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California Handle: ‘Field Size Is The Biggest Factor, More Important Than Takeout’

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Art Wilson writes that the solution to generating handle on horse racing has been focused on takeout, ever since the advent of social media. The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo agrees that takeout is “a little bit too high” ever since the California legislature passed SB1072 in 2010, increasing the takeout […]

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King And His Court, State Of Honor Breeze Toward Queen’s Plate

Mark Casse was at the Royal Ascot meeting on Friday to saddle La Coronel to a fifth-place run in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Next Sunday, Casse will be at Woodbine to watch King and His Court and State of Honor compete in the 158th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate, the 1 ¼ […]

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Rivelli Saddles 500th Winner Over Arlington Track Friday

Arlington International Racecourse’s four-time leading trainer Larry Rivelli hit a new milestone when Patricia’s Hope LLC’s Do Not Enter gave “Riv” his 500th win at the Chicagoland oval in Friday’s second race. Since saddling his first winner in 2000, Rivelli’s operation has grown steadily through the years, culminating in successive training titles at Arlington over […]

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Kitasan Black In Takarazuka Kinen, Soy Realidad In Gran Premio Pamplona

Ono Shoji’s Kitasan Black (JPN), the 2016 Japan Horse of the Year and last year’s Japan Cup (G1) winner, is the standout in Sunday’s 1½- mile, $2.598 million Takarazuka Kinen (G1) at Hanshin Racecourse for an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of 81 […]

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Bradley’s The Player Returns To Action In Kelly’s Landing

William “Buff” Bradley and Carl Hurst’s The Player is slated to make his 4-year-old debut in the $65,000-added Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes on closing night of Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet, Friday, June 30. The Kelly’s Landing is one of three stakes races on the prime-time racing program billed as “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella […]

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CHRB Meeting: ADW, Racing Licenses Approved

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 22, at Santa Anita Park. First Vice Chair George Krikorian presided. Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under […]

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Court Grants Prat Stay Of Suspension; Will Be Allowed To Ride July 1-4

Jockey Flavien Prat, who is contesting a recent suspension at Santa Anita, was granted a court stay that will allow him to ride July 1-4. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Prat had appealed the suspension to the California Horse Racing Board, but was denied. He then took the matter to court. Prat was […]

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Asmussen Expecting ‘Sharp’ Effort From Untrapped In Ohio Derby

Third choice on the morning line at 9-2, Untrapped is one of four Kentucky Derby (G1) starters entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at JACK Thistledown. Unplaced in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Untrapped earned his way to the Run for the Roses with runner-up finishes in the LeComte (G3) and Risen Star (G2) stakes […]

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Canadian Horse Racing Industry Gearing Up To Celebrate 250th Anniversary

As Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation on July 1st, Canada’s horse racing industry is recognizing an even greater milestone, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada with 23 racetracks in 8 provinces taking part in a national celebration over the July 1st weekend. From British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, tracks holding races […]

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Ritvo: The Stronach Group Considering Possible New England Track

Although discussions are admittedly in the “very early” stages, there are indications that The Stronach Group is considering building a racetrack in New England. “We think Boston is a good market and we don’t want it to go away. We’re in preliminary talks with George Carney, but it’s very early,” Tim Ritvo, The Stronach Group’s chief […]

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