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War Emblem takes a stroll at Old Friends. Photo © Rick Capone

War Emblem, 17, gelded; USDA regs cited

Following the decision to castrate 17-year-old multiple graded stakes winner and Eclipse Award 2002 Champion 3 Year Old Colt War Emblem, Michael Blowen of Old Friends Kentucky released a statement explaining the reason the older champion was gelded. Citing USDA requirements concerning the disease Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM), and failed efforts to extract a sample from the great horse— who was recently imported back to the U.S. from Japan, and was required by law to be tested, Blowen explains in this statement the efforts made on behalf of the champion: “When a stallion is imported into the United States from […]