equine sudden deaths

Ask A Vet: Why Do Equine Heart Attacks Happen?

The sudden death of Homeboykris on the Preakness undercard in May shocked many people, including the horse’s connections. Necropsy results on the horse’s body are expected to be released at the July 12 meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission, but veterinarians suspect the horse died of a heart attack. Homeboykris’s connections took to social media in […]

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Package Delivered To Wrong Vet Clinic Triggered Australia’s Cobalt Scandal

It appears a package delivered to the wrong veterinarian clinic set off the far-reaching cobalt crackdown tearing through Australia’s horse racing industry. The Herald-Sun reports that in January, 2014, renowned trainer David Hayes received at his training facility’s clinic a parcel sent from a laboratory in Queensland. The package was intended for a veterinarian based elsewhere. Inside, Hayes found […]

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Swiss Researchers Seeking Veterinarian, Trainer Input On Equine Sudden Deaths

Researchers at the University of Bern are seeking information from trainers, riders, and veterinarians with experience in collapse or sudden deaths of horses as part of a study to design prevention techniques for these episodes. The research group has put together two online surveys to learn more about the overall health and presence/absence of warning […]

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Pre-Competition Exam May Have Averted Tragedy For OTTB

Event rider Lexi Scovil had an emotional competition last weekend with off-track Thoroughbred mount Sky Show (“Chester”), when a routine exam averted tragedy for the pair. Scovil and Chester were preparing for the CCI* International Festival of Eventing in Florida, and were surprised when FEI veterinarians found something unusual on Chester’s pre-competition exam. Dr. Erin Denney-Jones […]

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Rodenticide Linked to Six Sudden Deaths in California

California officials announced on Thursday that they have linked six sudden equine deaths in the state with trace levels of anticoagulant rat poison. The six horses, who died between December 2012 and this September, all died due to massive internal bleeding that had previously gone unexplained. California Horse Racing Board equine medical director Dr. Rick […]

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Collapse of Melbourne Cup Runner Attributed to ‘Sudden Death Syndrome’

Racing Victoria veterinarians have declared the collapse of Melbourne Cup contestant Admire Rakti to the extremely rare ‘sudden death syndrome,’ per a New Zealand Herald report. Sudden Death Syndrome occurs in .007 percent of racehorses, and is attributable either to a ruptured blood vessel or an irregular heartbeat. Brian Stewart, Head of Veterinary and Equine Welfare […]

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Report on Baffert Deaths: No Wrongdoing But ‘There’s Something Wrong Here’

An extensive investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into the sudden deaths of seven horses from trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Hollywood Park, from November 2011 to March 2013, concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Baffert or anyone associated with his stable.  The report could find no specific reason for the abnormal […]

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Questions Still Unanswered in Baffert Sudden Deaths

Sometimes I’m a little slow at figuring things out. It’s been just over four months since racing writers at several publications got ahold of California Horse Racing Board necropsy reports detailing the sudden, unexplained deaths of seven racehorses from the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert over a 16-month period from Nov. 4, […]

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CHRB: Review of Sudden Deaths in ‘One Barn’ Ongoing

The California Horse Racing Board is continuing its ongoing review of sudden deaths in racehorses. Given that one barn at Hollywood Park housed a relatively high number of the sudden deaths that occurred over the last two years, CHRB investigators have taken steps to determine if there was a relationship between the barn and sudden […]

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Baffert: ‘Deaths Are Personally Troubling’

Trainer Bob Baffert responded to recent media attention regarding an unusually high number of cardiac arrest-related deaths in his barn with a statement via Eric Rose, a partner in the public relations firm of Englander, Knabe and Allen on Friday. Seven Baffert trainees have died unexpectedly since November 2011 of causes related to cardiac, respiratory, or […]

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