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Spit It Out: Cortisol In Saliva Not Only Indicator Of Stress In Horses

Cortisol levels in saliva have long been used as an indicator of stress in horses, but a new study has identified other markers that may be more accurate to determine the stress a horse experiences. Dr. María Contreras-Aguilar, Séverine Henry, Caroline Coste, Fernando Tecles, Damián Escribano, Jose Cerón and Martine Hausberger found that the level […]

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Amoss Undecided On Breeders’ Cup Race For Serengeti Empress

If Serengeti Empress did not turn in a top performance when sixth out of 11 three-year-old fillies in Parx Racing’s $1 million Cotillion Stakes, keep in mind that she followed up a seventh-place drubbing in the Fair Grounds Oaks with triumph in the Kentucky Oaks. Now trainer Tom Amoss and owner Joel Politi are hoping […]

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Covfefe Out-Duels Serengeti Empress In Test Stakes

LNJ Foxwoods’ Covfefe had to dig deep to hold off Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress in Saturday’s Grade 1 Test Stakes, battling that foe all the way to the wire to win by about a half-length. The 3-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Brad Cox, covered seven furlongs over Saratoga’s […]

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Oaks Winner Serengeti Empress Will Stick To One Turn For Now

Trainer Tom Amoss posted on Twitter Sunday that his Kentucky Oaks-winning filly Serengeti Empress will make her next start in another one-turn race, following her hard-fought second in the one-mile G1 Acorn. The 3-year-old daughter of Alternation is being pointed to the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 3. Serengeti Empress, owned by Joel […]

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SAA And Fibrinogen Levels May Help Predict Post-Op Complications In Equines

A recent study has found that measuring serum amyloid A (SAA) and plasma fibrinogen when a horse is admitted to a hospital for colic surgery and then daily during his stay might help predict the development of post-operative complications. Drs. De Cozar, Sherlock, Knowles and Mair tested the blood of 300 horses that were undergoing […]

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Separationofpowers Won’t Be Denied In Bed O’ Roses

Seth Klarman’s Separationofpowers cruised to an easy 4 3/4-length victory in the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Invitational, kicking off the stakes action at Belmont Park on Friday. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride and jockey Jose Ortiz completed seven furlongs on the fast main track in 1:21.46. Trained by Chad Brown, Separationofpowers was the […]

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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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‘Magical Meet’: Brown Saddles 41st Winner To New Saratoga Record

Chad Brown bested his own previous record for wins by a trainer in a single Saratoga meet when Spirit Animal, ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, captured Race 6 on Saturday, marking his 41st victory. Brown, who won 40 races in capturing the 2016 training title, had shared the single-meet wins record with Todd […]

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‘Very Minor’ Issue Knocks Dream Tree Off Kentucky Oaks Trail

Undefeated Dream Tree is no longer being aimed at the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com. The 3-year-old Uncle Mo filly breezed on March 7 at Santa Anita Park, but exited the work with an unspecified physical issue. “I just wasn’t happy with the way she came out of the work. I’m just backing off […]

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The Spit Test: New Saliva Test For Tapeworm The Real Deal

EquiSal® Tapeworm saliva is a targeted treatment strategy used to control tapeworm infections and reduce the use of anti-tapeworm anthelmintics. The study, completed at Bransby Horses, a horse welfare charity in the UK, was recently published in Equine Veterinary Journal. The study  used 237 horses where EquiSal® Tapeworm testing was used to inform on anthelmintic administration over the […]

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