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Oaklawn Caps Successful Meet With Double-Digit Increases

Oaklawn’s 2014 live season concluded Saturday, April 12, with double-digit increases in total handle, average daily handle and average daily purse distribution. Despite racing three fewer days in 2014 compared to 2013, Oaklawn’s total handle increased 12% to $169,248,051. Average … Continue reading

Report: Los Alamitos Hoping to Gain Fairplex Park’s September Dates

Barretts Sales and Racing at the Los Angeles County Fair representatives are currently in discussions with officials at Los Alamitos to move the Fairplex racing dates to Los Alamitos later this year, according to an article in the Daily Racing … Continue reading

NTRA: Net Revenues Increased 10-Fold Last Fiscal Year

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Board of Directors today approved the association’s audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding January 31, 2014, which reflect net revenues of $667,477. The results continued a positive trend from the previous fiscal … Continue reading

Mitchell to Step Back From Operation, D’Amato Named Head Trainer

The stable of leading Southern Californian trainer Mike Mitchell will be restructured as of April 21 with his long-time assistant trainer Philip D’Amato taking over the reins as head trainer. Mike, who has been a mainstay on the Southern Californian … Continue reading

Array of Prominent Owners, Trainers Pledge to Make Veterinary Records Public

A large and growing number of prominent Thoroughbred owners and trainers have voluntarily pledged to make available to the public veterinary records of their horses competing in graded stakes races in the United States and Canada, The Jockey Club announced … Continue reading

Sky Racing World to Bring Australian and New Zealand Racing to North America

Sky Racing World, a subsidiary of Australia’s largest wagering operator, Tabcorp, has taken the reins for bringing Australian and New Zealand racing to the North American market. Sky Racing World holds the international rights for Australian and New Zealand thoroughbred, … Continue reading

Switzer: Use of 20th Century Drug Testing a ‘Disgrace’

A story published Wednesday on the Paulick Report detailed wide variances in drug testing standards, procedures and budgets across several states that conduct horse racing. In response to the story, we received the following response from David Switzer, executive director of … Continue reading

Illinois: New Gaming Amendment Would Scale Back Number of Slot Machines

Supporters of horse racing in Illinois have been pushing to have legislation to allow slot machines at racetracks for several years, to no avail. The latest expanded gambling proposals, which were revealed April 16, have drawn mixed reactions from racing … Continue reading

Australia: Federal Court Dismisses Appeal That Would Lift Ban on Artificial Insemination

The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal brought forward Bruce McHugh that would have lifted the Australian Jockey Club’s ban on artificial insemination. McHugh, the former chairman of the Sydney Turf Club and a Thoroughbred breeder, had filed … Continue reading

Delaware Approves New Drug Penalty Schedule Ahead of Meet

Just weeks ahead of Delaware Park’s May 11 meet, regulators approved new rules regarding medication administration in the state. The rules are in accordance with the uniform medication guidelines set up by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and the … Continue reading