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    Keeping the big guy in shape for the Ladies.
    Check out the one on I'll Have Another!!
    Thanx!!!!! And who said we don't talk and sing to our horses?
  • KetaKeta Member
    A horse CSI story. Interesting. Below are excerpts for easier read. Link is at bottom.
    The Real Bend Or
    Written by Byron Rogers | Apr 20, 2012 | From: True Nicks
    Pedigree historians have long been suspicious about the exact parentage of the 1880 Epsom Derby winner. The record books will tell you that the winner was Bend Or, a son of Doncaster out of the Thormanby mare Rouge Rose, bred and owned by the 1st Duke of Westminster
    The claim was based on the account given by a disgruntled stud groom at the Duke of Westminster’s stud who said that two colts—both chestnut sons of Doncaster—had been inadvertently switched when they arrived at their trainers' yards, and that the colt who raced and won the 1880 Derby as Bend Or was in fact Tadcaster, by Doncaster out of the Newminster mare Clemence.
    While it has been previously reported elsewhere, a team led by Dr. Mim Bower at Cambridge University extracted mitochondrial DNA from the skeleton of Bend Or to discover whether he came from the No. 1 family to which Rouge Rose belonged, or the No. 2 family of Clemence. The team published their findings April 11 in an early view of the peer-reviewed journal Archaeometry.
    Well, it turns out that it might be time to change some pedigrees. It now appears that the skeleton of Bend Or belongs to the No. 2 family and, therefore, "Bend Or" is most likely to be the colt by Doncaster out of Clemence. The question is now, in light of this scientific paper, will the likes of Weatherbys and The Jockey Club update their historical records to reflect the corrected pedigree?
  • KetaKeta Member
    Racing Post‏ tweeted
    Frankel's full brother Noble Mission scores impressively in #Newbury maiden
    - more to follow at
  • KetaKeta Member
    From: The Daily Times Farmington, NM
    Another new shooter to consider in the Inaugural may be the railsitter, El Vino, for owner/trainer David Wolochuk.
    Shipping in from Santa Anita, where he most recently ran third as the 17-to-10 favorite on the turf, El Vino was claimed out of that start and gets the services of Ry Eikelberry.
    El Vino has been made the 4-1 second choice on the morning line and will likely be doing his best running down the lane.
    This was a bad race for El Vino. He came in 7th about 9 lengths back
  • Have you all seen the latest twitter pic posted today (Sun). Little Z sure looks like he's enjoying time with mom.
  • KetaKeta Member
    From: Fillies First A Blog About Horse Racing's Great Fillies and Mares
    By Valerie Grash Sunday, April 22, 2012
    Dahlia on My Mind
    On Saturday the name Dahlia seemed to be everywhere. First, at Pimlico, there was the grassy 1-mile Dahlia Stakes, won by recent $25k claimer 15-1 longshot Idle Talk, a 6-year-old Olmodavor mare making her first attempt at stakes company in 30 starts. The race itself is named for the great champion Hall of Fame mare Dahlia who in the mid-1970s regularly trounced males at the highest level—in France, in England, and in North America. Among her victories: the FR-G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud; the ENG-G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot; the ENG-G1 Juddmonte International at York; the G1 Man o’War at Belmont Park; and the G1 Washington DC International at Laurel.
  • Nice web site Keta.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Nice web site Keta.
    Thanks. When I find something like this, I like to share. Hugs, Keta

  • Mike is to visit Zenyatta, and her prince on Tuesday! Can't wait to see the pictures!
  • KetaKeta Member
    Team Zenyatta posted a great series of photos on Facebook
    Here is the link
    It is a timeline from foaling to now.
    Really let's us see how he is developing.
  • If anyone is going to Rolex or is in the Lexington area Saturday, you might like this event. Very worthwhile. (I'll be busy with the Rolex volunteer grounds crew.)
  • Really loved the Baby Z timeline. Thanks for the link. Wish I had more time to spend on the computer-so much of interest here!
  • KetaKeta Member
    Zayat Stables‏ tweeted on Sat. March 28th
    Check out the official Bodemeister website.
    Exclusive videos and photos leading up to the Derby.
  • KetaKeta Member
    Thoroughbred Times tweeted Sunday April 29th
    Premier sire Dynaformer passed away at @Three_Chimneys today.
    More to follow soon at

  • KetaKeta Member
    Two NYRA leaders sent home with pay
    Albany Times Union
    Posted on April 30, 2012 at 6:05 pm by James M. Odato
    The New York Racing Association on Monday afternoon sent President Charles Hayward and General Counsel Patrick Kehoe home without pay.
    NYRA Chairman C. Steven Duncker said the the administrative leave was in reaction to the April 29 release of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board’s interim report into the matter of incorrect takeout rates at NYRA and a letter to Duncker, also dated April 29, from Robert L. Megna, Chairman of the Franchise Oversight Board.
    “NYRA takes the matters identified by the Franchise Oversight Board and the New York State Racing and Wagering Board extremely seriously, “said Duncker. “NYRA will take all appropriate steps and actions to cooperate with the State’s inquiries and insure the integrity of our operations. As part of these efforts, we will respond to Chairman Megna’s letter as requested by May 4th. NYRA has worked diligently over the past number of years to improve the racing and agricultural industries in New York State and enhance its national status as an industry leader, and we will continue with that commitment.”
    The racing board report found Hayward knew about overcharging of bettors months before the state stumbled on it as a result of an audit of the horse breeding fund. The report said NYRA’s counsel knew about the racing law violation as well.
  • KetaKeta Member
    NYRA fires Hayward and Kehoe
    By Tom Precious | Bloodhorse Updated: May 4, 2012, 6:45 PM ET
    With talk swirling of state officials considering the future of its racetrack franchise, the New York Racing Association has fired president Charles Hayward following revelations he may have known the racing group was violating state law by not lowering pari-mutuel takeout rates on exotic wagers.
    Also let go was Patrick Kehoe, NYRA's senior vice president and counsel.
    The termination of Hayward and Kehoe came May 4, the same day the NYRA board was to provide its response to state regulators looking into the matter. The state Inspector General's office launched an investigation into the matter that could result in civil or criminal sanctions.
  • KetaKeta Member
    New web site by Jockey Club & Twitter account in support of clean racing & reducing medications
    Teresa Genaro Brooklyn Backstretch tweeted
    The new site launched today by @jockeyclub
    also has a Twitter account: @CleanHorseRaces

    Thought you'd like to add them to your Favorites, Bookmarks, and Twitter
    Nice to see support for change.
  • JSmithJSmith Member
    Some nice auction items in this online auction, proceeds go to several horse charities. Some real deals, not much bidding, and ends on Sunday. Find a bargin and help a horse! Can't get much better than that. Please share if you are on fb. That helps too, someone else may find something to bid on. Nice jewelry & art work.
  • RachelRachel Member
    Horse named Arcadius (sounds familiar) has died of a heart attack and possible aneurism after the Iroquois steeplechase race. Paddy o prado is recovering from colic surgery. It was twisted, please let him be okay afterwards
  • KetaKeta Member
    Horse wins big steeplechase race, then collapses and dies
    Tim Ghianni From: Reuters 10:31 a.m. CDT, May 13, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Arcadius won the prestigious $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase race in Nashville on Saturday, but the victory celebration for the 8-year-old gelding was short-lived, for the horse died soon after crossing the finish line.
    As is tradition for this 3-mile steeplechase - the highlight of a day of races at Nashville's Percy Warner Park - Arcadius, with jockey Brian Crowley in the saddle, trotted up the hill for everyone to see and to photograph after winning the race.
    As 25,000 spectators strained to see what had happened, veterinarian Doctor Monty McInturff and two colleagues rushed to the side of the fallen horse.
    "We got to the scene and his blood pressure was going quickly," said McInturff, whose crew took their emergency vehicle and supplies to the finish line to tend to the fallen horse. "He went very quickly," despite the fact an IV and medication was administered.
    McInturff said the horse did not die of heat stroke, for it was misty, 70-degree jacket-wearing weather.
    "Arcadius had a pulmonary aneurysm. After the race, the artery (in his heart) ruptured," he said after speaking with the state pathologist who had examined the body.
    McInturff's Tennessee Equine Hospital has served as a emergency medical team at the Iroquois steeplechase for 25 years. He said he has seen horses die before.
    To see Arcadius die after earning its $90,000 cut of the $150,000 purse was heartbreaking, he said.
    "He was the best horse of the day," said McInturff. "He honestly showed no signs of distress during the race. He won the big one. The horse ran beautifully. It was amazing to watch."
  • shirleeshirlee Member
    A horse died in the French Classic this weekend also.
  • RachelRachel Member
    A horse died in the French Classic this weekend also.
    Yes Furners Green. Broke his leg after the finish line. I'll deem it a freak accident. Everyone involved with that horse was shocked and saddened even o'brian's son who was the jockey was visibly upset

  • RachelRachel Member
    Joseph o' Brian might of been distraught also cuz his dad trained Furners Green. So sad :(
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