Bramlage Q&A continued, coming Monday: new excerpt!

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Today, in a bonus post, we continue our Q&A from yesterday with Dr. Larry Bramlage. one of the world’s most famous equine orthopedic surgeons. 

Q. Turning away from horses, when it comes to technology, you’re a Macintosh fan. What do you have and what apps do you find most useful?
A. I have a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and an iPhone.  I have downloaded no apps on my iPhone, a matter of time more than anything else.  The thing I use the most, other than Microsoft Office, is iPhoto (for preparing presentations).
Q. Jim Squires’ new book, Headless Horseman, is a harsh critique of the racehorse industry. Criticism extends to Ogden Phipps, chairman of the Jockey Club. Squires calls him and peers a blue-blooded hierarchy that is far too powerful. You are extremely active in the Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee. Have you read the book? If so, what did you think of it, and what changes do you think need to be made in the business for it to improve? 
A. No time to read it currently. Mr. Phipps has made more contributions than most people in the industry have ever thought of.  Mr. Squires is wrong.  We need to get centralized uniform testing, rules of racing and administration.  Everyone knows this, but everyone, including the 38 states that govern racing, wants to be in charge of something.  The racing compact that is currently being worked on (in the New York Legislature) is our best current hope, though the Jockey Club and TOBA have made amazing progress in the last two years by cooperating.

Bramlage considers  N.Y.’s Thoroughbred Adoption Program at Finger Lakes track a model program

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