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Brockton Fairgrounds Vying for Suffolk Thoroughbred Dates

Brockton Fairgrounds owners told the Daily Racing Form on Thursday that they may take over the Thoroughbred dates left vacant by the imminent closure of Suffolk Downs. Christopher Carney, whose family owns Brockton, said the facility got a $4 million overhaul in … Continue reading

Santa Anita Brings Back Showvivor Betting Contest

Santa Anita Park will again offer its popular free online “Showvivor,” contest throughout its upcoming 23-day Autumn Meet, which opens on Friday, Sept. 26. “Showvivor” requires participants to select one horse from one race per racing day, and that horse … Continue reading

Churchill Downs Announces Oktoberfest-Themed Downs After Dark

Churchill Downs will transform its spacious 30,000-square-foot Plaza into Louisville’s largest beer garden on Friday night (Sept. 19) to celebrate Oktoberfest in true Bavarian style as “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester” returns to the historic … Continue reading

‘We Want to Send a Message’: Oaklawn to Offer Purse Bonuses for Lasix-Free Winners

Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, announced today that the Arkansas track in 2015 will become the first in America to offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without Lasix. The Oaklawn Lasix-free Bonus program … Continue reading

Jockey Club: EIPH Study Supports Call for Race-Day Medication Ban

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club believes that horses should compete only when they are free from the influence of medication. The following essay, written by Matt Iuliano, the executive vice president and executive director of The Jockey Club, provides insights … Continue reading

EquiLottery to Present at Meeting of California Horse Racing Board

On the heels of successful public presentations in Kentucky, New York, and New Mexico, EquiLottery President and CEO Brad Cummings will be presenting this new lottery game based on the results of live horse races to the California Horse Racing … Continue reading

Texas: Charitable Bingo Groups File Lawsuit to Stop Instant Racing

In an effort to prevent recently authorized legislation that will allow Instant Racing in the state, a coalition of groups that benefit from charitable bingo have filed a lawsuit against the Texas Racing Commission. According to an article in the … Continue reading

New Jersey Racing Commission Approves Uniform Medication Rules

In a meeting held Sept. 17, the New Jersey Racing Commission adopted a uniform medication policy, which include new penalties that will be administered when dealing with repeat offenders. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the new … Continue reading

Suffolk Downs: Live Racing to Cease Sept. 29

At a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs, stated that Sept. 29 would be the last day of live horse racing at the racetrack. Simulcasting is set to end sometime in December, at … Continue reading

Oliver: Training Methods, Genetics Key to Lasix Issue?

As the debate over the use of furosemide (Lasix) in horse racing continues, the fact remains that the medication continues to be prohibited on race days in every country, except in the United States and Canada. In an article for … Continue reading