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    Sadly this extremely game runner, likable character and the most successful Oklahoma-bred horse (since retired this fall) appears to be near the bitter end Owned by IEAH and last seen finishing an unexpectedly weak 8th in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga.

    Following a serious bout with colic it was uncovered he also has laminitis. Now stationed at Rood and Riddle the BloodHorse described his condition as "critical".

    “This is excruciating,” Iavarone said. “The whole thing is a nightmare. We can only keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. This horse is like family, and we will spare no expense to see he gets the best treatment available. He means everything to us. But we will not let him suffer. We will do the humane thing for him, one way or another.”


    [Note the BloodHorse corrected the quote Thursday, December 10, 2009 2:32 PM]
    Last edited by Glimmerglass; Dec. 10, 2009, 03:03 PM. Reason: adjusted to reflect the BloodHorse's adjustment

  • #2
    he is one of my favorites
    "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George

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    • #3
      I'm a big fan as well. Sad to read this.
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      • #4
        This has been going on for many weeks now but sounds like it is worsening. I hope they meant they would spare no expense as instead of bear no expense.....
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        • #5
          I love Kip Deville and really hope that he can pull through this, but it doesn't sound good. It sounds like his condition has worsened quite a bit since the last update.

          While I don't love IEAH, I do believe Ivarone loves the horses, particularly the 'big' horses, and I think he will do all he can for Kip.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
            This has been going on for many weeks now but sounds like it is worsening. I hope they meant they would spare no expense as instead of bear no expense.....
            A big difference indeed and yes someone else caught that as well and let the BH know it: Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 2:32 PM]

            (I've updated it as well)

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            • #7
              Oh no.

              I hope IEAH does right by him, whatever the right thing is. He's certainly been good to them.
              bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
              free bar.ka and tidy rabbit

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                #8
                From The Daily Racing Form this evening (12/10/09):

                Kip Deville, the 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner, is suffering from laminitis in both front feet and has been given a 20 percent chance to survive by his doctors, according to his owners.

                "The last 10 days to 14 days Kip has been struggling with laminitis with both front feet and has been more uncomfortable during this time than what he had been previously," [Mike Sherack, vice president of investor relations for IEAH] said, reading an e-mail from Dr. Scott Hopper from the Rood and Riddle Clinic. "The last few days he's spending significantly more time down. We will continue to work with him to get through this bout of laminitis."
                I don't doubt IHEA's sincerity in being willing to spend the resources despite knowing he'll never go back to the track or frankly make another penny for the investment group. All the money they put into the Ruffian Center at Elmont, NY shows they'll open the wallet in the interest of equine health.

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                • #9
                  I am upset to read this! Kip Deville is one of my very favorite racehorses.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                    From I don't doubt IHEA's sincerity in being willing to spend the resources despite knowing he'll never go back to the track or frankly make another penny for the investment group. All the money they put into the Ruffian Center at Elmont, NY shows they'll open the wallet in the interest of equine health.
                    I agree. IEAH has already done two colic surgeries for Kip Deville and has been treating the laminitis for at least a month; they will do everything they can for him.

                    I feel really bad for all his connections, and I hope that if the worst case scenario becomes reality that his connections can find the strength to let him go as I think they are more likely to keep trying everything in order to keep him alive than they are to throw in the towel and say treatment costs too much.

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                    • #11
                      So very sad for the horse. I do hope that they do what is right for Kip, whatever that may be... He deserves it.
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                      • #12
                        I saw the update from Blood Horse this morning. Prayers to him and his connections!

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                        • #13
                          A favorite of mine too.
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                          • #14
                            Does anyone have any updates?
                            bar.ka think u al.l. susp.ect
                            free bar.ka and tidy rabbit

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rubyfree View Post
                              Does anyone have any updates?
                              My take on that last article was that they had his condition stabilized to where he was comfortable enough, and now it is a waiting game to see if the hoof grows enough before his next scheduled trim, which should still be a couple of weeks away.

                              At this point, no news is good news I think, and I don't think an update will come out again until the hoof trim, unless his condition deteriorates. Hopefully when it's time for his trim, his hoof will have grown enough that they have something to work with, and we will get good news then.

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                              • #16
                                Bit of an update in BH - yes, they are hoping to see some hoof growth when he is due for reshoeing in two weeks. Growth will be critical.

                                I hate laminitis.

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                                • #17
                                  I am hoping that his hoof grows..he's one racehorse that i really love...he always gives it his all no matter what

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                                  • #18
                                    Jingling for Kip Deville.....

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by iloverocky View Post
                                      I love Kip Deville and really hope that he can pull through this, but it doesn't sound good. It sounds like his condition has worsened quite a bit since the last update.

                                      While I don't love IEAH, I do believe Ivarone loves the horses, particularly the 'big' horses, and I think he will do all he can for Kip.
                                      While i dont love IEAH either, it is known that Ivarone and the rest of the IEAH racing stable does a great job and takes great pride in retiring their horses from the track and they find homes for them in new jobs outside of racing. big props for them for ensuring these horses go onto new successful careers even if it isn't in their racing barns.

                                      heres to hoping Kip pulls through!!

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                                      • #20
                                        Update in the Blood Horse today says he is improving.

                                        http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-raci...-good-progress
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