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State Officials Reviewing Horse Ambulance Delay At Penn National

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission said it is reviewing a Nov. 17 incident at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., in which it took a reported eight minutes for the horse ambulance to arrive so that a stricken horse could be treated and, ultimately, euthanized. Aspic, a 6-year-old mare bred, owned and trained by […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Racetrack, Horse Welfare Advocate Over Slaughter Ban

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a family-operated racing stable against Thistledown racetrack, the Ohio State Racing Commission, various officials and an animal welfare advocate in connection with a Thoroughbred purchased at a livestock auction known to be frequented by buyers of horses who sell them for slaughter. The suit […]

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Churchill Downs Bans Daily Racing Form On-Track Sales; Launches Rival Product

Management of Churchill Downs and Daily Racing Form – two iconic racing institutions that date back to the 1800s – apparently will not be sitting down together for a Thanksgiving Dinner. The two parties have been feuding in recent months, culminating with Churchill Downs opting to ban on-track sales of the daily racing newspaper founded […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Classic Case Of Redemption

Steve Asmussen can be wound a little tight now and then, but the good vibrations he was putting out in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Cup championships at Del Mar were as laid-back and cool as a Beach Boys melody from the 1960s. The trainer of Classic favorite Gun Runner was among a […]

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AmTote’s Backup Power Systems Avert Potential Disaster On Breeders’ Cup Friday

As the totalisator system for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club – host of this year’s Breeders’ Cup Championships – AmTote International seamlessly processed more than 5.6 million individual transactions on a day when $52,273,883 was wagered on a 10-race card. The day, however, could have been a disaster were it not for a multi-tiered backup […]

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Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Final Thoughts

Hope the last few installments of my Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide have helped some out-of-towners decide what to do with any spare time they have and where to find good food in an unpretentious environment. If not, it’s been fun for me to re-live why I love the Del Mar area so much. […]

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Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Old Standbys And Recent Upstarts

As I wrote the other day when I began this series for first-time Del Mar visitors to the Breeders’ Cup, I’ve been coming to the races at Del Mar since 1979. So much has changed in and around the track since then, but there’s been one constant, Bully’s restaurant and bar, a longtime horseman’s hangout […]

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Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: The Most Important Meal

(Each day leading up to the Breeders’ Cup championships Nov. 3-4, Ray Paulick, who’s been visiting Del Mar each summer since 1979, will offer some tips to first-time visitors about some of his favorites things to do in San Diego County away from the racetrack. Click here for yesterday’s first installment.) Been out to the […]

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Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Coastal Bliss

I’m not an unbiased observer when it comes to Del Mar’s hosting of the Breeders’ Cup championships for the first time this year. Far from it. I’ve been coming here every summer since 1979 and never tire of the ocean breezes (though I hear they can be a little more biting in the fall and […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Suspended 19 Years; Stroud, Sanchez Also Sanctioned

Reigning champion American Quarter Horse Association trainer Judd Kearl has been suspended 19 years and fined $110,000 by stewards in Texas after five of his horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s. Two other trainers were sanctioned at the same time […]

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