Rood and Riddle

The Road Back: Joshua Franks, A Story Of Horses, Hope And Healing

Stable Recovery is a rehabilitation program in Lexington, Kentucky that provides a safe living environment and a peer-driven, therapeutic community for men in the early stages of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Along with going to 12-step meetings and support groups, residents attend the School of Horsemanship at Taylor Made Farm to learn a new vocation in the Thoroughbred industry. The School of Horsemanship is a project that was created by Taylor Made two years ago and has since seen over 100 men go through the program. Many of...

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After Being Pulled from Keeneland November Sale, Rich Strike Will Be Pointed to Racing

Owner Rick Dawson has changed his mind a few times regarding the career of his GI Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike (Keen Ice). One day he's coming back to the races, another day he's to be sold as a stallion prospect, the next day it's back to trying to get him back to the races. It's not that Dawson is indecisive, it's more a matter of him reacting to what is a constantly changing situation. "A few weeks before the sale we had made plans to ship him to Gulfstream...

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Ninth Thoroughbred Owner Conference Panel Now Online

The ninth panel of the OwnerView Virtual Thoroughbred Owner Conference was held Tuesday, Nov. 7 and featured videos of farrier work and equine dentistry, said The Jockey Club who hosted the event along with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Discussions included perspectives from Dr. Scott Morrison and Dr. Brad Tanner, both of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and OwnerView's project manager, Gary Falter. The conference is sponsored by Bessemer Trust, Stoll Keenon Ogden and The Green Group. This panel was sponsored by Equilume. Attendees were able to ask questions...

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Rich Strike Nearing Return, Pegasus Is Possible

GI Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike (Keen Ice) is making progress since being sidelined since May with tendon problems and may make it back in time to compete in the Jan. 27 GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park, reports his owner Rick Dawson. Rich Strike last raced on May 5 when a distant fifth in the GII Alysheba S. at Churchill Downs. He was subsequently transferred from the barn of trainer Eric Reed to Hall of Famer Bill Mott. "The bigger races we are pointing toward would include...

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Two Phil's Likely Finished For 2023 With Ankle Injury

MGSW and GI Kentucky Derby runner up Two Phil's (Hard Spun) exited his win in Saturday's GIII Ohio Derby at Thistledown with an ankle injury and is unlikely to race again in 2023. The Daily Racing Form was first to report the news. He was being transported to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, where he'll undergo further evaluation and is expected to be operated on by Dr. Larry Bramlage said trainer Larry Rivelli. Rivelli added that Two Phil's showed no sign of injury until Sunday morning, when pressure was detected...

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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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Epicenter Stable, Expected to Recover Fully for Stallion Career

Trainer Steve Asmussen reported Sunday that leading 3-year-old Epicenter (Not This Time), who was pulled up on the backstretch of Saturday's GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, had two screws inserted to stabilize a fracture in his condylar joint and is expected to make a full recovery for his future stallion career. "Epicenter had a lateral condylar fracture of his right front," Asmussen said in a statement. "This morning, Dr. Larry Bramlage inserted two screws to stabilize the injury and the horse is up and resting in his stall. After surgery,...

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It's All about Sole

"It's all about soul...Yes, it is." The title and line from Billy Joel's 1993 hit refers to unmeasured essence of our being, and the same may be said also about another kind of sole, the hoof's sole, which is an often-overlooked, under-studied insensitive structure of the hoof that fails to get much attention until there is a problem. The failure to care for the sole's well-being, like its homophone cousin (soul), may have deeper implications and longer-lasting consequences for the soundness of the horse that it is attached to. The...

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Rood and Riddle's Dr. Tom Riddle Writes Book, Donates Proceeds to Charity

Dr. Tom Riddle, co-founder of Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, has released a book, entitled "The Riddle Half (of Rood and Riddle)." The book tells about the formation of Rood and Riddle, one of the world's largest and most respected equine veterinary practices, with Dr. Bill Rood and includes stories from his childhood and his career. All proceeds from the book will go to the Foundation for the Horse, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), which supports horses and horse people throughout the world; and...

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Bramlage & Farish Elected to The Jockey Club Board of Directors

Dr. Larry Bramlage and William S. Farish, Jr. have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the expired positions of Barbara Banke and Michael O'Farrell, Jr. Bramlage is an internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon and a shareholder in Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Additionally, he is a member of the Thoroughbred Safety Committee. Bramlage was awarded The Jockey Club Medal in 1994 in recognition of his contributions to Thoroughbred racing. He has been a member of The Jockey Club since 2002 Farish...

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BCCA's 'Racing for Children' Virtual Party Week Begins Aug. 3

The Belmont Child Care Association, Inc. will host its online fundraiser--the week-long "Racing for the Children" virtual party--beginning Monday, Aug. 3 at 12 p.m. through Sunday, Aug. 9. The virtual format, which serves as a temporary substitute for the BCCA's annual dinner, will be hosted online at Through the week, the website will host a series of features, including video messages from well-known racing personalities, a premium auction and recipes from Saratoga Springs restaurants. All proceeds will support the BCCA's mission to care for the children and families of...

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You Can't Choose Your Family, Unless You're Hunter O'Riley

Hunter O'Riley (Tiz Wonderful) last saw the starting gate just over a year ago. Some may remember him blowing up their ticket that day, as it was when he snuck up from the outside to win the GI United Nations S. at odds of 14-1, beating the likes of eventual GI Pegasus World Cup Turf S. winner Zulu Alpha (Street Cry {Ire}), as well as the near-millionaire graded stakes-winning Channel Cat (English Channel). Co-owner Mike Ryan has had his share of pinnacle moments in racing as the bloodstock agent for...

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