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EIPH Research Unveils Possible 24-Hour Furosemide Dose

Emphasis placed on strategies to control EIPH without race-day medication

Two research projects on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage solicited by The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and funded in cooperation with The Jockey Club, the AAEP Foundation, Keeneland Association, Oak Tree Racing Association, The Stronach Group, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, New York Racing Association, The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Oaklawn Park, and The Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association have now appeared in peer-reviewed journals.

Knych HK, Wilson WD, Vale A, et al.
Effectiveness of furosemide in attenuating exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage in horses when administered 4- and 24-h prior to high speed training. Equine Vet J. 2017;50:350-355.

Bayly W, Lopez C, Sides R, et al.
Effect of different protocols on the mitigation of exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage in horses when administered 24 hours before strenuous exercise. J Vet Intern Med. 2019; 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.15574

In March 2015, a special call for research on exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage was issued by The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Emphasis was placed on strategies to control EIPH without race-day medication. Two projects were selected. The premise of the research was to look at the post-treatment effect of furosemide (Salix, or Lasix) if it had been given 24 hours before exercise with water intake limited to maintenance water levels (which are known).

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Tax Depreciation Opportunities for Thoroughbred Owners

An in-depth look at rules surrounding 100% bonus depreciation

 

Federal depreciation incentives included with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act continue to benefit Thoroughbred horse and farm owners. This article provides an in-depth look at the rules surrounding the 100% bonus depreciation, generally the most useful of these incentives to industry participants. This discussion is intended for those active owners operating their horse and farm activities as businesses that use the cash method of accounting.

The new law significantly expanded bonus depreciation. The percentage that may be currently deducted for tax purposes increased to 100% of the purchase price for qualifying property placed in service through 2022. After 2022, the percentage drops by 20% each year until it becomes 20% in 2026. In addition, the definition of qualifying property was expanded to include assets that have been previously owned but not those being reacquired by the purchaser. Previously, assets used by a prior owner did not qualify.

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APEX Ratings: Better Version of Average-Earnings Index

In My Opinion

You know about the “smell test”—something either rings true, or it doesn’t. In other words, it corresponds to our perceptions of reality. In the world of Thoroughbred breeding sire analysis, this is the problem with the average-earnings index: Even though the definition and structure of it are mathematically correct, the results don’t really ring true. I guess not too many people notice it because the average-earnings index isn’t used very much these days except in ads, but, in my small world, it was never really useful. I would see sires with a 1.40 average-earnings index, but I knew they were only average sires. So, for me, the average-earnings index, theoretically pure as it might be, never passed the smell test.

In working on developing the APEX method of rating sires (denoting Annual Progeny Earnings indeX) at Racing Update in the 1990s, we made an interesting discovery: By knocking out sires who didn’t average at least 10 foals per crop (that was roughly 20% of the foal crop at that time), we ended up with averages which, when we looked at them, 1.00 = average. As things evolved, sires were included only if they had 10-plus 3-year-olds of the last year covered. You can argue it’s less theoretically pure, but whether or not that’s the case, the results, to me, pass the smell test because they correspond with what I perceive reality to be.

 

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Minit to Stardom Wires Honorable Miss at 20-1

Homebred Star Guitar filly extended win streak July 24 at Saratoga Race Course.

 

Brittlyn Stable’s homebred Minit to Stardom went straight to the front in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) at Saratoga Race Course July 24 and, despite being the longest shot on the board at 20-1, the Louisiana-bred filly led every step and pulled clear in the stretch to win her third consecutive race since being transferred to trainer Jose Camejo.

“(Jockey) Alex (Cintron) and I talked all week about this race. He really knows the horse, and our game plan was to let her break, get comfortable, and for her to be where she wants to be,” Camejo said. “She was really sharp today and did the rest.

 

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Benoit’s Faith in Star Guitar Pays Off at Saratoga

As the hours wound down on a remarkable birthday July 24 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Evelyn Benoit took a moment to reflect. The owner of Brittlyn Stable has believed in her stallion Star Guitar  from the start of his stud career, and Wednesday Benoit watched at Saratoga Race Course as Minit to Stardom dashed across the line in the $200,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) to become the Louisiana-bred’s first graded stakes winner.

Not only did the 4-year-old filly deliver a 20-1 upset, but earlier in the day her 3-year-old brother Star Fitzstall broke his maiden at Delaware Park, making Benoit’s birthday one to remember.

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Call Me George Gets First Winner With Lady George

Juvenile filly won her second start at Pimlico Race Course May 10.

 

Freshman sire Call Me George, a grade 2-winning son of Point Given, had his first winner when Lady George won a waiver maiden claiming race in her second start May 10 at Pimlico Race Course.

The 2-year-old Lady George, one of three named foals by the sire, came from just off the pace to sweep to the front in the stretch of the 4 1/2-furlong test, winning by 2 1/2 lengths in a final time of :52.13 for trainer Carla Morgan.

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Blue Star Racing to Stand Breaking Lucky

Stallion is a half brother to the dam of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Country House.

Blue Star Racing in Louisiana announced May 7 it will add Breaking Lucky, a graded stakes-winning half brother to the dam of Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Country House, to its stallion roster for 2020. The farm near Scott, La., bought the millionaire son of Lookin At Lucky prior to the Arkansas Derby (G1) from a racing partnership that included West Point Thoroughbreds, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Eric Young, and R. A. Hill Stable. Breaking Lucky has been retired.

“We are so excited because we are adding another graded stakes-winning millionaire to our roster,” said Blue Star Racing owner Dex Comardelle, who started standing multiple grade 1 winner Real Solution  in 2018. He leases the son of Kitten’s Joy  from Calumet Farm. “This is an opportunity for the breeders in our area to tap into a sire line that is red hot in Lookin At Lucky. You also are tapping into a very deep female family as well.”

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Sister Peacock First Stakes Winner for Louisiana Based Real Solution

Daughter of Real Solution was her sire’s first stakes winner April 21 at Woodbine.

Sister Peacock and jockey Jesse Campbell led gate-to-wire in the $100,000 Star Shoot Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Woodbine April 21, boosting her record to three wins from five starts. Her only two losses were both runner-up finishes. Owned by Brent and Russell McLellan and trainer Stuart Simon, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Real Solution  was a 1 1/4-length winner in the six-furlong feature, giving her sire his first stakes winner.

Sister Peacock set fractions of :22.97 and :45.99 then kept her closest pursuer, Missmizz, at bay en route to victory in 1:09.53. Power Galfinished third off a ground-saving trip and Intanga Rose was fourth, edging out Si Si Tequila, who challenged three-wide turning for home before drifting out in the stretch.

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Racetrack Coalition Moves Toward Lasix Ban in Stakes

Fair Grounds among Twenty Racetracks Committed to Ending Race-day Lasix in stakes in 2021.

 

A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced April 18 a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication furosemide (Salix, commonly called Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races at their tracks beginning in 2021.

Coalition racetracks that have signed on to this initiative include all tracks owned or operated by Churchill Downs Inc., the New York Racing Association and The Stronach Group as well as Del Mar, Keeneland, Lone Star Park, Remington Park, Los Alamitos Racecourse (Thoroughbred meets), Oaklawn Park, and Tampa Bay Downs. Taken together these tracks represent 86% of the stakes races assigned graded or listed status in the United States in 2018. The coalition tracks will work diligently with their respective horsemen’s associations and racing commissions toward implementing this effort.

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Agent Stevens Likes What He Finds at Louisiana Sale

Purchased Calibrachoa filly for $45,000 to top this year’s sale.

 

Josh Stevens is a regular at all prominent North American sales, but for the past two years he has also been in action at the Equine Sales of Louisiana’s 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Opelousas, La., an auction that is below the radar for many bloodstock agents.

Stevens, who said he started attending Equine Sales of Louisiana when his clients began sending horses to race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, purchased a gray/roan daughter of Calibrachoa for $45,000 at this year’s renewal April 2. The price was the highest paid for any horse at the auction, which also included broodmares and racing or broodmare prospects.

 

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