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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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Belmont Park
Belmont Stakes Festival, Saratoga Meet Main Topics At Latest NYRA Board Meeting

The upcoming Belmont Stakes Racing Festival and the 2016 Saratoga race meeting were the main focus of Wednesday’s NYRA Reorganization Board of Directors meeting, while discussion of any re-privatization was avoided, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. After Wednesday’s meeting, NYRA sent out the following press release – The New York Racing Association, […]

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A view from 'between the spires' at Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs To Honor Active And Retired Military Members On Memorial Day Weekend

Retired and active duty military members will be saluted at Churchill Downs Racetrack during the historic track’s observance of Memorial Day on a Monday, May 30 special holiday racing program that highlights the upcoming five-day Spring Meet racing week at the home of the Kentucky Derby. Spring Meet racing resumes at Churchill Downs on Thursday, […]

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Kentucky Horse Park
Report: Bevin Overhauls Kentucky Horse Park Commission

Gov. Matt Bevin has abolished the existing Kentucky Horse Park Commission and replaced it with a new one. According to a report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Bevin has appointed a new commission, which will join the chairwoman and two members he appointed in March. One of the people ousted from the board was former Kentucky first lady, Jane […]

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GlobalSymposiumon Racing and Gaming
Global Symposium On Racing: Innovators’ Circle Returns For 2016

Horse racing’s first pitch contest, giving entrepreneurs a chance to bring change and innovation to the horse racing industry, is returning for another year. In 2015, the winner of the Innovators’ Circle competition won $15,000 and the contest’s finalists earned significant exposure and access to the executives in horse racing. Founding sponsors BAM Software Services […]

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Hendrickson: Cuomo ‘Most Anti-Racing Governor In New York History’?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s adviser to the New York Racing Association has taken exception to the governor’s reported privatization plan for NYRA that would eliminate slots revenue for capital improvements at Saratoga and other New York racetracks. John Hendrickson, husband of longtime New York racing supporter Marylou Whitney, told the Saratogian that “it’s hard to be […]

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Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes HBPA Launches Ad Campaign Requesting Assistance From Lago Casino

The Finger Lakes Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association has begun a statewide ad campaign this week, aimed at encouraging state officials to protect the racetrack’s purses as they face intense competition from the new Del Lago Casino under construction nearby, according to the TimesUnion. While the Tioga Downs harness track, 129 miles away, is set […]

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Battle of the Surfaces at Canterbury Park in Minnesota
Canterbury Park: Wagering Jumps On Track’s Opening Weekend

Wagering on Canterbury Park’s opening weekend races increased by 31 percent compared to 2015, racetrack officials announced today. The increase is largely attributed to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack reducing its takeout, the amount withheld from each wager, to the lowest level in the U.S. Canterbury conducted 25 races Friday through Sunday, handling a total of […]

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Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing Rejects Cuomo’s NYRA Re-Privatization Plan

The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing rejects a re-privatization plan now being circulated by Governor Cuomo that seeks to retain public control of NYRA and to unilaterally transfer funds legally designated for our state’s Thoroughbred racing industry into the state’s general fund. The Governor’s proposal will: · Allow the Governor to appoint one-third of the […]

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