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Kentucky Horse Park
Report: Bevin Overhauls Kentucky Horse Park Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has abolished the existing Kentucky Horse Park Commission and replaced it with a new one. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Bevin has appointed a new commission, which will join the chairwoman and two members he appointed in March. One of the people ousted from the board was former Kentucky first lady, Jane […]

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GlobalSymposiumon Racing and Gaming
Global Symposium On Racing: Innovators’ Circle Returns For 2016

Horse racing’s first pitch contest, giving entrepreneurs a chance to bring change and innovation to the horse racing industry, is returning for another year. In 2015, the winner of the Innovators’ Circle competition won $15,000 and the contest’s finalists earned significant exposure and access to the executives in horse racing. Founding sponsors BAM Software Services […]

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Hendrickson: Cuomo ‘Most Anti-Racing Governor In New York History’?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s adviser to the New York Racing Association has taken exception to the governor’s reported privatization plan for NYRA that would eliminate slots revenue for capital improvements at Saratoga and other New York racetracks. John Hendrickson, husband of longtime New York racing supporter Marylou Whitney, told the Saratogian that “it’s hard to be […]

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Finger Lakes
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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