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TOC Board Of Directors Candidates Announced

The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) Nominating Committee has announced a slate of six candidates for five open seats in the 2015 Board of Directors election, including incumbents Bob Baffert, Ed Moger, Mike Pegram and Kathy Walsh and new nominees … Continue reading

Emerald Seeking New Announcer After Geller Announces Departure

For the first time since it opened in 1996, Emerald Downs has begun a search for a new track announcer. Robert Geller, who has called nearly 16,000 races in 20 seasons at Emerald Downs, announced that he planned to pursue … Continue reading

Attendance Strong, Wagering Down As Keeneland Concludes Spring Meet

Keeneland successfully concluded its 2015 Spring Meet on Friday, yielding a number of positive results: consecutive Saturdays of near-record crowds that contributed to the track’s fourth-highest Spring Meet attendance; the consistent performance of the new dirt surface despite near-record rainfall … Continue reading

Horsemen Praise Keeneland’s Dirt Track For Handling April Rains

The second-wettest April on record in Lexington gave Keeneland’s new dirt track a stiff test. Nearly 11 inches of rain fell during the Spring Meet, including seven inches in a 24-hour period that covered opening day. Despite the torrential rain, … Continue reading

ThistleDown Kicks Off Spring – Summer Meet April 27

Horses continue to arrive daily and the track is primed for ThistleDown’s 91st racing season, which will kick off on Monday, April 27. The 100-race day meet is expected to be one of the most exciting in recent ThistleDown history … Continue reading

Del Mar’s Main Track Renovation Nearing The Finish Line

Del Mar’s remake of its main track from Polytrack to a pure dirt surface is nearing its conclusion. Estimates are that the surface switch will be all but done by the end of April with perhaps a week or so … Continue reading

Brackpool Takes Over Santa Anita Operations As Ludt Moves To Unnamed Stronach Project

Santa Anita Park distributed the following press release on Thursday: The Stronach Group announced today that Senior Vice President Tom Ludt has been appointed to spearhead a key company initiative. Effective immediately, Ludt will assume control of the creation and … Continue reading

Marylou Whitney Will Be ‘First Lady Of The Oaks’

Marylou Whitney, whose accomplishments and generosity in the worlds of Thoroughbred racing and philanthropy have garnered national acclaim and admiration for decades, will be honored by Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) with the designation of “First Lady of the Oaks” during … Continue reading

NTRA Names Keith Chamblin Chief Operating Officer

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Board of Directors today approved the association’s audited financial results for the fiscal year concluding January 31, 2015, which reflect net revenues of $190,340. The results continued a positive trend for the third year … Continue reading

Study: Keeneland Contributes $590 Million To Lexington Economy

Keeneland’s premier Spring and Fall race meets and four globally renowned Thoroughbred sales, which include two of the world’s largest auctions, the September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale, in 2014 generated a $590 million economic impact for Lexington … Continue reading