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Saratoga Reports Mild Increase In Handle On Opening Day

Opening Day of the 2016 season at Saratoga Race Course featured new attractions, the debut of Saratoga LIVE and an all-sources handle of $17,768,443, a less than one percent increase over last year’s figure of $17,706,202. Total paid attendance for Friday, July 22 was 32,980, a five percent decrease over last year’s figure of 34,783. […]

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Lone Star Park Concludes Spring Meet With Positive Gain In Live Handle

Lone Star Park concluded its 20th Spring Thoroughbred Racing Season Sunday, July 17 with a 6 percent increase in off-track live wagering, raising the total amount wagered on our live racing product by 1.8 percent. “We’re happy with the increase in live product wagering, especially the off-track numbers,” said President and General Manager, Scott Wells. […]

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New Pegasus World Cup Invitational Awarded Grade 1 Status

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today it has voted to assign Grade I status to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, formerly the Grade I Donn Handicap, for its 2017 renewal. At its first meeting after the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, most likely in April 2017, the […]

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Report: Funding Issues Delay Brockton Meet Once Again

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission dealt a setback to representatives of the Brockton Fairgrounds when they denied a request to cover the administrative and operational expenses for the facility. According to a report in the Enterprise News, the commission’s Director of Racing, Alexandra Lightbown, recommended that the board deny the $1.47 million requested. Lightbown said that turning down the request was a […]

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‘It Is Such A Beautiful Time Of The Year’: Racing Returns To Saratoga

The long wait is finally over for racing fans as Saratoga kicks off its eagerly-anticipated 2016 meet today. Several of the top horses in the nation are expected to race at the Spa during its 40-day meet, including the globetrotting Tepin, who took Royal Ascot by storm when winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes […]

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Report: Kentucky Stewards Investigate Ride By Castanon At Ellis Park

According to a Daily Racing Form report, Kentucky officials are conducting an investigation into a ride by jockey Jesus Castanon at Ellis Park July 2. Castanon was aboard the 6-5 favorite, Tizthedream, in the race. According to the chart, the horse, owned and trained by Jack Frost, trailed for much of the race until the final […]

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Kentucky Officials Navigating Legal Tangles In Rehoming Horses From Borell Case

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that 28 horses remain at the Mercer County, Ky., farm where state and local officials discovered 43 abandoned horses in early June. Officials say they have found placements for two more non-Thoroughbreds, but are encountering some legal issues with removing the remaining 26 horses from the property. Rusty […]

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Kentucky Downs To Host ‘Georgia VIP Day’ Sept. 8

Starting Gate Marketing in partnership with the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, a group of leading business and civic leaders dedicated to bringing first-class horse racing to Georgia, is excited to announce Georgia VIP Day at Kentucky Downs on Thursday, September 8th. “Bringing horse racing fans together at a fantastic and intimate venue like Kentucky Downs […]

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‘Making Of A Racehorse’: Ellis Park To Host An ‘Up-Close’ Look At Preparing A Horse For Racing

Ellis Park is teaming with its horsemen’s association to provide the public with a behind-the-scenes look at preparing horses for the races. “Making of a racehorse: Let’s get started!” will be held Saturday, July 30 from 7:30-9 AM Central at Ellis Park. The free event will give racing fans, sports enthusiasts, horse lovers and the […]

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West Virginia Moving Forward With Out-Of-Competition Testing

Racing industry officials in West Virginia continue to make progress in implementing out of competition testing in the state. The Blood-Horse reports the short term goal is to have about 50 percent of the starters in both the G2 West Virginia Derby (Aug. 6) and the G3 Charles Town Oaks (Sept. 17) tested out of competition. “Our […]

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