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Bal a Bali Makes a Comeback with Palm Beach Equine Clinic

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Thoroughbred Brazilian Triple Crown winner Bal a Bali was admitted to Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) on August 3, 2014. The elite athlete was treated for life threatening laminitis by Staff Surgeon Dr. Weston Davis of PBEC in conjunction with Dr. Vernon Dryden just months after his Triple Crown win in March of that year.

Brazil’s 2014 Horse of the Year, Bal a Bali (Put It Back—In My Side, by Clackson) took an impressive win in the Grande Premio Cruzeiro do Sul (Brz-I) to become the country’s 12th Triple Crown winner. He finished the race in track-record time at Gavea racecourse.

Following his last start in June 2014, Bal a Bali was purchased by Fox Hill Farm and Siena Farm and imported to the U.S. in late summer, but unfortunately contracted laminitis during his travels. Bal a Bali was in a Florida quarantine scheduled to fly to trainer Richard Mandella’s stable in California when the problems developed.

Bal a Bali was quickly moved to Palm Beach Equine Clinic where he was received by Dr. Weston Davis, who would oversee his care in hospital for the next three months. PBEC set aside a barn as a quarantine unit to meet the horse’s final import requirements where he was treated with aggressive cryotherapy – a gold standard of laminitis care. Hospital Staff monitored Bal a Bali in the cold-water spa continuously for the next several days through the severe acute phase of his disease, and then he was gradually weaned out of the spa as he improved clinically.

On two occasions, Dr. Davis performed Intravenous Regional Perfusions of the feet with state of the art Stem Cells. A myriad of other medical therapies were administered though the course of his stay. Progression of laminitis was monitored closely with the use of radiographs, and advanced farrier management for the optimal sole support and mechanics to decrease strain on his fragile lamina. By October, the horse was cleared to travel to Siena Farm in Kentucky. There, Dr. Dryden continued to treat the horse and he was then flown to California in January.

After a nine-month recovery process, Bal a Bali made a miraculous return to the track for his North American debut in May 2015. He cruised to victory in the $100,000 American (G3), a one-mile turf race for three-year-olds and up at Santa Anita Park. At that point, the five-year-old horse had captured 12 of 13 career starts and earned $570,078. Bal a Bali’s comeback was no doubt a result of the outstanding care he received at Palm Beach Equine Clinic under the extraordinary supervision of Dr. Weston Davis and Dr. Vernon Dryden. Thank you Fox Hill Farm and Siena Farm for the trust you placed in PBEC.
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Get to Know Palm Beach Equine Clinic’s Newest Addition, Dr. Jamie McAnly

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Q: Where are you from?

A: I am a fourth generation Floridian, from Arcadia, a small agriculture community in central Florida.

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: I attended University of Florida for my undergraduate studies and then Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Q: Did you work anywhere else before?

A: I completed my internship and remained as an associate for 2 years at Equine Services, PSC, in Shelbyville, KY. After 3 years in Kentucky, I longed to return to FL and took a position as a thoroughbred racetrack practitioner with Yarbrough & Rabenstein DVM. For the past 7 years, I have wintered at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach and spent my summers at Monmouth Park and most recently, the historic Saratoga Racecourse.

Q: What is your specialty? What will be your role at PBEC?

A: After 7 years of focusing on the thoroughbred racehorse my strengths are sports medicine, lameness diagnosis, and diagnostic imaging.

Q: When and why did you decide to become a vet?

A: I cannot remember when I decided to become a vet because there was never a time that I did not know that this is what I wanted to do.

Q: What is your experience with horses?

A: I think my history is very similar to all of us in the horse industry. The passion for horses is something we are born with. I was obsessed with horses and luckily I had an aunt who is a world champion APHA (American Paint Horse Association) rider and trainer. I took after her and showed western pleasure, along with trail riding in my family’s orange grove on our quarter horses.

Q: What are some of your other hobbies or interests?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and 3 dogs (Max, Tucker, and Lucy). I enjoy yoga.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about working at PBEC?

A: I am very excited about working with the diversity of breeds and disciplines that Palm Beach County can offer. I am also excited about working with such a large organization with doctors on staff with specialties other than my own, that I can learn from and broaden my practice of veterinary medicine.

Q: Who has been an influence in your life or career?

A: I must give credit to my first employer, Dr. Scott Bennett of Equine Services, PSC. Those first 3 years I spent in Kentucky, I learned what it really meant to be an equine veterinarian. Going days without sleep during foal season, traveling around the country to horse shows, rushing into emergency colic surgery, triaging emergencies. I was exposed to so many situations and he was an outstanding mentor.

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: What I love about my job most is problem solving, whether it be a difficult lameness or a fever of unknown origin, it is very rewarding to use my skill set and knowledge to figure it out. There is no better feeling than knowing you were able to help the client and the horse.

 Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. McAnly!