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Report: Expansion Project In The Works For Aqueduct Casino

Genting New York, which operates the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct, plans to break ground later this year on an expansion project that will add space for additional entertainment, retail, and gambling areas. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the plan would add more than 750,000-square feet to the facility. The $400-million project was announced at […]

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Britain: Racehorse Owners Association President Calls For ‘Unity In Racing’

In his first speech as the new ROA President, Nicholas Cooper called on British racing to continue to unite because the sport was better off when all stakeholders work together. However, he advocated that there would be greater harmony were the racecourses as a group to agree to the British Horseracing Authority being given ultimate […]

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Borell Agrees To Pay Rood & Riddle In Settlement Of Lawsuit

Maria Borell and the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital have reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought by the Lexington-based veterinary clinic against Borell alleging non-payment of $15,191.14 for services rendered to horses at the Beacon Hill Farm she managed between Jan. 10, 2013, and Dec. 11, 2014. Under the terms of the agreement, entered […]

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Horsemen’s Track And Equipment Company Offers Scholarship

The Horsemen’s Track and Equipment, Inc., second annual Steve Greene Memorial Scholarship is currently accepting applications through July 31st for any current employee of a Thoroughbred racetrack, training center or farm or a member of the immediate family (wife, husband or child) of a current employee of a Thoroughbred racetrack, training center or farm.  Applicant […]

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Cover Girl: Zenyatta Featured In Art Photography Book & NYC Gallery Exhibition

Zenyatta now has a place of honor among the most photographic race horses of the era. Her fine art portrait shot in black-and-white on film is a featured highlight of a prestigious gallery exhibition in Manhattan and an art photography book titled “American Thoroughbred.” Fine art photographer Neil Latham photographed America’s greatest race horses, but […]

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Fort Erie: Track Cancels Final Race After Trainer Critically Injured In Paddock Accident

Prior to the eighth race on Sunday, June 26, a horse on the track for post parade was spooked, bolted and lost its rider.  The horse careened into a fence, injuring a nearby trainer. “We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred on Sunday,” said Tom Valiquette, chief operating and financial officer of the […]

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Maria Borell, in her happier times, following the Breeders' Cup Sprint victory by Runhappy
Update: Horses’ Conditions ‘Worse Than Ever’ On Farm Leased By Maria Borell’s Father

Maria Borell – the former trainer of champion sprinter Runhappy – and her father Chuck Borell have left a trail of unpaid bills and neglected horses in Kentucky over the last four years, according to an article by longtime racing journalist Margaret Ransom at, a website affiliated with an offshore bookmaker in Costa Rica. […]

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‘Death By 1000 Cuts:’ West Virginia Legislature Adopts Further Purse Reductions

West Virginia legislators have dealt another blow to the horse racing industry, with purse funds taking another blow in the revised state budget, according to The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register. Purses across the state’s four racetracks (greyhound and Thoroughbred tracks) that totaled $14.1 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year have been reduced to $10 million for […]

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Racing’s Best Simulcast Award Deadline Is Aug. 11

OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award honoring the racing industry’s best simulcast production to be presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New Orleans, La. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, August 11. The International Simulcast Conference is co-sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations […]

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Del Mar Drops Overnight Purses ‘About 10 Percent’

For the second year in a row, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be decreasing its overnight purses, reports Vice president Tom Robbins noted that the decreases would be seen at “about 10 percent across the board.” Reasons for the reduction in purses boil down to the fact that, without slots or casino revenue, Del […]

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