Standardbreds

Genetic Differences Determine If Standardbreds Trot Or Pace

Scientists have recently identified genetic variants that are responsible for determining whether a horse trots or paces. An algorithm has been created that is 99.4 percent accurate at determining which way a horse will move. Prior to this discovery, it was known that a “gait-keeper gene” existed; mutations on the DMTR3 gene resulted in a […]

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Study: Magnesium Doesn’t Mellow Horses As Originally Believed

Thought for years to have a calming effect on equines, magnesium may not be the miracle relaxer it has been touted to be. A new Australian study shows that the mineral may not slow reaction speed responses. These finding are contrary to a 2015 study using Standardbreds that showed magnesium aspartate to significantly reduce average […]

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Harness Racing: Implementation Of New Integrity Rules Postponed Until 2019

The plan by Woodbine and The Meadowlands to adopt new integrity rules under the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) has been delayed in order to give the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario more time to study the rules. According to a report in Harness Racing Update, the initiative was proposed by the Woodbine Entertainment […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Lifetime Of Love And Horses

Typically this column features stories of Thoroughbreds and the after-the-track care they receive (and the lives they go on to lead) thanks to their committed caretakers. This, however, is a much different type of aftercare story, but one I think will resonate with readers just as much. This is not about Thoroughbreds, or even about […]

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U.S. Trotting Association Suspends Northfield Park Membership

The U.S. Trotting Association announced June 16 that it has suspended the membership of Northfield Park due to an alleged violation of USTA Rule 20.09 on financial responsibility. Northfield Park was notified of the suspension on Thursday (June 15). Rule 20.09 Financial Responsibility — states that, “Any participant who shall demonstrate financial irresponsibility by accumulating […]

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Standardbred Filly Drowns At Hoosier Park

The Indianapolis Star reports that a Standardbred racehorse drowned in a pond at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Indiana, June 7. The accident happened during training hours Tuesday morning. A statement from track officials indicated that while Just Dance With Me, a 3-year-old filly, was training, the bit broke on her bridle, causing a “loss […]

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Chromosome 14 Linked to OCD in Standardbreds

In a recent study of Standardbred racehorses, it was discovered that two regions on chromosome 14 have been linked to osteochondrosis, a debilitating condition of the hock that originated in fetal development. Presenting as abnormal cartilage within a joint, it can be soft, collapsed, thickened or separated entirely from the bone, which is called osteochondrosis […]

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Meadowlands Jackpot Super Hi-5 Paying Dividends

The Meadowlands Jackpot Super Hi-5 has gotten off to a fast start, paying out over $200,000 in just the first 16 days of the Winter Meet.  Thanks to an industry-low eight-percent (8%) takeout rate on the wager, more money is paid out each night, especially when the Jackpot is hit.  However, even on nights when […]

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Cosequin presents OTTB Showcase: From a Trot to a Canter

Usually we feature Thoroughbreds in this aptly-named “OTTB Showcase” column, but there are several other breeds of off-trackers who deserve their time in the spotlight and who thrive in their careers after racing. So, this week we are taking a departure from Thoroughbreds to pay homage to the Standardbred by featuring a hard-working gelding whose […]

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Hazel Park Revving Up for First Thoroughbred Meet in 30 Years

Horse racing fans in Michigan have been unable to watch and wager on live Thoroughbred racing in the state on a regular basis for many years. Although racetracks such as Mt. Pleasant Meadows have hosted mixed race meets – Thoroughbreds along with Quarter Horse and Arabian racing – harness racing has been predominate for many […]

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