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Got Hemp? Plant Could Become New Source of Stall Bedding

Researchers at the University of Kentucky recently harvested the state’s first crop of hemp in decades (which was planted only after much debate about the plant’s legality), and the material may soon show up in horse stalls. In addition to … Continue reading

Leagues Call on Federal Court to Stop Sports Betting in New Jersey

The legal battle over sports wagering in New Jersey isn’t over yet–according to a report by, the NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL filed papers in federal court on Monday to halt sports betting in the state, which was … Continue reading

Gulfstream Receives Record Number of Stall Applications for Winter Meet

Gulfstream Park announced today it received a record 5,356 applications for the 3,800 stalls available at Gulfstream, Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park West for its Championship Meet. The Championship Meet, which begins Dec. 6, will feature 67 stakes races – … Continue reading

British Horseracing Authority Releases 2015 Fixture List

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today published the Fixture List for 2015, with a total of 1,471 fixtures programmed. Paul Bittar, BHA Chief Executive, said: “It is fitting that the 2015 Fixture List is published immediately after British Champions … Continue reading

NYRA Records Reveal Durkin Was the ‘Man With the Golden Voice’

Longtime New York Racing Association track announcer Tom Durkin retired in August, bringing the curtain down on an outstanding 40-year career. As a recent article in the Times Union reveals, Durkin quite literally had a ‘golden’ voice. The Times Union, … Continue reading

Tight Races for Keeneland’s Leading Jockey, Trainer

After 12 days of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, Rosie Napravnik begins the Sunday card with 11 victories and Todd Pletcher has six wins to be the leading rider and trainer, respectively. Both have a narrow advantage over their peers. Jockeys … Continue reading

Future Uncertain for Colonial Downs Property

After 17 years of operation, Colonial Downs is shutting down on Nov. 1. What happens to the more than 600 acres of land that it sits on? “It’s his [Colonial Downs CEO Jeffrey Jacobs] property, he can do what he … Continue reading

Father of Trainer Violette Dies

Richard A Violette Sr., the father of trainer and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Rick Violette Jr., passed away Friday morning after a brief illness. He was 85. Violette Sr. served in the Navy, and worked as a mechanical … Continue reading

Stevens Back Working Horses After Knee Surgery

Gary Stevens is back on the horse. The 51-year-old Hall of Fame jockey, who has not ridden competitively since undergoing right knee replacement surgery July 25, jogged one horse and worked another for trainer Tom Proctor Saturday morning. “It’s thumbs … Continue reading

Jockeys’ Guild Establishes Fund for Saez Family

The Jockeys’ Guild is in the process of establishing a fund for the family of apprentice jockey Juan Saez which will accept donations to help offset the funeral expenses. The funeral will take place in Juan’s homeland of Panama. Juan … Continue reading