StableLab’s Breakthrough Blood Test: Trusted by California Chrome’s Veterinarian to Assess Equine Disease During Triple Crown Bid

StableLab, developers of a breakthrough equine blood test that definitively responds to infectious disease, announces that California Chrome’s veterinary team used StableLab testing to assess systemic disease in the horse during the Triple Crown series.

Credit: Courtesy StableLab StableLab works by detecting and measuring Serum Amyloid A (SAA), a major acute phase protein. undefined

StableLab is the clearest and earliest indicator of equine infections and is used at the horse’s side to take blood and generate results within minutes. This convenient, hand-held reader tests for a new biomarker with lab-accurate readings enabling better management of the horse’s health before, during and after competition.

“California Chrome had a tiny ulcer on his soft palate,” said lead veterinarian Kevin Dunlavy, DVM. “Before the Preakness and after the Kentucky Derby, we utilized the StableLab blood test to assess his health. The test showed that he had no other systemic diseases, and we were assured that everything was normal for the champ.”

StableLab works by detecting and measuring Serum Amyloid A (SAA), a major acute phase protein. What makes this biomarker particularly useful in horses is that it responds quickly and aggressively to infections, but not to non-infectious conditions–a discovery made and patented by StableLab.

StableLab was introduced in the United States at the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention in December 2013, with endorsement from two of the U.S.’s largest equine hospitals: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. StableLab has also worked with WinStar Farm in Kentucky on the use of SAA for disease screening in foals.

Heinrich Anhold, PhD, founder and CEO of StableLab, added, “We have followed California Chrome’s journey through his Triple Crown bid with great enthusiasm. He’s a racing phenomenon, and we were delighted that Dr. Dunlavy relied on StableLab to determine if he was in good health before his Preakness win. We see it as a win for StableLab also because this is exactly what we developed the test to do: Enable veterinarians to test blood in the field–anywhere, anytime–and determine the best course of intervention with the best information, right then and there.

StableLab’s equine blood test detects and measures Serum Amyloid A (SAA), a major acute phase protein, delivering lab-accurate results at the horse’s side, enabling veterinarians to detect infections and monitors progress even before the horse shows any physical symptoms. This convenient, hand-held test offers simple Yes or No readings that can be stored and compared against treatment for better management and understanding of the equine health. For more information visit

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