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Rep. Andy Barr (left) and Rep. Paul Tonko
Fravel: Barr-Tonko Bill ‘Creates A System That Makes Sense’

Prominent figures from the horse racing industry appeared on Thursday before members of the U.S. Congress to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3084).  The industry representatives were invited to participate in the panel by Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chairs Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), who introduced the […]

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Hoverboards Added To Banned Items List At Churchill Downs

Should Marty McFly come back from the future to visit Churchill Downs Racetrack on the first weekend in May with plans to attend the 142nd runnings of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), there’s a piece of his standard equipment that he would […]

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Horses work under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs Reaccredited By NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Churchill Downs, home of the world’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. The legendary Louisville, Ky., racetrack opens its Spring Meet this Saturday, one week prior to the 142nd running of the $2 million Kentucky […]

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Australia: Group Moves To Close Loopholes And Keep Online Gambling Illegal

The Australian government will continue to crack down on illegal offshore gambling sites and will be working even harder to close loopholes that are being exploited by bookmakers. According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government will also implement “disruption tactics”, such as blocking foreign bookmakers websites, in addition to working with banks and credit card […]

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Nutrition, Biosecurity Among Topics To Be Addressed At 2016 Welfare & Safety Summit

The seventh Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit will feature a rich mix of updates on previous Summit topics such as racing surfaces, rider safety and equine injuries as well as discussions of new topics that are essential to the welfare of racehorses, including nutrition, biosecurity, and respiratory health. The summit, which is organized […]

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Pat Day has been appointed to the KY Horse Racing Commission
Gov. Bevin Announces Reorganization, New Appointments To KY Horse Racing Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced twelve new members to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and a revamped commission structure to enhance the focus on one of Kentucky’s signature industries. New members include retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, Breeders’ Cup Director Bret Jones, and Ken Jackson, founding member of the North American Standardbred Breeders […]

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Cobalt Scandal: Samples To Be Retested In Hong Kong; Lab Accreditation At Issue

Urine samples from the horses conditioned by Australian trainers Lee and Shannon Hope that returned positive for cobalt will be retested by the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Racing Laboratory, according to a report in the Herald Sun. Lawyers for the two trainers argue that at the time the samples were initially tested by the lab in 2014, the lab wasn’t […]

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Yahoo Finance interviews Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen
Yahoo Finance: Churchill CEO Carstanjen On ‘The Business Of Horse Racing’

Churchill Downs will kick off its 2016 racing season April 30, and just a week later, will hold the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen recently sat down with Yahoo Finance to talk about the Derby, and the “business of horse racing.” Check out his interview in the video below.  

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New Mexico Racing Commission
New Mexico Racing Commission To Begin ‘Aggressive’ Out-Of-Competition Testing

The announcement of enhanced out of competition testing was made public by the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) Chairman, Ray Willis, during the April 21, 2016 NMRC monthly meeting. Chairman Willis stated that “This project will be an aggressive procedure to let the public know that New Mexico racing is going in the right direction […]

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Kentucky Downs To Increase Purses In 2016

Enhancing what already is American racing’s most lucrative purse program, Kentucky Downs is offering an additional $600,000-plus into its 2016 overnight races and stakes for its unique five-date, all-grass meet in September. Kentucky Downs’ 12 stakes now total just shy of $4 million, at $3.95 million, headlined by the $600,000, Grade III Calumet Farm Kentucky […]

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