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Sunland Park Granted Reaccreditation By NTRA Saftey And Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Located outside of El Paso in Sunland Park, N.M., the 58-year old racetrack hosts its biggest racing event on March 26 the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) offering 85 qualifying points for […]

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American Horse Council
2017 American Horse Council Economic Impact Study Set To Begin April 17

The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that data collection for the 2017 Economic Impact Study is set to begin on April 1, 2017. “We are incredibly grateful for the pledges we received from generous equine organizations to fund both the National study as well as several state and segment breakouts,” said AHC […]

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Flemington Race Course is home to the "race that stops a nation," the Melbourne Cup
Americans In The Melbourne Cup? NYRA Cards Two-Mile Race On Belmont Day

The New York Racing Association’s Martin Panza, senior vice president of racing operations, has been working with Australia’s Victoria Racing Club to try to drum up American interest in that country’s premier event, the Melbourne Cup. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, NYRA has carded a two-mile race for Belmont Stakes Day in June, calling […]

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Laurel Park officials are eager to show off the track's new renovations
Breeders’ Cup In Maryland? ‘If Enthusiasm Is Currency, We’d Be Here Tomorrow’

The Maryland Jockey Club hosted officials from the Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Laurel Park, showcasing the latest facility improvements and delivering a larger-than-expected turnout in its first ever “Fantasy Ownership” Day. The Stronach Group, MJC’s parent company, is hopeful to secure the Breeders’ Cup series of championship races at Laurel Park sometime in the near […]

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The inaugural Fantasy Owners' Day at Laurel Park attracted 300 participants
Fantasy Ownership Day Attracts ‘Incredible’ 300 Participants At Laurel

Access to the paddock and winner’s circle, as well as a total prize pool of $50,000, were among the features that awaited registered participants for the inaugural Fantasy Owners Day Saturday at Laurel Park. Designed as an introduction to prospective Thoroughbred owners, Fantasy Owners Day was presented jointly by the Maryland Jockey Club, Maryland Thoroughbred […]

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Ed Fenasci, executive director of the Louisiana HBPA, would not comment on why Tammy Broussard was terminated
Louisiana HBPA, Tammy Broussard ‘Part Ways’ Nine Years After Rigged Election

Tammy Broussard, who cooperated with federal officials after initially participating in a scheme to rig the 2008 Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors election, has been terminated from her position as assistant to the director of the LHBPA’s workers’ compensation program. Ed Fenasci, executive director of the association representing Louisiana owners and […]

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Florida HBPA Announces Results Of Election To Board Of Directors

Chester Bishop and Kathy Davey received the highest number of votes among owner representatives, with Charles Simon and Ronald Spatz the leading vote-getters among seven trainers seeking election to the board of directors of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. Results were posted on the Florida HBPA website on Friday. Bishop (326 votes) and Davey […]

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Eight bottles of concentrated cobalt mistakenly delivered to the wrong clinic helped uncover a widespread drug issue in Australian racing
Lengthy Australian Cobalt Suspensions Overturned; Trainers Found ‘Not Negligent’

High levels of cobalt were found in several Australian runners in 2014, four of whom were trained by Danny O’Brien and the fifth by Mark Kavanagh. Last January, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board handed down lengthy suspensions based on the charges, four years for O’Brien and three years for Kavanagh. According to, both […]

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Joe Gorajec
Gorajec: Trainer’s Testing History Initiative Would Provide ‘Assurance’ Of Regulation

Former longtime racing regulator Joe Gorajec, writing in the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, has proposed a new initiative that should help to improve the public perception of the horse racing industry, calling it the “Trainer’s Testing History Initiative.” He suggests that racing commissions publish a monthly list of the trainers whose horses have been tested out of […]

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Virginia: Plans To Build Flat Racing Track At Morven Park Scrapped, Commission Regrouping

The Virginia Equine Alliance has scrapped plans to build a flat racing track at Morven Park, former home of state Gov. Westmoreland Davis, according to a report by The Racing Biz. Debbie Easter, Virginia Equine Alliance president, said the Alliance realized recently the venue is appropriate for the steeplechase course currently housed there, but the […]

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