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Finger Lakes HBPA Launches Ad Campaign Requesting Assistance From Lago Casino

The Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has begun a statewide ad campaign this week, aimed at encouraging state officials to protect the racetrack’s purses as they face intense competition from the new Del Lago Casino under construction nearby, according to the TimesUnion. While the Tioga Downs harness track, 129 miles away, is set […]

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Battle of the Surfaces at Canterbury Park in Minnesota
Canterbury Park: Wagering Jumps On Track’s Opening Weekend

Wagering on Canterbury Park’s opening weekend races increased by 31 percent compared to 2015, racetrack officials announced today. The increase is largely attributed to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack reducing its takeout, the amount withheld from each wager, to the lowest level in the U.S. Canterbury conducted 25 races Friday through Sunday, handling a total of […]

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Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing Rejects Cuomo’s NYRA Re-Privatization Plan

The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing rejects a re-privatization plan now being circulated by Governor Cuomo that seeks to retain public control of NYRA and to unilaterally transfer funds legally designated for our state’s Thoroughbred racing industry into the state’s general fund. The Governor’s proposal will: · Allow the Governor to appoint one-third of the […]

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Exaggerator's victory in the 2016 Preakness was watched by more than nine million viewers on NBC
Viewership Of NBC’s Preakness Telecast Up 6 Percent

Exaggerator’s muddy run to victory in Saturday’s 141st Preakness Stakes on NBC averaged 9.4 million viewers – up 6 percent from Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah’s first-place finish at Pimlico last year (8.9 million viewers), according to official national data provided today by the Nielsen Company. NBC’s average of 9.4 million viewers also marked the third time in four […]

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Dr. Terence Wan at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Racing Lab
HKJC’s Racing Laboratory Making Significant Strides In Developing New Drug Testing Techniques

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s world-class Racing Laboratory has made significant strides in the development of new doping control techniques. “The efficacy of conventional drug testing is diminishing over time, and the Club is making significant progress towards a new way of equine doping control through our biomarkers project,” said Dr. Terence Wan, the Club’s […]

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A record-setting crowd watches Nyquist take the lead the first time past the stands at Pimlico.
Sinatra: ‘As Long As This Place Is Open The Preakness Will Be Here’

In direct contrast to recent talk about moving the Preakness away from Maryland’s iconic, though outdated, Pimlico Racecourse was the fan and gambling response the this year’s event: both attendance and handle records fell on Saturday, and new records were also set on the event’s precursor, Black-Eyed Susan day on Friday. Rick Bozich of WDRB […]

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Racing at Royal Ascot
NBC Sports Group To Broadcast Royal Ascot Beginning In 2017

NBC Sports Group has reached a multi-year agreement for exclusive United States media rights to the Royal Meeting in Ascot, Berkshire, England – one of the most prestigious horse racing meets in the world – beginning in 2017. NBCSN will present live coverage of the mid-June event for five consecutive days (Tuesday-Saturday) for at least […]

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A record-setting crowd watches Nyquist take the lead the first time past the stands at Pimlico.
Triple Crown Attempt Denied In 2016: Will ‘Pharoah Effect’ Last?

In 2015, American Pharoah was heralded as the “savior” of the horse-racing industry after his striking Triple Crown-capturing victory in the Belmont Stakes. Ending the 37-year drought between winners of the elusive three races, the colt drew new fans into the sport and recaptured the imagination of its old fans. “Spurred by American Pharoah,” writes […]

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Despite Rainfall, Attendance And Handle Records Fall At 2016 Preakness

Though the weather was predicted to be cool and rainy throughout the racing day on Saturday, Pimlico officials have announced that the racetrack set both attendance and handle records as Exaggerator cruised home the 3 1/2-length winner of the 2016 Preakness. A total of 135,256 people were in the stands to see Nyquist’s undefeated record […]

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Racing at Penn National
Pennsylvania HBPA Director Defends State’s ‘Healthy’ Horse Racing Industry

In a letter to the editor published on, Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Todd Mostoller vigorously defended his state’s horse racing industry. “Despite recent stories from Pennlive about Penn National Race Course,” wrote Mostoller, “horse racing at the East Hanover Twp. facility – and the industry in general – reveal a sport […]

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