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‘Disappointing’: Congress Poised To Sign Spending Bill – Without H-2B Visa Provision

Congress appears poised to sign an emergency spending bill that would keep the government funded through April without a provision that would renew an exemption to the H-2B visa cap. McClatchy DC reports that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated. […]

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Uniform Rules, National Replay Review Board Among Variety Of Topics Discussed During ROAP Conference

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) Conference on Officiating Horse Racing concluded yesterday in Tucson, Az. in conjunction with the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The day long conference attracted more than 75 participants including stewards, racing officials, regulators and industry professionals. The morning session […]

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American Pharoah Portrait To Benefit Georgia Horse Racing Coalition

The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition unveiled today a portrait of the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, painted by award-winning Georgia artist Len Jagoda. “Selecting Len, a Georgia artist well known for his equine portraitures of important race horses, for this project was an easy decision. We […]

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Ellis Park Joins Kentucky Downs In Using Sportech Racing As Tote Service Provider

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC announced that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services. This agreement follows another new tote services contract signed earlier this year with Kentucky Downs. Sportech began providing totalisator services to Kentucky Downs just before commencement of […]

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Australia: ‘Ice’ Positive Confirmed, Chief Steward Hopes To Increase Industry Worker Testing

Australian trainer Chris Waller, who oversees the training of popular racemare Winx, had a different horse in his stable, recently revealed as the maiden Betcha Thinking, test positive for methamphetamine on Oct. 5. On Tuesday, official racing laboratories Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Services Limited both confirmed the presence of “ice” and its […]

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New York: Maker Fined $3,000 For ‘Claiming Jail’ Violations

Trainer Michael Maker claimed a pair of horses at Aqueduct Racetrack in early November, and reportedly violated regulation 4038.4 of the New York State Gaming Commission when he started them in the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park last weekend, according to the state’s rulings database. In New York, claimed horses are not allowed to race […]

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ARCI Industry Survey: 68 Percent Of Stakeholders Support Central Rule-Making Authority

The results of twenty-eight focus groups and an in-depth survey of a industry stakeholders, completed in 2016 by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, revealed widespread support for the creation of a centralized rule making entity accountable to the existing racing commissions reorganized into a multi-jurisdictional entity (interstate compact). With input from approximately 3,000 people, […]

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Gagliano: Multiple Medication Violation Penalty Changes ‘A Step In The Wrong Direction’

A recently published report about proposed changes to the Multiple Medication Violation (MMV) Penalty System, in which Frank Angst suggests that “an updated MMV would significantly reduce its bite,” drew the following response from The Jockey Club president and CEO James Gagliano on Tuesday: “In the wake of a recently published report about prospective changes […]

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Virginia: Business Brisk At New Richmond OTB

Representatives of the Virginia Equine Alliance report that business has been strong during the first month of operation at the state’s first Off-Track Betting (OTB) parlor. The Virginia Thoroughbred Association reports that the new OTB, which opened Nov. 2 inside Breakers Sports Grille in Richmond. Total handle for the first month was $1,067,087 (including Breeders’ Cup […]

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Laurel Park: G2 Barbara Fritchie Stakes Headlines Lucrative Winter Stakes Schedule

A schedule of 22 stakes worth $2.2 million in purses will be offered during Laurel Park’s upcoming winter meet, highlighted by the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) and $250,000 General George (G3) on Saturday, Feb. 18. Laurel Park’s 56-day winter meet at their updated and renovated facility runs Sunday, Jan. 1 through Sunday, May 7. The […]

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