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Rood & Riddle: Rachel Alexandra remains stable

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital provided the following press release on the encouraging signs exhibited by Rachel Alexandra as she recovers from complications of foaling: February 20, 2013: Lexington, KY— Rachel Alexandra continues to face her recovery from abdominal surgery as a result of foaling complications, with the same courage and determination that made her a champion on the track. Her attending veterinarians at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Dr. Brett Woodie and Dr. Bonnie Barr are pleased with her progress, which has included several short walks a day and an improved appetite this week. As her diet becomes more normal, […]

An OTTB gets a lesson in western gear

Clubhouse Q&A: Neck reining an OTTB

Not every rider is pointing his or her ex-racehorse Thoroughbred toward the grassy, fast fields of a cross-country course. Some prefer the tight turns, and super fast starts and stops of a barrel race, another venue in which the Thoroughbred can shine, according to longtime horseman and OTTB trainer Lynn Sullivan of Oklahoma In this week’s Clubhouse Q&A, Sullivan, of says she has trained many Thoroughbreds who are actually better suited for the barrels than they are jumping, and she offers tips on how to re-train for this exciting sport. Q: Lynn, a reader asked me to look into […]

The great Train Robbery stands quietly at an in-hand class at Kentucky Horse Park

Racing stars to shine at Kentucky Horse Park

“Is that the Train Robbery?” a young lady asks. “It is! That’s her!” Brushed to gleaming, the tall bay racehorse stood quietly, sporting a mane braided into tight pompoms running the length of her neck. Her prowess on the racetrack, netting more than $600,000 in earnings a proud history, but settled in the dust of long ago. Now she was on new proving ground. On this day at Kentucky Horse Park, horses just like her, top-earning ex-racehorses stood before a crowd of admirers, dolled up and turned out, and ready to make the case that retired racers can move into […]