Prairie Meadows: Paddy O’Prado Day will be missing one thing…

Press Release Prairie Meadows’ guest of honor will be unable to attend Paddy O’Prado Day on Aug. 5. Due to insurance complications, Paddy O’Prado will not be sent from Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., to Prairie Meadows for the event that will honor his racing career. Prairie Meadows will still have Paddy O’Prado Day, which […]

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Cohen: Wild horse issue a mess out West

Atlantic Monthly writer Andrew Cohen weighs in a controversy that’s been reignited lately – the future of wild horse herds on government lands out West.  Horse advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week against the Bureau of Land Management over its plan to gather 900 wild horses from southern Wyoming ranges, castrate the stallions and […]

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TOBA to offer pedigree/conformation clinic, ownership seminar

Press Release The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced today that it will conduct a Pedigree and Conformation Clinic on Monday, August 8 and a Thoroughbred Ownership Seminar on Thursday, August 11 in Saratoga Springs , N.Y.   The Pedigree and Conformation Clinic, sponsored by Blood-Horse Publications, will feature conformation presentations and live evaluations […]

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Sire Toccet moves from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma

Eleven-year-old stallion Toccet has been sold to Mighty Acres Farm in Oklahoma.  The sire of graded stakes winner Ventana stood at Dana Point Farm in Pennsylvania for the 2011 breeding season. The son of Awesome Again has produced 21 stakes horses to this point.

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Frankel will be alone atop world rankings but Breeders’ Cup unlikely

Not surprisingly, Franke’s dominant performance in Wednesday’s Quipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood is expected to vault him into the undisputed top spot of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, which come out next week. In the last ranking, Frankel was tied with undefeated Australian sprinter Black Caviar for the top position, each with a rating of 130.  […]

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Declining foal crops impact vet business

Equine veterinarians are starting to feel the financial pinch of declines in Thoroughbred foal crops.  A feature by industry publication DVM Newsmagazine points out that vet practices large and small are seeing a drop-off in business.  Jim Pendergrast is an equine practioner in New York and Florida: “In summertime, I usually have seven or eight […]

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Lasix and equine health: Little consensus at RCI meeting

There was little consensus about the effect of anti-bleeding medication on Thoroughbred health at a committee meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International Tuesday in Saratoga.  The purpose of the meeting was to continue the discussion about race-day medication and to share information among horsemen, researchers and veterinarians.  From The Saratogian: “Horsemen felt strongly […]

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Prince Will I Am gets a rest; Adios Charlie out for year

Trainer Michelle Nihei said Tuesday that Grade 1 winner Prince Will I Am has been sent to Casa Farm in Kentucky for some time off.  The four-year-old colt finished off the board in his last two starts. “I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was, why he ran so poorly in his last two […]

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Stallion farms say stud fees leveling off

Recent declines in stud fees aren’t likely to continue in 2012, according to several prominent stallion farms.  An informal Blood-Horse survey suggests farms believe they’ve given breeders a good chance to make money and will keep fees level: “As far as stud fees for 2012, my prediction would lean toward everything being a bit status […]

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