Summer 2014 - issue 33 - Published July 2014
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Frances Karon visits Christophe Clement and learns all about the foundations he developed in racing from such a young age starting from his french roots to his arrival in America. The successful trainer of Tonalist talks about his life on both sides of the pond and how he ended up at Belmont Park
Sid Fernando talks about how Wesley Ward's successful raids on the elite European race meetings goes in some way to dispel the myth that Lasix is a performance enhancer. Time after time Ward sends out winners in Europe at meetings such as Royal Ascot but with Lasix being a banned substance it shows that maybe there is too much faith put into the drug in America.
Alan Balch looks into the hope that every cloud currently hanging over California racing has the silver lining every race follower is praying for. With more racetracks closing and trainers unable to make a living the long term future of California racing is looking doubtful.
TRM Trainer of the Quarter is awarded to King Leatherbury, the Maryland based trainer who is hoping that his stable star Ben's Cat may just provide him with the item on his wish list he has yet failed to obtain, a Cadillac convertible.
The Thoroughbred Racing Industry is experiencing greater scrutiny than it ever has in its long and distinguished history, with the amplitude of debate and criticism from opponents of the sport on the basis of ethics and welfare reaching an unparalleled decibel.
Profiles on Grade 1 winning owners between April and June 2014.
Training racehorses could be described as being the epitome of art and science coming together. Whilst the latest research and recommendations are important where racehorse nutrition is concerned, there has always been a strong belief in tradition and folklore in the racing community.
The single biggest area of debate currently in the Thoroughbred racing industry is the issue of racehorse medication. Medication is often characterized by the media and by people within and outside the industry as a black and white issue where one side of the argument is framed in terms of “hay, oats and water,” and anything else is considered permissive medication.
Around 35% of the veterinary research and education budget is spent on projects to understand musculoskeletal disorders, improve their treatment, and prevent and minimize injury to racehorses.
Is the racing industry doing enough to support the key members of staff on the backstretch, we look into the people and associations that are working hard to provide better facilities for these invaluable racecourse workers.
The devastating flu outbreak that rampaged through the Australian horse population in 2007 was an important wake-up call reminding us that equine influenza virus is an ever-present threat.