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Report: NYRA, Churchill, Keeneland In Talks About Banning Lasix For Juveniles, Stakes Races

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form citing “three officials with knowledge of the discussions, Churchill Downs, the New York Racing Association and Keeneland are considering a two-pronged plan for the elimination of the race-day medication, Lasix. Under the proposal, tracks owned by the three companies would ban Lasix for 2-year-old races in […]

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Sweat It Out: Equines And Salt Intake

Salt is an integral part of your horse’s diet; sweating from weather or work increases the amount of salt necessary to keep a horse healthy. The need for other electrolytes, like calcium, potassium and magnesium, may also increase. Though most forages provide the vast majority of minerals needed to keep horses healthy, hay and forage […]

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Early Jockey Changes: Santana On Plus Que Parfait, Irad Ortiz Picks Up Improbable

Several jockey changes for this year’s Kentucky Derby were announced by drf.com on Tuesday. First, Ricardo Santana Jr. will pick up the mount on UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait. In Dubai, the colt was ridden by Jose Ortiz, but Ortiz will retain the ride on Wood Memorial winner Tacitus. Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable, ridden […]

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Longtime Handicapper Steve Davidowitz, Author Of ‘Betting Thoroughbreds,’ Dies At 77

Nationally-known handicapper and turf writer Steve Davidowitz passed away at his home in Nevada over the weekend, according to his son, Brad. He was 77. “I’d like to imagine he basically died doing what he loved, that he passed while doing what he loved,” Brad Davidowitz told the Daily Racing Form. “Romantically, I envision that […]

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Turf Star Heart To Heart Retired, Stud Plans Pending

Heart to Heart, a two-time Grade 1 winner on the turf, has been retired from racing with stud plans pending, Daily Racing Form reports. The 8-year-old English Channel horse will reside at Hidden Brook Farm in Paris, Ky., while decisions to begin his stallion career are finalized. He gained popularity among racing fans for the […]

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Age-Old Question: How Old Is Too Old To Breed A Mare?

Generally, mares are past their reproductive prime when they reach 15 to 16 years old. There are mares that can carry and deliver healthy foals into their 20s, but the majority of them have had multiple successful pregnancies before. To see if a mare can be bred, a veterinarian should perform a breeding soundness exam […]

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Midnight Bisou Noses Out Very Game Escape Clause In Apple Blossom

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stable, and Allen Racing’s Midnight Bisou had to work hard as the 4-5 favorite in the stretch of Sunday’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom, fending off a determined drive from 8-1 chance Escape Clause. Under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, Midnight Bisou hit the wire a nose ahead of her rival […]

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EVA Confirmed In Two Stallions In England

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) has been confirmed in two stallions in Dorset, England, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s chief veterinary officer, reports. Restrictions on breeding have been put in place; the horses, which are not Thoroughbreds, are located in the same stable. EVA is a notable viral disease in stallions that can cause swelling of […]

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Pimlico Officials Close Oldest Section Of Grandstand A Month Before Preakness

Officials at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course announced the closure of the oldest part of the track’s grandstand just over one month before thousands will arrive for the 144th Preakness Stakes, reports the¬†Baltimore Sun. The section held 6,670 seats or 17.5 percent of the facility’s capacity, but an engineering firm determined that it is “no longer […]

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Hard To Breathe? Dusty Hay Hard On More Than Equine Lungs

Dusty hay can be hard on not just equine lungs, but human lungs as well. Emily Boyce was completing a project for her equine studies class at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire, England, that involved studying hay, when she discovered just how dirty working with hay can be. Emily was wearing a face mask […]

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