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Perry Ouzts: ‘Hero of the local circuit’

Of the jockeys that have won 6,000 races or more, there are only three that are currently active-Russell Baze, Edgar Prado, and Mario Pino. However, there soon will be someone joining that elite list, and it might not be someone that you’re aware of: Perry Ouzts. Over the blog by The Track Philosopher, the writer […]

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Left at the Gate: ‘Still waiting’ on Gov. Cuomo

“Gov. Cuomo will put the New York Racing Association out of its scandal-scarred misery ‘promptly’ after the historic Saratoga Race Track ends its meet,” was the official word out of Albany regarding changes on the NYRA board. That was announced in July. As we move towards the middle of September, there’s still no word from […]

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Best of the Blogs: Rick Dutrow and the short turnaround

In a new post at the  And Down the Stretch They Come blog, trainer Rick Dutrow and his success with horses racing on short rest is discussed, and the question is raised as to why this practice isn’t more common in racing. Dutrow has had great success doing this, most recently sending Willy Beamin out […]

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DeRosa: ‘Stars? We don’t need no stinkin’ stars’

Horse racing has lost several big name members of the 3-year-old class to injury and retirement recently, and several fans and many in the industry are lamenting the lack of star power left in the crop. One person who is not doing that is Ed DeRosa, who contends in his latest blog entry at Twinspires.com […]

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KY dentist offers free care to clients helping Our Mims

A Paris, Ky., dentist who has a love of horses is offering free dental care to uninsured patients if they agree to barter their skills or services to help Our Mims Retirement Haven. Dr. Anna Newman is a Thoroughbred owner and mother of a teenager who volunteers at Our Mims. The arrangement began last week, […]

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Pull the Pocket: ‘Why isn’t racing lobbying against online sports wagering?’

Online wagering in North America is a huge business, and because it is the only form of online gambling that is legal, horse racing has pretty much cornered the market on it. That may soon change, as states such as New Jersey and California are trying to pass legislation that would allow various types of […]

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Brooklyn Backstretch: Still waiting for Aqueduct’s injury task force’s report

Teresa Genaro at the Brooklyn Backstretch website writes in her latest blog post how she-in addition to the rest of the racing public-is still waiting on a report from the task force that is investigating the breakdowns that occurred at Aqueduct last winter. The task force began its work in March, and when Genaro spoke […]

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Zipse: Breeders’ Cup Classic could be a doozy this year

At Horse Racing Nation, Zipse at the Track writes that yesterday’s impressive wins by Mucho Macho Man and Game On Dude add to the evidence that this year’s older male division may be one of the strongest of the 21st century: “After seeing what we saw yesterday, it would be easy to argue that the […]

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Vespe: Maryland horsemen repeal decision to review bylaws

In May, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association voted to created a committee that would review the organization’s bylaws, most of which had not received an update for many years. But this week, Frank Vespe – at his That’s Amore Stable blog – says the group has reversed that decision, voting to put off any bylaw […]

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View from the Racetrack Grandstand: Talk about the Meadowlands fall from grace being greatly exaggerated…

Is the Meadowlands’ new management showing signs of turning things around at the New Jersey Standardbred track? Blogger View from the Racetrack Grandstand illustrates the increases in attendance (13.1%), on-track wagering (17.4%), off-track wagering (4.7%) and all-source wagering (6.3%) the track has experienced over this time last year.  “I think they are making good progress […]

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