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Tioga Downs
Gural’s Tioga Downs Awarded Casino License In New York

Tioga Downs, owned by Jeffery Gural, was awarded a casino license by the New York State Gaming Commission Tuesday afternoon, according to By unanimous decision, the commissioners voted to approve the license for the Nichols, NY racetrack, seven months after adopting a recommendation that Tioga should be allowed to operate a casino. Gural was […]

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Rebecca's Surprise (in front) was originally DQ'd from first to second in the Nov. 30 race
Reversed: Pennsylvania Officials Overturn Stewards’ Disqualification At Parx

In a rare decision, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has reversed the disqualification of a horse that was taken down in a race at Parx Racing last November. In their original ruling Nov. 30, stewards DQ’d the number 6 horse, Rebecca’s Surprise, from that day’s eighth race, placing her second behind the number four horse […]

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Valor Farm
Scharbauer Purchases Valor Farm

Doug Scharbauer has purchased Valor Farm in Texas from the estate of his late father, Clarence Scharbauer Jr. The Daily Racing Form reports that the deal was completed earlier this month. Doug Scharbauer has campaigned Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the G3 Eight Belles Stakes and He’s Comin In Hot, winner of the G3 Bashford Manor. “He loves the […]

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Castleton Lyons Farm
Update: Lexington Council Votes To Pursue Appraisal Of Castleton Lyons

Members of Lexington’s Rural Land Management Board voted on Monday to pursue an appraisal for development rights to Castleton Lyons farm. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the board voted 7-2 to seek the appraisal. Members did not make a final decision as to how any development would be paid for, however. At the center of the debate […]

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The field breaks from the gate at Los Alamitos
Los Alamitos Kicks Off Fall Thoroughbred Meet Sept. 8

The third Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos will begin Thursday, Sept. 8. The 12-day season will continue through Sunday, Sept. 25 with racing conducted on a Thursday-Sunday basis. Post time will be 2 p.m. The most lucrative of five stakes races during the Fall season is the Grade II, $200,000 Los Alamitos […]

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Power Outage Delays First Day Back’s Entries At Parx

A power outage at Parx Racing Monday morning left the racing office with telephone and internet issues, according to the Daily Racing Form, forcing Sam Elliott, the director of racing, to leave the entry box open through Tuesday. Parx was returning to racing after a 3 1/2 week break. “We can’t draw the races or […]

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Castleton Lyons Farm
‘We Have To Be Fair’: Future Of Castleton Lyons May Rest With Lexington Council Decision

Lexington’s Rural Land Management Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, and among the topics on its agenda will be whether it will spend several millions of dollars to purchase the development rights for the historic Castleton Lyons farm. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, at 1,000 acres, Castleton Lyons is the largest privately-owned […]

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Racing at Monmouth Park
‘Kind Benefactor’s’ Donation Solves Suffolk Shipping Fee Problem At Monmouth

In the wake of the recent controversy regarding fees assessed to horsemen who shipped to Suffolk Downs, Monmouth Park has announced that an anonymous “angel” has stepped forward and donated $60,000 to Second Call. A nonprofit organization founded in 2012, Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement is dedicated to New Jersey’s off-track Thoroughbreds.  Serving as […]

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Trainer Jorge Navarro
Navarro ‘Standing Up’ Against NJTHA Fines At Monmouth Park

Jorge Navarro is taking a stand against a controversial new policy implemented at Monmouth Park, where he has been leading trainer each summer since 2013. Trainers who elected to ship horses to run at Suffolk Downs last weekend were warned in advance that they would be fined $1,000 upon returning to Monmouth; Navarro sent two […]

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Del Mar Granted Later Start Date For 2017 Meeting

With a motivation to give its horses and horsemen more time to adapt and transition to its racing surfaces, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club applied for and was granted a later start date for its 2017 summer race meeting. Following a California Horse Racing Board approval given on Thursday, the shore oval now will begin next […]

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