Feed by weight, not by volume

Most of the time when you ask someone how much they feed their horse, they answer in terms of quarts — or coffee cans. It’s an easy way to measure when scooping it out of a bin, but unless you take feed density into account, it’s a highly variable strategy. You will always end up […]

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Triple Crown race tracks and how they ride

While everyone is looking at who will be entered in the upcoming Preakness Stakes (besides Orb) one of the big factors in the race is the track itself. Like all of the Triple Crown race tracks, Pimlico has it’s own “personality” — although whether this is fact or fiction is up for debate. Let’s take […]

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I’ll Have Another out of the Belmont!

I’ll Have Another, who had energized racing fans with his bid for the Triple Crown has been scratched from the Belmont and retired from racing after being diagnosed with tendonitis. The sad news came today at a press conference at 1:00 p.m. EST. According to The Paulick Report: O’Neill said he noticed a “lack of […]

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Triple Crown Winners – Part 2

The next four Triple Crown winners all achieved their success in the 1940s — amazing to have so many winners so close together in time. Who knew in 1948 that it would be 25 years before there was another! Whirlaway — 1941 To win the Kentucky Derby, trainer Ben Jones had to correct Whirlaway’s habit […]

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A look back at Triple Crown winners – Part 1

Horse racing’s Triple Crown — awarded to the horse that wins the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — hasn’t been achieved since Affirmed won it in 1979. When he won it, he was the third horse to do so in the 1970s, making it seem almost easy. Certainly, with Secretariat winning the Belmont by […]

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Is Lasix jinxing the Triple Crown?

The use of Lasix (furosemide) has come under scrutiny in the racing industry with some analysts arguing that the use of the drug is one of the reasons why we’ve gone so long without a Triple Crown winner. Lasix is injected to prevent bleeding – Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhaging. The argument is that almost all […]

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I’ll Have Another takes the Preakness

I will admit it: I thought that Bodemeister would win the Preakness. Without an early pace setter and over the shorter distance, I thought he’d do it, especially as coming into the backstretch the time was a full two seconds slower than the Derby. But I’ll Have Another rallied with another incredible run down the […]

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Calories, density and NSCs: Understanding different feeds

This month I decided to review Freedom’s feeding regime. Sure, it’s working, but I wanted to compare different feeds to determine what would give me the best nutritional profile, the amount of calories he needs to hold his weight, and low enough starch — non structural carbohydrates, or NSCs — to keep him from getting […]

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