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Breeders Crown Horses Scratched For Refusal To Comply With Out-Of-Competition Testing

The Meadowlands Racetrack has sent a formal request to the New Jersey Racing Commission asking to have both Breeders Crown horses trained by Chris Oakes to be scratched from this weekend’s Finals for failing to cooperate with an agreed-upon surveillance and out-of-competition testing program. The two Oakes horses are Luck Be Withyou, owned by John […]

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U.S. Horse Industry Economic Impact Study To Be Updated in 2017

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) has retained The Innovation Group to update the 2017 National Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in the US. “We are very pleased to have The Innovation Group undertake this study.  They have done numerous economic studies in the gaming, recreation and leisure segments of the U.S. economy […]

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Godolphin Launches Unique Scholarship Program In Racing And Breeding For UAE Nationals

Godolphin has launched an exciting new program in the horse racing industry for Emiratis. Masar Godolphin is an academic and experiential scholarship operating under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which will provide UAE nationals with a unique and unrivalled opportunity to embrace their equestrian heritage with the aim of […]

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BHA Announces Plans To Modernize, Simplify Racehorse Ownership

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced plans to launch a new digital system for the administration and registration of owners. The new registration system will consolidate fees and simplify ownership types. The BHA issued the following press release Tuesday: Following widespread feedback from owners, including through the National Racehorse Owners Survey, and in consultation with the […]

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ARCI Survey Hopes To Find ‘Consensus’ On Horse Racing’s Issues, Future

The agencies regulating American horse racing want to know what issues the sport’s participants and patrons believe most urgently need addressing and the best way to do so. The Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), a not-for-profit trade association representing the regulatory bodies for horse and greyhound racing in North America and parts of the […]

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The trackside elevation of Flemington's proposed new Club Stand, timetabled for completion in time for the 2018 Melbourne Cup. (Image courtesy of the Victoria Racing Club).
Flemington: Work To Begin On New $128 Million Club Stand After Melbourne Cup

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is set to revolutionize the raceday experience at Flemington with a commitment to commence construction on its new world-class Club Stand immediately after this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival. The $128 million Club Stand designed by celebrated architects, Bates Smart, will be delivered by the VRC’s newly appointed construction partner, Multiplex […]

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Maryland Million: Handle Up 18 Percent, Attendance Up 7 Percent

Total handle on Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million was up 18.5 percent over 2015 and a whopping 59.8 percent over 2014. Saturday’s program had a total handle of $4.476 million compared to $3.778 last year. Total handle in 2014 was $2.801 million. Attendance Saturday on Maryland Million was 21,722, an increase of 7.4 percent […]

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CHRB Meeting: Proposals For Medication-Based Race Conditions, ADW Regulation

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 20, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Steve Beneto, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website under the Webcast link. In brief: In discussing 2017 race […]

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Report: Northern Cal Race Dates Still Unresolved After Latest CHRB Meeting

The California Horse Racing Board failed to finalize 2017 racing dates for Northern California tracks, even after meeting for close to 2 1/2 hours Oct. 20. The Blood-Horse reports that just four of the seven CHRB commissioners were in attendance at the meeting. As a result, even though a proposed calendar for the area was approved by a 3-1 vote it […]

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Thistledown Racino has been rebranded JACK Thistledown Casino, and undergone a $70M renovation
Thistledown: Valets Return To Work, Track To Race Friday And Saturday

Officials at Jack Thistledown racetrack plan on conducting their last scheduled live racing programs for this season on Friday and Saturday, after the jockey valets agreed to return to work. Track spokeswoman Shannon Mortland told the Daily Racing Form that Thistledown was “going to race as scheduled.” Mortland refused to comment further when asked if the pay issue with the […]

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