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NYRA Board of Directors Issue ‘Positive, Upbeat Report’ on Reorganization Progress

Outlining the ongoing reforms which are transforming the New York Racing Association into a more accountable, efficient and sustainable racing leader, Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher K. Kay offered a positive, upbeat report at today’s Board of Directors meeting … Continue reading

In Australia, Racing Season is Hat Season

A milliner in Australia predicted on Monday that the country’s upcoming spring racing carnival will register a heavy economic impact thanks to the growing trend of women dressing up to attend the races. Forecasts estimated that women will spend $15.5 million on hats, with around … Continue reading

Keeneland To Establish New Set of Track Records on Dirt

The 2014 Fall Meet, which begins its 17-day run Friday, marks the first season of a new dirt surface on Keeneland’s 1 1/16-mile main track. The track was structurally reconfigured in the summer of 2006 to widen the turns and … Continue reading

Report: Texas Court Upholds Ban on Advance Deposit Wagering

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Texas has upheld a lower court’s ruling that prohibits companies from taking wagers from state residents over the phone or internet. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Churchill Downs Inc. had hoped the … Continue reading

Curtain Falls on Monmouth Park’s Successful 2014 Meet

Off the heels of across-the-board gains in 2013, Monmouth Park has done it again, sporting increases in live and simulcast handle as well as attendance for the 57-day racing season which concluded on Sunday, Sept. 28. “I am especially grateful … Continue reading

Churchill Downs Wraps September Meet; Catalano, Asmussen, Ramseys Take Titles

The second-consecutive September Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) concluded its 12-date run on Sunday, September 28 with encouraging results and a string of strong performances by the equine and human stars who competed during the brief racing session. Performances … Continue reading

Benson Stables Enters Racing With Big Dreams

Gayle Benson, wife of New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, has entered into another sport entirely – horse racing. And she, racing under the name Benson Stables, hopes to make a big impact in the highest levels of … Continue reading

Needham: Decreasing Fatality Rates in California Tell Complicated Story

In a story published at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Dan Needham writes that “in Thoroughbred racing, the statistic known as a fatality rate is an amalgam of many different stories, but what kind of story can be told by fatality rates … Continue reading

Santa Anita Kicks Off Autumn Race Meet With New Main Track

Racing returns to Santa Anita Friday as the track kicks off its autumn race meet, which will be highlighted by the Breeders’ Cup World Championship held Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Not only is there excitement for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup, the … Continue reading

Massachusetts Gaming Commission ‘Trying to Keep the Door Open’ on Racing in State

Although it may be a matter of ‘too little, too late’, members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission stated Thursday that they were still seeking ways to keep live Thoroughbred racing going in the state. The commission, which held an open … Continue reading