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Louisiana Race Fixing Case Latest Black Mark On Sport’s Integrity

If Billy Patin, Joseph Patin Jr. and LeSean Conyers are found guilty of attempting to fix a June 19 horse race at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, they should pay a heavy price, both in the criminal charges filed against them … Continue reading

Empire State: ‘Racing Makes More Sense’ But Challenges Lie Ahead

We’ve shown you how large purses and incentives in New York have changed the dynamics of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding industry and given farms a brighter outlook on the future. The impact of the new flow of cash is also … Continue reading

Carrico: Racing Needs To Reinvent ‘Losing Proposition’ Of Pari-Mutuel Betting

David E. Carrico spent more than 20 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry from 1983 through 2004, 16 years in track operations and five on the television/ADW side. I was intoxicated with Thoroughbred horse racing at an early age. So … Continue reading

Probe Into Cleveland Junkyard Owner With Mob Ties Includes Horse Racing Allegations

Prosecutors in Cleveland, Ohio, aren’t providing any details, but last week’s arrest of junkyard owner Carmine Agnello – said by one official to be a “made member of the Gambino crime family out of New York City” – allegedly involved drugging … Continue reading

Class 1 Finding From Indiana Audit Raises Questions About Testing Uniformity

When the Indiana Horse Racing Commission completed an audit of Truesdail Laboratories’ post-race testing performance, officials discovered missed overages for several substances, and one of them raised eyebrows a bit higher than the others. “I am surprised to see any … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Where Have All The Good Ones Gone?

Anyone who knows the sport of horse racing understands that it can be an unpredictable and unforgiving business. That’s become all too clear in 2015. The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years took racing fans to the highest of … Continue reading

Empire State: New York Breeders Make A Brand New Start Of It

When New York’s Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund was established in 1973, its goal was to expand the state’s green space by way of creating more horse farms. Take a drive Upstate, and you can see the results of that … Continue reading

‘Getting It Wrong’ On Labor Law Can Prove Costly For Horsemen

Trainer Steve Asmussen found himself in hot water at the end of June when the United States Department of Labor brought suit against him for the second time in three years. The department alleges Asmussen violated the Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading

Time For Arlington, Illinois Horsemen To Settle Differences

When I first started going to the races at Arlington Park in 1977, overnight purses averaged $77,000 a day. Doesn’t sound like much, but that’s over $300,000 in 2015 dollars after being adjusted for inflation. Purses rose steadily in the … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Zombies, Zebras, And Chicago Blues

We’ve seen in recent years how wildly the health of the horse racing industry can vary from state to state. Nowhere is that more evident right now than with neighboring jurisdictions in the Midwest. Illinois racing is going through one … Continue reading

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