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In Kentucky, 2015 Derby Winner Could Arrive Any Day Now

newborn coltNPR’s Noah Adams spent some time in Lexington recently, where it’s foaling season on thoroughbred farms. He spoke with Eduardo Terrazas, who owns a boarding farm where 51 foals are expected this season—each of which Terrazas will deliver himself. He drinks a lot of coffee.

The story also takes us to Kentucky’s two equine hospitals, where foals who have medical problems after birth receive medical care.

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How the Thoroughbred Industry Weathered the Economic Downturn: State of the News

Jacalyn Carafagno covered last month’s yearling sale at Keeneland, and she joined us on Friday’s State of the News to explain that the thoroughbred industry was changed by the poor economy, but not necessarily for the worse. Fewer horses are being bred, which means the lowest quality horses are falling out of the market. Since it takes the same amount of money to care for a mare and foal, this can mean greater a greater return on investment per yearling sold. You can listen to her Keeneland coverage and reflections on it below:

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Watch Eastern Standard Live From Keeneland

After today’s State of the News, WFPL will broadcast WEKU’s Eastern Standard live from Keeneland. The host and guests will discuss the thoroughbred industry. You can listen on 89.3 FM or watch it live here.

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Second Chance Horses


Monday, April 27, 2009
Second Chance Horses
Thoroughbreds, like many professional athletes, often enjoy fast and flashy careers accompanied by fame and fortune. Unfortunately, when their racing days are over and they are no longer profitable, they face an uncertain future. Some are auctioned off for slaughter; others are neglected or abandoned. Thanks to efforts of caring individuals and organizations an increasing number of ex-racehorses are being rescued and retrained for new careers. Monday we will hear some of these inspiring stories while on location at Churchill Downs.

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