Fetlock Injuries

GISW One in Vermillion Retired; Stud Plans Pending

This summer's GI H. Allen Jerkens Memorial S. winner One in Vermillion (c, 3, Army Mule--Given Star, by Any Given Saturday) injured a fetlock in early November after a workout at Zia Park and has been retired from racing, according to a report in Daily Racing Form. One in Vermillion reportedly suffered a medial fracture and has already undergone surgery, which was successful, but will not return to the races. Stud plans for the bay are still being determined. Bred in California by Richard Barton Enterprises, One in Vermillion sold...

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Palmer: 'PET Scan Not Appropriate As Initial Screening Tool'

New York State Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott Palmer has described Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan as a "fantastic diagnostic tool" and that "it can play a very important role" in helping to identify and pinpoint subtle musculoskeletal injuries in horses, but that the scan is not the best initial screening tool in singling out horses at risk for catastrophic injuries. Palmer addressed the issue during an equine health and safety briefing held at Tuesday's meeting of the New York State Gaming Commission and also offered some preliminary findings  on...

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Screen, Scan, Save: Is This Racing's Big Fix?

Like the wildfires fanned by this summer's hot winds, doomsday predictions of horse racing's demise have raged through the mainstream and trade press this year, fueled by a sickening spate of high-profile equine fatalities on the sport's highest-profile stages--tracks armed with some of the most stringent safety guardrails. This means these horses passed before the eyes of a slew of experts--from the riders to the trainers to the veterinarians and the regulators--deemed among the best in the business. If they can't single out these horses before catastrophe happens, who can?...

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The Bare Bones: a Primer with Dr. Bramlage

He hasn't got all day; nor, doubtless, do you. So let's cut to the chase. We won't dwell on the journey that has made Dr. Larry Bramlage a doyen of orthopedic science, in its daily application to the racehorse: not the alphabet soup of honors and distinctions, nor the long experience that has honed the sharpest diagnostic eye in the business through 23 years with Rood and Riddle. We have simply dropped into the clinic, on a recent visit to Lexington, to direct a brief sunbeam of his knowledge and...

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New SoCal MRI Study Aims to Bring Clarity to its Diagnostic Role

Seeking a full stop to the spate of high-profile fatalities in the race that stops Australia, Racing Victoria this year tightened the veterinary screws. The practical rollout of these efforts can hardly be described as an unadulterated success, however. One of these new measures was a precautionary CT scan of all runners in the days leading up to the G1 Melbourne Cup--a target that hit the skids when Racing Victoria's new $1.27-million CT unit suffered a malfunction with the Cup field only half scanned, leaving the rest to be X-rayed...

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Not One Size Fits All: Paper Outlines Findings From Newmarket Fetlock Injury Symposium

While the racing industry has made important strides forward in detecting horses at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries before they occur, that system is far from perfect. But better use and understanding of the various diagnostic tools at our disposal could help to plug those existing gaps--that's the main takeaway from a recent article published in the Equine Veterinary Journal. The seven-page paper provides a summary of the findings that came from a symposium held this past March at Newmarket, during which various veterinarians and experts shared their research into...

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