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CHRB Reminder: Updated Medication Rules Go Into Effect Jan. 1

A reminder from the California Horse Racing Board went out to licensees on Friday, drawing attention to updated medication rules that will go into effect at the beginning of 2017. One of the largest changes is that the CHRB will no longer allow trainers serving medication violation-related suspensions to transfer horses to their assistants. “A […]

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A drone similar to this one was used to shoot aerial footage of horse racing in Ontario Friday.
Overhead Drones Videotape Racing For The First Time In North America Friday

For the first time in North America, drones were used to oversee a horse race from a new angle – above the horses’ heads. According to CBC News Toronto, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario organized test flights of drones Friday during qualifying runs for upcoming Standardbred races at the London-based Western Fair track, […]

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Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
Mountaineer’s 2016 Profits Drop Below Half Of 2014 Levels

The Eldorado Resorts, Inc. property Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort has seen its 2016 profits fall to below half of their 2014 levels, according to Third-quarter earnings this year stand at $4 million, as compared to $6.4 million in 2015 and $9.1 million in 2014 for the same period. Casinos in Ohio and Pennsylvania […]

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Immigration: Current And Upcoming Concerns Threaten Racing Industry’s Workforce

President-elect Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration could seriously threaten the size of the racing industry’s workforce, warns immigration attorney Will Velie in a Thoroughbred Racing Commentary report. Already, there are several states with strict backstretch licensing regulations which may showcase the issue that seems to be approaching the entire industry. In Arizona, for example, […]

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Outwork edges Trojan Nation in this year's Grade 1 Wood Memorial, a race downgraded to Grade 2 for 2017
TOBA Releases Changes To 2017 American Graded Stakes Schedule

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 30 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 790 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded […]

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Top: Artist rendering of renovated Randall 'Doc' James Racetrack.
Bottom: Artist rendering of renovated Clinton Phipps Racetrack
Virgin Islands: Senate Approves Plan To Revitalize Racing Industry

After a marathon legislative session that lasted over 15 hours, lawmakers in the Virgin Islands approved a franchise agreement meant to revitalize the horse racing industry on the islands. The Virgin Islands Consortium reports that the senate approved the proposal between Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s administration and VIGL Operations, LLC, which is worth an estimated $27 million. The […]

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Winter Closure Of Alameda County Fairgrounds Has Horsemen Heading To Golden Gate

Some Northern California horsemen are seeking new training facilities after it was announced that the Alameda County Agricultural Fair Association would close for the winter beginning Dec. 26. According to the Pleasanton Weekly, representatives from the fair association are set to meet Thursday with horsemen to discuss the closure and get feedback. The majority of the horses will be […]

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Historical racing terminals
Ellis Park Making Switch On Historic Racing To Exacta Systems

Exacta Systems announced today that it has reached an agreement with Ellis Park to provide the Henderson, Ky., racetrack with its Historic Horse Racing system and games. Ellis Park will close on Jan. 3, 2017 and will reopen on Jan. 6, 2017 with 179 new Exacta HHR terminals. Ellis Park will become the third racetrack operator […]

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Australia's Think Big Stud
Lime Country Thoroughbreds Relocating From New Zealand To Australia

In February 2017 boutique thoroughbred breeding, spelling and sales consignors Lime Country Thoroughbreds will relocate from their NZ property to the state-of-the-art Think Big Stud in Australia’s NSW Southern Highlands. Established in 2007 by Greg & Jo Griffin, Lime Country is a progressive thoroughbred enterprise that has emerged as one of New Zealand’s leading sales […]

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Trainer Ramon Preciado reached 1,000 career victories at Parx Racing in 2015
Two More Preciado Runners Disqualified At Parx Following Positive Tests For Clenbuterol

Two horses trained by Ramon Preciado have tested positive for clenbuterol and disqualified from second-place finishes at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania in September and October, bringing to 14 the total number of positive tests for the bronchodilator the trainer has accumulated since August 2015. According to stewards’ rulings at Parx dated Nov. 28, Hey Kiddo, […]

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