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Added on: Dec. 27, 2016

The following US thoroughbred horse racing headlines all occurred at some point in December and we decided to only include some of the most popular trending stories. Eskenformoney, daughter of Eskendereya, finally ended up achieving her first ever graded stakes victory on Saturday 17th December in the Grade 3 Rampart at Gulfstream Park, beating runner up and odds-on favourite Curlin's Approval in a three-quarter-length victory.

Ridden by regular jockey Javier Castellano and owned by Star Ladies Racing, Eskenformoney pushed hard all the way and wore down Curlin’s Approval and Genre who slugged it out for second and third place. Trainer Pletcher who was pleased with her performance said, “The strategy was to come out running with both of them, and Genre just came out showing a little more natural speed. But Javier made a conscious effort to stay as close as he could, and it worked out.” These comments can be read in full over on the official ESPN website.

In other news, Tampa Bay Jockey Bryce Alderson was hospitalised on Wednesday 21st December after a fall during the fourth race at Tampa Bay Downs. Alderson was in a serious but now stable condition in St. Joseph's Hospital. The jockey was on 3-year-old Expialidocious when he was jolted by rival, Squeakers Shadow, but his horse managed to escape the incident without any injuries.

We also learned that Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist is now recovering well after undergoing colic surgery on December 22nd at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington. The first three days following the procedure are the most critical but there were no real complications and he is still expected to be ready for the start of his first breeding season in a couple of months’ time. A slight twist in Nyquist’s intestine was found, but surgeons were able to carry out the necessary repairs and a full recovery is generally expected within a maximum of 90 days.

Finally, we also recently learned that Masochistic will be disqualified from his second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The California Horse Racing Board is also likely to fine Masochistic’s trainer, Ron Ellis, after two separate tests found trace amounts of a steroid stanozol in the horse's system, which can legally be administered to horses in California. The steroid has a recommended withdrawal time of 60 days before a horse can compete and Ellis claims that he was given the steroid 68 days prior to finishing second in the BC Sprint.

“It was done therapeutically, because he's a small horse and we've had trouble keeping weight on him,” said Ellis. He then went on to say, “It wasn't hidden. It was fully disclosed with the state, as required. The amount is very, very small, but it doesn't matter. Just having a presence is enough.”