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View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on multiple counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and misbranding of drugs. When this case is over, I’m sure the racetrack is the […]

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Una Burla Al Deporte Hípico En Hialeah: La Culpa Es Del Estado, No Del Propietario

NOTA: Hemos decidido traducir para esta sección un revelador artículo del día 20 de Junio publicado por nuestro editor Ray Paulick luego de que hiciera una visita reciente al emblemático hipódromo de Hialeah. Lo que leerán (y verán) a continuación representa la triste realidad de lo que otrora fuera una de las plazas más importantes […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Blame State, Not Brunetti, For Mockery Of The Sport At Hialeah

I visited Hialeah Park for the first time nearly 30 years ago, on Dec. 26, 1987. Though I’d been cautioned that the grande dame of South Florida racing was not what she once was – that the war track owner John Brunetti had lost to Gulfstream Park over the prime winter dates had taken its […]

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Derby Wars To Pay $500,000 To Stronach Group, Comply With Interstate Horseracing Act, To Settle Lawsuit

The owners of Derby Wars will pay The Stronach Group $500,000 over the next year as part of a settlement agreement that ends litigation filed by the racetrack owner against the handicapping contest operator in December 2015. Federal Judge James Otero of U.S. District Court for the Central District of California signed and filed the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed

There was a time, not so long ago, that sporting men and women would breed Thoroughbreds to race them. Today, it seems, we have more business people who race to breed. With the 2017 Triple Crown in the books – and three different horses winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont for the ninth time […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Following In Some Mighty Footsteps

Six months ago, Angel A. Rodriguez was a fresh-faced 16-year-old with a dream. He had just graduated from the Academia Técnica de Formación de Jinetes Laffit Pincay Jr. at the Hipódromo Presidente Remón in Panama City, Panama – the riding school renamed by racetrack operator Codere in 2009 to honor the legendary jockey who launched […]

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Coltimus Prime Gives Rene Douglas A Clásico Return To Panama

Rene Douglas made a triumphant return to his native Panama on Sunday, where he launched a riding career that would carry him to 3,587 victories over 27 years in the United States. That career ended suddenly on the afternoon of May 23, 2009, when a horse Douglas was riding at Arlington Park fell, rolling over […]

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Wong Said Syringes, Injectables Found In Barn Search Result Of Set-Up

Trainer Jonathan Wong began serving a 60-day suspension on May 30 after a search of his Parx Racing barn by officials produced two hypodermic needles and syringes and two bottles of an injectable substance. Wong insists he was set up by a former employee he had fired. “My assistant and his girlfriend, who was working […]

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Parx Imposes New House Rules On Medication Violations, Program Trainers

When racing resumes on Saturday at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., a new “house rule” will be in effect that director of racing Sam Elliott hopes will serve as a deterrent to prevent horsemen from violating medication and integrity rules. “Parx Racing is intent on fixing the public perception and confidence in the integrity of the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Time Running Out For Illinois Racing

There was a time when slot machines at Illinois racetracks might have leveled the competitive playing field for the gambling dollar. Those days are over. With the General Assembly in Springfield scheduled to adjourn this Wednesday, the clock is ticking for an industry that has been victimized by old school Illinois politics. The racing industry […]

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