Our racehorses are broken America, writes Barry Petchesky

I'll Have Another retired due to swollen left front tendon. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This article came across my desk as I was watching the video of I'll Have Another running around a paddock, kicking up his heels, at his new home in Japan where he arrived recently to continue his racing career as a Thoroughbred Stallion. Cross-posted from Deadspin WRITTEN BY BARRY PETCHESKY Our horses are sick. Our… Continue reading Our racehorses are broken America, writes Barry Petchesky

Rachel Alexandra, foal taken to equine clinic

Rachel Alexandra and her Curlin foal.

Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse via the Associated Press Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, and her newborn colt have been taken to an equine clinic for pain management related to the birth, according to a spokesman. Spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said in an e-mail Jan. 27 that Rachel Alexandra and the colt are expected… Continue reading Rachel Alexandra, foal taken to equine clinic

Thoroughbred racehorses all traced to one 17th-century mare

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Cross-posted from ABC News Blogs Written by NED POTTER All the great names in thoroughbred horse racing — from Secretariat to Man O’War, from Seabiscuit to Seattle Slew — they’re all related, and a team of geneticists has now traced their talent for speed back to a single ancestor. The “speed gene” that made them… Continue reading Thoroughbred racehorses all traced to one 17th-century mare

What’s going on here? Breed integrity in horse racing

It will likely be years before a firm rule either further restricting race-day Salix or banning it outright is implemented. In the meantime, the globalization of racing will continue. Considering many trainers and breeders overseas already view American bloodlines as suspect and “tainted,” now is the time to begin debating how we will ensure the… Continue reading What’s going on here? Breed integrity in horse racing

Animal Kingdom’s win is victory for the sport

Cross-posted from the New York Times Written by JOE DRAPE He is the son of a Brazilian-bred stallion and a German-bred mare. He is owned by a syndicate of 20 partners led by a sometimes ebullient, often cranky former turf writer. He is trained by an Englishman who has never been cited for violating a… Continue reading Animal Kingdom’s win is victory for the sport

Casner: US racing ‘out of step’ on medication

Cross-posted from the Paulick Report Written by RAY PAULICK Bill Casner has been around the racetrack a long time, as an exercise rider, a trainer, and more recently as co-owner and co-breeder of a Dubai World Cup and a Kentucky Derby winner. He's seen the rising tide of permissive therapeutic medications, and the problems he… Continue reading Casner: US racing ‘out of step’ on medication

Horse Racing: Breeding for Trouble

By JANE ALLIN Research Analyst, Int'l Fund for Horses “As the 20 horses were being loaded into the starting gate for the (2008) Kentucky Derby, with Eight Belles -- standing in post position five -- poised to make her bid to become only the fourth filly in history to win America's most important race, Ellen… Continue reading Horse Racing: Breeding for Trouble

Thoroughbred Thursday News: Paragallo, Dutrow, Zenyatta and Peppers Pride

Ernie Paragallo Receives Lifetime Racing Ban MATT HEGARTY writing for the The Daily Racing Form reports: Owner and breeder Ernie Paragallo received a lifetime ban Thursday from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Paragallo was barred from all racetrack properties in the state, citing his conviction last year on 33 counts of animal… Continue reading Thoroughbred Thursday News: Paragallo, Dutrow, Zenyatta and Peppers Pride

Horse Racing: Breeding by the Numbers

Written by JANE ALLIN Research Analyst, Int'l Fund for Horses GLOBALLY in excess of 100,000 Thoroughbreds are produced each year, few of which in actual fact make it to the finish line. Current statistics from The Jockey Club (2009) identify the USA as the most prolific country in terms of foal crops holding almost 30%… Continue reading Horse Racing: Breeding by the Numbers

Legal challenge to Thoroughbred breeding rule goes to Court (AU)

Cross-posted from Horse Talk A legal challenge to Australian thoroughbred rules requiring live cover of mares is scheduled to go before the federal court tomorrow. The case has been brought by former Sydney bookmaker Bruce McHugh, who is challenging the industry's restrictions on the use of artificial insemination. He argues that denying the use of… Continue reading Legal challenge to Thoroughbred breeding rule goes to Court (AU)