Wednesday September 15th Hastings Racecourse Recap


After a hugely successful CTHS yearling sale on Tuesday we resumed racing at Hastings Racecourse under sunny skies with a six race program.


The opener went to Don Danard and Mel Snow’s ALWAY’S A KNIGHT ($6.20) who sat perfectly in behind the speed on the rail under rider Silvino Morales for opening six panels then on the final bend he popped out into the two path to challenge and eventually ran down a very stubborn PITCH COUNT at the wire in a solid 1:44.90. ALWAY’S A KNIGHT was claimed for $5,000 by Robbie Thacker and trainer Julie Wicks. The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s PITCH COUNT set all the fractions leading through quick splits of 23.88, 47.50 and 1:12.22 opened up on the stretch turn and battled gamely to the finish but just got nailed on the line. Willow Creek Farms and Fabio Chiesa’s BETATHANABOYFRIEND made a nice rally late to get third.


The second started off the Pick 5 with the carryover of over $530,000 and leading throughout was Harold and Sandra Barroby’s IT’S IN COMMAND ($15.60) who broke well and set sensible fractions of 22.59 and 45.98 over the lightning fast strip and took a clear lead to the stretch and had enough left to secure the victory winning by just over a length in 1:17.58. Rob and Sheena Maybin’s MASTER EWEN sat a nice trip in third and was making good headway in the stretch but ran out of real estate and ended up second under Romario Saunders. Sandra and Harold Barroby’s SIR BARCLAY ran a much improved race showing speed and laying second in behind his stablemate and stayed on well to be third.


The third of the day went to the MJD Stable’s STEVIE’S SONG ($7.40) who earned every bit of the victory as she battled through quick fractions 22.46 and 45.48 and grinded out a game win under Jose Sanchez for trainer Demetris Topouzis in a swift 1:18.02. The BFA Holdings CUSHMAN ROAD was away brilliantly took command under Efrain Hernandez but was under pressure throughout and raced gamely and just got caught nearing the wire and had to settle for second. George Gilbert’s TAKE CHARGE GWEN settled off of the early leaders but couldn’t quite gain enough late and ended up a close third.


The fourth was easily taken down by Katherine Anderson and Edgar Mendoza’s AVE’S IN COMMAND ($4.80) who used his excellent speed to build up a big lead early galloping through fractions of 24.29, 48.46 and 1:13.31 and when asked by Antonio Reyes he quickly drew away and cruised to a convincing win in 1:45.61. Patty Leaney’s HEARTSET sat a nice trip off of the early speed and tried to put a scare into the winner but couldn’t stay with him and easily held second. Thr Last Call Racing Stable and Cathy Bornn’s SIMPLY GOLDEN spent the entire trip on the rail and managed to get up for third money.


The fifth race was won by Russ and Lois Bennett’s BOLD AS BRASS ($9.60) who had a perfect trip sitting off the pace on the rail early and then on the backstretch Antonio Reyes snuck through on the fence to gain command approaching the far turn and held his advantage to the wire for trainer Barbara Heads in 1:18.17. The Blue Willow Dairy’s DAPHNE set the early tempo which was comfortable (22.77, 46.18) drifted out slightly down the backside and lost the lead but continued to run on gamely to the finish for trainer Dave Forster and Learie Seecharan. Brian Kozak’s WHISKEY TALK didn’t get the best of trips early which led to him being a little farther back but Efrain Hernandez dove to the rail in mid race and rallied up the inside to be third.


The last of the evening was won by Roy and Dixie Jacobson’s OMBRE ROSE ($4.80) who led the field on a merry chase through decent early splits of 24.07, 47.28 and 1:12.55 then drew off to win smartly in 1:47.10 under Learie Seecharan for trainer Mark Cloutier. Rob and Sheena Maybin’s DONE THAT sat well back off the early pace and closed up nicely to get the runner-up cheque under apprentice Angela Straight. Terry Clyde’s PRINCESS SOIREE attended the pace early and stayed on to be third.


 BC breds won all six races.

The Pick 5 carried over again and sits at $542,152.

The Pick 6 was hit and the patron took home $34,830.

The handle was $205,769.

Jose Sanchez and Antonio Reyes had riding doubles.

North American Thoroughbred Horse Company : 15
Willow Creek Farms : 15
Russ and Lois Bennett : 14
Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds : 12

Antonio Reyes : 55
Efrain Hernandez : 49
Alex Marti : 37


Barbara Heads : 29
Steve Henson : 24
Glen Todd : 16
Christine Ammann : 16

 Racing resumes tomorrow Thursday, September 16th with a six race card that gets started at 3:45 p.m. local time.


1 Counterforce Noble Perfection f y RNA
2 Counterforce Northern Storm c y RNA
3 Bakken Notis Her f y Willow Creek Farms & Lorie Henson      15,000
4 Reload Officer Mary c y Dennis Tucker      18,000
5 Bakken Omi c y Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      40,000
6 Keen Ice Our Republic f y RNA
7 Laoban Pass Partout f y RNA
8 Counterforce P. S. Touch Down c y Nicole Rycroft        2,500
9 Finality Quatre Cat f y Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.      17,000
10 Finality Queen’s Emblem f y Mark Freeman        8,500
11 Ralis Rap and Slam f y Richard Maskai        1,500
12 Cross Traffic Ready Recall g y John & Kim Morrison      18,000
13 Finality Real Vain f y Roy Nelson & Randy Lane      11,000
14 Value Plus Regal Red f y Bar None Ranches      24,000
15 Anmal Kingdom Roo Dew c y Jo-Anne McDonald        3,000
16 Texas Wildcatter Rosa Di Qualita c y Don & Sue Danard        5,500
17 Lent Rose Garland f y Pocket Aces Racing Stable        6,500
18 Second in Command Rosesforgrace g y Gloria & Joe Russo        2,000
19 Will Take Charge Rue de l’Ange f y Gary Johnson      31,000
20 Counterforce Serengeti Sunrise f y Willow Creek Farms      17,000
21 Palace Sicaria f y James Callihoo      17,000
22 Tapiture Silver Splendor g y Gary Johnson      49,000
23 Tourist Snow Dancer f y Wayne Oliver & Stuart Carmichael        8,000
24 Value Plus Spokane Dancer f y RNA
25 Finality Starship Sapphire f y Gloria & Joe Russo      10,000
26 Storm Victory Swapalady f y Lisa Anderson        4,000
27 Ralis Sweet Little Shoe c y Mike Chernen        2,500
28 Bakken Tessanna f y Adam Isfeld        7,000
29 Ralis Too Hot to Handle g y Shot In The Dark Racing Corp      13,500
30 Shaman Ghost View Halloo f y James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      29,000
31 Ralis Virden c y James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      30,000
32 Numaany We Are One f y George Gilbert      15,000
33 Wicked Strong White Pants Night g y Mark Freeman, Wayne Oliver & Stuart Carmichael      26,000
34 Second in Command Yoorock Gal c y RNA
35 Cairo Prince Zenya g y RNA
36 Value Plus After the Rain c y Gary McNeil      31,000
37 Maclean’s Music Alliteration f y RNA
38 Numaany Allouetta f y Dennis Tucker      12,000
39 Finality Amarachi f y David V. Forster        8,000
40 Mucho Macho Man Amazing Storm f y NATHC      42,000
41 Lent Another Dance f y James Callihoo      10,000
42 Lent Archery f y Don & Sue Danard      28,000
43 Lent Architecture c y James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      25,000
44 Ralis A Song for Arbonne c y Willow Creek Farms      19,000
45 Counterforce Babys Got Track g y Warren Wilson        7,000
46 Texas Wildcatter Blended c y Stan Sharma      13,000
47 Bakken Brice’s Fire g y Willow Creek Farms        5,000
48 Gormley Briecat c y Marty Miller      35,000
49 Texas Red Cash in My Pocket c y Sharon Pring      38,000
50 Counterforce Check Point c y Ed Claggett        4,000
51 Frac Daddy Chilecito c y Mike Chernen        7,500
52 Counterforce Chilli Chines f y Bruce Bean      15,000
53 Lent Dance the Wind c y Marty Miller        9,500
54 Bakken Dancing Dalia f y James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      13,000
55 Storm Victory Dash It Darling c y Jo-Anne McDonald, Helen Klimes, Sharon Pring        2,500
56 Numaany Dearest Princess f y Don & Sue Danard        3,500
57 Tonalist Design for Life g y NATHC      45,000
58 Liam’s Map Distant Roar f y NATHC      39,000
59 Old Forester Dream Baby f y Willow Creek Farms      21,000
60 Counterforce Everythings a Blur f y Morris Peter      16,000
61 Lent Fiftyshadeslighter f y Dialed in Racing Stable        6,000
62 Numaany Fuchsia Gold c y RNA
63 Numaany Gigi g y Marty Miller        3,500
64 Second in Command Golden Roar c y Warren Wilson        5,500
65 Ralis Her Time to Shine g y Sheila McLeod      10,000
66 Paynter High Cholesterol f y Len Harris      31,000
67 Sungold Hollanita f y Hawaiian Shirt Guys        5,500
68 Lent Holly’s Last Call c y Dialed in Racing Stable        3,500
69 Second in Command I Believe in Angel c y James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      29,000
70 Counterforce Interrogar f y Marty Miller        5,000
71 Sungold Irish Delta f y Willow Creek Farms      11,000
72 Lent Itsugartime c y RNA
73 Lent Juvee Hall f y L&S Farms        3,000
74 Daddy Long Legs La Violette f y RNA
75 Storm Victory Leading Lady g y Willow Creek Farms      11,000
76 Ralis Lemonade c y Jerry Billan      27,000
77 Exaggerator MacCorleot c y OUT
78 Ralis Magic Vixen c y Adam Isfeld      10,000
79 Klimt Malibu Gold c y Don & Sue Danard      13,000
80 Honor Code McCall f y RNA
81 Storm Victory Miss Kay Dee Raine c y Copper Water Thoroughbred      13,500
82 Will Take Charge Misty Sky f y Praven Sorenson & Mort Hall      12,000
83 Bakken Montero c y James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      30,000
84 Second in Command Moon Ride g y Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds      23,000
85 Daddy Long Legs Mountain Echo f y Trinity West Stables Inc.      14,000
86 Counterforce My Special Angel f y Don & Sue Danard      22,000
87 Bakken Mystical Molly f y Ed Claggett      12,000
88 Bakken Drop of Gold f 2y/o Shamrock Racing Stable      10,000

Sold: 75 Sales Gross: $1,191,000 Sales Average $15,880

Yearlings Sold: 74 Yearling Gross $1,181,000 Average $13,304.17

Sale Top:  Hip #22 c. Tapiture- Silver Splendor Seller: North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.Buyer: Gary Johnson

Leading Consignor:  North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.  (3) Gross: $106,000 Average: $35,333 

Leading Buyer:  James Redekop & Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds (6) Gross: $156,000 Average: $26,000


Race 1 3 – Accept No Other
2 – Juvee Too
1 – Jack Don’t Drink
3 – Accept No Other
2 – Juvee Too
1 – Jack Don’t Drink
Race 2 5 – Carolina Gent
3 – Got Bakk
6 – Remarkable Girl
4 – Silk Stilettos
3 – Get Bakk
1 – Kiki My Star
Race 3 6 – Aditya
4 – Fort Langley
1 – You Don’t Own Me
5 – Quagmire
4 – Fort Langley
6 – Aditya
Race 4 5 – Home Run Guy
3 – Finding Ways
2 – He’s Relentless
2 – He’s Relentless
4 – Smart Lad
5 – Home Run Guy
Race 5 5 – Airaffair
3 – Tuxedo
1 – Johnny
1 – Johnny
2 – The Valentine Kid
5 – Airaffair
Race 6 3 – Porter Gent
4 – Stay Fantastic
5 – He’s The Reason
4 – Stay Fantastic
5 – He’s the Reason
3 – Porter Gent
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

Porter Gent, Stay Fantastic give Ammann two good shots at allowance

By Randy Goulding

Porter Gent, Stay Fantastic give Ammann two good shots at allowance
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Trainer Christine Ammann has an excellent chance of winning an open allowance race with Stay Fantastic or Porter Gent at Hastings on Thursday. The 6 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up drew five horses and completes the six-race card, which begins at 3:45 p.m. Pacific.

The race is the last leg of the pick five, which is not likely going to be taken down Wednesday, and should have a carryover around the $560,000 mark.

Stay Fantastic is looking for his first win since he won the $50,000 S. W. Randall Plate almost a year ago, Oct. 1 at Hastings. It was his fifth win in five starts at the 2020 meet. The 5-year-old Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds homebred has not run a bad race in three starts this year, and Ammann was pointing him to the $75,000 Century Mile Handicap at Century Mile in Edmonton last Sunday when she breezed him a mile in 1:41.20 Aug. 31.

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“He is doing great and I think he would have run a big race in Edmonton,” said Ammann. “The owners are big supporters of B.C. racing and wanted to keep him here, though. He is my big old favorite, so I will be rooting for him. Porter Gent is a better sprinter. I think they will both run well.”

Porter Gent, also bred and owned by Tod Mountain, is coming off a front-running win in a non-winners-of-three allowance race Aug. 17. In his previous race, he came from a stalking position to finish second to Sir Bregovic at the same level July 26. Sir Bregovic led every step but the last one when he finished second by a neck to Greek Geek in the Century Mile.

Porter Gent will break from post 3 with Antonio Reyes aboard. Alex Marti, who won the Grade 3 Canadian Derby aboard Uncharacteristic at Century Mile Sunday, rides Stay Fantastic, who will break from post 4.

He’s the Reason is looking for his first win since he took them all the way in the Randall Plate in 2019. Trained by Glen Todd, He’s the Reason started just three times last year and will be making his first start since he finished seventh in a $50,000 claimer at Del Mar Nov. 21.

The 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by The Factor has been working fast. He could fire fresh for Todd, who the past five years has a 24 percent strike rate and $2.11 ROI with horses coming back from a layoff of 180 days or more.

Driller, a multiple stakes winner, and Cascade Billy, an improving 4-year-old, also look live and could make a big impact for trainer Mel Snow.

Bango Searches for Seventh Churchill Downs Victory in Inagural Running of $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society


Tamaroak Partners’ homebred Bango will attempt to score his seventh victory beneath the historic Twin Spires in Saturday night’s first running of the $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society at Churchill Downs.

The Louisville Thoroughbred Society, named for the downtown Louisville-based private club that opened its doors in March, was carded as Race 7 at 9:05 p.m. The first of 11 races will begin at 6 p.m. The night program, dubbed as Downs After Dark presented by Budweiser, also features the $300,000 Iroquois (GIII), $300,000 Pocahontas (GIII), $400,000 Locust Grove (GIII) and the $300,000 Open Mind.

Trained by Greg Foley, Bango has recorded six of his eight lifetime scores at Churchill Downs. Bango will enter Saturday’s six-furlong affair following three-consecutive victories in the $150,000 Aristides, $110,000 Kelly’s Landing and $75,000 Good Lord. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who was aboard Bango for his narrow victory in the Kelly’s Landing, has the call from post No. 5.

Another accomplished sprinter that will enter the Louisville Thoroughbred Society with a three-race win streak is Griffon Farms and trainer Michelle Lovell’s homebred Just Might. The seven-time winning son of Justin Phillip spent the summer at Colonial Downs in Virginia where he was victorious in the $100,000 Da Hoss Stakes on turf and $100,000 Chesapeake Stakes on dirt. His last victory at Churchill Downs came in June when he defeated six rivals in the $110,000 Mighty Beau at 5 ½ furlongs on turf.

Just Might’s regular jockey Colby Hernandez is riding Saturday at Woodbine so Rafael Bejarano retained the mount from post 3.

The full field for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Dennis’ Moment (Corey Lanerie, Dale Romans); Endorsed (Julien Leparoux, Mike Maker); Just Might (Bejarano, Lovell); Derby Date (Adam Beschizza, Jack Sisterson); Bango (Gaffalione, Foley); and Mighty Mischief (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen).

Managing Equine Foot Pain

What can an owner do to manage a horse’s foot pain? We turned to two equine veterinarians that spend a lot of time managing horses’ feet to find out.

Managing Equine Foot Pain

Current ways veterinarians control pain associated with foot lameness

For a horse to perform at his best, his musculoskeletal system must be strong and pain-free. Hooves are especially important parts of this equation. Feet can be painful for a variety of reasons, from the simplest bruise or an abscess to more critical concerns such as issues with the navicular bone and associated structures, a condition now referred to as podotrochlosis, or laminitis, which is when the tissues supporting the coffin bone within the hoof wall become inflamed and potentially fail.

What can an owner do to manage a horse’s foot pain? We turned to two equine veterinarians that spend a lot of time managing horses’ feet to find out.

Localizing the Problem

Rob Boswell, DVM, is president of Equine Sports Medicine Group, in Wellington, Florida. To track down the source of a potential hoof problem, he recommends having your veterinarian perform a comprehensive lameness evaluation that begins by watching the horse led straight on a level hard surface. Longeing in circles at the trot helps identify the affected limb(s). Then compare the horse’s movement on a soft, packed surface, such as an arena, to movement on a hard surface, such as firm dirt or nonslippery asphalt. Flexion tests, thorough palpation of all limb structures, and hoof testers further yield important diagnostic ­information.

Based on his experience, Boswell says that in the lame limb with no apparent injury, 75% of the time the problem is likely in the hoof. “Swelling within hoof structures isn’t visible due to a tough hoof capsule,” he says.

He adds that it is often difficult to pinpoint the various intricate parts of the hoof; the best way to do this is to use diagnostic nerve blocks systematically, starting at the bottom of the limb and working upward, keeping in mind that it’s possible to have a concurrent leg problem that is causing soreness.

Ted Vlahos, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP, Equine Regent ABVP, of Yellowstone Equine Hospital, in Cody, Wyoming, also stresses the importance of an accurate diagnosis: “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a complete examination that includes stress flexion tests, diagnostic anesthesia (nerve blocks), and a complete radiographic (X ray) study.”

Digital radiographs are important for identifying issues associated with the navicular bone, he says. However, he notes that even high-quality radiographs have their limitations, particularly when imaging soft tissues.

If your veterinarian suspects a soft tissue injury ­affecting such structures as the deep digital flexor tendon (the DDFT, which connects to the coffin bone), the impar ligament (which connects the navicular bone to the coffin bone) or distal interphalangeal collateral ligaments (connecting the pastern and coffin bone), that’s grounds for thorough ­imaging.

MRI is the gold standard for documenting soft tissue pathology (disease or damage) in the foot and is the only way to evaluate these structures, says Kyla Ortved, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVSMR, assistant professor of large animal surgery at the University of ­Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, in Kennett Square. Ultrasound can provide limited information about the soft tissues within the hoof capsule by imaging through the frog; however, she says, it is best used to examine lesions above the hoof capsule. Unfortunately, she adds, many lesions in the DDFT and collateral ligaments occur below this region.

Focusing on Farrier Work

Trimming and shoeing are some of the most important components of managing foot pain, says Vlahos.

“I often tell clients that we can do an accurate job in diagnosis and treatment of equine foot pain, but nothing in our arsenal is ultimately going to help the horse unless we first establish proper balance in the foot,” he says. “We often see horses with severe misalignment of hoof-pastern and palmar angles (the angles of the pastern relative to the hoof wall and of the bottom of the coffin bone and the ground, respectively); many of these issues are manmade. I am a believer in the idea that most of the time horses don’t need corrective shoeing but, instead, they just need correct shoeing. A competent farrier is an essential part of the team in managing hoof pain.”

Besides maintaining each foot’s medial-lateral (side-to-side) orientation, the farrier should aim to improve breakover (how the horse’s heel lifts off the ground and rotates over the toe during movement) to help relieve pressure on the coffin joint and supporting ligaments within the foot, while reducing the energy required for the horse to pick up and move his foot forward. Some horses fare better with synthetic shoes, which dampen the impact of hoof concussion on the ground more than steel or aluminum. Some horses do better without shoes at all. Results from one report by Willemen et al. suggest that horses with podotrochlosis experience 14% less force on the navicular apparatus if barefoot than if shod with standard shoes.

However, not every horse can go barefoot without sole bruising.

Boswell cautions against trimming barefoot horses too often. “The ground wears out the sole, and repeated trims remove more than a horse can grow and replace between trims,” he says. “This results in a thin sole,” a common cause of foot pain. 

Optimal sole depth is 18-20 mm, with deep bruising occurring if the sole gets thinner than 15 mm, says Boswell. He has radiographed the feet before and after a trim and found that even an ultracareful farrier might remove 6 mm of sole in a single trim. 

Providing Rest and PT

If a horse hurts, give him a break.

“Rest is not a four-letter word” in the taboo sense, says Vlahos. “For acute soft tissue injuries, it is often appropriate.”

Soft tissue injuries in the feet usually need six to nine months of rest to heal. Successive imaging exams help veterinarians monitor healing. But even if the ligament appears full of collagen, which is a structural protein that’s the main component of connective tissue, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s mature and able to withstand going back to work, says Boswell.

He attributes more than 50% of success (a horse being able to return to its original level or greater of work) to taking the time to implement appropriate physical therapy. He suggests leading the horse, if sound, at the walk, starting with 15-30 minutes a day. Then increase this to twice a day. Once the horse handles that well and is walking under saddle, introduce trotting for progressively longer periods if the horse accepts this challenge and remains sound. Next, increase duration and demand systematically to slowly work the horse back to its previous level.

There is no one recipe for implementing a physical therapy program in a horse recovering from foot pain; much depends on the injury’s severity, the horse’s cooperation, and the athletic endeavors you hope to pursue. Work with your veterinarian to fine-tune this process.

Controlling the Pain

Of course, some types of foot pain are more severe and acute than others. Cryotherapy (application of extreme cold) is particularly effective for treating and managing acute laminitis, says Boswell. Cooling the tissues slows their oxygen and glucose requirements and reduces inflammation. Boswell says he fills empty 5-liter intravenous (IV) fluid bags with ice, places the feet inside them, and secures them with a wrap. Commercial ice boots are also available. Foot support (therapeutic shoes or boots) is critical for horses with laminitis and might be useful for those with deep bruising, he adds.

Veterinarians commonly prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as phenylbutazone (Bute), flunixin meglumine (Banamine), and ­firocoxib (Equioxx) to break the pain cycle and control inflammation in throbbing feet. Yet other medications are helpful, particularly when the source of pain is coffin joint inflammation or osteoarthritis. Veterinarians might administer the intramuscular (IM) joint injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (Adequan) for chronic conditions and IV hyaluronic acid (Legend) to manage acute joint inflammation. Vlahos says Adequan has been a mainstay therapy for the past 30 years for coffin joint arthritis.

For stubborn joint ailments some veterinarians turn to IRAP (­interleukin-1 ­receptor-antagonist protein) treatment. In this process, the vet incubates a horse’s blood with specialized beads, centrifuges it, and then injects the IRAP-protein-containing serum into the joint. The remainder can be frozen for subsequent treatments.

Boswell says he’s had success using IRAP and platelet-rich plasma together in coffin joints. PRP releases co-factors (biochemicals that initiate enzyme activity) from platelets, which he feels are reliable for pain control. Veterinarians can use extracorporeal shock wave therapy as an adjunct to PRP to stimulate platelets to release co-factors. He suggests treating the joint before soreness from chronic joint inflammation returns. 

Shock wave therapy might be useful for treating collateral ligament or suspensory ligament (of the navicular bone, which originates in the navicular bone and inserts onto the short pastern) lesions.

Though little published research exists on the efficacy of regenerative therapies for managing foot pain in horses, Boswell has also found through personal experience that a combination of PRP and stem cell therapy helps heal the impar ligament when injected into the navicular bursa—the cushioning fluid-filled structure between the navicular bone and the DDFT.

Other medical treatments for painful hoof ailments include bisphosphonates (Tildren or Osphos) designed to prevent loss of bone mass (resorption). These medications are approved only for use with podotrochlosis in horses over 3 years of age. They’re not approved for use in young horses due to possible effects on bone turnover, as well as potential compromise to kidney function.

Bisphosphonates have anti-­inflammatory and analgesic (pain-­relieving) properties, in addition to their anti-resorptive action on bone. Researchers have demonstrated improvement in a week due to the short-term anti-­inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.


Historically, equine practitioners have cut the palmar digital nerves (at the low point of the pastern) to interrupt the pain cycle from the foot and improve comfort. Some veterinarians no longer recommend this procedure for equine athletes because a neurectomized horse can’t feel the back third of his foot, and they believe it can continue to incur damage. Other veterinarians believe a neurectomy can be beneficial in certain cases and can return horses to athletic pursuits, says Ortved. 

Neurectomy can also make a horse pasture-sound that would otherwise be euthanized. Boswell says it should be a last resort, while other practitioners find it useful in the right population of horses.

Take-Home Message

The best management is prevention. It helps to start with well-balanced and trimmed feet. Radiology is a great tool to let both your veterinarian and farrier know what they are working with and to provide information and accurate measurements for vet-farrier collaboration.

If problems develop, then a thorough diagnostic workup can help the veterinarian identify the location and potentially the problem. Boswell stresses the importance of documenting all exam and diagnostic workup findings. “An effective response to therapy is best achieved with an accurate diagnosis,” he says.


Nancy S. Loving, DVM, owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, and has a special interest in managing the care of sport horses. Her book, All Horse Systems Go, is a comprehensive veterinary care and conditioning resource in full color that covers all facets of horse care. She has also authored the books Go the Distance as a resource for endurance horse owners, Conformation and Performance, and First Aid for Horse and Rider in addition to many veterinary articles for both horse owner and professional audiences.

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Session 1 Review
Hip 612

Enthusiastic bidding for Thoroughbred racing prospects continued Wednesday during the third day of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when yearlings by young sires lit up the bid board with colts from the first crops of multiple Grade 1 winner City of Light and 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify fetching $1.7 million and $1.55 million, respectively. Young sires were represented by eight of the 10 highest prices of the session.

Woodford Racing, Talla Racing and West Point Thoroughbreds bought the $1.7 million City of Light colt, who is the highest-priced yearling so far in the sale. Talla Racing and West Point teamed to purchase the Justify colt for $1.55 million.

A total of 13 yearlings have sold for $1 million or more during the first three days of the September Sale.



433 $154,628,000 $357,109 $280,000


211 $60,996,000 $289,081 $230,000


Donato Lanni, Agt. for SF Bldstk/Starlight/Madaket 4 $685,000 $2,740,000
BSW/Crow Colts Group 10 $260,500 $2,605,000
Talla Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds 2 $1,025,000 $2,050,000
Mike Ryan, Agent 5 $378,000 $1,890,000
West Bldstk, Agt. for Repole Stable & St. Elias 4 $450,000 $1,800,000


Gainesway 21 $376,190 $7,900,000
Denali Stud 18 $285,944 $5,147,000
Taylor Made Sales Agency 20 $243,250 $4,865,000
Lane’s End Farm 14 $308,214 $4,315,000
Woods Edge Farm 10 $375,000 $3,750,000


0612 colt City of Light Anchorage Rosilyn Polan (Sunday Morning Farm) Woodford Racing, Talla Racing, & West Point $1,700,000
0580 colt Justify True Feelings Stonehaven Steadings Talla Racing & West Point Thoroughbreds $1,550,000
0574 colt Gun Runner Time to Tap Gainesway, Agent XXXII West Bldstk, Agt. for Repole Stable & St. Elias $975,000
0603 filly Mendelssohn Acrobatique Gainesway, Agent XVI Solis/Litt $900,000

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