Bill Casner

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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Casner: Federal Legislation Presents Opportunity For Salvation

As I read the June 9 article, “American Pharoah offers a Carpe Diem Moment for Racing,” I reflected on the 37 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner. Horse racing has gone through many changes – some good and some we need to continue to work on. Since I first walked on the backside of Sunland Park racetrack when I was 15 years old, my dream was […]

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Casners ‘Well Armed’ For Dubai Return

Bill and Susan Casner have won many of America’s most prestigious races, from the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver to the Belmont Stakes with Drosselmeyer, but the pinnacle of their years in horse racing was reached thousands of miles away from their Texas home. Bill Casner still vividly remembers the words commentator Terry Spargo summoned […]

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Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves into the barn, is its medical record. Legally, an animal’s medical history belongs to its […]

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Three Incumbents Among Eight Seeking Space on Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors

The Breeders’ Cup announced today that there are eight candidates seeking election for six positions to its Board of Directors. Those individuals are as follows: Barbara Banke Antony Beck* Bill Casner William S. Farish, Jr.* (Chairman) Bobby Flay W. Bruce Lunsford Dan Pride Elliott Walden* * Denotes incumbent directors whose terms expire at the July […]

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Casner, Flay, Jackson Among Those Elected to Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup announced today that 23 individuals have won election to serve as Breeders’ Cup Members.  Voting by Breeders’ Cup foal and stallion nominators was concluded at 5:00 p.m. ET on June 6. The election results are expected to be ratified by the current Breeders’ Cup Members at the annual meeting on July 15. […]

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Harty Moves Keeneland String to Arlington

Nationally renowned conditioner Eoin Harty has taken up residence with a 24-stall contingent this season at Arlington International Racecourse. The Irish-born ex-Bob Baffert assistant has been a force at the highest level since going out on his own in 2000, including wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Travers Stakes and Dubai World Cup. He […]

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