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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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Finger Lakes Will Run Two More Years Under New Agreement

Finger Lakes Racetrack will live to fight another day after an agreement was reached to keep the track going for two more years as it faces increased competition from a new casino nearby. Finger Lakes’ purse account will receive funds from the new casino, from track owner Delaware North, and from the New York Breeding and […]

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Kentucky House Approves ‘Imperative’ Bill Classifying Horses As Livestock

The Kentucky House of Representatives Wednesday unanimously passed Senate Bill 139, which would amend the definition of livestock in Kentucky to include horses and equines. The bill now moves to Governor Matt Bevin for his signature. Securing livestock classification has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project since its 2004 […]

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Fox Sports 2 To Televise Charles Town Classic

As a part of the New York Racing Association, Inc.’s announcement earlier this week that they have entered into an expanded partnership with FOX Sports that will result in additional live broadcasts, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races biggest day on the calendar will take its place on their television schedule which will include coverage […]

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Newly Proposed Legislation Limits Cuomo To Two Appointments On Privatized NYRA Board

For the past five years, the New York Racing Association has been under control of a board of directors dominated by the selections of Governor Andrew Cuomo. In order to return NYRA to private control, Cuomo and the New York legislature are attempting to hammer out exactly what a new board will look like. According […]

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Kentucky Horse Park Reorganization Bill Passes Legislature, Heads To Governor

House Bill 403, which reorganizes the commission of the Kentucky Horse Park, has passed the Kentucky Senate and will be heading to Governor Matt Bevin’s office this week, reports the Northern Kentucky Tribune. The bill was a legislative response to the institution’s financial audit revealed in February of 2017 by State Auditor Mark Harmon, which […]

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Five Bills To Benefit Racing Filed In Texas Legislature

The Texas Thoroughbred Association and Texas Horsemen’s Partnership are excited to report that five bills have been filed with the Texas Legislature that could benefit the Texas racing industry. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R) filed three bills in the Senate: SB #1971 (Co-authored by Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R)) – Would create a purse matching fund from […]

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NTRA Issues 2016 Horse PAC Annual Report

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released the 2016 Annual Report for its bipartisan federal Political Action Committee, Horse PAC®. Horse PAC® disbursed $290,500 to federal political candidates and PACs in 2016, the largest amount since 2008. Horse PAC® supported 54 in-cycle candidates, with 51 winning in the November election. Combined with the previous […]

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North Dakota: Federal Court Rules State Must Pay $13.5M To Bankrupt ADW

A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that North Dakota must pay Susan Bala $13.5 million that it had collected in taxes on her company. KFGO.com reports that Bala had founded Racing Services, Inc. (RSI), a now-defunct advance deposit wagering company. Bala had been convicted of running an illegal gambling operation, and had spent close to 1 1/2 years in […]

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Take Action: AHC Issues Update, Contact Information Regarding Immigration Enforcement

The following statement was released by the American Horse Council: Recently, President Trump issued several executive orders relating to increased immigration enforcement and border security. These actions will impact many employers, including those in the racing and showing segments of the horse industry, even those that rely on legal foreign workers. For many years horse […]

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