Medication Explained

Dr. Clara Fenger

Pull up a [chair, this takes a while, but t’s 30 minutes well spent.

Here is a link to a radio interview sent to me by my long-time friend Robin Richards, who is a former president of the National HBPA and has owned and bred racehorses for many years including the graded stakes winner Punch Line (Graded SW $963,749) and recentl stakes winners Kenny Had A Notion (SW $221,125), Determined Vision (SW $101,360) among others.

Suffice to say, she knows a thing or two about this.

On a related note, I spoke with trainer Ferris Allen yesterday and he pretty much said the same thing as Dr. Fenger says in the interview.

Dr. Clara Fenger graduated with her veterinary degree from the University of California at Davis in 1988, and later received her PhD studying Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis at the University of Kentucky.  During her graduate studies at UK, she moonlighted working for the Kentucky Racing Commission as a State Veterinarian.  She continued this association with the racing commission for 15 years.  She is currently a practitioner in Central Kentucky specializing in both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, and owns Thoroughbred racehorses.

Here’s a pull quote from the interview: “We have to stop indiscriminately penalizing people for things that are beyond there control and that has no possibly of effect on the outcome of the race….It’s looking a lot worse, really really bad. We have to have some semblance of logic and common sense. These zero-tolerance (levels) when we have equipment that can defect things in the water. It’s unrealistic.”

Futurity Judge Jens Von Leppel, Robin Richards, a very young William (Toly Petty) and an unidentified (and I assume very loyal) groom along with Kenny Had A Notion as a yearling.  (Glenn Petty/VTA photo)



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