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Michael Dickinson: American punters are small fry compared to other parts of the world

Synthetic tracks have certainly had their hardcore supporters and detractors but one surface seems to get more positive press or less negative press depending on how you look at it. Michael Dickinson is the creator of the Tapeta surface which was most famously installed at the Meydan Racetrack in Dubai but also has a home […]

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John Franzone: If we don’t come together with a unified plan, we’re toast

While the industry in Maryland was able to come up with a stopgap solution for the 2011 season, it is clear significant work needs to be done in order to ensure a future for Maryland racing. John Franzone is putting together a group of Thoroughbred and harness track interests to forge a plan on how […]

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Mike Smith: Now I’m fine

Bill Christine of Horse Race Insider talks about the two rich mares who won Eclipse Awards in Marylou Whitney and Zenyatta. It’s a great piece for anyone who wants to learn more about these two great ladies of racing. But probably the most relieved of anyone at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami, FL was Zenyatta’s […]

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Jerry Moss: She was a big crossover hit

Claire Novak, in her special to ESPN.com, takes a look at the entirety of the Eclipse Awards last night but of course the big story line everyone is talking about is Zenyatta’s Horse of the Year victory. Jerry Moss, in true record producer fashion, he described the superstar mare as a “crossover hit”. “Horse racing […]

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John Shirreffs: Zenyatta is a miracle

John Shirreffs was certainly choked up by all that Zenyatta has meant in his life as a trainer in horse racing. “I just can’t tell you how excited I am, how happy I am,” he said. “She’s meant so much. Zenyatta is a miracle.”

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Dwyre: This one was for the fans

There was a lot of talk about 2011 being the year of the fan. So what better way to honor the fans than by awarding the Horse of the Year title to fan-favorite Zenyatta. Bill Dwyre summed it up this way. “The general fan, especially a new legion of females who had come, seen Zenyatta […]

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Transcript of Marylou Whitney’s Eclipse Awards acceptance speech

If you missed the speech by Mary Lou Whitney when she accepted her Eclipse Award of Merit tonight or if you’d like to read it for yourself, see the full transcript below. Good evening. I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this Award tonight. I have loved the sport of thoroughbred racing since Sonny […]

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Illinois State Rep Lang explains slots bill decision

Illinois State Representative and House sponsor of a bill that would bring expanded gaming to racetracks, Lou Lang received some understandable heat from racing interests when he held up the bill on the last day of the session Jan. 12. But Lang claims he has fought long and hard for this bill and has given […]

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Could NJ Gov Christie remove subsidies?

After much consternation, the powers that be in New Jersey have settled upon a bill that among other things would disperse $30 million in casino subsidies to racetracks over the next three years. But there is now concern that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could effectively kill these subsidies in a round about way by […]

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Walt Robertson on Keeneland: It’s a first-class operation

There has been much talk about the circumstances surrounding the retirement of Walt Robertson from Fasig-Tipton and the subsequent hiring of Robertson at rival Keeneland. But Robertson seems focused on his future with his new home and talks more in depth with Alicia Wincze of the Lexington Herald-Leader including his read on the marketplace this […]

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