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Maryland Million: Handle Up 18 Percent, Attendance Up 7 Percent

Total handle on Saturday’s 31st Jim McKay Maryland Million was up 18.5 percent over 2015 and a whopping 59.8 percent over 2014. Saturday’s program had a total handle of $4.476 million compared to $3.778 last year. Total handle in 2014 was $2.801 million. Attendance Saturday on Maryland Million was 21,722, an increase of 7.4 percent […]

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CHRB Meeting: Proposals For Medication-Based Race Conditions, ADW Regulation

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, October 20, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Steve Beneto, George Krikorian and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website under the Webcast link. In brief: In discussing 2017 race […]

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Report: Northern Cal Race Dates Still Unresolved After Latest CHRB Meeting

The California Horse Racing Board failed to finalize 2017 racing dates for Northern California tracks, even after meeting for close to 2 1/2 hours Oct. 20. The Blood-Horse reports that just four of the seven CHRB commissioners were in attendance at the meeting. As a result, even though a proposed calendar for the area was approved by a 3-1 vote it […]

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Thistledown: Valets Return To Work, Track To Race Friday And Saturday

Officials at Jack Thistledown racetrack plan on conducting their last scheduled live racing programs for this season on Friday and Saturday, after the jockey valets agreed to return to work. Track spokeswoman Shannon Mortland told the Daily Racing Form that Thistledown was “going to race as scheduled.” Mortland refused to comment further when asked if the pay issue with the […]

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Jockey Club Releases 2016 Report Of Mares Bred

The Jockey Club today released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2016 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 15, 2016, The Jockey Club reports that 1,423 stallions covered 33,746 mares in North America during 2016. Based upon historical reporting trends, The Jockey Club estimates an additional 2,000 to 3,000 mares will […]

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Fort Erie Wraps Up 2016 Meet With Increases In All-Sources Handle, Attendance

It was another record setting year at the Fort Erie Race Track, as the 119th season of live racing at the border oval came to a close on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Among the many positive highlights for the year was a 20 percent increase in all-source wagering to $28,855,000 over 40 days of racing. On-track […]

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NTRA Board Approves Updates To Safety & Integrity Code Of Standards

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Board of Directors today approved amendments to the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Code of Standards, including: a January 2019 deadline for total compliance with the National Uniform Medication Program (Program); annual certification of jockey weight scales and automated logging of weight data; and strengthening of totalizator protocols as […]

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TVG Taps Metrical As Sales And Sponsorship Agency

TVG, America’s horse racing network, is joining forces with sports marketing firm Metrical to expand the network’s advertising sales and sponsorship platforms, it was announced today at Keeneland Race Course. As part of the relationship, Metrical will advise TVG on its advertising sales and sponsorship efforts, including developing and brokering new sponsorship and activation platforms […]

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Thistledown Forced To Cancel After Walkout By Valets

A walkout by track valets forced Jack Thistledown racetrack and casino near Cleveland, Ohio, to cancel its racing card on Wednesday. Horses for the first race, scheduled for 1:40 p.m. circled the walking ring for more than 90 minutes before management cancelled that race, announcing on the track PA system and simulcast feed that it would attempt to […]

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ARCI’s Penalty Guidelines Adopted By Maryland Racing Commission

During its meeting Oct. 18, the Maryland Racing Commission formally adopted the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) model rules on medication penalties. The Racing Biz reports that the commission voted unanimously to adopt the rules. Going forward, the commission will follow the ARCI model rules when determining penalties for medication violations. In Tuesday’s meeting, the Maryland Racing Commission also […]

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