Protection and Perception: The AAEP On-Call Program

Of the 84 horses pre-entered in the 14th Breeders’ Cup Day of championship racing for Thoroughbreds, 10 did not answer the call to the post the next Saturday. Two horses had a system disease that took them out of training. One horse (“P>

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Of the 84 horses pre-entered in the 14th Breeders’ Cup Day of championship racing for Thoroughbreds, 10 did not answer the call to the post the next Saturday. Two horses had a “system” disease that took them out of training. One horse (a longshot) was “not training well” and was withdrawn. Two other horses had minor problems that weren’t lamenesses, but which did affect their training schedules to the extent that they were “not right” for a top race. One kicked the stall wall. Two had condylar fractures. One had a coffin bone fracture. And one had a stress fracture of the metacarpus (shin).


“Those are pretty typical of what happens at the track in a week,” said Larry Bramlage, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, who was one of the volunteer veterinarians on hand representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ On-Call program. “It’s more perception than reality” that a lot of horses were out of the Breeders’ Cup due to injuries this year, he added. “With most of the problems that occurred, the horses would be able to run again. Singspiel was the exception.”






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Kimberly S. Brown is the editor of EquiManagement/EquiManagement.com and the group publisher of the Equine Health Network at Equine Network LLC.

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