Extra Races For Saturday, May 27, 2017
(Entries Close on Wednesday, May 24, 2017)
EXTRA RACE NO 4
CLAIMING Purse $12,000. (Plus up to $1,800 in Participation Money)(Plus up to $3,000 for BC Breds) For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old and Upward Which Have Never Won Three Races. Three Year Olds 117 lbs. Older 122 lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since April 27 2 lbs. A Race Since March 27 4 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $4,000
SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
EXTRA RACE NO 5
MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
Purse $20,000. For Maidens, Two Years Old.Weight 120 lbs. (If winner is a BC Bred the Owner and Breeder of the winning horse will each receive a $5,000 Incentive Award. (Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $20,000)
THREE AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
EXTRA RACE NO 6
CLAIMING Purse $16,000. (Plus up to $1,800 in Participation Money)(Plus up to $4,000 for BC Breds) For Three Year Olds. Weight 122 lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since April 27 2 lbs. A Race Since March 27 4 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $16,000, if for $14,000, allowed 3 lbs. (Races Where Entered For $12,500 Or Less Not Considered For Allowances)
SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS7
EXTRA RACE NO 7
CLAIMING Purse $14,000. (Plus up to $1,800 in Participation Money)(Plus up to $3,500 for BC Breds) For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old and Upward. Three Year Olds 117 lbs, Older 122 lbs. CLAIMING PRICE $12,500, if for $11,000, allowed 3 lbs.
SIX AND ONE HALF FURLONGS
A hoof abscess is like a whitehead pimple: That little bubble of pus under the skin can be slightly sore or it can be incredibly painful, and the fastest way to get rid of it is to pop it and let it drain.
Photo: The Horse Staff
Yesterday your horse was perfectly sound, but today he won’t touch one foot to the ground. There’s no apparent injury or sign of a problem in his leg or hoof other than the sudden, severe lameness. What could have happened?
One strong possibility for the cause of this scenario is a hoof abscess–a localized accumulation of pus within the horse’s hoof. The good news is that abscesses can often be resolved quickly and easily with proper veterinary care and leave no lasting damage. Even better, they can usually be prevented by practicing good routine hoof care and management.
As an owner, how do you prevent abscesses and what do you do if your horse gets one? First let’s discuss what they are and what causes them.
The simplest comparison we can make to define a hoof abscess is that it’s like a whitehead pimple. That little bubble of pus under the skin can be slightly sore or it can be incredibly painful. You might feel soreness in that location well before the pimple shows its ugly head, or it might show up overnight in all its glory. And the fastest way to get rid of it is simply to pop it and let it drain; the pain relief is immediate because the pressure has been relieved.
This is the same way a hoof abscess causes pain in a horse; it usually starts with a localized, walled-off infection, which the body fights with white blood cells and inflammatory mediators. The buildup of infection, inflammation, and white blood cells expands, causing increasing pressure, particularly because the rigid hoof wall can’t expand to relieve pressure. When lameness appears and how severe the lameness becomes will vary. Some horses might never get lame before the abscess ruptures on its own, or lameness might be transient and go unnoticed, especially if the horse is at pasture and not monitored often.
What Causes Abscesses?
Most abscesses begin with bacteria entering interior hoof structures, usually via the sole-wall junction (just inside the hoof wall). Anything that weakens hoof wall/sole integrity can make it easier for bacteria to invade, and internal hoof injuries (such as bruising) can also result in abscesses. Following is a list of common causes:
Environmental conditions cycling between wet and dry In very dry conditions the hoof dries out and can shrink slightly like a dried-out sponge. This can result in tiny hoof cracks and fissures in the sole-wall junction that can then soften and fill with muck when the weather turns wet, allowing opportunistic bacteria to invade the hoof and cause an abscess.
Penetrating wounds can occur as a result of a horse stepping on a sharp object such as a nail, rock, or broken glass. “These may cause a perforation of the sole that packs up or seals over, and an abscess results two to four days later as a result of contamination,” says Bruce Lyle, DVM, of the Aubrey Equine Clinic in Aubrey, Texas.
“Close” nails in a recently shod foot Raul Bras, DVM, CJF, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, Kentucky, explains that a horseshoe nail placed too close to or into the foot’s sensitive inner structures can introduce bacteria that cause an abscess. Even if the nail is removed right away and didn’t introduce bacteria, it created a pathway into the hoof that can let in bacteria and result in an abscess later. Bras recommends flushing the hole with dilute antiseptic solution, such as Betadine, and wrapping the foot for three to five days (depending on the horse’s turnout situation) to decrease the chances of infection.
Ground conditions/bruising Muddy or rocky ground can soften feet and/or cause bruises. “Some nonpenetrated bruises may abscess if bacteria are introduced through a small external insult or from circulating bacteria in the bloodstream, because the area of hemorrhage provides a great medium for bacterial reproduction,” Lyle says.
Hot-fitting a shoe on a very thin sole Lyle says if the sole is very thin and a hot shoe is seated on it, thermal injury to the underlying sensitive tissues can sometimes cause a sterile abscess (not caused by infection). Applying exothermic (heat-producing) hoof repair materials over raw or partly healed areas can do the same thing.
Poor hoof balance/conformation For example, hoof wall flares can put additional bending stress on the sole-wall junction and cause cracks that can become contaminated. Also, Lyle says leaving the bars of the foot too long (or leaving any part of the foot longer so it gets more of a beating) can result in localized bruising and abscesses.
Management factors Dirty stalls tend to be wet and contain lots of bacteria that can invade the foot. “Wet conditions are the usual culprit in our area, especially when preceded by dry conditions,” says Lyle.
Bras notes that hoof wall/capsule defects can also make it easier for bacteria to invade, as can digital instability (such as that resulting from severe laminitis) or systemic infections. With the latter, bacteria in the bloodstream get into foot tissues and “set up shop,” causing an abscess from within.
“Clinical signs depend on the severity of the infection; therefore, lameness could vary from mild, minimal lameness progressing to moderate, severe lameness,” says Bras. “Other clinical signs might include swelling, heat, draining tracts (pus, often gray or black in color, from the sole/coronary band), increased digital pulse, and evidence of hoof injuries (that can introduce bacteria into inner hoof structures, leading to abscesses).”
In severe cases deep within the hoof, the abscess pocket or its effects, such as deteriorating bone, are visible on a radiograph.
“A hoof tester exam applying focal force is often vital to localizing an abscess within the confines of the foot,” says Lyle. “As the pressure increases, so does the pain.”
Also, when trimming the foot one might see a black spot on the sole or sole-wall junction where a crack or puncture is contaminated with muck. This stands out in contrast to the rest of the clean, trimmed sole. This contaminated tract might lead to an abscess (not all contaminated cracks will cause abscesses). Bras notes that most abscesses can be found this way.
Similar to treating pimples, the basic abscess treatment strategy is to open it and let it drain. Some will even pop on their own, often after traveling up the hoof to the coronary band or heel bulbs where the wall is thinner and easier to break through.
When possible, a veterinarian drains an abscess through the sole for two reasons: One, the crack or puncture that can lead to an abscess generally is in the sole, and it can be followed to the abscess. Two, this puts a hole beneath the abscess so gravity can help pull out the pus. Cleanliness is essential during and after the procedure.
“Treatment requires cleaning the foot, locating the entry wound (if there is one), establishing drainage, softening the hoof capsule via foot soaks and poultices to encourage rupture/drainage, and keeping the foot wrapped and protected from further debris entering and causing further infection,” says Bras. “Anti-inflammatory medication and antibiotics may also be given if needed. After drainage is obtained, progressive improvement should be expected on a daily basis.” If drainage and lameness continue, perform other diagnostic procedures to determine the true cause.
Abscesses that have gone undetected can undermine a large portion of the sole, which might need to be pared away. In such cases the foot might require longer-term protection such as a pad or a plate.
Some veterinarians avoid foot soaks to prevent oversoftening the foot. Bras soaks feet only when abscesses appear ready to rupture (based on X rays of the abscess at the coronary band or a localized bulge). After rupture, he might soak a foot in an antiseptic solution, such as chlorine dioxide.
“Prognosis depends on the severity of the infection and the tissues involved in the foot,” he comments. “Superficial infections have a good prognosis, but deep infections (involving the coffin or navicular bone, coffin joint, navicular bursa, tendon sheath, or collateral cartilages) carry a more guarded prognosis (they’re more involved than the typical, garden-variety abscess).”
“Good hoof care that leaves adequate sole for protection and develops a snug and uniform sole-wall junction is the best line of prevention,” says Lyle.
Good hoof care includes frequent hoof cleaning to remove rocks/mud and routine farrier care to keep the feet balanced and address any problems.
“If a horse has thin soles or is prone to bruising … protect them with shoes, etc.,” says Bras. “Keep the feet trimmed so they don’t get wall separations that can lead to white line disease and abscesses. Be proactive; don’t wait for things to happen.”
Lyle explains,”The most important thing to know about abscesses is to get your lame horse looked at as early in the process as possible by a veterinarian who’s interested in horses. Abscesses generally are straightforward and shouldn’t require extravagant and expensive imaging to diagnose or treat, although exceptions do exist.”
About the Author
Christy West has a BS in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
|Friday, May 26|
|Race 1||Maiden Claiming – $8,000||$16,600|
|Race 2||Claiming – $8,000||$17,000|
|Race 3||Claiming – $10,000||$20,000|
|Race 4||Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000||$34,000|
|Race 5||Claiming – $6,250||$16,000|
|Race 6||Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000||$34,000|
|Race 7||Claiming – $20,000||$24,100|
|Race 8||Claiming – $20,000||$24,100|
SOME COUNTRY MUSIC ‘STAR POWER’
EVIDENT ON TWO VERY DIFFERENT FRONTS
Vancouver, B.C. (May 22/17) – In the country music industry it’s called “star power” and Monday it worked like a charm at both Hastings Racecourse and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
A special guest in the winner’s circle moments after Daz Lin Dawn captured the $50,000 Ross McLeod stakes at Hastings was celebrated Vancouver country music singer and songwriter Aaron Pritchett.
A few hours later in Music City USA, a lady he knows and admires – Trisha Yearwood – was singing the national anthem to kick-start the Nashville Predators’ history-making win over the Anaheim Ducks to advance to the NHL Stanley Cup Final.
“I’ve known Aaron dating back to when he was a DJ at Rooster’s Cabaret in Pitt Meadows,’ said Paul Caravetta, one of the JDP Holdings owners of Daz Lin Dawn along with Delton Stable and trainer Nancy Betts. “We were hoping he’d bring us a little luck.”
One year ago Pritchett was appearing with Trisha Yearwood and husband Garth Brooks at back-to-back concerts in Saskatoon. Pritchett, who plays hockey with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni, hasn’t ruled out making a quick trip to Nashville to be part of the Stanley Cup craze.
Daz Lin Dawn, purchased by the Caravetta group for $15,000 at the 2014 CTHS Yearling Sale, was coming off another $50,000 stakes win in the BC Cup Dogwood, her first start of the season on April 30. “She is one of the strongest 3-year-old fillies I’ve ever ridden,” said jockey Richard Hamel, which is saying a lot from the four-time leading jockey at Hastings.
Daz Lin Dawn beat last year’s 2-year-old filly champion Yukon Belle by a solid 6 ¾ lengths in a final time of 1:17.15 in the six and one-half furlong dash that opened the Victoria Day holiday card.
Again the combination of owner Peter Redekop and trainer Phil Hall hit the spotlight in Monday’s $50,000 Jim Coleman Province with A.P. Zona ridden smartly by Enrique Gonzalez.
A.P. Zona was making his Hastings debut after being claimed by Redekop last month at Santa Anita. “I really didn’t know what to expect,” Hall said. “But he didn’t have any trouble with the turns. Our plan was just to go with him.”
A.P. Zona completed the six and one half furlongs for 3-year-old colts and geldings in a final time of 1:16.46. Fall At Last, trained by Greg Tracy, an overwhelming morning line favourite, was the early leader but finished third.
Live racing resumes at Hastings Saturday and Sunday with 1:50 p.m. starts.
HASTINGS RACING SURFACE RENOVATIONS UNDERWAY
With some good weather finally here the planned track renovation is underway.
After the last race, a planned renovation of the racing surface was begun by Track Superintendent Drew Levere with the assistance of track consultant Steve Wood and HBPA member Rob Maybin. An extra grader was rented and the crew worked late into the evening before calling it off until early Tuesday morning. The track re-working was initiated by Hastings General Manager Darren MacDonald with the support of the HBPA of BC and BCTOBA. Steve Wood was responsible for the tracks at Santa Anita and Del Mar for over 20 years.
Hastings Wrap-up For May 22
Victoria Day absolutely beamed down on the large crowd that gathered at Historic Old Hastings Racecourse for a program that opened with two stakes races that showcased the dominant local three-year-old filly, Daz Lin Dawn, and a newcomer from California who looks like he could be heard from even more in the future.
The fans wagered about 844K on the eight-race card and the 5th race handled over $177,000, the most for any race at Hastings this season. A field of 11 maidens demonstrated once again the significance of field size as the primary variable in generating handle. If you give them choices, they will take them.
Daz Lin Dawn By Daylight.
The Ross McLeod, an open stakes for three-year-old fillies, was contested by five BC breds, that being one more than ran in the BC Cup Dogwood three weeks ago, although contested would be a bit of an overstatement for the run down the lane because Daz Lin Dawn ($2.50) widened on the field all the way home. Last year’s champion two-year-old filly, Yukon Belle, ran better than she did in the Dogwood to be second and Anstrum put in her usual reliable run to finish third. Richard Hamel was aboard Daz Lin Dawn who must now be the undisputed division leader.
Daz Lin Dawn has now won the first two stakes for three-year-old fillies by a total of 15 ½ lengths. She has enough speed to be positioned anywhere her rider wants her to be and another gear for when the real running begins. The upcoming stakes races will be run at a mile-and-a-sixteenth, the distance for last year’s Fantasy Stakes in which Yukon Belle beat Daz Lin Dawn. That was last year, but after two races it is about the only angle left for anyone with hopes of beating Daz Lin Dawn any time soon.
Daz Lin Dawn was bred in British Columbia by John Shone, Jacqui Shone and Samantha Shead. She is by the deceased Popular out of the Meadowlake mare, Summer Bay. Daz Lin Dawn was bought out of the Road’s End consignment for $15,000 in the 2015 CTHS Sale. Nancy Betts trains Daz Lin Dawn for herself and co-owners JDP Holdings and Delton Stable.
A.P. Zona Takes The Jim Coleman Province
Taken out of a $40,000 claimer two races back at Santa Anita, A. P. Zona ($13.70) paid a dividend to his new owner by posting a four-length victory in the Jim Coleman under rider Enrique Gonzalez. Driller ran well to be second, almost three lengths clear of the pacesetter Fall At Last who went off as an overwhelming favorite but was unable to deliver at 15 cents on the dollar.
Fall At Last set a sizzling pace, going 22.06 and 45.08 on his way to 6 furlongs in 1:09.72 before succumbing to A. P. Zona who launched a long, gradual move down the backstretch that put him in position to pounce on the far turn, gather momentum at the head of the lane and move on to a decisive score at the wire.
P. Zona is a Kentucky bred son of Creative Cause out of an A. P. Indy mare. He should be able to handle a distance for his owner Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. and trainer Phil Hall. A. P. Zona ran into some pretty tough customers in Southern California and he will not miss the likes of So Conflated, Bobby Abu Dhabi or Law Abidin Citizen, nor is he likely to encounter them north of the 49th parallel.
The fifth was a Maiden Special Weight that was decided in the last jump when Good as They Get ($25.40) under jockey Silvino Morales held off Sol Cat who was the only horse wider than the winner around the final turn as they both came from far back. As a BC bred winner of a Maiden Special Weight, the owner and breeder each get a $5,000 Incentive Award. In this case, since Good as They Get was bred by and is owned by Mel and Fran Snow, the win was worth $24,850. That is for all practical purposes the winner’s share of a 50K stakes race. When you consider that the breeder will also get a 15% Broodmare Award from the CTHS, the win will be worth more than $27,000.
Richard Hamel took the second leg of his riding triple in the fourth with the near even money favorite Majestic Stance ($4.10) for owner Joel Duggan and trainer Greg Tracy and he closed out the card with a win on Crius ($8.30) for owners Hobby Horse Enterprises and Terry Clyde. Last season’s leading trainer, Mike Anderson, conditions the winner.
The third race was an open $25,000 claiming event and it was won by B C Charlie ($5.40) who went off as the favorite in what appeared to be an evenly matched field of 6, five of them at less than 6-1. David Lopez rode the winner for owner Don B. Danard and trainer Craig MacPherson. B C Charlie went to a new barn after his win and $25,000 went the other way.
Silvino Morales completed a riding double with a win in the seventh on Miss Finality ($6.50). Mark Cloutier trains Miss Finality for owners Maureen Goss, Canmor Farms and Adrienne Trombley.
McCallum ($25.30) provided one of the day’s bombs when he upset the sixth for owner/breeders Mr. and Mrs. Henry Frostbauer and trainer Jodi Rawson who added blinkers for this race and was rewarded with a much-improved effort. Apprentice Jose Asencio guided the gelded son of Whiskey Wisdom home in the 16K maiden claimer.
David Lopez continues to lead all riders with 12 wins, two more than last year’s leader, Richard Hamel. Enrique Gonzalez has 8 and that is good for third in the standings.
Phil Hall tops the trainers with 10 wins, four up on Greg Tracy who has six Hastings scores and second place. Third is a four-way tie between Nancy Betts, Dino Condilenios, Sandi Gann and Elizabeth Stolzenberg, all with 4 wins.
Among the owners, Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd. has made 5 trips to the Winner’s Circle while Swift Thoroughbreds and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. have gone 4 times.
After the last race, a planned renovation of the racing surface was begun by Track Superintendent Drew Levere with the assistance of track consultant Steve Wood and HBPA member Rob Maybin. An extra grader was rented and the crew worked late into the evening before calling it off until early Tuesday morning. The track re-working was initiated by Hastings General Manager Darren MacDonald with the support of the HBPA of BC and BCTOBA. Steve Wood was responsible for the tracks at Santa Anita and Del Mar for over 20 years and has been retained to build the new track in Alberta.
Monday, May 22, 2017
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast|
|Gato Del Mar||:39.00||B||13|
|Locked and Loaded||:39.00||B||13|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast|
|My Sweet Sugar||:47.20||H||1|
|Our Bonita Rose||:48.80||H||8|
|Take the High Road||:48.60||H||6|
|What Goes Around||:48.40||H||4|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast|
|It’s in Command||:59.80||H||1|
|HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast|