gotten pretty sick of numbers. “[The problem was] mainly owners not paying bills,” said Bray one sunny afternoon at Saratoga. “You’d have to carry horses 90, 120 days before you’d get […]

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Arizona: After Spike In Equine Fatalities, Voluntary Reforms Seem Too Little Too Late

All eyes have been on California racing this week, where a recent rash of breakdowns at Santa Anita has drawn attention from national media. Overall though, California’s record on fatal injuries each year isn’t bad — the rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year finished at 1.65 per 1,000 starts, roughly equal with the national average. […]

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