Thoroughbred Racing

Haras du Saubouas in France Expands and Installs ECB Spa by Allen Gutowski

Paul Basquin of Haras du Saubouas on adding high-quality equipment, like the spa:

"We work with a lot of trainers from the South-West and different veterinary clinics. We regularly receive horses at rest and also horses who need care. The spa is, to me, the most efficient thalassotherapy machine. It allows the treatment of tendon injuries and bone damages with excellent results and upgraded recovery time. It also ensures to ease the limbs and joints after a big effort or a trauma. It is very efficient in the case of a laminitis. It is full of very cold saline water (2 degrees), with oxygen coming through the ground and spread on the limbs at a high pressure. This water can cover all the joints, fetlocks, knees and hocks."

ECB Equine Spa Now Available At Santa Anita Race Track by Allen Gutowski

Tyler Cerin's Equine Body Works has just installed a brand new ECB Equine Spa at the Santa Anita Race Track. For more about Tyler's background and the services he offers, CLICK HERE

As you will discover from the article, Tyler puts the well-being of the horses he works with as a top priority... and in that regard he tested out the Spa for himself before putting any of his patients in! Most clients only dip in a toe, but Tyler wanted to get the full effect...

ECB Equine Spa at Gulfstream Park by Allen Gutowski

A huge THANK YOU to High Tide Equine and Tiffany Milne for taking the time to demonstrate the Spa at Gulfstream Park and for the stable tour... we loved meeting all of the incredible horses too! 

After the horses were done with their treatments, some of us humans decided to give the Spa a try... cold does not even begin to describe the water! 

Olympians Involved in Horse Racing by Allen Gutowski

ECB makes cold saltwater spas for human athletes in addition to our equine clients... so not only do some of the horses competing at the Olympics use our spa, but some human Olympians such tennis champion and gold medalist Andy Murray!

Here is an interesting article regarding Olympians who are involved with horse racing!

Olympic athletes love competition and horse racing is one outlet where many of them get their fix in the offseason (or year-round).  Read up on some of the current and past Olympians involved in Thoroughbred racing and get ready for Rio's opening ceremonies this Friday.

CLICK HERE to read the article...

 Blue Loyd - ridden by Cian O'Connor for an Olympic Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games

Blue Loyd - ridden by Cian O'Connor for an Olympic Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games

 Tennis Pro Andy Murray in the Cold Spa after winning Wimbledon - he also won Gold at the Rio Oympics!

Tennis Pro Andy Murray in the Cold Spa after winning Wimbledon - he also won Gold at the Rio Oympics!

Trainers Treating the Horses Like Human Athletes by Allen Gutowski

By Matt Hunter
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 02:33 PM EDT

 Destin in the ECB Spa at Todd Pletcher's Barn

Destin in the ECB Spa at Todd Pletcher's Barn

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Racing at the sport’s highest level, the Spa’s signature athletes suffer soreness and tightness just like humans.

That’s what keeps Carlos Melendez so busy.

"15 or 16, 22 a day. I'm a busy man. 5:30 in the morning until when I am done. That's what I do," Melendez said.

Working for 12-time Saratoga leading trainer Todd Pletcher, the 40-year veteran of the backstretch has one job: running the barn’s cold water spa machine.

“This is like therapy like the football players get when they go in the ice tub, this is the same thing," Melendez said.

“We are just trying to keep the legs cold and tight and make sure we don't have any inflammation," Pletcher said.

On this morning, the horse standing knee-deep in the water-epsom salt mixture is Destin, the Belmont Stakes runner-up and third place finisher in Saturday’s Jim Dandy.

"The water is 35 degrees Fahrenheit, that is cold, freezing water," Mendez said. "This is very nice, the horse does not feel it. You and I could not stand in it for five minutes”

“Logistics don't allow us to do it with all of them, but we try to do it after their exercise as often as we can," Pletcher said.

The Pletcher barn is one of the few with its own equine spa machine.

“Most trainers don't have it because it is a lot of money," Melendez said. "It cost $90,000, this one.”

“We decided that we were liking the results of it so we decided to buy our own and it is helpful," Pletcher said.

In a sport where results on the track are everything, Melendez looks at the Pletcher team’s run of six consecutive Saratoga titles as proof that his busy days are paying off.

"A lot of people don't believe in it but it does, it works and I know so," Mendez said.

For full article with video, CLICK HERE

Tepin Wins Queen Anne Stakes by Allen Gutowski

ECB congratulates the connections of Spa horse Tepin... this time taking the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot!

Tepin beat some of Europe's top milers at their own game June 14 at Royal Ascot, scoring a half-length victory in the £340,260 ($480,098) Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I).

Racing on a straight mile course at Ascot for the first time and competing on soft turf that many of her rivals had more experience with proved little problem for Robert Masterson's Tepin, who defeated 12 rivals—including males.

Last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Tepin, by Bernstein, held off a late charge from two-time group I winner Belardo and jockey James Doyle to become the first horse based outside of Europe to win the Queen Anne. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Lightning Spear in third.

For full article, CLICK HERE

 Tepin relaxing in the ECB Spa

Tepin relaxing in the ECB Spa

Winning Horse Divisidero Preps for Woodford in Spa by Allen Gutowski

Congratulations to the connections of Divisidero on a Derby Day win in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs! Buff Bradley utilizes the ECB Spas at EquiZone Hydrotherapy with many of his horses in training... including Groupie Doll who was known to frequent the Spa during her racing career. Show below is Divisidero prepping in the Spa the day before the big race. 

Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero edged clear of World Approval in the final strides to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) by a neck at Churchill Downs in the race prior to the Kentucky Derby. For full article about the race, CLICK HERE