Santa Anita: Stable Area, Clockers’ Corner Will Re-Open Sept. 1

Clockers’ Corner, Santa Anita’s popular breakfast destination, will re-open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 1 in conjunction with the re-opening of the track’s inner dirt oval for training. Santa Anita’s stable area, which has been closed for routine maintenance since mid-July, will begin accepting horses the day before, on Friday, Aug. 31 and the […]

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NHC Tour Adds Three Live-Money Super Qualifiers To Schedule

The New York Racing Association, Churchill Downs Inc., and The Stronach Group are set to host three brand-new “NHC Super Qualifiers” in coming months, offering dozens of berths to February’s $3 million (estimated) NTRA National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. The live-money contests, in which players compete to turn $1,000 of their own cash into the largest nut, are set for Sept. […]

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Passion For Racing, Friend’s Memory Motivate New York Owner Stritsman

Lucas Stritsman of Troy, N.Y., could hardly be described as a grizzled racing veteran. He is no corporate magnate, either. He and his brother, Evan, own Fire Hearth and Patio, a family business in Colonie, N.Y., that their father, Wayne, started in his garage more than four decades ago. Stritsman, 42, offers a refreshingly fresh […]

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Kentucky Racing Commission Funding Two-Year Research Project On Inflammatory Biomarkers

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently voted unanimously to fund a project at the University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center examining inflammatory and anti-inflammatory markers as early indicators for potential catastrophic (life-ending) injury in racehorses. The occurrence of injuries in horses and jockeys during training and racing is a significant economic and welfare concern […]

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Ralph Strangis, Minnesota Racing Commission Chairman, Dead At 82

Ralph Strangis, chairman of the Minnesota Racing Commission and principal partner in the law firm Kaplan, Strangis & Kaplan, passed away on August 15, 2018, at age 82. Mr. Strangis was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as chair of the commission in 2013. He had served on the commission previously in the early days […]

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Golden Gate Pushes For Bigger Field Sizes As Meet Opens

Golden Gate Fields will open its 24-day Summer Meet this Thursday and in an effort to offer fans increased field sizes, purses have been increased $2,000 for all claiming races run for a tag of $16,000 or less. Both Golden Gate’s main track and turf course have undergone routine renovations and are in pristine condition heading into […]

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Super Ninety Nine Sires First Winner At Laurel Park

Little Miss Raelyn took to the front and never looked back to win a waiver maiden claiming race on Sunday at Laurel Park and become the first winner for her sire, Super Ninety Nine. The debuting filly completed the five-furlong race in 59.10 seconds over a fast main track under jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. Bred […]

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Catapult Splits Rivals For Del Mar Mile Win

Providing red-hot jockey Drayden Van Dyke with his fifth of seven victories during the afternoon, Catapult, longshot winner of the Eddie Read Stakes a month ago, proved that triumph was no fluke with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured Grade II $200,000 Del Mar Mile Sunday. Van Dyke, who had eight mounts, tied Hall of […]

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Del Mar Handle Up Eight Percent Over First Five Weeks

Overall handle has increased more than 8% after five weeks of racing at Del Mar, with two solid weeks of action still to come. Track officials welcomed the Friday announcement of the return of Breeders’ Cup to Del Mar in 2021, then saw a single-day handle mark topple when $25,969,128 was bet on Saturday’s TVG Pacific […]

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Seven Of Ten: Van Dyke Equals Del Mar Win Record With New Personal Best

In 2006, Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza won seven of ten races in a single day at Del Mar. On Sunday, Drayden Van Dyke – Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2014 – equaled that record, winning with seven of his eight mounts on a 10-race card, including the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile aboard the […]

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