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Illinois Racing Board Seeks To Add Budget Surplus To Purses

Illinois purse accounts could get more than a $1-million boost if legislators approve a bill filed Nov. 29 permitting the Illinois Racing Board to allocate excess operational funds for promotion. Senate Bill 3456, filed by Sen. Donne Trotter and co-sponsored by Sen. Pamela Althoff, amends an appropriations act by inserting the words “and promotion” to […]

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Racing at Gulfstream Park
Claiming Crown Handle Rises To Record $11 Million At Gulfstream

Gulfstream Park’s total handle on Saturday’s Opening Day program for the Championship Meet, highlighted by the 18th edition of the Claiming Crown, was a record $11.115 million. The previous record Claiming Crown handle of $10.362 million was set last year, also on Gulfstream’s Opening Day program. Handle has risen all five years that Gulfstream has […]

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Retired jockey Johnny Murtagh (video still)
Addiction In Jockeys: ‘There Was Always Something Missing In My Life’

Earlier this week, the Professional Jockeys Association released the latest of its “Jockey Matters” film series entitled “Addiction and Recovery,” an effort to encourage jockeys struggling with alcoholism or other forms of addiction to seek help. The video features retired jockey Johnny Murtagh, a three-time Derby winner, speaking at length about his own battle with […]

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Breeders' Cup reported increased attendance over the 2014 edition, also held at Santa Anita
Economic Indicators: Comparative Figures Show Declines In Wagering, Purses

A November Breeders’ Cup in 2016 has made pari-mutuel handle and purse comparisons difficult, as Breeders’ Cup was held in October last year. By combining the pari-mutuel handle and purse dollars for both October and November, the comparative numbers paint a much clearer picture. Over the course of October and November, wagering on U.S. races […]

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CHRB Reminder: Updated Medication Rules Go Into Effect Jan. 1

A reminder from the California Horse Racing Board went out to licensees on Friday, drawing attention to updated medication rules that will go into effect at the beginning of 2017. One of the largest changes is that the CHRB will no longer allow trainers serving medication violation-related suspensions to transfer horses to their assistants. “A […]

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A drone similar to this one was used to shoot aerial footage of horse racing in Ontario Friday.
Overhead Drones Videotape Racing For The First Time In North America Friday

For the first time in North America, drones were used by a regulatory agency to oversee a horse race from a new angle – above the horses’ heads. According to CBC News Toronto, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario organized test flights of drones Friday during qualifying runs for upcoming Standardbred races at the […]

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Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort
Mountaineer’s 2016 Profits Drop Below Half Of 2014 Levels

The Eldorado Resorts, Inc. property Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort has seen its 2016 profits fall to below half of their 2014 levels, according to Third-quarter earnings this year stand at $4 million, as compared to $6.4 million in 2015 and $9.1 million in 2014 for the same period. Casinos in Ohio and Pennsylvania […]

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Immigration: Current And Upcoming Concerns Threaten Racing Industry’s Workforce

President-elect Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration could seriously threaten the size of the racing industry’s workforce, warns immigration attorney Will Velie in a Thoroughbred Racing Commentary report. Already, there are several states with strict backstretch licensing regulations which may showcase the issue that seems to be approaching the entire industry. In Arizona, for example, […]

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Outwork edges Trojan Nation in this year's Grade 1 Wood Memorial, a race downgraded to Grade 2 for 2017
TOBA Releases Changes To 2017 American Graded Stakes Schedule

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2017, the results of its annual grading session conducted Nov. 30 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 790 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded […]

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Top: Artist rendering of renovated Randall 'Doc' James Racetrack.
Bottom: Artist rendering of renovated Clinton Phipps Racetrack
Virgin Islands: Senate Approves Plan To Revitalize Racing Industry

After a marathon legislative session that lasted over 15 hours, lawmakers in the Virgin Islands approved a franchise agreement meant to revitalize the horse racing industry on the islands. The Virgin Islands Consortium reports that the senate approved the proposal between Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s administration and VIGL Operations, LLC, which is worth an estimated $27 million. The […]

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