Standardbred

Standardbred Champion Staying Together Passes At Age 30

Champion Standardbred, Staying Together, died October 28, 2019, at the Kentucky Horse Park where he had been retired after a successful pacing career. At the age of 30, the gelding was euthanized due to infirmities of old age. The champion known as “Stanley” came to the Kentucky Horse Park in September 1995. “Staying Together became […]

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Is A Synovial Infection The End Of A Horse’s Athletic Career? Not Necessarily

Infections of the synovial fluid in a horse’s joint can end an athletic career—if not their life. Drs. Danielle Crosby, Raphael Labens, Kristopher Hughes and Bryan Hilbert, with the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and Sharon Nielsen examined the records of 186 horses the hospital saw over a […]

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Racing Industry Anticipates Growth As ‘Sports Bettors Wagered More In New Jersey Than In Nevada’

Last Friday at Monmouth Park, reports legalsportsbetting.com, the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) held its annual “Day at the Races” meeting to take a look at the legal issues in the state’s horse racing industry. The passage of SB 2992 in February 2019 dictates that horse racing will receive a cut of the sports […]

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Communication, Technology Spotlighted As Track Superintendents’ Field Day Concludes

The 18th Track Superintendents’ Field Day wrapped up Tuesday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races after a variety of speakers and panelists covered a range of topics, often with a recurring theme about the importance of communication and technology. The two-day event attracted more than 100 track supers and their crews from Thoroughbred and […]

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Castration Complications: Some Breeds More Prone To Issues

Castration of male horses not fit to be breeding stallions is common. Though this procedure is considered routine, it’s not without potential complications, one of which is evisceration. Evisceration is where the horse’s intestines protrude through the incision made for the castration; this can be fatal if not addressed immediately, reports The Horse. Dr. John […]

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Creation Of Equine Aftercare Commission Considered By New York Lawmakers

New York lawmakers are considering the creation of a state government commission on retired racehorses. The chairmen of the Senate and Assembly racing and wagering committees are interested in monitoring where retired racehorses are and how they are being treated in an attempt to prevent their illegal shipment to slaughter, reports BloodHorse. The Senate bill […]

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Safe Passage Program Offers Retiring Standardbred Racehorses Safe Place To Land

A new program called Safe Passage has been started by Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program in Arcanum, Ohio. The program was created to help Standardbred racehorse owners ensure their horse has a safe place to land after it retires from racing. Starting Gaits was founded in 2013; it has placed more than 600 Standardbreds into […]

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Sarcoids: Treatment Should Be Early And Aggressive

The most common skin tumors in horses, sarcoids are thought to affect about 2 percent of horses across the globe. Though the tumors don’t spread, they can still be uncomfortable for the affected horse, potentially affecting eyelid function and leading to ulceration of they eyeball. Believed to be caused by a bovine papillomavirus transmitted by […]

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Equine Rhinitis A Virus A Threat To Yearlings

A Canadian study highlights the susceptibility of yearlings to Equine Rhinitis A Virus (ERVA) and the ability of the disease to spread. The study, lead by Dr. Tanya Rossi of the University of Guelph, shows that horses between the ages of 1 and 2 are very susceptible to the virus and that farms should put […]

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New Study Reinforces Notion That Thyroid Supplement May Endanger Fit Horses

Giving fit horses unnecessary thyroid supplements may cause cardiac arrhythmia, a new study shows. Some trainers give their racehorses Thyroxine to perk them up. The drug is more commonly used on horses that have insulin resistance or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)—neither of which is found in fit racehorses. Dr. Janice E. Kritchevsky, with the Purdue […]

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