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Does A Z Bar Shoe Spell Derby Doom For Girvin? Not Necessarily

News this week that Kentucky Derby contender Girvin’s repeatedly delayed workout schedule is due to a quarter crack the colt incurred last week has many fans and handicappers rearranging their tickets to leave him off. The Daily Racing Form’s observation a day prior of Z bar shoes on both the colt’s front feet had already […]

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Old Friends Announces Passing Of Veteran New England Campaigners Swan’s Way And Duke Ora

Within just a few days of each other, we lost two tough old New England Campaigners: Duke Ora, 23, and Swan’s Way, 28. They each made 81 starts and died within a few days of each other–Dukie from a neurological disorder and Swannie from inoperable colic. And anyone who thinks Thoroughbreds are the equine version […]

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Animal Simulators Help Tufts Veterinary Students ‘Learn By Doing’

Hannah Donnelly, V17, was “super anxious” about a dog spay she was scheduled to do. All third-year students at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine are required to spay two dogs for their course in small-animal anesthesia and surgery. So when she got an email offering students a chance to practice on a simulator […]

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Pelvic Fractures: How They Happen And What To Do About Them

In February, the racing world was stunned when retired 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic sustained a broken pelvis and died from a resulting severed artery at Old Friends. Although the circumstances of Charismatic’s accident were especially unusual (since he was both retired and at rest in a stall), pelvic fractures of varying degrees can […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Don’t Discount The ‘War Horse’

All too often Thoroughbred trainer, off-track Thoroughbred agent and OTTB advocate Mary Tate hears the same description from clients looking to purchase a horse off the racetrack as a riding or competition mount.  “We’re looking for something between the ages of three and five years old with less than 20 starts,” horse shoppers tell her […]

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Five-Time Grade 1 Winner Private Zone Retired To Old Friends

At eight years of age, top sprinter Private Zone has been retired to Lexington’s Old Friends Farm, bloodhorse.com confirmed on Tuesday. The five-time Grade 1 winning son of Macho Uno retires with earnings of $2.9 million, and a record of 10-9-3 from 33 starts. “He’s a beautiful horse and very sweet,” Old Friends’ Michael Blowen […]

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T. I. P. Non-Competition Award Applications Now Available

Applications for The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program’s (T.I.P.’s) two annual awards, the Thoroughbred of the Year Award and the Young Rider of the Year Award, are now available online at tjctip.com. The T.I.P. Thoroughbred of the Year Award recognizes a Thoroughbred that has excelled in a non-competitive career, such as equine-assisted therapy or police work. The […]

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Old Friends’ Annual ‘Homecoming’ Fundraiser Scheduled For Sunday After Derby

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, will host its Annual “Homecoming” sponsored by Red Brand, Daily Racing Form, and NTRA Advantage, on Sunday May 7th, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The event is an open house and fundraiser and 2017 marks its 13th year. Tickets are $25 for the general […]

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Thoroughbreds Competing at the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Once again the Retired Racehorse Project has put together a list of everything you need to know about the Thoroughbreds competing at this spring’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. This year there are 66 horses scheduled to compete at this year’s Rolex, with 17 of those listed as Thoroughbreds. The 17 Thoroughbreds slated to compete in […]

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‘Camera Pill’ Could Aid In Diagnosing GI Problems In Horses

Researchers are testing a new technology that would allow them to gain a more complete picture of a horse’s intestinal tract using an endoscopic camera contained within a small capsule. This new approach is in response to traditional forms of gastrointestinal diagnostic tools, such as endoscopy and ultrasound, which only provide a partial picture of […]

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