A Dartmouth green awning shrouded the Preakness horses inside the stakes barn at Pimlico. Only their nameplates were fully visible. D. Wayne Lukas, the legendary trainer, in his trademark white cowboy hat, stood just outside the stable talking to a writer. Jerry Bailey, the celebrated jockey and NBC racing analyst was nearby.
Over the weekend, 22 horses competed in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Like all athletes, these elite Thoroughbreds — under the care of their trainers and owners — must walk the line between rigorous training and injury. And one of the most feared conditions in horses is laminitis.
News that Kentucky Derby contender Girvin’s repeatedly delayed workout schedule is due to a quarter crack the colt incurred last week has many fans and handicappers rearranging their tickets to leave him off.
As the public comment period for the proposed amendments to the Horse Protection Act (HPA) came to an end Oct. 26, nearly 200 influential people banded together to urge action from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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