Esther Marr

Esther Marr is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by: Esther Marr

Kentucky Immigration Proposal Worries Horse Industry

After being on the national back burner for the last three years, the illegal immigration issue has resurfaced again in Kentucky in the form of a bill that breezed through the state Senate in early January.Horse industry officials discussed how the bill, which could subject employers to felony prosecution for assisting undocumented immigrants, would affect the local horse industry if approved by

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Zenyatta Owner, Blame Trainer Comment on Horse of the Year Debate

As Blame and Zenyatta fans hold their collective breath in anticipation of the highly debated Horse of the Year announcement at the Jan. 17 Eclipse Awards ceremony, the mare’s owner Jerry Moss and the colt’s trainer Al Stall gave their final thoughts on the matter during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference Jan. 13.

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HFL Sport Science Laboratory Opens in Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear joined community leaders and executives of HFL Sport Science on Dec. 14 to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new laboratory in Lexington, Ky. The facility will provide drug surveillance, doping control, and research to equine and other sports industries. The lab, which represents a more than $4 million investment, will create 48 new jobs.

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Zenyatta Arrives at Churchill Downs

Accompanied by a police escort, a van carrying Zenyatta rolled into the stable area of Churchill Downs and stopped at Barn 41 at 12:07 p.m. ET Tuesday, Nov. 2. A cheer erupted from a hoard of media as Zenyatta stepped of the shiny, silver vehicle with red trim. She was circled for photos a couple times, during which she gazed at the crowd with curious, pricked ears.

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Protecting Racehorses for Second Careers

The biggest takeaway message from a panel on transitioning Thoroughbred racehorses to second careers during the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland June 28 was how trainers need to protect their horses while they’re on the track in order to give them more fulfilling opportunities down the road.

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Rare White Thoroughbred to Debut at Turfway

When Paul Megson attended the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale with his young daughter, Valerie, he had his eye on a particular weanling that stood out from the hundreds of other catalog entries because of one obvious reason: his pur

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Off-the-Track Thoroughbred Dubbed ‘World’s Smartest Horse’

For 37 years Karen Murdock has dedicated her life to horses, doing everything from dressage and barrel racing to jumping and trail riding. But in all her experiences she has never encountered a horse quite like Lukas. Starting out as a downtrodden "racetrack reject," Lukas is now known to many as one of the most intelligent animals on the planet because of Murdock's

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Thoroughbred Sire El Prado Dead

Prominent Thoroughbred sire El Prado died of a heart problem in his paddock at Adena Springs near Paris, Ky. the morning of Sept. 21. The son of Sadler’s Wells was 20 years old.

“It’s a very sad moment for us at the farm–we’re still in shell shock about the whole thing,” said Adena’s Dermot Carty. “On the other hand,

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Racehorse Trainer Dutrow Granted Stay of Suspension

A week after Thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow filed an appeal over the 30-day suspension handed out by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for a clenbuterol positive in the spring of 2008, the Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court issued him a stay.

Dutrow appealed the suspension July 15. His attorney, Frank Becker, sent a report July 21 that confirmed his client had been granted the stay, which

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Delaware Track Adopts Emergency Rule on Toe Grab Horseshoes

After noticing an unusually high number of horses stumbling at the start during the first month of the Delaware Park meet, the Delaware Racing Commission adopted an emergency regulation that allows toe grabs with a height of up to four millimeters to be permitted for racing on dirt.

The track had implemented a recommendation from The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee at the start

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Kentucky Horse Industry Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky’s state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

With a special session currently

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New Horse Owners Learn About Breeding Process

If there’s one thing the horse industry needs, its new blood to fuel the sport. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders’ Association (TOBA) works each year to accomplish just that through its new owner seminars and breeding clinics, the most recent

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2008 Kentucky Breeders’ Incentives Announced

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced March 27 the Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund will distribute more than $18.7 million in awards for 2008.

While this year’s KBIF awards are down from the $19,220,007 paid in 2007, they are still higher than the $15 million awarded during the program’s first payout in 2006.

“It’s certainly much-needed good news for breeders

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Undefeated Mare Peppers Pride Moves to Kentucky

On a warm and windy overcast morning March 6, trainer Joel Marr stood pensive in the shedrow of his undefeated world record holder Peppers Pride’s new home at Nathan Fox’s Richland Hills Farm near Midway, Ky. Although in less than 24 hours, he

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