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Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell is a Editorial Director and Editor-in-Chief The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by: Eric Mitchell

Commentary: Give Bute the Boot

Without question, Bute and other NASAIDs help horses in training. But do we really need them on race day? Most vets will say it’s better to give a horse time off rather than medication.

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Commentary: Finding Homes for all Thoroughbreds

The buy-back rate at the recently concluded Keeneland September yearling sale became the sale’s most significant statistic because it dropped to 26.7% from 27.5%. The improvement in trade over last year meant at least 30 more horses found new homes than would have otherwise had the buy-back rate stayed the same as in 2009. Keeneland deserves a lot of credit for shaking up the sale’

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Strangles: Kentucky Tracks Ban Hoosier Park Horses

On the recommendation of the Kentucky State Veterinarian’s Office, horses stabled at Hoosier Park will not be allowed to enter the barn areas of any Kentucky racetrack or public training facility until further notice.

Hoosier Park Racing and Casino officials took precautionary measures Sept. 12 and placed 59 horses in quarantine when clinical signs consistent

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