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Nyquist takes the lead the first time past the stands in the 2016 Preakness at Pimlico.
Pimlico Renovation Priced At $300 Million, Would Require ‘Huge Public Commitment’

The Maryland Stadium Authority released a study Friday afternoon pricing the cost of renovating Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course at $300 million. Maryland is interested in pursuing “public-private partnerships” in order to modernize the home of the state’s largest sporting event, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I am very optimistic about the report,” said Baltimore Mayor […]

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CHRB: Racing Secretaries To Be Allowed To Write Medication-Based Conditions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 23, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance.   The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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Small Barn Fire At Belmont Park Causes No Injuries

A small barn fire at Belmont Park caused no injuries on Thursday evening, according to the Daily Racing Form. Inside a tack room in a barn mostly occupied by Michelle Nevin trainees, an electric heater was the source of the fire. Equipment had been placed too close to the heater, which sparked the fire, reported […]

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Gural’s Allerage Farm Sued By Former Employee Alleging Discrimination

Allerage Farm, the breeding operation belonging to Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural, has been named in a civil suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 16. Laura Burke claims she was fired several days into maternity leave from her work at Allerage, where she performed daily care of horses […]

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‘Galloping Toward A Crisis’? Immigration Crackdown Has Racing Industry Worried

Tightening immigration policies and the recent increase of raids by immigration agents are threatening to lead to a major manpower shortage throughout the U.S. horse racing industry. As Daniel Ross writes in The Guardian, the racing industry – from horse farms to racetrack backstretches – “could be galloping towards a crisis” since it is “heavily reliant upon […]

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Donations Still Needed to Fund American Horse Council Economic Impact Study

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) has been working hard to secure pledges and funding necessary to update the National Economic Impact study, and would like express our sincere appreciation for all of those organizations and individuals that have generously contributed so far! However, we are still $150,000 short of our goal, and we need […]

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Get In The Game: Prairie Meadows Offering Memberships To New Racing Club

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel returns this racing season with an exciting behind-the-scenes look at thoroughbred ownership. The property is introducing the all-new Prairie Meadows Racing Club I (“Club”). The Club provides its members a low risk pathway to becoming a racehorse owner. The Club is a low-cost, social and educational glimpse into the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Announces Merchandising Deal With Upper Right Marketing

The Breeders’ Cup and Upper Right Marketing today announced a multi-year agreement which makes Upper Right the exclusive Breeders’ Cup online and general retail operator for all branded apparel and merchandise for Thoroughbred racing’s World Championships event. Coinciding with today’s announcement, Breeders’ Cup has re-launched its online store http://www.BreedersCupShop.com with updated branded merchandise and an […]

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Kentucky Rescinds Dextrorphan Positives, But No Victory For Proponents Of Environmental Contamination

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission agreed earlier this year to rescind three recent violations related to overages of dextrorphan, a metabolite of dextromethorphan. However, according to Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, the dismissal shouldn’t be seen as a victory by horsemen and veterinarians concerned about environmental contamination. The three findings were […]

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Nyquist takes the lead the first time past the stands in the 2016 Preakness at Pimlico.
Maryland: Budget Shortfall Nixes Bill That Would Create Equine Medical Director Position

Supporters of a bill that would create a position of equine medical director in Maryland will have to wait another day after the proposal was withdrawn due to an impending budget shortfall. The Racing Biz reports that the bill, which had the support of the Maryland Jockey Club, in addition to the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and […]

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