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Jeff Blea, DVM, On The Santa Anita Crisis, Medication And Racing’s Survival

As a veterinarian practicing at Santa Anita, the last few months have been the most difficult of my career.  I’ve experienced grief for the horses who have been euthanized, and frustration with the spike in racing and training injuries.  The survivability of the sport in my state is on the line. But this crisis is […]

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From The Brink Of Death, Needles Became Florida’s Racing Hero, Inspiration For Breeding Industry

Stallion farms around the world have graveyards to honor the horses that built and sustained their operations. The heart and hooves of Needles rest on the property of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., instead of his home farm, because he belonged to the entire state of Florida. Needles set plenty of the milestones that future Florida-breds […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Take Action Now On Bisphosphonates Use

“I’ve been Tildrened.” That’s what a consignor of 2-year-olds said recently to a leading owner about a horse he purchased at a yearling sale with the intention of putting it in training and re-selling it as a prospective racehorse this spring. He was referring to the potentially negative side-effects from a drug called Tildren, one […]

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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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The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?

The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group’s “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of therapeutic medications and riding crops, […]

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Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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‘Our Circle Keeps Shrinking’: An Open Letter To The Thoroughbred Industry

Erin O’Keefe is the customer relations manager for Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., serves as vice-president of aftercare placement for the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization, and is an adviser to a national racing syndicate. She previously worked at Darby Dan and Taylor Made farms, as well as Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Why is it […]

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PR Special OBS March: First 2-Year-Olds For Wicked Strong

For the second straight day, the Paulick Report offers a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the OBS March Sale for 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills continues his recall of the history of Needles and his impact on the Florida racing and breeding […]

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PR Special OBS March: What Needles Did For Florida Racing, Breeding

The Paulick Report is pleased to present another special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the OBS March sale in Florida. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills writes about the history of Needles, the first Florida-bred to win Triple Crown races. Plus, the Stallion Spotlight shines upon the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Regulatory Fairness Left At Starting Gate In Minnesota

In her written decision recommending dismissal of any sanctions against the owner and trainer of a horse testing positive for minuscule levels of methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said New Jersey Racing Commission steward Stephen Pagano testified in the case that he had never heard of a meth […]

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