Dr. Larry Bramlage

Songbird’s Career-Ending Diagnosis A ‘Happy Ending’ To Her Incredible Story

There is no doubt that super-filly Songbird had an incredible career, winning 13 of her 15 races, wrote Bob Ehalt on thoroughbredracing.com. The end of that career was muddied, however, by a difficult-to-diagnose physical ailment which terminated the long-standing relationship between Songbird’s owner Rick Porter and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. In her second start of 2017, […]

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Voss: What Songbird’s Vet Reports Might Reveal About Racehorse Injuries

When Fox Hill Farm announced the retirement of champion Songbird Aug. 31, owner Rick Porter made the somewhat unconventional decision to post part of the filly’s veterinary reports on Facebook to help fans understand the reasons for her departure. Those reports, from the office of Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in […]

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La Campeona Songbird Ha Sido Retirada De Las Pistas

Luego de su inesperada derrota en el Personal Ensign (G1), el propietario Rick Porter advertía que no le parecía que su campeona Songbird estuviera al 100% de su condición, anunciando entonces que solicitaría una evaluación completa de la hija de Medaglia d’Oro. Lamentablemente, Porter estaba en lo cierto. Songbird fue llevada al Rood & Riddle […]

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Pelvic Fractures: How They Happen And What To Do About Them

In February, the racing world was stunned when retired 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic sustained a broken pelvis and died from a resulting severed artery at Old Friends. Although the circumstances of Charismatic’s accident were especially unusual (since he was both retired and at rest in a stall), pelvic fractures of varying degrees can […]

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‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same way horsemen do. Speaking at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s annual client education seminar this week, Bramlage was one of a panel of speakers […]

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California Chrome: X-Ray Reveals ‘No Injury’ In Right Knee

After California Chrome’s ninth-place finish in Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup, trainer Art Sherman became concerned that the two-time Horse of the Year had perhaps developed a chip in his right knee. The big chestnut was a bit “off” on that front leg, and had developed heat and a bit of filling. California Chrome was flown […]

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Veterinarians Launch Four-Year Study To Track Progress, Relevance Of Yearling Radiographic Abnormalities

A large study led by Drs. Wayne McIlwraith, Frances Peat and Chris Kawcak from the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University, working with Dr. Jeff Berk from Lexington, Ky., was commenced at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale this year. This study will look at two issues that are typically the most-discussed findings by buyers, […]

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‘Widespread Industry Collaboration’ Enhances Seventh Welfare And Safety Summit

The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded late Tuesday afternoon at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Ky., following 12 reports on topics ranging from racing surfaces, equine injuries and rider safety to nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health for horses. There were also reports on biomarker research, compounded medications, nutraceuticals, lameness, the […]

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Bone Bruise Sidelines Runhappy For 60 Days

Runhappy has been sidelined for the next 60 days with a bone bruise to his right front cannon bone, according to bloodhorse.com. The Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion recently returned to training at the Kentucky Training Center under the watchful eye of Laura Wohlers, but hadn’t been training as well as Wohlers expected. “He had been […]

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Bramlage: When It Comes To One Corticosteroid, Always Read The Label

  As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as Depo-Medrol. New York officials issued a statement warning horsemen and veterinarians not to use the drug at all in late 2014, and authorities in West Virginia sent […]

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