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Songbird runs away with the Cotillion in front of approximately 16,000 fans at Parx
Parx Reports Second-Best Handle In Track History On Pennsylvania Derby Day

According to chief operating officer Joe Wilson, Parx Racing handled $9.6 million on Saturday’s Pennsylvania Derby Day, the second-highest handle in track history, reports Though the Bensalem, PA track does not charge admission, Wilson estimated the attendance to be around 16,000 people, based on parking availability. The afternoon was led by the appearance of […]

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Racing at Laurel Park
Commonwealth Day Handle Up 72.5 Percent At Laurel Park

Total handle Saturday on Laurel Park’s Commonwealth Day was up 72.5 percent from last year. Commonwealth Day, featuring victories by Deeply Undervalued in the Commonwealth Derby (G2) and Blacktype in the Commonwealth Turf Cup (G2), generated a total handle of $4.2 million compared to $2.4 million in 2015. Saturday’s card had two additional graded stakes […]

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Racing at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, California
California Year-To-Date Handle Down 3.6 Percent Through August

Handle figures in the state of California have declined 3.6 percent for the year-to-date through August compared to 2015, reports California Horse Racing Board executive director Rick Baedeker has equated the decline to a similar decline in field sizes, from 8.78 runners per race in 2015 to 8.31 this year. All the categories of […]

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CHRB Meeting: Del Mar Approved For Jackpot Pick Six

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, September 22, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, 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: Executive […]

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The Meadowlands
67 Entered For Six-Race Monmouth-At-Meadowlands Card Wednesday

The Meadowlands kicks off the first of 14 all-turf race cards on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with 67 horses entered across the six-race program.  The Big M will feature a 15% across the board takeout throughout the meet, which runs through Oct. 19. “It’s an exciting experiment that has produced quite a bit of positive feedback,” […]

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Turf racing at Golden Gate
Golden Gate: CHRB Delays Decision On 2017 Racing Dates

The California Horse Racing Board postponed allocating 2017 racing dates to Golden Gate Fields and the Northern California Fair circuit after an agreement between the various groups couldn’t be reached. The Daily Racing Form reports that CHRB chairman Chuck Winner indicated that the racing dates may be allocated at the next board meeting in October. “We were not able […]

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Little Brown Jug Controversy: Accusations Fly After Suspicious Texts Found On Phone

An assistant trainer’s lost cellphone led to frayed tempers and accusations of cheating between rival trainers of horses that were entered in Thursday’s Little Brown Jug. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the imbroglio started after an assistant to trainer Casie Coleman apparently lost his cellphone sometime Wednesday night at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Coleman trained the eventual winner of the race, […]

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Jeff Gural speaks at the Stanley Bergstein Award dinner.
Officials End Campaign To Open Casinos In Northern New Jersey

Paul Fireman and Jeff Gural on Thursday announced the suspension of the paid media component of the statewide OUR Turn NJ campaign. In doing so, they issued the following joint statement: “We believe deeply that gaming expansion to Northern New Jersey is a remarkable opportunity that should not be squandered. We have committed $4 billion […]

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Julie Broadway
KEEP To Convene Equine Industry Conference; Broadway To Give Keynote Address

The Kentucky Equine Education Project will convene a gathering of horse industry leaders and policy makers from across the state to discuss ways to protect and promote the Commonwealth’s signature industry. The Equine Industry Conference will take place on October 17-18 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington, KY. “KEEP is proud to […]

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Irish Turf Club To Begin Cobalt, Milkshake Testing

Representatives of the Irish Turf Club (ITC) said Wednesday that testing for excessive levels of cobalt and TCO2 ( also known as milkshaking) will be made a priority in the industry going forward. Dr. Lynn Hillyer, the chief veterinary officer for the ITC, hesitated to put a time frame on when such testing would be implemented. Leading Irish trainer […]

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