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Trainer Jorge Navarro
Navarro ‘Standing Up’ Against NJTHA Fines At Monmouth Park

Jorge Navarro is taking a stand against a controversial new policy implemented at Monmouth Park, where he has been leading trainer each summer since 2013. Trainers who elected to ship horses to run at Suffolk Downs last weekend were warned in advance that they would be fined $1,000 upon returning to Monmouth; Navarro sent two […]

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Del Mar Granted Later Start Date For 2017 Meeting

With a motivation to give its horses and horsemen more time to adapt and transition to its racing surfaces, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club applied for and was granted a later start date for its 2017 summer race meeting. Following a California Horse Racing Board approval given on Thursday, the shore oval now will begin next […]

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Coming Attraction: Movie Rights Optioned For DraftKings – FanDuel Fantasy Sports ‘Saga’

The popularity of the daily fantasy sports industry has grown dramatically in the U.S. over the past few years, some of which can be attributed to DraftKings and FanDuel. The two sites, in which customers compete and wager in online fantasy sports leagues, have raked in millions of dollars over a relatively short period of time. Recently, prosecutors from several states […]

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Racing at Del Mar
CHRB Pressured To Investigate Equine Fatalities At Del Mar

A large contingent of animal rights advocates were in attendance at the latest meeting of the California Horse Racing Board to urge the board to investigate the recent spate of equine fatalities at the current Del Mar meeting. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that several animal rights advocates from the San Diego community attended the meeting, including former Assemblywoman […]

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The Whoa Cuomo banner will fly over Saratoga prior to Saturday's Travers Stakes
‘Whoa Cuomo’: Travers Airplane Banner Latest Push For New York Racing Group

The following press release was issued Thursday concerning the movement to end government control of Thoroughbred racing in the state of New York: The Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing has secured a banner that reads “Whoa Cuomo” to be flown over the Saratoga Race Course, on Saturday, August 27, as a crowd of 50,000 gathers […]

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Maryland State Fair meet at Timonium
Maryland State Fair Meet Opens At Timonium Aug. 26

Bolstered by increased purses and a new trainer bonus program, live racing shifts to Timonium Race Course for the annual Maryland State Fair meet which opens Friday, Aug. 26. The Maryland Jockey Club will simulcast all of Timonium’s races as well as races throughout North America at its OTB facilities at Timonium Race Course, the […]

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Santa Anita Park racing
Auerbach: Trainer ‘Profiling’ A Way To Investigate Medication Violations

At a recent meeting of the California Horse Racing Board’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, member Madeline Auerbach suggested that as a way to increase vigilance with regards to preventing drug violations, investigators could employ a type of trainer “profiling”. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, one of several items discussed during the meeting were increasing scrutiny on trainers in […]

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Courtroom gavel
Paying The Price: BHA Fines Godolphin Over Sponsorship Flap

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has fined Godolphin £15,000 for breaching the sponsorship rules when the filly Skiffle ran in the Group 1 Investec Oaks June 3. The Racing Post reports that the BHA’s disciplinary panel found that Godolphin had “flouted” an exclusivity arrangement with race sponsor Investec after Godolphin’s John Ferguson had jockey William Buick remove tape that a […]

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Breaking from the gate at Oaklawn Park
Oaklawn Park’s 2017 Meet To Feature Record Purses

Oaklawn Park will open for the 2017 live meet with record purses that include Maiden Special Weights at $72,000 and Open Allowance Races as high as $80,000. The 2017 season will mark the ninth consecutive season the Hot Springs track has opened with purses higher than the previous year. Maiden Special Weight purses, which have […]

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Santa Anita
Santa Anita Stable Area To Reopen Sept. 2; Renovated Main Track To Open Following Day

Closed since mid-July, Santa Anita’s stable area will re-open on Friday, Sept. 2, as horsemen prepare for the track’s 2016 Autumn Meet opener on Sept. 30. With Santa Anita set to host the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5, stall space will be at a premium […]

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