Bill Casner

‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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Casner: Kentucky Downs Has Led The Way On Historical Horse Racing

There isn’t much I haven’t done, seen or experienced in the horse racing industry, including being a racetrack owner as a partner in Kentucky Downs. And the rise of Kentucky Downs is one of the most important developments in Kentucky racing in this decade and one I am most proud of. The Kentucky Horse Racing […]

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Horses, Like People, Have Luxury Awaiting Them In Dubai

Sheikh Mohammad knows how to throw a party. So if he invites you to come race your horse in Dubai on World Cup day, you’re in for the time of your life. “They roll out the red carpet. Every time we go there, it’s just a fabulous experience,” said Bill Casner, whose Well Armed won […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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Casner Inducted Into Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame ‘On The Back Of A Horse’

“Horseman’s horseman” Bill Casner is set to be inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Cowboy Hall of Fame “honors those men and women who have excelled in the sport and business of rodeo, and the western lifestyle in Texas.” Perhaps best-known as the co-founder of WinStar Farm, Casner […]

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Think Before You Rake: Racetrack Horsekeeping May Not Help Respiratory Health

There’s a lot going on in a racing stable to get a person sneezing — shaking out straw bedding, raking loose dirt aisles, sweeping dusty feed rooms. Research and commentary presented at the recent Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit suggested many traditional components of horsekeeping at the track could be wreaking havoc on […]

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Do Scopes Spread Disease?

Examination with an endoscope is a routine procedure for racehorses. Scoping can reveal exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding), airway obstructions, paralyzed arytenoid cartilage (flappers), guttural pouch infections, and the cause of coughs or nasal discharge. Pre-purchase examinations include scoping to assess the health and correctness of the throat and airways. It is not unusual for a […]

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Well Dressed, Dam Of Dubai World Cup Winner Well Armed, Dies At 19

Bill and Susan Casner’s Well Dressed, the dam of Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Well Armed, was euthanized April 4 due to complications from foaling. She was 19. “Well Dressed had a beautiful Medaglia d’Oro colt on March 2, and had complications from foaling. Like her son Well Armed, she fought to the bitter end, but unfortunately, […]

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Farriers Say Racetrack Licensing Process Leaves Much To Be Debated

Every racing jurisdiction includes in its rules of racing the specific criteria a horseshoer must meet to obtain a racing commission license as a farrier. Passing a two-part test that consists of a written portion and a practical assessment of the farrier’s skills is necessary in most jurisdictions, although a license may be issued to […]

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Barefootin’: A Healthy Choice for Soundness?

Tradition dictates that racehorses should be shod to get good traction and to protect the hoof, but some trainers believe not all horses should be shod, especially those racing on synthetic surfaces. For the past seven years, Wayne Rice has raced all but one of his 30-horse string barefoot, making an estimated 1,200 barefoot starts. […]

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