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Pletcher Shuts Down Belmont String ‘Until This Thing Is Over’

Todd Pletcher will be moving the 19 horses he had in training at Belmont Park, the trainer told drf.com on Tuesday. With NYRA racing cancelled for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Pletcher made the decision to shut down his New York operation. “For the safety of our employees and to […]

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‘Don’t Think I’ve Ever Been This Stressed’: Trainers Already Hanging By A Thread

Although most of the country is only a few weeks into closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the racing industry is already hurting badly, according to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Officials and horsemen at Canterbury Park, which is scheduled to begin its meet mid-May, have watched the turn of events at other […]

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Multiple Jockeys Affected By New Coronavirus Restrictions At Oaklawn, Gulfstream

In the past few days, multiple jockeys have had to alter plans, miss race days, or go into quarantine in response to regulations put in place by both Oaklawn and Gulfstream Park, two of the few racetracks still holding live racing. Oaklawn sent jockeys a letter on March 19 detailing some of the new regulations, […]

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Trainer Brad Cox Tops 148th Racing Season At Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots returned to the traditional Thanksgiving Day opening for the start of the 148th racing season, but the meet concluded six racing days prior to the scheduled March 29 closing date due to a “stay-home” order issued by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, following public health concerns in relation to […]

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Blue Grass Farms Charities ‘Assistance-Ready’ For Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Farm Workers

Blue Grass Farms Charities is “assistance-ready” regarding the COVID-19 crisis for those who work in Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Industry. Like the rest of the world, the next few weeks will be critical for controlling the spread of the virus. Food and extra funds are going to be difficult for farm workers to acquire and their […]

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B.E.S.T. Seeking Donations For Negative Pressure Room, A ‘Critical Cog’ In Battling Epidemic

The importance of the Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York (B.E.S.T.) is more pronounced than ever with live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Led by Executive Director Paul Ruchames from Cottage 28B on the Belmont Park backstretch, B.E.S.T.’s […]

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Sacco: ‘Important To Maintain Some Normalcy’ Through The ‘Uncharted Waters’ Of COVID-19

Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables’ Mind Control, a dual Grade 1-winner on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit, breezed three furlongs in 36.04 seconds on Saturday on the Belmont Park training track. Trained by Gregg Sacco, the 4-year-old Stay Thirsty colt posted his first breeze since his rallying score in the Grade 3, […]

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‘Sounds Like My Kind Of Job’: Kelsi Harr Leads Apprentice Standings At Oaklawn

Tiny Slovak, Ark., is having a big impact on the jockey standings this year at Oaklawn. Kelsi Harr, raised in the unincorporated Grand Prairie farming community 55 miles east of Little Rock, had five victories through Saturday to lead all apprentice jockeys at the 57-day meeting that is scheduled to conclude May 2. Harr, 27, […]

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Robert T. Manfuso, 82, Maryland Owner-Breeder And Industry Leader, Dies

Robert Tyree Manfuso, for decades a major figure in the Thoroughbred industry in Maryland and nationally, died on Thursday at the age of 82. An owner, breeder, racetrack owner and contributor to numerous industry organizations, Mr. Manfuso owned and operated Chanceland Farm in West Friendship, Md., with his longtime partner, Katy Voss. Born Sept. 1, […]

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