Dr. Larry Bramlage

‘Truly Special’ Omaha Beach Will Continue To Be Evaluated Ahead Of Breeding Season

Scratched from his career swansong in the Pegasus World Cup after x-rays revealed the beginnings of a fracture in his right hind ankle, Omaha Beach is scheduled to ship to Spendthrift Farm on Monday. According to drf.com, additional x-rays will be performed when the 4-year-old son of War Front arrives, in order to ensure that Omaha Beach […]

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Breeders’ Cup Releases Bramlage Report On Mongolian Groom, Along With Six Areas For Policy Improvement

The extensive pre-race veterinary screening process at the Breeders’ Cup is good, but it can be better. That’s the conclusion from top equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, who examined the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. In a 25-page report released Wednesday, Bramlage noted […]

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What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it’s time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We’ve done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). It’s no secret that 2019 was a tough year for horse racing, and […]

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Bramlage Investigation On Mongolian Groom, Breeders’ Cup Safety Protocols Well Underway

An investigation by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s Dr. Larry Bramlage into the circumstances of Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Mongolian Groom’s fatal injury is well underway. The Breeders’ Cup board contracted Bramlage to review not only the pre-race condition and injury of Mongolian Groom, but the organization’s pre-race safety protocols as a whole. A source […]

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Bisphosphonates: What We Know About Off-Label Use, And What One Drug Company Is Doing About It

A little more than a year ago, top surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage stood up in Rood and Riddle’s annual Client Education Seminar and issued a warning to attendees about a new group of drugs called bisphosphonates. Bramlage worried the drug was being misused, and that misuse was putting racehorses at serious, long-term risk of injury […]

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Newly-Funded Grayson Research Projects Could Provide Answers To Racing Fatality Puzzle

Renowned equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage said earlier this month he’s not sure what caused this season’s much-publicized spike in horse racing fatalities at Santa Anita, but he does know one thing that will help: research. Bramlage sits on the board of directors for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which funds a wide range […]

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Santa Anita Breakdowns: Your Questions, Answered

Throughout this week, our coverage of Santa Anita’s spike in equine fatalities and subsequent indefinite closure has prompted all kinds of questions, comments, and theories from readers. Some are casual followers of the sport, just trying to get a handle on what’s happening, while others are more long-term fans with questions about the underlying cause. […]

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Renowned Surgeon Bramlage Isn’t Done Learning From His Four-Legged ‘Puzzles’

Few equine veterinarians have the clout of Dr. Larry Bramlage. In the Thoroughbred world, he is the expert eye trainers trust to get to the bottom of a horse’s difficult lameness. When he sits on a panel at a veterinary conference, the crowds frequently overflow. In his time on the NBC Triple Crown broadcasts, the […]

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Preventing Breakdowns: Why Routine Imaging Isn’t The Answer…Yet

This is Part II of our two-part series on imaging technologies in equine medicine. Find Part I, which explains what each type of imaging does, here. Horsemen and racing fans always ask the question, “Why can’t high-tech diagnostics be used before a race to detect if a horse has a condition that might cause it […]

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