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The Whoa Cuomo banner will fly over Saratoga prior to Saturday's Travers Stakes
‘Whoa Cuomo’: Travers Airplane Banner Latest Push For New York Racing Group

The following press release was issued Thursday concerning the movement to end government control of Thoroughbred racing in the state of New York: The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing has secured a banner that reads “Whoa Cuomo” to be flown over the Saratoga Race Course, on Saturday, August 27, as a crowd of 50,000 gathers […]

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Maryland State Fair meet at Timonium
Maryland State Fair Meet Opens At Timonium Aug. 26

Bolstered by increased purses and a new trainer bonus program, live racing shifts to Timonium Race Course for the annual Maryland State Fair meet which opens Friday, Aug. 26. The Maryland Jockey Club will simulcast all of Timonium’s races as well as races throughout North America at its OTB facilities at Timonium Race Course, the […]

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Santa Anita Park racing
Auerbach: Trainer ‘Profiling’ A Way To Investigate Medication Violations

At a recent meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, member Madeline Auerbach suggested that as a way to increase vigilance with regards to preventing drug violations, investigators could employ a type of trainer “profiling”. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, one of several items discussed during the meeting were increasing scrutiny on trainers in […]

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Paying The Price: BHA Fines Godolphin Over Sponsorship Flap

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has fined Godolphin £15,000 for breaching the sponsorship rules when the filly Skiffle ran in the Group 1 Investec Oaks June 3. The Racing Post reports that the BHA’s disciplinary panel found that Godolphin had “flouted” an exclusivity arrangement with race sponsor Investec after Godolphin’s John Ferguson had jockey William Buick remove tape that a […]

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Breaking from the gate at Oaklawn Park
Oaklawn Park’s 2017 Meet To Feature Record Purses

Oaklawn Park will open for the 2017 live meet with record purses that include Maiden Special Weights at $72,000 and Open Allowance Races as high as $80,000. The 2017 season will mark the ninth consecutive season the Hot Springs track has opened with purses higher than the previous year. Maiden Special Weight purses, which have […]

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Santa Anita
Santa Anita Stable Area To Reopen Sept. 2; Renovated Main Track To Open Following Day

Closed since mid-July, Santa Anita’s stable area will re-open on Friday, Sept. 2, as horsemen prepare for the track’s 2016 Autumn Meet opener on Sept. 30. With Santa Anita set to host the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, stall space will be at a premium […]

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California: Dates Agreement Finally Reached Between Tracks, TOC

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and the Southern California tracks have hammered out an agreement on a three-year calendar that would provide year-round racing. The Blood-Horse reports that this latest schedule will be brought before a full meeting of the California Horse Racing Board Aug. 25, with a recommendation for approval. According to the Blood-Horse, the new calendar for 2017-2019 has […]

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California Chrome, shown winning the Pacific Classic. The 5-year-old chestnut's owners have already declared that they will be chasing the Pegasus' $12 million prize come January.
Pegasus World Cup May Make Early Retirement Of Top Horses Less Lucrative

One of the major complaints that the sport of horse racing has encountered from would-be fans is that the top stars are never around for very long. Just last year, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah retired after his 3-year-old season, moving straight to the breeding shed. According to the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, the advent of […]

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‘A Tremendous Impact’: Historical Horse Racing Fuels Record Purses At KY Downs

Historical horse racing is creating historic purses at Kentucky Downs — not just in Kentucky but in America. More than $15 million has gone into purses paid to owners running their thoroughbreds at Kentucky Downs the past four years as a direct result of the track’s 2011 installation of historical horse racing. And that’s not […]

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Runhappy with Maria Borell after victory in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Borell Attorney In McIngvale Suit Withdraws, Citing Communication Difficulties

The Getty Law Group, which previously represented embattled former Runhappy trainer Maria Borell, has withdrawn as counsel for Borell in her lawsuit against Runhappy owner Gallery Racing and James McIngvale. According to court documents, the lawyers had sent “numerous emails, letters, and voicemail messages” to Borell, seeking to update her on the case, and particularly […]

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