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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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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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Caravaggio Remains Perfect With A Game Victory In Commonwealth Cup

Caravaggio maintained his unbeaten record with a superb display in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. The six-furlong contest was billed as one of the races of the week, as the Aidan O’Brien-trained Caravaggio, so impressive in the Coventry Stakes at last year’s meeting, took on a couple of major Godolphin-owned contenders in Harry Angel […]

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Commentary: Del Mar, Saratoga Face ‘Pivotal Year’ Regarding Equine Fatalities

In just a few weeks, two of horse racing’s most eagerly anticipated race meets of the year will get underway – Del Mar in California and Saratoga in upstate New York. Del Mar and Saratoga attract thousands of people every summer, from casual fans looking to spend an enjoyable day or two of vacation at the track, to […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Hialeah Hope, Royal Attraction?

Hialeah Park was once one of the most elegant venues of Thoroughbred racing in the country. The physical facility remains gorgeous inside and out, but the racing product has deteriorated — boiling it down — to a series of match races between 15-year-old Quarter Horses going 100 yards. In this edition of The Friday Show, […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Unreal’ Family Legacy Carries On In Stewart’s Barn

Forever Unbridled’s performance in Saturday night’s G2 Fleur de Lis was particularly impressive, considering trainer Dallas Stewart had the 5-year-old mare ready to fire off a seven-month layoff. Last seen in running third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, just 1 ¼ lengths behind Beholder and Songbird, Forever Unbridled earned a trip back to the World […]

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Road Hazard: Ward Filly Knocked Over By Cyclist After Ascot Gallop

Trainer Wesley Ward has already had a very successful Royal Ascot meet, highlighted by Lady Aurelia’s scintillating win in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes on opening day. Ward still has several runners left to saddle over the next few days, including the juvenile fillies Fairyland and Princess Peggy in Friday’s opener, the listed Albany […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A Lasting First-Timers’ Bond

If you’re interested in horses long enough, you will eventually have a select group of horses from your past that, for whatever reason, hold a special meaning. It could be the first horse you ever rode, owned or bred. Maybe it’s a horse that taught you an important lesson. It could even be a horse […]

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Keeneland: Six Grade 1 Races Headline $5.325 Million Fall Stakes Schedule

Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Meet, which covers 17 days from Oct. 6-28, will present six Grade 1 races among 17 graded stakes worth $5.325 million and will showcase many of the nation’s top contenders aiming for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships during its signature Fall Stars Weekend on the first three days of the season. Among […]

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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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