Leslie Deckard

Leslie Deckard is a former staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine.

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Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via

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Dam of Eight Belles Sells for $2.5 Million

Away, the dam of the ill-fated Eight Belles, was purchased for $2.5 million during the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser,

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Louisiana Barn Fire Kills 12 Horses

A Sept. 25 fire at Velocity Farms near Benton, La., killed 12 horses, including Deerhound, sire of Thoroughbred champion Countess Diana. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Shanna Berry, who co-owns the farm with Sandi Blackburn, said

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Keeneland Yearling Buyers Utilize Steroid Tests

During the first two sessions of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale the Central Kentucky auction company reported 20 requests for testing for exogenous anabolic steroids.

There were six requests during the opening session Sept. 8 an

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Eight Belles Tests Negative for Steroids

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), tested negative for all banned substances, including steroids, according to test results from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority?s official laboratory at

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Chelokee Continues to Improve

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle during the Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 2 at Churchill Downs continues to improve at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS.

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Hanging At Home with Rags to Riches

One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks. Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches, owned by Michael Tabor

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California Racing Group to Turn Over Necropsy Results

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has agreed to pay owner Jerry Jamgotchian $19,440 in attorney fees and costs, as well as turn over necropsy submission forms for horses that died on California racetracks in 2006 and part of 2007,

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Louisiana Racing Commission Might Appeal Drug Ruling

After the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee struck down the Louisiana State Racing Commission’s adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium model rules for medication Feb. 11, the commission is yet to decide its next move.

The

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Racing Medication Rules Struck Down in Louisiana

The Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee has struck down the state racing commission’s adoption of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium Model Rules, according to the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

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Curlin Tops Eclipse Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2007 (Thorougbred) Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 4, with many of the categories, as usual, dominated by winners of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships races.

It is possible that nine of the 10 (flat) Eclipse winner

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Kentucky Moves to Regulate Racehorse Steroids

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA) supports the regulation of anabolic steroids in racehorses in the state, and took the first step toward drafting and adopting the revised model rule offered by the Association of Racing Commissioners

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Trainer Given Yearlong Suspension in Cobra Venom Case

 Kentucky racing stewards have suspended trainer Patrick Biancone for one year for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority’s medication regulations following a hearing Oct. 4. The suspension begins Oct. 15.

KHRA

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$3.7 Million Colt Tops Keeneland Select Yearling Sale

A striking son of Unbridled’s Song brought a final bid of $3.7 million from Coolmore and associates to establish a new high price for the second session and first two days of the Keeneland September sale.

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