Standardbred

Barn Fire Kills Five Standardbreds At First Line Training Centre

Woodbine Entertainment would like to extend condolences to trainer Mark Steacy and the connections of the five Standardbreds lost in Friday morning’s tragic barn fire at nearby First Line Training Centre. In this time of emergency, Woodbine Mohawk Park has made available its backstretch barn area for the surviving horses. As of Friday morning, a […]

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Lawmakers Consider Sending $100 Million To New Jersey Horse Racing Industry

Lawmakers in the state of New Jersey are considering a bill to pump $100 million into the state’s horse racing industry over the next five years, according to whyy.org. The New Jersey Racing Commission would be in charge of distributing $20 million annually, split evenly between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries. On Monday, the bill was […]

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Kentucky Downs Files Application To ‘Fill A Void’ With Oak Grove Harness Track

The ownership of Kentucky Downs has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a standardbred track to be named Oak Grove Meadows on 80 acres near the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 41-A in close proximity to Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tenn. Kentucky Downs is committing $45 million to the […]

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Four Additional Cases Of West Nile Virus Detected In Kentucky Horses

The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has confirmed an additional four cases of West Nile Virus in Kentucky. One horse was a 15-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse in Boyle County that had not been vaccinated for the disease. The horse was euthanized on Sept. 20. The second horse was 5 years old and located in […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Offering Funding To Aftercare Organizations

The Minnesota Racing Commission (MRC) is seeking 501(c) (3) non-profit racehorse aftercare organizations that have been in operation at least one year to be considered for funding.  The MRC is dedicated to preserving and protecting the quality of life of racehorses once their racing careers have ended.  These funds are generated by legislation passed in […]

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Training On Hard Tracks Could Cause Injury To Harness Horses

Harness horses race on much harder tracks than Thoroughbreds, and while these tracks may have some benefits, a new study shows they also increase risk of injury. Researchers used diagnostic imaging on twelve 3-year-old Standardbred racehorses to look for damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Dr. Nathalie Crevier-Denoix and colleagues followed the Standardbred racehorses, […]

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28 Standardbred Racehorses Killed In New York Barn Fire

Early Saturday morning, a fire broke out in one of the barns at the Mount Hope Training Center in Orange County, New York. According to the New York Post, the flames killed 28 Standardbred racehorses. A groom relayed that the horses had just returned from racing at Pocono Downs. “The guy got up to feed them,” […]

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Vertical Drainage System In Process For Woodbine’s Second Turf Course

Woodbine horseplayers will be seeing more green very soon. While turf stakes racing is scheduled to begin this weekend on the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course, progress is well underway on the installation of the Toronto racetrack’s second complimentary turf track. With Woodbine now hosting Standardbred racing fulltime at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the lengthy process […]

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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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