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‘It Is Quite A Shock’: Britain’s Kempton Park Set For Demolition

The racing industry in Britain was dealt a surprise blow when the Jockey Club announced Tuesday that Kempton Park racecourse in southwest London would be sold and the property developed for housing. The Guardian reports that Kempton Park, which is home to both all-weather and jumps courses, will have its racing fixtures, including the prestigious Group […]

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Britain: Fugitive Ex-Jockey Leads Police On Bizarre Manhunt, Taunts Cops On Facebook

It may not be a case “ripped from the headlines”, but it certainly made news throughout Britain over the weekend when former jockey-turned-fugitive J.J. McMenamin led local police on a bizarre ‘chase’ via social media posts. According to reports in the Racing Post and The Telegraph, McMenamin, 30, was wanted by North Yorkshire Police after missing a December court date related to numerous traffic […]

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Britain: Officials Launch Investigation After Jockey Accused Of Swapping Urine Samples

The British Horseracing Authority has launched an investigation after the Kempton stewards reported Graham Gibbons to have swapped a urine sample with that of another jockey on Wednesday evening. Gibbons had one ride on the card and was asked to provide the sample after finishing sixth on Button Up in the second division of a […]

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Help Wanted: British Trainer Takes To Twitter To Line Up Jockey For Upcoming Race

When British-based trainer Jamie Osborne needed to line up a jockey for one of his runners scheduled to run at Kempton Park, instead of contacting an agent in order to line up a rider, he took to social media. Racing UK reports that Osborne, who trained 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up, Toast of New York, needed a […]

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'Study for Going to the Start' by Sir Alfred J. Munnings, Lot 58 in the European Sale. Photo: Sotheby's New York
Upcoming Fine Art Auctions Feature Pieces Of Racing History

As Keeneland concludes the final few days of its November sale of breeding stock, the art world is gearing up for interesting sales of its own. Sotheby’s will host two auctions — its Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale on Nov. 15 and its European Art sale on Nov. 22 – which feature a few paintings […]

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Three Jockeys In England Free On Bail Following Rape Allegations

Three jockeys in England are free on bail after being arrested last week in connection with the investigation of an alleged rape of an 18-year-old girl. According to the Racing Post, Brendan Powell Jr., 21, and Richard Condon, 20, were arrested on Nov. 4 and Sean Mooney, 20, the next day. The alleged assault occurred at a party the men attended Nov. 3. […]

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BHA Announces Plans To Modernize, Simplify Racehorse Ownership

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced plans to launch a new digital system for the administration and registration of owners. The new registration system will consolidate fees and simplify ownership types. The BHA issued the following press release Tuesday: Following widespread feedback from owners, including through the National Racehorse Owners Survey, and in consultation with the […]

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Ryan Moore after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf aboard Hit It a Bomb.
Ryan Moore On Riding: It’s About ‘Feeling, Finding A Good Rhythm, And Intuition’

Ryan Moore is, without a doubt, one of the top jockeys in horse racing today. The 33-year-old Brit has won races around the world, from Great Britain to Australia. Although Moore has a large fan base, he is an extremely private man who prefers to keep his professional and personal lives separate. In a recent profile […]

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Study Finds 70 Percent Of Race-Day Injuries In Britain Are Minor

A fourteen-year study of race-day injuries of Thoroughbreds in Great Britain finds that the majority of injuries incurred by racehorses are “minor” and aren’t career-ending. The most common injuries recorded in this category were respiratory issues (including epistaxis), soft tissue injuries (which included cuts and wounds), and unspecified lameness or stiffness. Researchers with the Royal […]

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‘I Look At What I’ve Gained’: Banned For 12 Years, Jockey Egan Slowly Rebuilding His Life

Jockey Darren Egan was widely thought to be one of the top apprentice riders in Great Britain in 2012. Egan notched 47 wins that year before being sideline with a broken collarbone in October. Egan returned to the saddle in the spring of 2013 and seemingly picked up where he left off. However, in August the news broke […]

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