View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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Frank Mirahmadi Returns To Monmouth Announcer’s Booth Friday

Announcer Frank Mirahmadi will be back calling races at Monmouth Park when racing resumes on Friday, with fill-in Jason Beem headed next to Colonial Downs in Virginia before returning to Monmouth again in late September. Mirahmadi is the full-time announcer at Santa Anita, which wrapped up its meet on Sunday. Beem handled Monmouth’s first 17 […]

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Navarro Calls 3-Year-Old Shancelot ‘The Best Horse I’ve Ever Trained’

Trainer Jorge Navarro didn’t mince any words after Shancelot blazed six furlongs in 1:08.43 – the fastest time for that distance so far during the Monmouth Park meeting – in his second career start on Sunday. “The best horse I’ve ever trained,” said the track’s leading trainer. The 3-year-old son of Shanghai Bobby-True Kiss by […]

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Commentary: Don’t Let Animal Rights ‘Terrorists’ Make Horse Racing Go The Way Of Circus Elephants

I went to work at the track in 1965 because of my abiding love for horses. No one can question my love for the animal. However, there is a faction of society that does not love our game. These are the animal rights terrorists whose agenda is nothing less than the ending of racing altogether. […]

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11-Year-Old Soi Phet Seeks Swan Song Victory In Saturday’s Bertrando

Defending champion Soi Phet is among 14 nominees to the $100,000-guaranteed Bertrando Stakes, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds & up bred or sired in California. The sixth renewal of the Bertrando will be run Saturday, June 29, opening day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival at Los Alamitos. An 11-year-old son of Tizbud owned by Benowitz […]

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Defending Cornhusker Winner Remembering Rita Tops 2019 Nominees

The names of 218 Thoroughbreds, including a pair of defending champions, fill the nominations for the 2019 Iowa Festival of Racing, which will be run on Friday July 5 and Saturday July 6 at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, IA. Post time for both days of the 2019 Iowa Festival of Racing will […]

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$25,000 Claim, Ohio Derby Runner-Up Math Wizard ‘Improving Every Race’

Jockey Edgard Zayas was back at Gulfstream Park with a full book of mounts Sunday, less than 24 hours after he rode ex-claimer Math Wizard to a second-place finish behind Owendale in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio. Both Zayas, a nine-time graded-stakes winner with 1,363 career victories, and Math […]

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Horse Ambulance Response Plans Highlighted At Track Superintendents’ Field Day

More than 100 attendees gathered at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Monday for the start of Track Superintendents’ Field Day. The event brings together track superintendents and their crews from around the United States, Canada and Dubai to share ideas and information about track maintenance, safety, equipment and more. There are no registration […]

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Confirmed Case Of Vesicular Stomatitis In Texas

Horses residing on a premise in Kinney County, Texas, tested positive for vesicular stomatitis on June 21, the Texas Animal Health Commission reported June 24. Owners called a veterinarian after they noticed lesions on the muzzles of their horses, reports The Horse. The farm is under quarantine and no known exposure to other horses has […]

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‘Cornerstone’ Family Carries CEO’s Hopes In 2019 Queen’s Plate

The Queen’s Plate is always a significant occasion for Woodbine Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Jim Lawson because of its rich history, but this year will be more than just ceremonial for him because of a horse that has ties to his family and to Queen Elizabeth II. Federal Law, a horse Jim bred and then […]

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