Diagnosing racing thoroughbreds can be like diagnosing an engine problem in a car; it starts with a vibration that might be imperceptible, but unchecked it can become a serious mechanical problem. It’s very hard to tell if a horse has a slight hitch in its gait, but Danish researchers think they’ve found an objective diagnostic tool in the same small accelerometers developed for smartphones.
Not sure what to get your favorite Saudi prince or former FEMA chief for their next birthday? Well, look no further than an affordable genetic test for their prize horse. According to a new paper in the Public Library of Science (PLoS), scientists have identified the gene that allows faster running in horses, along with the different alleles that specialize the horse at short, medium, or long distance racing.
Was the horse merely tired or was the hoof injury worse than his trainers claimed?
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.09.2008 at 1:37 pm 2 Comments
Was it the foot? No matter the credentials of experts claiming otherwise, Big Brown’s failure to win the Triple Crown will forever be linked to that question. After dominating at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, Big Brown dived, finishing in last place despite being favored at 1-4 odds.
A horse was euthanized this past weekend on the hallowed track of the Kentucky Derby. Eight Belles ran the race of her life, finishing second. But, just steps past the finish line the filly snapped both her ankles and crumbled to the dirt. Veterinarians on site promptly decided to euthanize the horse—on the racetrack—with just a few trucks and an appropriately placed oversized derby hat shielding the more than 150,000 spectators (NBC wisely did not show footage of the horse).