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Maria Borell, in her happier times, following the Breeders' Cup Sprint victory by Runhappy
Update: Horses’ Conditions ‘Worse Than Ever’ On Farm Leased By Maria Borell’s Father

Maria Borell – the former trainer of champion sprinter Runhappy – and her father Chuck Borell have left a trail of unpaid bills and neglected horses in Kentucky over the last four years, according to an article by longtime racing journalist Margaret Ransom at, a website affiliated with an offshore bookmaker in Costa Rica. […]

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‘Death By 1000 Cuts:’ West Virginia Legislature Adopts Further Purse Reductions

West Virginia legislators have dealt another blow to the horse racing industry, with purse funds taking another blow in the revised state budget, according to The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register. Purses across the state’s four racetracks (greyhound and Thoroughbred tracks) that totaled $14.1 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year have been reduced to $10 million for […]

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Racing’s Best Simulcast Award Deadline Is Aug. 11

OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award honoring the racing industry’s best simulcast production to be presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New Orleans, La. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, August 11. The International Simulcast Conference is co-sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations […]

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Del Mar Drops Overnight Purses ‘About 10 Percent’

For the second year in a row, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be decreasing its overnight purses, reports Vice president Tom Robbins noted that the decreases would be seen at “about 10 percent across the board.” Reasons for the reduction in purses boil down to the fact that, without slots or casino revenue, Del […]

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Racehorse Owners Association To Live Stream Annual Meeting

The Racehorse Owners Association is to stream its annual general meeting on the internet for the first time in order to allow all of its members to take part. The event, which is being held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge, London on Tuesday 28th June, will be streamed live on the ROA’s website. […]

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Virginia Equine Alliance Wins Approval For OTB In Richmond

The Virginia Racing Commission unanimously approved an application from the Virginia Equine Alliance this week to begin off-track betting at Breakers Sports Grille on West Broad Street in Richmond, Va. The OTB location will be the first new one to open since the shutdown of Colonial Downs in 2014, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. VEA officials […]

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‘New Era’ Of Racing Set To Begin At Renovated Albuquerque Downs

A new era will begin at Albuquerque Downs on Saturday, as the track opens its 60-date Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program and the first night racing in New Mexico in several decades. Post time for opening night’s first race is set for 6:05 p.m. (MDT). The featured ninth race, the 7-furlong, […]

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Fire hit the foothills northeast of Santa Anita Park earlier this week
‘We All Love The Horse’: Rival Transport Companies Work Together In Fire Zone Evacuation

When orders came earlier this week to evacuate areas of Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley that might be in the path of wildfires, there were concerns about how to move as many 200 horses in a very short time. That’s when two rival horse transportation companies put their heads together to work in collaboration to […]

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De Francis To Chair New HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council

The Humane Society of the United States announced the formation of a new group to target reform in the horse racing industry on Thursday. The HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council will focus on promoting higher standards for equine welfare throughout the sport. Joe De Francis, former CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, will chair the […]

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Report: Arlington Facing Tough Summer With Declining Handle

According to a report this week by the Daily Racing Form, Arlington Park could be looking at a rough season this year as all-sources handle is down 13 percent and out-of-state daily average handle sinking 18 percent from the same time last year. The track has cancelled two stakes races and reduced the purses on three […]

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