‘Devastated By His Unexpected Passing’: Old Friends Releases Necropsy Result For War Emblem

Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, the nonprofit Thoroughbred Retirement Farm based in Kentucky, today released the findings of the necropsy report regarding the recent passing of 2002 Kentucky Derby – Preakness winner War Emblem. War Emblem, 21, was found deceased at Old Friends on March 11, 2020 after what was initially perceived […]

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Kidney Function Imperative To Equine Health

Kidneys are of vital importance to the overall health of any animal. These organs provide important functions, including balancing electrolytes, maintaining blood pressure, removing waste, producing calcium and more. To accomplish all these tasks, kidneys require significant blood flow—nearly 25 percent of cardiac output. Because of this, any changes in blood flow can have significant […]

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The Stronach Group: Satchel Paige’s Fatal Breakdown At Santa Anita To Be Investigated

Satchel Paige, a three-year-old gelding, was humanely euthanized after the fifth race on Saturday, October 19th at Santa Anita Park. After being pulled up at the 3/8th pole, Satchel Paige was immediately evaluated by a team of on-track veterinarians, led by Santa Anita Park veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead, and transported in the equine ambulance. Dr. […]

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Industry, Animal Rights Activists React To Photo Of Thoroughbred In West Virginia Landfill

Local law enforcement and horsemen’s groups are investigating the presence of a Thoroughbred’s body in a landfill near Mountaineer Racetrack and Resort in late September. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement this week and graphic photos of the body, which was that of a chestnut wearing rundown bandages.  PETA alleges […]

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Iron Overload Can Be Fatal For Horses

Iron is an integral part of the equine diet; it carries oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells through the body so the cells can produce energy. Found in some supplements to encourage red blood cell production, an overload of iron can be detrimental as it builds up in the horse’s body over time. […]

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‘A Very Good Chance’ Bobby Abu Dhabi Did Not Suffer Heart Attack, Says CHRB Chairman

When Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was seriously injured during a workout aboard Bobby Abu Dhabi last month at Del Mar, it was widely assumed that the Peter Miller-trained 4-year-old had suffered a heart attack, both because of the suddenness of his fall and the fact that he remained motionless afterward. On Thursday, California […]

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Flores’ Mount In March Tragedy ‘Negative For The Presence Of Foreign Substances’

Toxicology reports on Love Rules, the horse involved in the tragic accident on Mar. 19 at Parx which took the life of jockey Jose Flores, summarized that the 6-year-old son of Not For Love was found to be “negative for the presence of foreign substances.” According to, an additional necropsy determined the cause of Love Rules’ […]

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Finding Success in Reducing Horse Racing Fatalities: Now Where Do We Go?

The occurrence of fatal injuries to horses in flat racing in North America has decreased by 23 percent since the inception of standardized injury reporting into the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, says Dr. Mary Scollay in Equine Disease Quarterly. Fatalities began to decline 2013 and achieved statistical significance in 2015; it is believed that […]

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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