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Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves … Continue reading


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Churchill Downs Adds Its Own Spin to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Churchill Downs Adds Its Own Spin to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

2014-08-22

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping across the country, with everyone from your next-door neighbor to the cast of The Avengers taking part. The ALS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness of ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s … Continue reading

Hora Partida: NYRA First Out of Gate With Spanish Announcer

Hora Partida: NYRA First Out of Gate With Spanish Announcer

2014-08-21

While New York Racing Association announcer Tom Durkin’s voice boomed loudest over the speakers at Saratoga this meet, Luis Grandison was also calling the races for a sizable audience, though his was not in the grandstand. Grandison, 57, is the … Continue reading

Del Mar, Breeders’ Cup Employees Douse in Ice Water for Charity

Del Mar, Breeders’ Cup Employees Douse in Ice Water for Charity

2014-08-18

Employees doused Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel with buckets of ice water on Monday, marking their participation in the now-popular ALS ice bucket challenge. The action was in response to Del Mar employees taking on the challenge over … Continue reading

Strategy, Opportunity, Hospitality: Arlington Stakes’ Draw Goes Beyond Cash

Strategy, Opportunity, Hospitality: Arlington Stakes’ Draw Goes Beyond Cash

2014-08-16

Arlington Park’s Million, Secretariat, and Beverly D Stakes are known for attracting top turf horses from across the country and the world—but Breeders’ Cup hopefuls have a number of choices about where they make their preparations. For many Europeans and … Continue reading

Video: Lending a Paw to Saratoga’s Herd of Felines

Video: Lending a Paw to Saratoga’s Herd of Felines

2014-08-13

Although they get the most attention, the horses aren’t the only four-legged inhabitants of the Saratoga backstretch. The track’s barns and sheds are frequented by cats who serve as rodent monitors, shedrow greeters, and assistant trainers. Some of them, like Rusty … Continue reading

Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Sam the Music Man

Breeders’ Cup presents Pop Quiz: Sam the Music Man

Sam Grossman has been the track bugler at New York’s racetracks since 1993. He not only plays Call to the Post before each race but also circulates, entertaining track patrons, and playing requests 250 race days per year. Grossman’s musical … Continue reading

Hall of Fame Inductions: ‘This is a Sport for Dreamers’

Hall of Fame Inductions: ‘This is a Sport for Dreamers’

2014-08-08

Two Thoroughbreds, a jockey, and a trainer were inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame at a Friday morning ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Curlin, Ashado, Alexis Solis, and Gary Jones were among the contemporary entrants, while … Continue reading



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