Esther Marr

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

Articles by: Esther Marr

Turfway Reports Reduction in Injuries

A month after eight catastrophic injuries occurred during Turfway Park’s 21-day holiday meet, state veterinarian Bryce Peckham, DVM, and Turfway president Bob Elliston were on hand at a Feb. 10 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting in

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Kentucky Horse Farms Deal with Ice Storm Aftermath

While the icy wonderland that has blanketed the Bluegrass region left more than 600,000 Kentuckians without power the week of Jan. 25, Thoroughbred farm managers are doing all they can to keep their operations functional and safe in spite of

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Illinois Track Implements Welfare Plan

To make its position on horse slaughter clear, Fairmount Park in Illinois has put in place a zero-tolerance policy that would take stalls away from trainers linked to that industry. The track has also created an adoption program for Fairmount

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Stakes Winner Springside Recovering After Surgery

Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.


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Fire Kills 27 Horses at Thoroughbred Training Facility

A barn fire that broke out the morning of Nov. 20 killed 27 horses at Riverside Downs, a former harness track that is being used as a Thoroughbred training and boarding facility in northern Henderson County, Ky.

Bill Shaw, chief of the Baskett

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Men Who Saved Horses from Barn Fire Honored

It was hard for Todd Malley and Larry Higgs to speak after watching a video at the Race Track Chaplaincy Association’s White Horse Award Luncheon that told the story of how they rescued 19 horses from a barn fire. The two grown men wiped their

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On the Mend: Chelokee’s Prognosis Good

Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee’s chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about the colt being released from Rood & Riddle Equine

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Suspended Jockey Responds to Whipping Incident

Jockey Jeremy Rose was suspended for six months following a stewards’ hearing the morning of June 24 for whipping his mount Appeal to the City in the face during the third race at Delaware Park June 23. (For more on this see “

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