Presque Isle Downs Opportunity to View, Meet And Purchase Racehorses Ready For Second Careers

CANTER-Pennsylvania (CPA) is excited to announce the fourth annual “End of Meet Showcase” to be held at Presque Isle Downs on October 12, 2019. Sponsored by Presque Isle Racetrack and Casino, the Pennsylvania HBPA and Wales Veterinary Practice, this is an opportunity for off-track-thoroughbred (OTTB) lovers to find their dream horse. Approximately 40 horses will […]

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TRF Fan Favorite Carterista Passes Away At 30

Carterista loved Florida and loved to be first, so it was fitting that he was the first horse to arrive at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility near Ocala, FL, when it opened nearly 20 years ago. It was an important role, as this was the first time that […]

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Saving For The Future: Bourbon Lane Creates Retirement Fund For Its Racehorses

Bourbon Lane Stables has been concerned with aftercare since its inception. Mike McMahon, founder and co-owner, announced on August 3 that the entity has created a 501(c)(3) retirement fund to help defray the costs of caring for the partnership’s retired racehorses. Bourbon Lane Stables already follows the horses it has sold or had claimed; this […]

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‘Night And Day Difference’ When Goats Care For Racehorses

When you think of goats, you usually think of them being on a farm and/or being used for their milk. But they’ve also been known to be pets and – at the racetrack – a friend for a horse in need. Horse trainer Dan Hendricks has a goat at his barn named Jack. He is […]

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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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French Racehorses Banned, Then Reinstated, After Old Hay Led To Positive Drug Test

Two racehorses in France that tested positive for the banned substance boldenone, an anabolic steroid, were determined to have received the positive test from eating old hay. Both horses in the Haute-Loire tested positive for the drug on June 24 and July 14, 2018. The horses were banned and their trainers, who were considered to […]

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Repeat After Me: Study Shows Biomarkers Again Linked To Injury Risk In Thoroughbreds

Orthopedic injuries in racehorses are responsible for nearly 70 percent of lost training days; these injuries have an impact on equine welfare and income generated from racing. Injury diagnosis and prevention has been at the forefront of racehorse research, and a new study has again shown that serum biomarkers in bone and cartilage can be […]

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Study: Mental Toughness Tied To Physical Prowess In Nordic Racehorses

A study conducted by Dr. Brandon Velie, of the University of Sydney and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has shown that talented Nordic trotting horses have a genetic basis for mental toughness as well as trotting talent. Throughout the years, Nordic horses have been selected for strength, speed and endurance. The scientist and his […]

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Study Shows How Testing For ‘Speed Gene’ Can Maximize A Racehorse’s Earning Potential 

A new study has shown how the Speed Gene can be used by horse owners and trainers to maximize the earnings potential of their racehorses. The study, the first of its kind, which was reported this week in the Veterinary Ireland Journal, matched the Speed Gene Test results of over 1,700 thoroughbred racehorses in the […]

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