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Triple Crown Winner Justify Not Finished With Horse Racing

Triple Crown Winner Justify Not Finished With Horse Racing

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Justify is coming off a grueling schedule, winning six races in 111 days. He became the 13th Triple Crown winner of all time and the second horse to accomplish the feat since 1978. Where will Justify be next? Options for his racing schedule are the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 29 at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park, the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 18 at Del Mar and the $1.25 million Travers on Aug. 25 at Saratoga. According to Horse Racing Nation, there are several other races Justify could race in this year before trainer Bob Baffert decides the future of the undefeated horse in 2019. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. MORE: Side-By-Side Video Shows Similarities Of Justify And American Pharoah Here are six other spots in which you could see him back on track: Saturday, July 14: Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby Saturday, Sept. 22: Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby Date TBA (likely Saturday, Sept. 29): Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes MORE: Justify Goes Wire-To-Wire In Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Horse To Win Triple Crown Date TBA (likely Saturday, Sept. 29): Grade 3 Lukas Classic Saturday, Nov. 3: Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday, Jan. 26: Pegasus World Cup Justify is currently back home at Santa Anita Park in California outside of Los Angeles. “Our focus was on each race as they came up,” Elliot Walden of WinStar Farms told reporters after Justify’s Triple Crown banner was unveiled this past week. “Now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is.” Racehorse Meds is you trusted veterinary supplier of vitamins and supplements for horses, camels, alpacas, greyhounds, and pigeons. Visit our Twitter page for the latest flash sales and special offers. Shop The Sale: https://t.co/w6WOjIaiXd pic.twitter.com/1HUUsDelxv — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) June 16, 2018 For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Understanding Tendon Injuries

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Your horse has injured one of the major tendons in his leg and your veterinarian says he’ll be laid up for nine to twelve months. The superficial and deep digital flexor tendons run like cables down the back of a horse’s leg.  Bringing a horse back from a tendon injury is a long and also can be a frustrating process. There is no guarantee of success.  Injuries like these can end a horse’s career… but how you manage your horse’s injury can make all the difference in the outcome. We will walk you through the steps to recovery and show you when and how you can help make a difference between success and failure.   We will also point out some of the problems and pitfalls you may encounter. Injuries are common in the key tendons that run down the back of the lower leg.  The superficial and deep digital flexor tendons. The tendons extend from muscles high in the leg to the foot; when the muscles contract, they flex the horse’s leg. They also help to support the leg and they come under tremendous stress when a horse gallops, jumps or does any type of athletic maneuver. Although we are discussing tendons, the steps we will cover also apply to injuries in the ligaments. Tendons and ligaments have different functions.  Tendons transfer the action of muscles to the skeleton, while ligaments connect bone to bone to keep joints from wobbling. Tendons and ligaments are formed of similar tissue and are injured by similar stress and they basically heal in the same way. Tendons and ligaments go through the same phases of healing as skin or other body tissues, but the process is much, much slower because of the way they are built. Both structures are made up largely of an organized network of dense, elastic connective tissue, rich in a very tough protein called collagen. Living cells called fibroblasts maintain the network. Fibers of collagen run lengthwise throughout the tendons. They stretch to take the load when your horse puts his weight on the leg and spring back like a group of rubber bands when the weight comes off.  If the horse overloads the leg (perhaps by just landing wrong on uneven ground), the fibers can tear. Tremendous damage can be instant or it can build up over time as repetitive loads outstrip the ability of the fibroblasts to keep up with repairs. There are relatively few of these cells compared to the amount of collagen in a tendon or ligament, and that’s one reason why these injuries heal very slowly. In addition to this, tendons and ligaments have poor blood supplies. A severe tear will take longer to heal than a mild one, and a twelve-year-old horse may heal more slowly than a three-year-old. Typically ligaments heal a bit faster than tendons, but you still may be looking...

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Suspensory Ligament Injuries – Diagnosis and Treatment

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Suspensory ligament injuries are a common cause of lameness in the horse, particularly athletic horses and those involved in competitive events. Often these injuries are chronic and have a high probability of recurrence, which makes them a significant concern for horse owners. Recent advances in our understanding of these injuries, improvements in diagnosis, and new options for treatment have improved the prognosis for horses with these injuries. In this article, we’ll review the anatomy and physiology of the suspensory ligament and present current concepts on diagnosis and treatment of suspensory ligament injuries. Anatomy & Physiology The anatomy of the lower limb of the horse below the knee or hock is very similar. The horse has evolved to the point where it is walking on what would be the equivalent of our middle or third finger, with the joints of the knee or hock being the equivalent of our wrist (carpus), or ankle (tarsus). The weight of the horse is borne on a central column of bones comprised of the cannon bone (third metacarpus or metatarsus), the pastern bones, and the coffin bone within the hoof. This column of bones is supported by several large tendons and ligaments in the back of the leg including the superficial digital flexor tendon, the deep digital flexor tendon, and the suspensory ligament. Horses have evolved and adapted to move rapidly and efficiently. Using principles of kinematics one can calculate theoretical limits for the speed a horse should attain when galloping based on the mass of its muscles, the dimensions of its skeleton, and the amount of force it should be able to produce to propel its body mass forward. Interestingly, when we compare actual measurements of athletic performance to calculated estimates the horse consistently exceeds the estimates by 10 to 20 percent. Anatomy of the Lower Limb (Front Leg) Part of the reason for this is the fact that the flexor tendons and suspensory ligament act like giant rubber bands to store and return kinetic energy to the galloping horse. Muscle contraction can only change the length of the superficial flexor tendon by two percent, whereas it has the ability to repeatedly stretch under load an additional 16 percent, and return to normal length without injury. The function of the suspensory ligament is more complex than simply acting as a passive connector between two bones, as the traditional concept of a ligament describes. Its principal role is to prevent excessive extension of the fetlock joint. It also acts in the capture and release of kinetic energy and in the dynamic support of the limb during athletic performance. It is useful to think of the suspensory ligament in three separate regions: the upper (proximal) part, the body, and the branches. It is approximately 10 to 12 centimeters long and approximately one square centimeter in cross-sectional area. It originates at the proximal aspect of the...

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Justify Goes Wire-To-Wire In Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Horse To Win Triple Crown

Justify Goes Wire-To-Wire In Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Horse To Win Triple Crown

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After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Justify become just the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown Saturday by going wire-to-wire at the longest race of the series, the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Jockey Mike Smith led Justify, who was listed as the 4-5 favorite, around the track’s sandy course and was in front of the 10-horse field the entire way, winning wire-to-wire by 1¾ lengths. 2018 Belmont Stakes Race Video The fact Justify went wire-to-wire is even more impressive considering Saturday’s 150th running of the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes is dubbed “The Test of the Champion.” While 24 horses have won both the Derby and the Preakness, only 12 have gone on to win the Triple Crown — the last being American Pharoah in 2015.  Triple Crown Winners Justify joins Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015) as Triple Crown winners.  Justify moved to 6-0 in his career with the win and also became just the second to capture the Triple Crown undefeated, joining Seattle Slew (1977). Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. MORE: 2018 Preakness Stakes: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert trained both Justify and American Pharoah to become only the second trainer to have two Triple Crowns, the first since Jim Fitzsimmons in 1935. Gronkowski, a thoroughbred named for the Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski, finished second behind Justify Saturday. Hofburg was third followed by Vino Rosso. MORE: Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments 2018 Belmont Stakes betting payouts A $2 exacta (1-6) paid $89.00, a $1 trifecta (1-6-4) earned $229.74 and a $1 superfecta (1-6-4-8) won a whopping $1,051.50 thanks in part to Gronkowski’s 24/1 odds. For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Side-By-Side Video Shows Similarities Of Justify And American Pharoah

Side-By-Side Video Shows Similarities Of Justify And American Pharoah

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Justify and American Pharoah are taking similar paths to a possible Triple Crown win. Both horses trained by Bob Baffert galloped at Churchill Downs after winning the Preakness Stakes. American Pharoah in May of 2015 and Justify this past week in Louisville, Kentucky as he prepares for the final and longest leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Baffert says everything is going great with Justify’s training for the June 9 race at Belmont Park in New York. Similar words were spoken about American Pharoah just three years prior after he worked a half mile in his first breeze since winning the Preakness. MORE: Justify Favorite To Join These Other 12 Horses As Triple Crown Winners Martin Garcia was aboard American Pharoah in 2015 as he galloped and was also on Justify. American Pharoah worked his half mile in 48 seconds flat but Justify recorded a time of 46.80 seconds in his run. TVG/Betfair’s Darin Zoccali walks us through the side-by-side video of the two horses. Pretty interesting side by side look at Justify and American Pharoah’s pre-Belmont workouts. Pharoah went a furlong more on the gallop out. #TripleCrown #Justify #BelmontStakes150 pic.twitter.com/0GC0aovQQ3 — Darin Zoccali (@atTheTrack7) May 29, 2018 MORE: 2018 Preakness Stakes: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. Other interesting facts about Justify and American Pharoah Justify is looking to become the only unbeaten to win the Triple Crown other than Seattle Slew (1977). Owner: China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm. Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey: Mike Smith. Pedigree: By Scat Daddy-Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper. The bay American Pharoah is owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat, who bought American Pharoah’s dam, Littleprincessemma in 2007 for $250,000. Sired by Pioneerof the Nile, American Pharoah earned $8,650,300 in his racing career before retiring to the life of breeding his own. For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Justify Favorite To Join These Other 12 Horses As Triple Crown Winners

Justify Favorite To Join These Other 12 Horses As Triple Crown Winners

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After winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Justify is hoping to become just the 13th horse ever to win the Triple Crown. The only thing that stands in his way is the longest race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, held on June 9 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The 1 1/2-mile long race is dubbed “The Test of the Champion” because while 24 horses have won both the Derby and the Preakness, only 12 have gone on to win the Triple Crown — the last being American Pharoah in 2015.  American Pharoah was trained by Bob Baffert, who is also saddling Justify, and his team couldn’t be happier to potentially witness history. “You have to get Bob a lot of credit,” Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes told reporters recently, via Americasbestracing.net. “He’s stocked the pond well every year. “You have to have the horse and the horsepower to compete in these classic races. We keep coming up with them and are very lucky. You do have to pinch yourself, because you don’t know if you will have it every year.” While all eyes will be on Justify June 9, one horse that could spoil history is 5/1 favorite Bravazo, who closed on Justify at the Preakness, eventually finishing second. If the Preakness was a longer race like the Belmont, Bravazo could have won. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. 2018 Belmont Stakes Odds Justify 2/3 Hofburg 3/1 Bravazo 5/1 Noble Indy 12/1 Tenfold 12/1 Gronkowski 15/1 Vino Rosso 15/1 Solomini 20/1 Lone Sailor 22/1 Blended Citizen 25/1 Free Drop Billy 25/1 Machismo 25/1 Enticed 30/1 Restoring Hope 30/1 Just Whistle 60/1 Odds via Sportsbook.ag. Triple Crown Winners Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015).  For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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2018 Preakness Stakes: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts

2018 Preakness Stakes: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts

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Justify is one win away from capturing the elusive Triple Crown after winning the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The undefeated thoroughbred held off a strong eight-horse field on a foggy day in Baltimore as he was able to move one step closer to greatness. NBC Sports cameras were barely able to catch the action on the track due to the foggy and sogyy nature of the race. But as Justify came down the stretch on the muddy surface, he was able to just hold off Bravazo in the final lengths.   Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. 2018 Preakness Stakes results PLACE HORSE 1 Justify 2 Bravazo 3 Tenfold 4 Good Magic 5 Lone Sailor 6 Sporting Chance 7 Diamond King 8 Quip This is trainer Bob Baffert’s record-tying seventh win at the Preakness Stakes, the shortest of the three Triple Crown races. Justify will now look to become just the 13th thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown and the first since American Pharoah ended the drought in 2015 (also a Baffert trained horse). “He’s had to really work for it,” Baffert told NBC Sports of his horse after the race. “I’m just glad, I’m happy for the horse, Mike (Smith) and all the connections, and we pulled it out.” Justify ($2.80 to win on a $2 bet) was pushed throughout the Preakness Stakes by Good Magic, who had the second-best odds to win the race, but he was able to pull away around the final turn to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Bravazo ($7.60) finished second while Tenfold ($6.80) was third. If you bet the $2 Exacta, the payout is $27.40. The 7-8-6 $1 Trifecta pays $148.30, while the $1 Superfecta pays $372.50 Justify will run for the Triple Crown June 9 at the Belmont Stakes. For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Testing For Shoulder Lameness in a Horse

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It is not always easy to locate or diagnose the source of lameness in a horse, or sometimes to decide exactly which leg it is lame on.  Shoulder lameness is not a common occurrence in horses, some vets will only see one or two cases of shoulder lameness a year. What looks like a shoulder lameness can often be due to a problem in the foot, but if you suspect that horse may have a shoulder injury there are a few tests that you can do yourself.  As always you should get a veterinarian to examine the horse if it is in pain to determine the cause and advise appropriate treatment.     OBSERVE THE HORSE WHILE IT IS RESTING If you suspect that the lameness is coming from the shoulder first observe the horse while it is resting in the stable or in the field.  A sound horse frequently rests on one hind leg, but will normally have his weight evenly distributed on both forelegs, unless he is very tired when he may rest each foreleg alternatively.  If a horse is lame in the shoulder the lame leg usually appears to hang down and may be slightly behind the other foreleg.     TROTTING THE HORSE UP TO TEST FOR SHOULDER LAMENESS Once you have observed the horse while it is resting take him outside to trot him up.  First of all look at the horse in a walk.  Have someone walk the horse towards you, past you and away from you on a loose rein on a smooth level surface. A severe lameness will be evident in a walk.  Repeat this in a trot. The horse will take a shorter stride with the unsound leg. If it is lame in one of his front legs he will drop his head as the sound foot comes to the ground, then raises it to take the weight off the leg which is causing him pain.  Sometimes in shoulder lameness, a horse will swing the lame leg slightly or catch his toe on the ground. If you suspect that the horse is lame in the shoulder there are further tests that can be carried out.   TESTS FOR SHOULDER LAMENESS IN A HORSE To find out if the pain is in the shoulder pull the horse’s leg forwards and then backwards as far as it will go two or three times, and if he flinches or is inclined to rear up, he is probably feeling some pain, and if you have him trotted directly after this treatment he will probably be even lamer than before.  Some horses are inclined to resent this manipulation, so both shoulders should be tested.  A further test for shoulder lameness is to trot the horse uphill and down. If lame in the shoulder, he will be lamer going uphill than down. In the case of foot lameness, the reverse is the case....

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2018 Preakness Odds: Justify Favorite To Win Second Leg of Triple Crown

2018 Preakness Odds: Justify Favorite To Win Second Leg of Triple Crown

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Undefeated in four races, Justify will soon head to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19. Justify resumed training Thursday at Churchill Downs for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby, dispelling any concerns about a minor hind-foot condition. “Very happy,”assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said in a statement. “The horse came onto the track perfect, galloped perfect and came back very good, so I couldn’t be happier. “He was ready to go back to the track. He was getting a little pushy in the stall, and you could tell it was time for him to get back out there.” Justify is a big 1-2 favorite for the shortest leg of the Triple Crown and could be latest horse to see success in Baltimore. Over the past 20 years Kentucky Derby winners have fared well at Pimlico Race Course. Nine have won a second straight race, four have finished second, and two have finished third. Bolt d’Oro, who finished 12th behind Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, is still under consideration to run in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes. “We’re going to see how he’s training up to it, and it doesn’t matter if Justify runs or not. We know we’re going to have to run against him,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said in a press release. “If we feel we’re good to go in there, we’re going.” Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic also remains a candidate for the Preakness and a decision from trainers is expected very soon. Odds to win 2018 Preakness Stakes Justify, 1-2 Good Magic, 3-1 Bolt d’Oro, 8-1 Quip, 12-1 Bravazo, 18-1 Tenfold, 20-1 Pony Up, 25-1 Sporting Chance, 28-1 Diamond King, 28-1 Lone Sailor, 30-1 Will there be a 2018 Triple Crown Winner? Yes +160 No -220 Odds via Sportsbook.ag. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their...

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How to diagnose stifle lameness in horses

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  Lameness involving the stifle is quite commonly seen in horses, but it can often be challenging to diagnose these conditions accurately. Firstly, an understanding of the complex anatomy is essential to appreciate the structures within the stifle that might be damaged. The stifle is largest joint in the horse and is equivalent to the human knee. It has similar bones, ligaments and soft tissues, including a patella, menisci and cruciate ligaments. The stability of the joint is greatly assisted by the strong patella ligaments which can fix the patella above the medial condyle of the femur. A particular feature of the horse’s stifle is that this medial femoral condyle is much larger than the lateral one.   The three patella ligaments help hook the patella into position so the horse can rest standing for hours without using its muscles, this is part of the so-called ‘stay apparatus’ of the hind limb. There are two joints in the stifle, the largest being the femoropatellar joint, and the two smaller lateral and medial femorotibial joints. Both joints are supported by a complex series of ligaments and there are menisci between the femur and the tibia to assist in allowing these bones to glide smoothly over each other when the horse moves. As always a clinical examination by your veterinarian will help to pinpoint the stifle as the cause of lameness and will rely on joint swelling, response to flexion tests and often (but not always) improvement of the lameness after injecting a local anesthetic into the joints. X-rays and ultrasound are the most useful techniques for diagnosing stifle problems, but bone scan, and in some large equine hospitals MRI and CT can also be used. The stifle is a high motion joint which is prone to injury at high speed or when jumping. The list of injuries and conditions that can affect the stifle is extensive but we will concentrate on some examples of common problems that may affect your horse. We will deal with the two major categories of stifle injury 1: Femoropatellar Conditions: Locking or upward fixation of the patella:   Locking of the patella is very common ailment particularly of ponies and young horses. It can also be seen in adults, especially those that have a concurrent traumatic stifle injury or in performance horses that are suddenly taken out of work and boxed. In severe cases the condition can be diagnosed simply by observing the limb being held out behind the horse with the stifle ‘locked’, the horse can usually release this lock itself and the patella releases with a snap. In less severe cases the patella release may just be delayed, and these horses may show a rather jerky movement of their hindlimbs. In other mild cases, the only signs seen may be an unwillingness to canter, or frequent switching of leads and skipping at a...

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Laminitis is a serious, crippling disease of horses

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Laminitis is one of the most serious, crippling diseases of horses. Severe and recurring cases of laminitis can reduce a horse’s usefulness or result in the horse being destroyed to prevent further suffering. Treatment can require a lot of time and money (whether successful or not) and requires a good deal of energy from the carer for an extended period of time. Recent research has shown a strong association between the high insulin levels seen in most ponies with Cushing’s Disease (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Disease (PPID)) and Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and susceptibility to laminitis; indeed it is now thought that the majority of laminitis cases are PPID or EMS individuals. There is an extremely effective treatment now available for PPID. Please contact for details.   What is laminitis? Laminitis case study: Laminitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues (laminae) that bond the hoof wall to the coffin bone in the horse’s hoof. It can affect any horse, of any age or sex, at any time of the year. Although it is traditionally considered a disease of fat ponies, laminitis can be triggered by a variety of metabolic or physical causes in any horse as discussed in ‘Causes of laminitis’. Laminitis is caused by weakening of the supporting lamina within the hoof, leading to painful tearing of the support structure suspending the pedal bone within the hoof. If laminitis is not treated promptly, the coffin bone drops or the coffin bone can rotate downwards. Laminitis and Founder are not the same. Laminitis can, but does not always result in Founder. The word Founder describes the sinking of the horse’s foot. The sinking occurs when the laminar bond fails. The laminar bond is made up of two layers: The insensitive nonliving layer that grows from the coronary band (comparable to our finger nail). This is attached to the sensitive laminae (similar to the sensitive skin under our finger nails), which interlocks with insensitive tissue forming a remarkably strong bond. The level of pain a horse demonstrates does not necessarily indicate either laminitis or founder. Some horses show tremendous pain while they are laminitic, and others show very little. The same may be true for foundering horses.   What to do if Laminitis occurs Treat laminitis as an emergency. Call a veterianrian immediately. Initial treatment is critical and can dramatically reduce the likelihood of founder Do not exercise your horse. If he is at pasture remove him to a deep shavings bed (10cm+ deep). If he has to travel a distance to a stable use a low loading trailer (medication may be appropriate first). After examining your pony, your vet administer painkillers, a peripheral vasodilator – sedative to encourage him to lie down and fit frog supports and give other treatment if appropriate. Do not starve your horse as hyperlipaemia may develop. Your vet will advise you on an...

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2018 Kentucky Derby: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts

2018 Kentucky Derby: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts

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The Apollo Curse was broken Saturday at the 2018 Kentucky Derby as race-favorite Justify held off Good Magic to become the first colt since Apollo in 1882 win the “Run for the Roses” without racing as a juvenile. The 2-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey Mike Smith, 52, not only had to battle 19 horses in the 1-¼ mile race at Churchill Downs but also the elements. Rain soaked the Louisville, Kentucky track, forcing officials to seal the track but it wasn’t enough as day-long rain turned the dirt into mud and created sloppy and slippery conditions for the horses. Justify, the 5-2 Derby favorite, broke well from the seven hole and trotted towards the front. He easily led the field around the back stretch and had enough in the tank to run the 1¼ miles in 2:04.20. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. Good Magic finished second followed by Audible and 85-to-1 longshot Instilled Regard. Justify improved to 4-0 in his young career and has now won his races by a combined 21½ lengths. He’ll look to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 19. 2018 Kentucky Derby betting payout Justify: $7.80 (Win), $6 (Place), $4.40 (Show) Good Magic: $9.20 (Place), $6.60 (Show) Audible: $5.80 (Show) The $2 exacta paid $69.60, the $1 trifecta produced $141.40, and the $1 superfecta cashed a whopping $19,618.20 thanks to Instilled Regard. 2018 Kentucky Derby Results Note: Post position in parentheses Justify (7) Good Magic (6) Audible (5) Installed Regard (15) My Boy Jack (10) Bravazo (13) Hofburg (9) Lone Sailor (8) Vino Rosso (18) Solomini (17) Firenze Fire (1) Bolt d’Oro (11) Flameaway (4) Enticed (12) Promises Fulfilled (3) Free Drop Billy (2) Noble Indy (19) Combatant (20) Magnum Moon (16) Mendelssohn (14) For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Horseshoeing Tips and Tactics

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How can you make sure your horse farrier is doing a good job on your horse’s hooves? Read our simple tips to learn about what your farrier does, and if he’s doing it right. How can we tell if the farrier who trims our horses is doing a good job or not? Did your farrier check everything on your horse’s hooves? You’re not trained as a farrier specialist, so how can you be sure that your farrier is address everything on your horse? You may not be trained in the art of shoeing horses, but there are things you can look for. Farrier and Horseman  An expensive truck with fancy lettering on the doors doesn’t guarantee that a farrier is good. There was a horseshoer who used to trim horses wearing gray polyester pants and white suede shoes. He hopped out of an unmarked truck with a hoof knife, a pair of nippers and a rasp in his hand. Looking every bit not the part, he commenced to trim one horse after another and never got a speck of dirt on those shiny trousers or a smudge on his white bucks. He didn’t look like The Village Smithy, but he had horse sense, know-how, and an easiness about him that kept the horses calm. A farrier should approach a horse like a horseman, with quiet confidence. That’s one of the first indications you might have the right person. Be wary of the farrier who, the first time he picks up your horse’s feet, starts criticizing work done by the previous farrier. This could be an attempt to make himself look good. Trimming a horse is a little art, but a lot of science. While horseshoeing hasn’t changed much for hundreds of years, there are improvements being made all the time. Clue number two that you have the right guy is a farrier who keeps up with the advancements in his trade. Books, seminars, short courses, association newsletters, etc., are available. Plus, there is enough continuing education to keep any serious farrier up on the latest findings and research. However, you don’t want someone who is ready and willing to go along with every new fad or trend or to sell you on the idea that your horse needs something extra special in the way of shoes, or wedges, or pads, and the like. There is little regulation of the trade and almost no testing of competence, outside of what is done by organizations that certify their member farriers. Anyone can take a weekend course, buy a few tools, and stick a flier on the wall of the local tack shop. But that doesn’t make him or her a competent farrier. On the Level  An ideal hoof trim is one that leaves the foot balanced and level. The bottom of the hoof is parallel to the coronet band. Both heels...

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Horse Named After Rob Gronkowski Will Race Belmont Stakes But Not Kentucky Derby

Horse Named After Rob Gronkowski Will Race Belmont Stakes But Not Kentucky Derby

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Gronkowski is headed to New York. Not the football player, but the horse named Gronkowski (after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski) will not be running in the Kentucky Derby next month as once hoped. He will however, make a run in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in New York. The colt, which is based in England, had been scheduled to fly to Kentucky this weekend but will not make the trip due to a fever that spiked over the weekend, his owners announced earlier this month. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. Although Gronkowski won’t be competing at Churchill Downs, his owners announced Tuesday that he will race at Belmont Park. Last week, the NFL veteran announced he had purchased a minority stake in the 3-year-old thoroughbred, winner of his last four races. The Kentucky Derby post time is scheduled for 6:34 p.m. ET Saturday, though the actual race will start at 6:46 p.m. ET. If Gronkowski would have ran in the Derby he would have likely started the race at around 40-1 odds. Currently Justify (11/4) and Bolt D’oro (18/5) are the favorites to win Saturday’s “Run for the Roses.” The first Triple Crown race will be followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Attending horse races is nothing new for Gronk, the NFL player. He attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015 along with Patriots players Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. June’s Belmont Stakes will be his first time attending the final leg of the Triple Crown — that is if Patriots coach Bill Belichick will allow his Pro Bowl tight end attend without causing too much off-the-field drama. For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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2018 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw: Time, Date, How To Watch

2018 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw: Time, Date, How To Watch

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The first Saturday in May is just around the corner, and with it comes the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The 20-horse field has yet to be finalized but the post position draw for the first leg of the Triple Crown is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET on May 1. You can watch the important post position event live on the Kentucky Derby’s official website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The post position draw for the Kentucky Oaks — the 1 1/8 mile $1 million purse for 3-year-old fillies on May 4 — is scheduled for April 30 at 11 a.m. and can also be seen live on the Derby’s official pages. The random post position drawing for the Kentucky Derby is important considering nine of the past 17 winners since 2000 started from gate No. 13 or higher, including last year’s winner, Nyquist (gate 13), American Pharoah (15), I’ll Have Another (19), Animal Kingdom (16) and Big Brown (20), according to America’s Best Racing. Next month’s Kentucky Derby will be a huge event with a plethora of storylines surrounding the 1 1/4 mile race. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said earlier this month he has purchased a minority stake in a thoroughbred that was named after him. The 3-year-old colt Gronkowski is set to run at Churchill Downs on May 5 and is currently listed at 40-1 odds to win “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.” Legendary thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert’s horse Justify, who won the Santa Anita Derby by 3½ lengths earlier this month is currently listed as the favorite to win the first leg of the Triple Crown. Odds to win 2018 Kentucky Derby Via Sportsbook.ag Justify 5/2 Bolt D’oro 4/1 Magnum Moon 4/1 Mendelssohn 6/1 Good Magic 7/1 My Boy Jack 7/1 Audible 8/1 Vino Rosso 16/1 Enticed 20/1 Hofburg 20/1 Quip 20/1 Solomini 20/1 Flameaway 25/1 Noble Indy 25/1 Free Drop Billy 35/1 Gronkowski 40/1 Promises Fulfilled 40/1 Lone Sailor 45/1 Bravazo 50/1 Combatant 75/1 Firenze Fire 75/1 Givemeaminit 75/1 Reride 125/1 Restoring Hope 150/1 Sporting Chance 150/1 Blended Citizen 175/1 Dream Baby Dream 200/1 Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their...

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2018 Kentucky Derby Championship Series Standings, Results

2018 Kentucky Derby Championship Series Standings, Results

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The final chances for Kentucky Derby qualifying points were up for grabs this past weekend with a pair of graded stakes at Oaklawn Park and another at Keeneland. The Grade 1 Arkansas Derby offered points on a scale of 100-40-20-10, and the G3 Lexington Stakes offers them 20-8-4-2. Magnum Moon dominated the Arkansas Derby while My Boy Jack won at Keenland in the final major prep race ahead of May 5’s Kentucky Derby. Both horses will likely be in the field at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Derby qualifying points are awarded to the top-four finishers in each race. The 20 horses with the most points will earn a starting position for the 144th running. Veteran trainer Todd Pletcher currently has four horses (Magnum Moon, Audible, Noble Indy, Vino Rosso) inside the top 20 of the Kentucky Derby 2018 point standings. As of Saturday, Santa Anita Derby winner Justify was tabbed as the 5/2 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. Below are the major Kentucky Derby Championship Series schedule and results. Date Race Distance Track Winner Beyer 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 3/3/18 Fountain of Youth 1 1/16M Gulfstream Promises Fulfilled 96 50 20 10 5 3/10/18 Gotham 1M Aqueduct Enticed 95 50 20 10 5 3/10/18 Tampa Bay Derby 1 1/16M Tampa Bay Downs Quip 94 50 20 10 5 3/10/18 San Felipe 1 1/16M Santa Anita Bolt d’Oro 101 50 20 10 5 3/17/18 Rebel 1 1/16M Oaklawn Park Magnum Moon 97 50 20 10 5 3/17/18 Jeff Ruby Steaks 1 1/8M Turfway Park Blended Citizen 83 20 8 4 2 3/24/18 Louisiana Derby 1 1/8M  Fair Grounds Noble Indy 95 100 40 20 10 3/25/18 Sunland Derby 1 1/8M Sunland Park Runaway Ghost 85 50 20 10 5 3/31/18 UAE Derby 1 3/16M Meydan Mendelssohn 106 100 40 20 10 3/31/18 Florida Derby 1 1/8M Gulfstream Audible 99 100 40 20 10 4/7/18 Wood Memorial 1 1/8M Aqueduct Vino Rosso 98 100 40 20 10 4/7/18 Blue Grass 1 1/8M Keeneland Good Magic 95 100 40 20 10 4/7/18 Santa Anita Derby 1 1/8M Santa Anita Justify 107 100 40 20 10 4/14/18 Arkansas Derby 1 1/8M Oaklawn Park Magnum Moon 98 100 40 20 10 4/14/18 Lexington 1 1/16M Keeneland My Boy Jack 90 20 8 4 2   For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Gronkowski In Kentucky Derby; Rick Pitino Won’t Attend Kentucky Oaks

Gronkowski In Kentucky Derby; Rick Pitino Won’t Attend Kentucky Oaks

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A thoroughbred named for the Patriots tight end, Rob Gronkowski will race in the Kentucky Derby. Gronkowski followed up his win in the the ”European Road to the Kentucky Derby” Condition Stakes at Kempton Park outside London in early March with another victory in Friday’s Burradon Stakes at Newcastle in England, to clinch an invitation to the first race of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs in May. With the win in the final Kentucky Derby qualifying points race, Gronkowski moved to 3-0 on synthetic surfaces this season. He is also 4-0 since earning a runner-up finish in a pair of turf starts to launch his career. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. The Kentucky Derby is nothing new for Gronk, the NFL player. He attended the Derby in 2015 along with Patriots players Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. Another famous sports figure who will not be attending a similar thoroughbred race in the Bluegrass State is embattled Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino. Pitino vowed to not return to the state of Kentucky, and he’s keeping that promise, even though he has a filly racing at Kentucky Oaks. Pitino is a part owner of Coach Rocks, which won Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks in Florida. Kentucky Oaks is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at Churchill Downs. Pitino was fired as Louisville’s basketball coach in October after an FBI probe into corruption with NCAA recruiting and bribery named him as a facilitator. Pitino has denied these accusations, and vowed to not return to Kentucky. “I’m not going to go to Kentucky for the Oaks, but my partners are,” Pitino told reporters in the winner’s circle at Gulfstream Park. “But I feel absolutely awesome. “I will not (go to Churchill Downs),” he added, “unless (chairman) David Grissom and the pizza guy, Papa John (Schnatter), retire from the (university’s) board of trustees. Then, I’ll be there.” For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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