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‘The Ship Is Sinking’: CHRB Members Argue For Fewer Race Dates

The California Horse Racing Board had its second discussion in 2017 regarding a reduction in race dates, and, once again, received significant pushback from those in attendance at a committee meeting on Friday. According to bloodhorse.com, executive director Rick Baedeker presented the CHRB with three different calendars, each of which would reduce racing by 17-18 days. Thoroughbred […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Among Trio Notified Of Alleged Class 1 Drug Violations

Judd Kearl, the reigning American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and 2016 leader in both money and races won in North America, was among three trainers notified on Friday by the Texas Racing Commission that horses in their care allegedly tested positive for the Class 1 drug Nomifensine. Kearl was notified of five alleged Class 1 violations […]

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Dream It Is Maintains Her Perfect Record With Schuylerville Romp

Hoolie Racing Stable’s Dream It Is has now won all three of her career starts, including Friday’s G3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga by nine lengths. The 2-year-old daughter of Shackleford had previously won both of her starts at Woodbine, including a listed stake, but those had come over the Tapeta. Trainer Barbara Minshall shipped the […]

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‘Nirvana Is At Hand’: Opening Day At The Spa Is Always A Special Occasion

Baseball fans have Opening Day. That one, long-awaited moment, filled with the promise and excitement of a bright future that can bring out the giddy little kid in a crusty senior citizen. Racing fans have Opening Day at Saratoga. That July afternoon, some 45 weeks in the making, when months of anticipation and grand expectations […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Positive Trends?

Last week on The Friday Show, we looked at five of the biggest challenges the Thoroughbred racing industry currently faces. This week, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick examine trends that appear to be going in the right direction. What are some things in the racing business that are trending positive and should be capitalized upon? […]

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Saratoga Start Unlikely For Songbird; Porter Says No Plans To Retire Two-Time Champ At Year’s End

Owner Rick Porter and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have long indicated that a race at Saratoga Race Course was among the stops they intended to make as part of two-time champion Songbird’s 4-year-old campaign. After an upset scare at hot and humid Delaware Park in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 15, […]

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Veterinarian: Ben’s Cat Colic A Complex Condition, Unrelated To Retirement

Readers reacted with shock and disappointment at Tuesday’s news of the death of Ben’s Cat, four-time Maryland Horse of the Year and fan favorite, from complications related to colic. The gelding had undergone surgery July 6 for an epiploic foramen entrapment, a complicated condition with high risk of complications. Although the timing of his colic […]

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Biancone Granted Conditional License By KY Horse Racing Commission

Patrick Biancone, who has not held a trainer’s license in Kentucky since 2007, has been granted a conditional license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. The BloodHorse reports that the KHRC’s License Review Committee approved the conditional license during its meeting Wednesday. However, the full racing commission will make the final decision as to whether or not to fully […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Putting ‘A Face To The Hero’

The name “Victor Espinoza” has most of the racing community thinking of a certain Triple Crown-winning jockey. To anyone familiar with Brookdale Farm in Versailles, Ky., however, the name brings to mind a different individual. Brookdale’s Victor Espinoza epitomizes the spirit of Godolphin’s newest initiative, the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards. Intended to “to identify and […]

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Ireland: Jockey Ana O’Brien Suffers Multiple Injuries In Spill At Killarney

Ana O’Brien, Ireland’s leading apprentice jockey and youngest daughter of trainer Aidan O’Brien, will be sidelined at least until November after suffering multiple injuries in a spill at Killarney July 18. According to reports in both the Racing Post and Irish Mirror, O’Brien, 21, fractured the C1 vertabra in her neck, the T6 in her back, fractures to her […]

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