Standardbred

AFib In Canadian Standardbreds May Be Inherited From Specific Stallions

University of Guelph researchers have discovered the cause of a regional spike in atrial fibrillation among Standardbred racehorses: specific bloodlines. Admissions of Standardbred racehorses for atrial fibrillation to the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital began to rise in the early 1990s: there were 168 Standardbreds born between 1993 and 2007 that arrived at the vet […]

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Researcher: Abnormal Heart Rhythms May Be To Blame For Sudden Deaths In Racehorses

Dr. Peter Physick-Sheard, an equine cardiovascular expert, recently gave a seminar at Canada’s University of Guelph on sudden death in horses.    Physick-Sheard explained studies conducted at Mohawk Raceway that used 325 Standardbred racehorses to collect heart rhythm data. It was discovered that 18 percent of horses showed complex ventricular arrhythmias in early recovery from […]

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Fractional Ownership Seminar Scheduled For April 15 At Indiana Grand

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) is proud to announce their second seminar for 2018. On April 15, IHRC invites anyone interested in learning how they can get into horse racing, at a fraction of the cost, to a free fractional ownership seminar to be held at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville. The […]

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New Vocations Launches Pilot Program to Increase Adoptions

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is excited to announce the creation of the Retrained and Remarkable Challenge, an incentive-based program that offers free shipping and a competition component to eligible horses. The goal of the program is to adopt 100 Challenge horses between March 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, finding them qualified, loving homes […]

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Over 500 Retired Racehorses Helped By New Vocations In 2017

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program had 398 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses go through the program in 2017, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, 125 horses remained in the program throughout the new year transition, receiving rehabilitative care or transitional training with hopes of placement in 2018. New Vocations received 976 applications […]

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McKnight Arrives For First Season At Oaklawn After ‘Magical’ Woodbine Season

Among the high-profile training newcomers for the 2018 Oaklawn meet scheduled to begin Jan. 12 is newly minted Woodbine kingpin Norman McKnight, whose Canadian contingent arrived Saturday. McKnight is riding the wave of his first Woodbine training title, when he won five races on the Dec. 10 closing-day card to finish with 99 victories, three more than perennial […]

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin Mare

A Standardbred mare in Green Lake County, Wisc., has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The 11-year-old was unvaccinated and had shown signs of being off on Nov. 2. Her symptoms became progressively worse and included ataxia and muscle twitching. A veterinarian was called on Nov. 9. The mare was tested for West Nile, which […]

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Champion Standardbred Somebeachsomewhere Diagnosed With Cancer

Champion harness racer and sire Somebeachsomewhere has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in New Jersey. According to Hanover Shoe Farms, where the horse stands, the tumor was found early and removed while still small. The Hall of Fame pacer, whose offspring includes this year’ Governors Cup […]

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Winner Of Over $300K Found In Kill Pen; Owners State Standardbred Gelding Had Been Euthanized

Killean Cut Kid, a Standardbred racehorse that won over $300,000, was recently found in a Louisiana auction house, though owners said the animal had been humanely euthanized. According to WHIOTV7, the former racehorse was hours away from heading to a slaughter house outside of the country, where he would be killed for his meat. The […]

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New York: Horses Rescued As Fire Destroys Several Barns At Goshen Historic Track

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed several barns Wednesday night at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, NY. The Associated Press reports that the blaze started in one of the barns at the harness track, which is located northwest of New York City. The Goshen Historic Track was designated as a Historic Landmark in […]

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