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Penn National: Trainer Wells To Plead Guilty to Lesser Race Fixing Charge

Trainer/owner David Wells has agreed to plead guilty to the state misdemeanor charge of “rigging a publicly exhibited contest” at Penn National Race Course, according to court documents, in exchange for a three-count federal indictment being dropped. Last November, following … Continue reading

Keeneland, The Red Mile To Partner on Instant Racing

The Red Mile and Keeneland Association have agreed, through a new joint venture, to consolidate their efforts around historical racing in Fayette County into the development of a single facility. Wagering on historical racing will be housed exclusively at The … Continue reading

Texas Oil Tycoon, Thoroughbred Owner-Breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt Dies

Nelson Bunker Hunt, Texas oil tycoon and longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder, died Oct. 21 of congestive heart failure in Dallas. He was 88. Hunt hit the peak of his financial power in the 1970′s and 1980′s, creating (and losing) … Continue reading

Keeneland Plans to Purchase Thunder Ridge Without Partner

Keeneland officials indicated at Tuesday’s Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting that they intend to move forward with a purchase of Thunder Ridge Raceway’s racing license without financial partner Full House Resorts for now. Keeneland’s vice president Vince Gabbert stated that … Continue reading

Commentary: It’s Time for a Change in Timing

In an editorial published Monday by Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Trakus director of information Pat Cummings advocates for uniformity in the way races are timed in the United States. Cummings wrote that Trakus times races as requested by tracks, and hence has no … Continue reading

Paulick Report Story on Drug Testing Lab Nominated for Stan Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has tabbed Ray Paulick’s recent story on drug testing delays at a Kentucky laboratory as a late-season candidate for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award.   The Paulick Report publisher exposes long delays in testing at the LGC equine … Continue reading

Report: Churchill Downs Ordered to Return $2.7M to Purse Fund at Fair Grounds

Churchill Downs Inc. has been ordered by the Louisiana Racing Commission to put $2.7 million back into the purse structure for the upcoming 2014-2015 meet at Fair Grounds Race Course, The Times-Picayune reports. Churchill officials claimed that the money had … Continue reading

England: BHA Announces Intiatives To Combat Small Fields

Following the publication of the 2015 Fixture List, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced a series of measures designed to address issues regarding the increasing number of uncompetitive, small-field races. Paul Bittar, BHA Chief Executive, said: “Set against … Continue reading

Suffolk Downs Closure: Brockton Mayor Supports Proposal for Racing at Fairgrounds

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter endorsed a proposal to bring Thoroughbred racing to the area in a meeting with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Oct. 20. According to the Boston Globe, the plan to run 60 days of Thoroughbred racing at the … Continue reading

Report: Many Times, Breakdowns are the Result of More Than Just a ‘Bad Step’

Although a sound horse might breakdown from taking a ‘bad step’, a recent study is providing new evidence that most fatal injuries are the result of preexisting tissue and/or bone damage. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s necropsy program presented such … Continue reading

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