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Galileo Gold captured the 2000 Guineas, but a genetic test convinced his connections to skip the Epsom Derby
Genetic Testing For Stamina Could Pose Problems For Epsom Derby

A genetic test developed by Equinome is said to be able to predict a horse’s ability to get the classic distance of 12 furlongs. Galileo Gold, winner of the 2000 Guineas at one mile, has been taken out of contention for the Epsom Derby next Saturday, according to The Guardian, because the results of that […]

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Balmoral Park Purchased By HITS, To Become Horse-Jumping Facility

Balmoral Park, located in Illinois, was recently purchased by a New York company called HITS-Horse Shows In The Sun. The track most recently held harness racing at the end of 2015, but according to the Chicago Tribune, HITS plans to have the 200-acre facility operational for horse shows by next May. “It’s going to be […]

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‘Something Of A Surprise’: NYTHA Members Evenly Divided On Synthetic Track For Aqueduct

An online survey of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association members was almost evenly divided on whether or not the New York Racing Association should install a synthetic racing surface at Aqueduct. NYRA CEO Chris Kay raised the issue earlier this month at a meeting of the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board, saying his organization was […]

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California
California Handle Down 1.5 Percent So Far In 2016

Through April of 2016, handle across all California racetracks has declined compared to the same period of 2015, reports the Daily Racing Form. Between Golden Gate Fields, Los Alamitos, harness at Sacramento, and Santa Anita, handle across the first four months of 2016 was $978.3 million, compared to $994.4 million in 2015, a decline of […]

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Rockingham Park To Shut Down Aug. 31

Rockingham Park, located in Salem, NH, will officially shutter its doors on Aug. 31 of this year, according to bloodhorse.com. The track was the first in New England to have a Thoroughbred race meeting, beginning in 1906. It hadn’t hosted a live Thoroughbred meet since 2002, but did hold harness meetings for several years. “Simulcasting […]

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Artist rendition of the Veranda area of the Mansion, prior to construction
Room(s) With A View: Inside The Mansion At Churchill Downs

In the past, when the rich and famous have attended the Kentucky Derby, the area of Churchill Downs that they’ve viewed the race from most likely has been Millionaires Row. While Millionaires Row is still just as swanky, there’s a new area in the Churchill Downs’ clubhouse that even more exclusive and posh – The […]

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Commentary: ‘What’s With All The Hate’ In Horse Racing?

Social media outlets, such as Twitter and Facebook, have been both a boon and a hindrance to the sport of horse racing. For the latest news and information on favorite horses, jockeys, etc., social media is great. However, the platforms also attract their fair share of ‘trolls’ and ‘haters’. As Art Wilson writes in the Los Angeles Daily News, when […]

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Jockey Whip
California Board Considers Widening Parameters For Whip Use In Deep Stretch

A rule proposed at a California Horse Racing Board meeting on Thursday could allow for more frequent use of the whip by jockeys in the last sixteenth of a mile of a race, according to a Daily Racing Form report. Whips could be used four times before horses are required to wait for a response, […]

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Lexi hard at work. Photo courtesy of Carriage Horses at Santa Anita Facebook page
Santa Anita Bids Farewell To Lexi, Beloved Carriage Dog

Santa Anita’s racing family and fans of The Great Race Place are mourning the passing of Lexi, the little Jack Russell Terrier who rode the carriages at Santa Anita for all of her 15 years, becoming a fan favorite. Owned by Santa Anita’s Operations Office Manager Paige Rickard, Lexi died Monday afternoon but did her […]

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Gov. Matt Bevin
Opinion: Future Of Kentucky Horse Park Now On Bevin’s Shoulders

Earlier this week, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin abolished the current Kentucky Horse Park Commission and he will now select his own appointees for the board. Also likely to be replaced is Executive Director, Jamie Link, who has served in that position since 2014. A recent editorial published in the Lexington Herald-Leader points out that as a result of […]

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