Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
Registration Open For National HBPA Convention; Horsemen’s Relations, Aftercare Among Topics

Racetracks developing strong relations with their horsemen is good for business. So is the sport’s stake-holders investing in thoroughbred retirement. Those are two panel discussions during what promises to be a lively and informative National HBPA Convention March 7-10 at Las Vegas’ South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa. The Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association is […]

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Development of detection methods for some drugs can be extremely difficult for testing laboratories
Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. These differences often can be stark. In […]

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Haslett: American Influence Important As Australia’s 2-Year-Old Season Begins

In a week in which a colt sired by American stallion More Than Ready was the most expensive horse sold at Australia’s renowned Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Gold Coast, the city also hosted the first major race of the country’s two-year-old season, the Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic. The filly who won the $2 AUD […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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Both Fair Grounds and Delta Downs had two-horse races earlier this month, due to quarantine-related scratches
Louisiana: For Some Barns, Fair Grounds EHV-1 Quarantine Could Be Lifted By Saturday

Fair Grounds & the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture issued the following update Thursday, Jan. 19: The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has issued an addendum to the incident plan regarding the EHV-1 outbreak on the backstretch at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots All barns continue to have enhanced biosecurity measures and twice daily monitoring of […]

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First Foal Arrives For Track Record-Setter Sky Kingdom

Darby Dan Farm’s Sky Kingdom, the multiple graded stakes-winning and track record-setting son of Empire Maker, sired his first reported foal late Saturday, Jan 14th when a filly was born at Ann Marie Farm in Paris, KY. Bred by Ron Patterson, the filly is out of the Danzig mare Bushra, a full sister to multiple […]

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Renata from Alaska is a recent adopter from Second Stride (Photo by Stefanie Cook)
Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Second Stride And Good Retirement Planning

The Greater Louisville-based aftercare organization Second Stride had a banner year in 2016, adopting out 147 horses – more than any other year since the group’s inception in 2005. That number includes the typical younger geldings and fillies/mares retired from racing and sent directly to the organization for retraining and placement. It also includes colts […]

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Eclipse Awards To Be Televised Live On TVG2 Saturday Night

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers And Broadcasters and Daily Racing Form announced today that the 46th annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, honoring Thoroughbred racing’s champions of 2016, will be televised live on TVG2 and also streamed on multiple outlets this Saturday, January 21, beginning at 8 p.m. ET from the Sport of Kings […]

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Breaking Lucky ‘Perfect’ In Tune-Up For Pegasus World Cup

Breaking Lucky breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Wednesday morning at Palm Beach Downs in preparation for a start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28. The breeze was his fifth since Dec. 19 and his final official workout prior to his scheduled start in the 1 1/8-mile […]

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Cathy Schroeder celebrates with jockey Kent Desormeaux in the winner's circle after Blue Tone's victory in the San Gabriel Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘A Kiss On Each Cheek’

When 8-year-old Blue Tone crossed the wire first in the G3 San Gabriel Stakes, there was not a single person in the grandstand cheering louder than Cathy Schroeder. She and her husband, Paul, race under the banner of Schroeder Farm, and Blue Tone had just become their first graded stakes winner. “For him to be […]

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