|James R. Brown|
|February 16 – Turf Paradise|
|Marchtothemusic||Race 6||Claiming $6,250|
|Parking Permit||Race 7||Turf Paradise Derby|
|February 17 – Turf Paradise|
|All Under Control||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $10,000|
|A. F. Indy||Race 8||Claiming $3,500|
|February 18 – Turf Paradise|
|Donttellmyhusband||Race 1||Claiming $8,500|
|Marchtothemusic||Race 6||Claiming $3,000|
|Oopper Wallah||Race 8||Claiming $3,000|
|February 16 – Turf Paradise|
|Dr John H||Race 7||Turf Paradise Derby|
|February 17 – Turf Paradise|
|Appellant||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $10,000|
|February 16 – Santa Anita|
|Mousey Mousey||Race 7||Claiming $12,500|
|February 17 – Turf Paradise|
|Corky’s Luck||Race 6||Starter Optional Claiming $7,500|
|Royal Briar||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $10,000|
|February 18 – Turf Paradise|
|Anstrum||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000|
Horses can experience more than one disease process at the same time, an occurrence known as comorbidity. In this article, we’ll take a look at equine diseases like PPID, laminitis, and endocrine diseases that veterinarians most commonly see in conjunction with other conditions. Read an excerpt of this feature from our February 2019 issue now!
Horses suffering from multiple conditions simultaneously can be challenging to diagnose and treat
It can be incredibly satisfying when things fit neatly in a box—including diagnoses for equine ailments. But not all health problems are so simple. Horses can experience more than one disease process at the same time, an occurrence known as comorbidity. (Morbidity means being affected with disease.) The presence of more than two diseases at a time is called multimorbidity. These scenarios can make for confusing clinical signs and long lists of diagnostic tests. They’re important to recognize because if you’re treating only one of multiple reasons for a horse’s clinical signs, you’re not going to solve the problem.
In this article we’ll look at the equine diseases veterinarians most commonly see in conjunction with other conditions.
Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction
One disease that frequently coexists with other health issues in horses is pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID). It’s caused by an enlargement of the pituitary gland’s middle lobe (the pars intermedia), which results in an overproduction of hormones that regulate bodily functions. The disease generally occurs in horses older than 18, although it can also manifest in individuals in their mid-teens.
In a recent study British researchers looked at nine common diseases in more than 100,000 horses over a 26-year period and found that 12% of the horses experienced one of those diseases: cancer, PPID, equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), grass sickness, laminitis, navicular syndrome (now known as podotrochlosis), osteoarthritis, recurrent airway obstruction, and sarcoids (Welsh et al. 2016). They identified multiple chronic disease processes in 1.2% of the study population.
In that study 49% of horses with comorbidities were affected by PPID. Because it’s a systemic problem, veterinarians know it is not uncommon to see PPID in concert with other conditions.
Michelle Coleman, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, assistant professor of large animal internal medicine at Texas A&M University, in College Station, describes a variety of conditions and characteristics reported in conjunction with PPID:
- Laminitis in 24-82% of PPID horses;
- Abnormal sweating patterns such as anhidrosis (not sweating enough or at all) or hyperhidrosis (sweating too much) in 14-67%;
- Abnormal fat deposition in 9-67%;
- Increased susceptibility to secondary infections in 33-55%; and
- An association with suspensory ligament degeneration.
The increased infection susceptibility is due to reduced immune responses, says Michelle Linton, BVMS, Dipl. ACVIM, staff veterinarian at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square. “Studies have shown that some cells responsible for a healthy immune system don’t function adequately in horses with PPID,” she says. “Therefore, these horses are at higher risk for any type of infection, including skin infections, foot abscesses, dental disease, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, and pneumonia.”
If horses with PPID do develop infections or wounds, these altered immune responses can make healing challenging.
Obesity and Endocrine Disease
Obesity leads to many significant health problems, including insulin resistance (IR, a reduced sensitivity to insulin that results in high blood insulin levels) or insulin dysregulation, EMS, low-grade systemic inflammation, laminitis, and fertility issues. Horses with EMS are typically overweight with a body condition score above 6 or 7 (on a scale of 1-9) and obvious fat deposits along the neck, loins, shoulders, sheath, or udder, for example. They are usually middle-aged.
“We refer to EMS horses as having insulin dysregulation rather than just resistance,” says Linton. “The term dysregulation better describes these individuals’ abnormally high resting insulin blood levels, abnormal insulin responses to feeding and glucose administration, and tissue insulin resistance.” Coleman emphasizes, however, that not all obese horses are insulin-dysregulated and not all insulin-dysregulated horses are obese.
“PPID and EMS are both endocrine diseases, so one disease/syndrome could make the horse at higher risk for developing the other,” says Linton. Only occasionally does she see a PPID horse develop EMS. “More often,” she says, “we see that some horses with EMS subsequently develop PPID.”
The 2019 meet at Saratoga Race Course will feature 76 stakes across 40 racing days, highlighted by the 150th running of the $1.25 million Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), the New York Racing Association announced Feb. 15.
|February 16 – Santa Anita|
|Miss Boom Boom||Wgt-124||Race 2||Starter Allowance $20,000|
|Parsimony||Wgt-124||Race 4||Maiden Special Weight|
|Prodigal Son||Wgt-122||Race 5||Maiden Special Weight|
|Posit||Wgt-124||Race 6||Maiden Special Weight|
|Mopotism||Wgt-120||Race 9||Santa Monica S. (Gr 2)|
|February 17 – Santa Anita|
|Owning||Wgt-124||Race 4||Starter Optional Claiming $50,000|
|February 18 – Santa Anita|
|Hollywood Square||Wgt-124||Race 2||Claiming $12,500|
|Curlin’s Journey||Wgt-124||Race 3||Maiden Special Weight|
|Whooping Jay||Wgt-120||Race 4||California Cup Derby|
|Lippy||Wgt-124||Race 5||California Cup Oaks|
|Gliding By||Wgt-124||Race 7||Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500|
|February 14 – Santa Anita|
|Call You Tomorrow finished 5th beaten 11 3/4 lengths||Race 8|
|February 15 – Santa Anita|
|Contagion finished 1st by 2 1/4 lengths||Race 2|
|An Eddie Surprise finished 4th beaten 2 3/4 lengths||Race 7|
SPEEDY SELCOURT SET FOR SALTY SANTA MONICA
VICTOR ESPINOZA TO RESUME RIDING ON MONDAY
TRAINER SEEKS ANOTHER RUN AT THE PREAKNESS
STRONACH 5 TODAY GUARANTEES POOL OF $100,000
THIS MONDAY IS PRESIDENTS’ DAY AND DOLLAR DAY
SELCOURT SET TO DEFEND TITLE IN SANTA MONICA
John Sadler expects further progress from Selcourt in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes after the fleet mare finished second as the 3-10 favorite in the restricted Kalookan Queen Stakes on Jan. 13, her first race in more than two months.
“The Santa Monica looks like a strong race but she’s doing really well,” the trainer said of the front-running daughter of Tiz Wonderful, who defeated Marley’s Freedom in winning last year’s Santa Monica wire-to-wire by 4 ½ lengths.
“She had her comeback race (in the Kalookan Queen); she didn’t win, but she ran second, came out of it good, and looks like she’s moving forward, so hopefully she’s returning to her form of 2018.”
Tyler Baze has ridden Selcourt in every one of her eight career races, but rides Escape Clause in the Santa Monica. Her jockey in the Santa Monica will be Joe Talamo.
As for Horse of the Year runner-up Accelerate, retired to stud in Kentucky after finishing third in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26, Sadler said the son of Lookin At Lucky is enjoying life as a stallion at Lane’s End, where he stands for $20,000.
“He’s already got a full book of 170 mares,” Sadler said. “He’s doing great. When he first got there it was really cold, but he’s settled in nicely.”
The field for the Santa Monica, race nine of 10 with a 12 noon first post time:
Paradise Woods, Joel Rosario, 7-2;
Selcourt, Joe Talamo, 3-1;
Marley’s Freedom, Drayden Van Dyke, 2-1;
Dream Tree, Mike Smith, 4-1;
Mopotism, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1;
Escape Clause, Tyler Baze, 6-1;
Amuse, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1.
VICTOR ESPINOZA BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN MONDAY
Victor Espinoza is scheduled to resume his career after an absence of almost seven months when he rides Gallantly Streaming for trainer John Sadler on Monday.
The 46-year-old Hall of Fame member suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck and a shoulder and arm stinger in a training mishap at Del Mar last July 22.
“It’s been a long time coming and it feels like forever,” said his agent, Brian Beach, who also represents Victor’s nephew, top apprentice Assael Espinoza. “It wasn’t like we were looking for a particular race or a particular horse (for his comeback).
“The right opportunity came along and hopefully we can build from here.”
A three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Espinoza’s popularity went mainstream after winning the Triple Crown on American Pharoah in 2015, prior to a near miss on two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome in 2014.
Those achievements ultimately led to network TV appearances on the David Letterman Show and Dancing With The Stars, but now it’s back to Victor’s primary vocation, riding horses.
SWEET PREAKNESS DEAL FOR EL CAMINO REAL DERBY WINNER
It’s a longshot and light years away in racing time, but Keith Desormeaux hopes he gets another chance to win the Preakness Stakes starting tomorrow when Knight’s Cross runs in the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
For the first time, Golden Gate’s premier race for three-year-olds will provide the winner with an automatic, all expenses paid berth to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course (in order to qualify, the winner must be Triple Crown-nominated).
“Winning a race like the Preakness is what we all work for,” said Desormeaux, who captured the classic in 2016 with Exaggerator. “Right now, my three-year-olds are still developing and hopefully one can make it to a race like the Kentucky Derby or Preakness.”
Golden Gate Fields and Pimlico are both owned by The Stronach Group, North America’s largest owner of race tracks which also include Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Laurel Park.
POPULAR STRONACH 5 GUARANTEES $100,000 POOL TODAY
The Stronach 5, which continues to grow in popularity with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, will have a $100,000 guaranteed pool today as the national wager plays hosts to races from Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.
The Stronach 5 kicks off at 1:10 p.m. PT with the first of two races at Gulfstream. After stops at Santa Anita and Laurel, the final sequence will take place 2:45 p.m. PT at Golden Gate Fields.
There were 43 winning tickets last week on The Stronach 5, each returning $4,075.30.
Past performances for the Stronach 5 here.
Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence:
- Leg One – Gulfstream, race 8 – (8 entries, six furlongs) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PT
- Leg Two -Laurel, race 9 – (9 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT
- Leg Three -Santa Anita, race 4 – (7 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 5 ET, 2 PT
- Leg Four – Gulfstream, race 11 – (13 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PT
- Leg Five – Golden Gate, race 5 – (10 entries, one mile) 5:45 ET, 2:45 PT
For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.
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Agapito Delgadillo and his son, Jose, have ridden against each other in a race before, but on Saturday they will compete in an added money event for the first time. Agapito has been named on Lady Suebee for John Sadler and Jose on Painting Corners for Peter Miller in the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes . . .
Jose Leon makes his Santa Anita riding debut in today’s eighth race aboard 8-1 morning line chance I’ll Wrap It Up. The 20-year-old native of Puerto Rico represented by agent Joe Griffin has 12 wins, 10 at Turf Paradise and two at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia . . .
Jerry Hollendorfer trainee Gold Arrow, Jon White‘s 8-5 morning line favorite in today’s first race, is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway . . .
Platinum Equity, ridden by Ruben Fuentes for trainer Andrew Lerner, became the first three-time winner at the meet this year when he won yesterday’s third race. The filly Apache Princess also won three races at the meet but started her string last year, winning on Dec. 30 for Keith Desormeaux. It was the third win in a row for Lerner and Fuentes with Platinum Equity . . .
Monday, Presidents’ Day, will be Dollar Day, with beer and soda available for a buck apiece and hot dogs for $2 . . .
This weekend, Santa Anita celebrates Lunar New Year, hosting a Santa Anita first, a Chinese cultural event featuring food and drink, on-site vendors, live lion dancers and musical acts, plus, one lucky fan will win $500 on Santa Anita’s Money Tree. General admission is just $5 . . .
The percentage of winning favorites on both dirt and turf this meet are very similar: on dirt, 31.69 (58 of 183), on turf, 30.23 (26 of 86) and overall, 31.23 (84 of 269) . . . Talk about a blanket finish: in last Saturday’s San Marcos Stakes, the 13 runners were separated by less than 11 lengths at the end of a mile and a quarter on turf . . .
Apprentice jockey J.C. Diaz Jr.has been suspended three days (Feb. 22, 23, 24) for causing interference aboard Swirling in Sunday’s fifth race . . .
Error of omission: Santa Anita-based Diego Sanchez rides Knight’s Cross in tomorrow’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
PRAT COLLECTS HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW AS DONUT GIRL RALLIES UP THE RAIL TO TAKE $57,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HALF LENGTH; TRAINED BY PALMA, SMILING TIGER FILLY GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.60
FIRST CONDITION ALLOWANCE FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES IS MOVED TO MAIN TRACK
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2019)–Idle six months, the Hector Palma-trained Donut Girl came back running on Friday at Santa Anita, as she rallied late at the rail to take the day’s $57,000 allowance feature by a half length, providing Flavien Prat with his third win in a row on the card. Claimed by Palma and Granja Mexico out of a first-out maiden $50,000 claiming win six starts back on March 18, she got 6 ½ furlongs on a muddy main track in 1:16.60.
“She’s good right now,” said Palma. “She needed some time off, but she’s good now. We’ll see how she is in the morning, but I want to keep her with Cal-breds.”
Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Friday’s seventh race was switched to dirt this morning, as were two other races that had been carded for turf.
A close third as the 7-5 favorite in a similar first condition allowance for California-bred fillies and mares Aug. 9 at Del Mar, Donut Girl a 4-year-old filly by Smiling Tiger who is out of the Any Given Saturday mare Saturday’s Girl, was off at 2-1 in a field of six and paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20.
With the winner’s share of $34,200, Donut Girl now has earnings of $93,225 and an overall race record of 7-3-0-2.
In a solid performance, Washington-bred Judicial, who took serious pressure from her well-backed stablemate Chasin Lucas to the three sixteenths pole, kept to her task gamely while finishing second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Shylock Eddie.
Off at 3-1 under Rafael Bejarano, Judicial paid $4.00 and $3.00.
Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Shylock Eddie finished a half length clear of An Eddie Surprise and paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.93, 44.81 and 1:10.10.
SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $131,757 INTO SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA AS 41 CONSOLATION TICKETS EACH PAY $970.75
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2019)–With the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes serving as its headliner, there also is a 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover going into Saturday at Santa Anita of $148,819.50.
With a 10-race card on tap, the Santa Monica has been slotted as race nine and the Bob Baffert-trained Marley’s Freedom has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite.
A total of 57 horses have been entered and are eligible to run in Saturday’s Rainbow Six sequence, making for average field size of more than nine runners per race.
There were a total of 41 consolation tickets with six winners today, each worth $970.75.
Special early first post time on Saturday is at 12 noon. Approximate post time for race five, the beginning of the Rainbow Six sequence, is at 2:05 p.m. PT.
For additional information please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
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