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Istock racing
Figures show slight increase in American thoroughbred fatality rate

posted on  |  23-03-19

The fatal injury rate among American Thoroughbred racehorses rose slightly in 2018, although the increase is not considered statistically significant. The US Jockey Club has released the figures, based on analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) for the calendar year. The figures revealed an aggregated rate of fatal...

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Congressman Andy Barr
Congressman Andy Barr: Horseracing Integrity Act Needed

posted on  |  23-03-19

Congressman Andy Barr discussed the new legislation in detail with BloodHorse. With the introduction of the Horseracing Integrity Act March 14 in the United States House of Representatives, BloodHorse online editor Frank Angst caught up with Rep. Andy Barr (Republican, Ky.), who introduced the legislation with Rep. Paul Tonko...

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Grand National
Mandatory Pre-Race Examinations Enforced For All Grand National Runners

posted on  |  23-03-19

The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) have announced all runners in the 2019 Randox Grand National Festival will undergo pre-race examinations. The pre-race check-ups were already mandatory for the majority of the Festival’s races. However, the new regulations will enforce pre-race examinations and a trot up of horse running...

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Racing istock
A New Way to Detect Humeral Stress Fractures in Racehorses

posted on  |  23-03-19

Researchers confirmed that ultrasound is a useful and economical screening tool to identify humeral stress fractures and can be used with radiography to monitor healing. Detecting stress fractures early in is an important part of preventing catastrophic outcomes in equine athletes. But it can be difficult to spot these tiny cracks,...

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Maryland racing
Maryland to Launch 'More Stringent Pre-Race Exams

posted on  |  23-03-19

Maryland Jockey Club has informed horsemen of new protocols for pre-race exams. The Stronach Group has started to put new equine safety policies in place as its Maryland Jockey Club sent a text message to all horsemen March 15 informing them of changes to pre-race exams.

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Peta Hitchins
Santa Anita Racehorse Breakdowns: Thinking Beyond the Track Surface

posted on  |  23-03-19

Aside from footing, a number of factors could be contributing to catastrophic injuries. What would it take to definitively pinpoint a cause? Dr. Peta Lee Hitchens, who has an interest in the epidemiology of racehorse breakdowns, explains.

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Istock racing
Study reveals the dangers of thyroid supplements in fit horses

posted on  |  23-03-19

Trainers who add thyroid supplements to fit horses are likely doing more harm than good and may also cause cardiac arrhythmia. US researchers looking at supplementation of Thyroxine — one of two hormones released by the thyroid gland — have learned it is being given to racehorses who are “flat or less...

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Tildren
Mid-Atlantic Horsemen to Call for Partial Bisphosphonate Ban

posted on  |  23-03-19

A meeting among industry stakeholders in the Mid-Atlantic region is scheduled for Thursday and a proposal for a partial ban of the controversial drug Bisphosphonate tops the agenda. Bisphosphonate has come under increased scrutiny since the rash of breakdowns began at Santa Anita and some are speculating that its use might have been...

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Osphos
Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use in Racehorses

posted on  |  23-03-19

Bisphosphonates are FDA-approved for controlling clinical signs associated with navicular syndrome in horses ages 4 and older. Some veterinarians use them off-label to treat other equine bone issues. But could this off-label use be detrimental? One equine veterinarian recently gave a rundown on what research says.

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EPO
EPO What We Know And What We Do not know About The Blood Doping Threat

posted on  |  23-03-19

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that...

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The International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV) is an association that unites regulatory racing veterinarians worldwide. The group was founded in 1985 and has played a major role in promoting the welfare and integrity of horse racing; advises authorities  worldwide.

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