Natalie Voss

Rethinking Early Training for Thoroughbreds: Incorporating Natural Horsemanship

Even in Nashville, Tenn., there are certain places you just don’t expect to see cowboys, and the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners might normally be one of them. In December, however, the five-day meeting kicked off with a keynote address from Buck Brannaman, well-known clinician and natural horsemanship practitioner. Brannaman’s presence […]

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Stonestreet: Rachel Alexandra Will Not Be Bred in 2014

According to Stonestreet Farm, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will not be bred in 2014, following a serious post-foaling medical scare in 2013. A spokesman for the farm said there is no timetable for a decision about whether the 8-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro will be bred in the future. She is said […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Breaking the Advertising Mold

What would horse racing in the United States become if some 22 percent of the population placed a bet each year? In a world with increasingly diverse entertainment and gaming options and the sport’s fan base shrinking by 4 percent annually (according to the 2011 McKinsey Report), the Jockey Club and American racetracks are struggling to […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Fresh Faces: ‘Wild Ride’ for Jockey’s Son

Alex Solis II spent much of his childhood at the racetrack while father Alex Solis built a riding career that has included a Dubai World Cup, three Breeders’ Cup victories, and close to 5,000 career wins. The younger Solis has worked under Mel Stute, Richard Mandella, Bruce Headley, and Taylor Made Farm’s John Hall. He […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: CANTER Kentucky Making New Strides

The Communication Alliance for Networking Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses’ Kentucky division took its operation to a new level this month when it opened its first official retraining facility in Georgetown. For both CANTER Kentucky executive director Amanda Graham and trainer Stephanie Calendrillo, the event marks the realization of long-term goals. Graham has been saving money to open the […]

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Dust to Dust: Exhuming Native Diver From Hollywood Park

Following the closure of Hollywood Park, the only horse remaining in track’s walking ring is one who had been in the ground for 46 years. Native Diver, often heralded as the West Coast’s Kelso, was brought to rest there after dying suddenly from a bout of colic. After the track closed on Dec. 22, officials […]

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Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Michael Wrona, an Aussie in Berkeley

Michael Wrona is the regular race caller for Golden Gate Fields. The Australian native began announcing races at the age of 17 at a remote racing/rodeo weekend meet in the outback of central Australia. He immigrated to the United States with legendary announcer John Tapp in 1990 and took on the job as announcer at […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: A State of Cooperation

The racing industry isn’t exactly known for having an atmosphere of cooperation. The conflicts within the sport stack up fast after a quick glance at the headlines. Change is on the horizon in at least one area, though—drug regulation. Officials are coming together around the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Program, an initiative promoted by the Racing […]

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Can You Hear Me Now? Establishing A Communication Center for Disease Outbreak

As we’ve learned during various outbreaks of equine herpesvirus at racetracks and training centers in the past year, bad news can travel quickly when a horse comes down with a highly contagious illness at a competition venue. In the true nature of bad news though, information about the status of a disease outbreak can also […]

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