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Harness Study on Cobalt Could Muddy the Waters for Regulation

As regulators continue the process of establishing a testing threshold for cobalt, a recent study from the harness racing industry may have muddied the waters. A release from the United States Trotting Association stated that the study, which has yet … Continue reading

Virginia Horsemen Call Meeting Amid Rumors of New Horsemen’s Group

The power struggle in Virginia’s Thoroughbred industry continued this week, as the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association called a meeting for Oct. 8 amid rumors that a new horsemen’s group has been organized. Colonial Downs and the horsemen have … Continue reading

Keeneland’s New Dirt Track Drawing Positive Reviews

Keeneland Race Course kicks off its fall meet on Oct. 3 with a weekend loaded with graded stakes action. In addition to such top horses such as Horse of the Year Wise Dan and top older female Close Hatches scheduled … Continue reading

Louisiana Horsemen Raise Concern Over Purse Structure at Fair Grounds

Representatives of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association have asked the Fair Grounds to reconsider the purse structure for its upcoming 2014-15 race meet. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the Louisiana HBPA voiced its concern … Continue reading

Record Purse Money Projected for National Handicapping Championship

A record purse is projected for the 2015 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship and NHC Tour, according to NTRA senior vice president Keith Chamblin. Nearly $2.5 million will be up for grabs, Chamblin said during a … Continue reading

Churchill, Kentucky Downs Asked to Compromise on Dates by Oct. 14

After airing their disagreements about 2015 race date scheduling at Tuesday’s Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting, officials from Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, and Ellis Park were told to reach a compromise by Oct. 14, when the commission’s next meeting is scheduled. According … Continue reading

Hawthorne Debuts Jackpot Pick 6 at Upcoming Meet

When live racing returns on Friday, October 3, new wagers, and wagering minimums will be offered for many of the wagers at Hawthorne Race Course. Hawthorne opens the fall thoroughbred meet on Friday with a 1:45 p.m. post. With real … Continue reading

Portion of Palm Meadows Training Center Property Sold

Part of the Palm Meadows Training Center, one of the top Thoroughbred training facilities in Florida, has been sold to Standard Pacific Corp., a national homebuilding company. The South Florida Business Journal reports that the land, which includes a vacant … Continue reading

Paulick Report, Joe Clancy Earn Nominations for Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated two stories for the 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award, a month before the publication deadline for candidates to be considered. Ray Paulick’s piece on the impetus for new rules to combat cheating at Ruidoso Downs … Continue reading

Back to Court: Suit Filed to Stop Sports Betting in New Jersey

People wanting to place a wager on professional or college sports while at the racetrack or a casino in New Jersey will have to wait a bit longer to do so. The Associated Press reports that the four professional sports … Continue reading