horse racing injuries

Australia: Veteran Trainer Bruce Purcell In Coma After Horse Kicks Him

Longtime Australian Thoroughbred trainer Bruce Purcell was placed in a medically induced coma Friday after being kicked in the head by a horse, the Herald-Sun reported. The incident reportedly happened while the 76-year-old was unloading horses. He was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital. There were more developments this week in Australian, when it was revealed […]

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Kentucky Oaks Runner-Up Liora Out A Few Months Following Training Injury

Liora, the 3-year-old daughter of Candy Ride who finished second in the Kentucky Oaks May 3, underwent surgery Tuesday on her right hind leg, the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee reported. The injury to the filly’s leg occurred in a gallop this week at Churchill Downs. Dr. Larry Bramlage performed the surgery at Rood & […]

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Britain: High Profile Couple Stops Entering At Cheltenham Over Injury Issues

Two prominent British owners in jump racing have created a stir in the industry by choosing not to enter their horses at Cheltenham, one of the world’s most renowned steeplechase venues. According to the Racing Post, Paul and Clare Rooney wrote to their trainers, telling them not to run at Cheltenham, where six fatalities occurred […]

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Bradley: ‘Great News So Far’ After Surgery For The Player

Owner/trainer Buff Bradley said surgery on The Player went well Monday in Louisiana following a breakdown in Saturday’s New Orleans Handicap. “They have put a plate and 16 screws in his leg,” Bradley wrote in a Facebook post. “This took well over seven hours and getting up took another few hours… “Dr. McCauley and his […]

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Godolphin’s Avery Island Returns Lame From Workout, To Be Evaluated

Kentucky Derby contender Avery Island was headed to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Tuesday after coming up lame following a workout in Florida, reports the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told DRF that the Street Sense colt owned by Godolphin worked “great” Friday but then came back lame. He said Dr. […]

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Report: Much Remains To Be Done Regarding Exercise-Related Equine Fatalities

The Thoroughbred racing industry has made great progress over the past several years with regards to the monitoring, recording and analyzing racing-related equine injuries and fatalities. The Jockey Club reports that since 2009, the equine fatality rate has decreased from 2 horses out of every 1,000 starts to 1.54 horses out of 1,000 in 2016. […]

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Voss: What Songbird’s Vet Reports Might Reveal About Racehorse Injuries

When Fox Hill Farm announced the retirement of champion Songbird Aug. 31, owner Rick Porter made the somewhat unconventional decision to post part of the filly’s veterinary reports on Facebook to help fans understand the reasons for her departure. Those reports, from the office of Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in […]

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Report: Stradivari Scheduled For Surgery On Tuesday

Stradivari, the 3-year-old Medaglia d’Oro colt that was injured during a workout July 22, is scheduled to have surgery Tuesday to repair his right front ankle. The Daily Racing Form reported that the surgery will take place at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga. The Todd Pletcher trainee suffered a lateral condylar fracture and an axial fracture […]

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Problem-Solving: Conformation, Injuries Require Special Shoeing Care

If all Thoroughbreds were born with perfect conformation, farriers would have an easier job. But perfect Thoroughbreds are not the norm, so farriers must use all the tricks of the trade to keep them sound while they train and race. Pat Broadus is part of Broadus Brothers Horseshoeing, with his brother Chris and his father […]

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Lady Eli Arrives In Florida; Brown ‘Thrilled’ With Her Progress

After a rehabilitation stint in Kentucky, undefeated turf filly Lady Eli has arrived at trainer Chad Brown’s barn in Florida and is doing exceedingly well, according to Brown. The 3-year-old filly, unbeaten in six starts, began showing signs of laminitis after stepping on a nail following the Belmont Oaks last July. She was transferred to Kentucky’s […]

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