Saratoga opener still a go despite heat cancellations

NYRA officials expect Saratoga to open as expected Friday despite the heat wave that prompted several East Coast tracks to close for live racing Thursday. NYRA President Charles Hayward tells the Albany Times-Union:  “The fundamental concern is very simple — the health of the horse and the jockey. But I think we’re going to be […]

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Winchester leads Arlington Stars and Stripes Stakes

Press Release Millionaire and multiple Grade I stakes winner Winchester, who races in the colors of Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone, heads a field of seven grass runners entered for Saturday’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Stakes, a mile and a half turf contest that headline’s the track’s Military Appreciation Day. Winner of the Grade […]

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Awesome Maria out for the year with fracture

Press Release Awesome Maria, the winner of four straight graded stakes who was targeting the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap at Saratoga Race Course on July 31, is out for the remainder of 2011 with a non-displaced condylar fracture of her left foreleg, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Thursday. Pletcher said the injury was detected following […]

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Breeders’ Cup, John Deere launch breeder competition

Press Release The Breeders’ Cup announced today that John Deere has been renewed as a marketing partner and the official equipment supplier of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. As a part of the new agreement, John Deere will team with Breeders’ Cup and NTRA Advantage to create the John Deere Award, a competition among breeders […]

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Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Being a Force for Change

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee will be meeting soon in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., to go over procedural and policy matters related to the granting of Grade 1, 2 or 3 designations for unrestricted stakes race scheduled to be run in the United States next year. The actual grading sessions generally […]

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Calder announces five percent purse hike

Press Release Calder Casino & Race Course (“Calder”) officials have announced a 5-percent purse increase beginning with today’s racing program. The increase is applied evenly to base overnight purses, excluding overnight stakes, Florida Owners Awards (FOAs), and maiden special weight races; the latter two were both increased last month. “Purse contributions from slot machine gaming […]

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Williams, Beshear discuss expanded gambling in Kentucky

The issue of expanded gambling was back in the political spotlight in Kentucky this week during a forum between the two candidates for governor – Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear and his Republican challenger David Williams.  Political reporter Kenny Colston says a disagreement between the two may have revealed the most likely path for Beshear to […]

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RCI committee adds to list of Class 1 banned substances

Press Release The Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee (DTSP) committee of Racing Commissions International (RCI) yesterday voted to specifically add Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and related analogues (bath salts), Dermorphin, as well as synthetic cannabinoids as Class 1 prohibited substances in horse racing and called for any violators to be sanctioned with the highest recommended penalties […]

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Monmouth, Colonial join East Coast cancellations

 Monmouth Park Racetrack has rescheduled its live racing program from Friday, July 22 to Monday, July 25 due to Friday’s expected excessive heat and extreme humidity.     “Our main concern is for the safety of our horses and jockeys,” said Robert Kulina, vice president and general manager of Monmouth Park.  “With temperatures expected to reach […]

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Newmarket development may threaten horses, way of life

In last month’s series, Tattersalls presents An American Invader in the U.K., I mentioned a controversial development project proposed for Newmarket, Britain’s headquarters for horse racing.  Lord Derby (of all people) wants to build a 1,200-home subdivision near the local gallops and training yards, a move that is being fiercely resisted by horsemen in the […]

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