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Prairie Meadows: ‘Gem Of The Midwest’ Facing Uncertain Future

Prairie Meadows Casino & Racetrack opened in Altoona, Iowa, in 1989 to great fanfare and big crowds. Much has changed in the 26 years that the facility has operated. As longtime racegoer George Markley told the Des Moines Register, the … Continue reading

Debate On Woodbine Expanded Gambling Set For Tuesday

The next Toronto City Council meeting is set for Tuesday, and it’s expected to be a showdown between opponents and advocates for expanded gaming at Woodbine Race Track. Three council members are already expected to vote “no” to the proposal … Continue reading

Belmont ‘Super Saturday’ To Face Off With Keeneland Fall Stars

The 38-day fall championship meet at Belmont Park will feature not one but two “Super” Saturdays, with 11 graded stakes worth $4.2 million on September 26 and October 3. In all, 40 stakes worth $10.6 million will be offered during … Continue reading

Start Of A New Era: Del Mar Gears Up For Return To Racing On Dirt

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club officials are gearing up for the upcoming 2015 meet, which begins July 16. It will be the beginning of a new era of racing for the track – it will mark the first time since 2006 … Continue reading

In The Gate: On-Track Experience ‘The Lifeblood’ Of Racing

In the latest edition of ESPN’s “In The Gate” podcast, Barry Abrams discusses the appeal of being at a track in person rather than watching through simulcast or online feeds. Abrams talks to Paul Roberts, co-author of a book called … Continue reading

Economic Indicators For June Show Across-The-Board Declines

Thoroughbred racing economic indicators released by Equibase Saturday showed that last month’s wagering, purses, race days, races, and starts were down from June 2014 levels. Wagering in June took the slightest dip, down less than half a percent from last … Continue reading

Maldonado, Valdez Fined For Violations Of California’s Adjusted Whip Rules

After video review, Los Alamitos stewards determined that two jockeys violated adjusted whip usage rules in California on July 2, the day the new rules went into effect. According to The Blood-Horse, stewards fined Edwin Maldonado $200 for his first … Continue reading

Los Al Thoroughbred Meet Off And Running With Increases In Handle

The second Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos began successfully Thursday with a sizable spike in combined total mutuel handle. “It looks like the day went very well,’’ said Brad McKinzie, general manager of the Los Alamitos Racing Association. “The … Continue reading

Second Annual ‘PDJF Day Across America’ Set For Aug. 1

The second annual “PDJF Day Across America,” a day of fund-raising and awareness-building for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF), will be held Saturday, Aug. 1. Over 30 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks across the country are being asked to … Continue reading

Day In Court: Group Opposed To Instant Racing Wants In-Court Demo Of Games

A lawsuit involving Instant Racing in Kentucky took an interesting turn Wednesday as the attorney for the group that opposes the games asked for an in-court demonstration of the electronic games. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Franklin Circuit Court Judge … Continue reading

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