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Pari-mutuel wagering on daily fantasy sports is coming to Colorado
Colorado Commission Approves Fantasy Sports Contests At Nine Locations

Mile High Racing & Entertainment (MHRE) announced today that the Colorado Racing Commission has approved the activity allowing MHRE to offer fantasy sports contests in nine Colorado locations. Operating as Mile High Fantasy Sports, the contests will include professional football, basketball, hockey, baseball and other daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. Las Vegas based USFantasy Sports […]

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Stradivari (Medaglia d'Oro) seen training for the Belmont Stakes
Stradivari, After Complications While Recovering From Surgery, Euthanized

Officials at Ashford Stud in Kentucky have confirmed that the talented 3-year-old colt Stradivari, who suffered a career-ending injury while training at Saratoga this summer, was euthanized after taking a turn for the worse following surgery to repair a fracture in his right foreleg. The son of Medaglia d’Oro out of Bending Strings, by American […]

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Britain: Officials Launch Investigation After Jockey Accused Of Swapping Urine Samples

The British Horseracing Authority has launched an investigation after the Kempton stewards reported Graham Gibbons to have swapped a urine sample with that of another jockey on Wednesday evening. Gibbons had one ride on the card and was asked to provide the sample after finishing sixth on Button Up in the second division of a […]

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Congress To Pass Spending Bill To Fund Government; Doesn’t Include H-2B Exemption

The following update is from the American Horse Council: This week Congress set to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funding for the government until April 28, 2017. The CR is an extension of last year’s omnibus appropriations bill that originally expired September 30, but was extended to December 9th. Congress normally should debate and […]

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Promising juvenile Mastery and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook have given Dobson plenty to cheer about lately
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Sports Junkie’ Dobson Enjoys Ride With Mastery, Thunder

When asked how he got into the Thoroughbred industry two decades ago, Everett Dobson gives the simplest of answers. “I bought a racehorse.” Things have gotten considerably more complex since then. The Oklahoma native purchased quite a few more racehorses, then a farm, then started a breeding operation. He also bought a top-class golf course […]

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Report: Ryan Champion Pleads Guilty In Murder Of Family, Accomplice

Ryan Champion, who was charged with four counts of murder and one count of kidnapping in the 2014 murders of his family and an accomplice, entered guilty pleas on all charges in a court appearance Dec. 8. WKDZ Radio reports that Champion, 38, appeared before Judge C.A. Woodall in Trigg County Circuit Court Thursday morning. Champion was charged […]

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Mobile Platforms, Wagering Talk Dominate Final Day Of Symposium On Racing And Gaming

Two days of presentations of new ideas in racing wrapped up on Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., as the 43rd annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming concluded. The event is sponsored by the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. Innovation was showcased as speakers representing a variety of perspectives discussed how horse […]

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John Ortiz saddled first career winner at Turfway Park
Red Charm Gives Trainer Ortiz First Career Victory

John A. Ortiz earned his first career training win Wednesday when Julie Burke guided Red Charm to victory in the fifth race at Turfway Park. Born Feb. 24, 1986, in Colombia, Ortiz was toddling around the racetrack at the age of two, cheering on his father, jockey Carlos Ortiz. The top apprentice rider in Colombia, […]

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Dr. Maryjean Wall and Jim McKay, elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Wall, McKay Elected To Joe Hirsch Media Roll Of Honor At National Museum Of Racing

Esteemed media members Dr. Maryjean Wall and the late Jim McKay have been elected to the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Wall, a three-time Eclipse Award winner and the first woman to be accepted to the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association, grew up in […]

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Texas Red
BC Juvenile Champ Texas Red Retired From Racing

Texas Red, winner of the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2014, has been retired from racing. The Blood-Horse reports that stud plans are still being finalized for the 4-year-old son of Afleet Alex, who raced for the partnership of Erich Brehm, Wayne Detmar, Gene Voss, Lee Michaels, and Keith Desormeaux, who also trained the colt. In addition to […]

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