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Dr. Scott Palmer Issues Statement Regarding Equine Fatalities at Saratoga

NYS Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer, VMD, issued the following statement Aug. 29 regarding the increased number of equine fatalities in 2014 at Saratoga: Although New York State has made significant progress in reducing injuries and preventing the inappropriate … Continue reading

Santa Anita Autumn Handicapping Challenge to Offer $100K in Prizes

Santa Anita Park has announced it will stage the Santa Anita Autumn Handicapping Challenge, featuring $100,000 in prize money, on the second weekend of its upcoming Autumn Meet, Oct. 4 & 5. The 24-day Autumn Meet, which begins Friday, Sept. … Continue reading

NYRA Official Hints at Longer Saratoga Meet

Changes could be in store for the 2015 Saratoga meet – at least, that’s what a NYRA official hinted at earlier this week. According to an article in The Troy Record, Anthony J. Bonomo, a member of the New York … Continue reading

Tote Snafu Forces Delaware Park to Refund Wagers

All wagers were refunded in the third race at Delaware Park Thursday due to a technical issue. A temporary communications/tote malfunction allowed the mutuel pool for the race to remain open after the race started compromising the integrity of the pool.   … Continue reading

Oaklawn Park Increasing Purses for 2015 Season

The Oaklawn Jockey Club has announced it is projecting a record purse distribution of $23.5 million for its 2015 racing season, starting January 9. This will mark the seventh consecutive year of increased purses. Oaklawn will begin the meet with … Continue reading

Changes Announced for 2014 Claiming Crown

The 2014 Claiming Crown will be held at Gulfstream Park on December 6, 2014, the opening day of Gulfstream’s Championship meet.  This year’s edition of the Claiming Crown features several changes.  There will be no separate Trainer Nomination deadline as … Continue reading

KY Downs to Host Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge Qualifier Sept. 10

Kentucky Downs is preparing for its rich five-day all turf racing season which gets underway on Saturday, September 6. Lucrative rewards are in store, and not just for horsemen. Handicappers are invited to enter the $15,000 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge … Continue reading

Keeneland Debuts New Dirt Surface on Main Track

Keeneland today unveiled a new dirt racing surface that was installed this summer on its 1 1/16-mile main track. The dirt track is now open for training and will be featured when racing resumes at Keeneland for the Fall Meet, … Continue reading

KY: Push for Casino Gambling Amendment Losing Steam

As Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s second term winds down, it appears that support for one of the major issues he campaigned on – passing a casino gambling amendment measure in the state – has begun to fade. According to an … Continue reading

New Technology Could Prevent Horse-Auto Accidents

Engineers with the Swiss auto maker Volvo are developing technology that could reduce the chance of equine versus vehicle accidents, according to a Horse Talk New Zealand story on Wednesday. Eventually, cars equipped with the new technology would sense a large … Continue reading