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Raffetto: The starring role in this horror movie has to go to Frank Stronach

Former president/COO of the Maryland Jockey Club Lou Raffetto wrote a scathing review of the Maryland horse racing industry. And we can’t sum up his column any better than quoting Raffetto’s own work. “While the leadership of the Maryland House of Delegates has to take credit for writing such a lousy script, the starring role […]

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Sabini: In the short run it’s going to be hard to make up that (OTB) money

On a recent radio program, NY Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini discussed the impact of the NYC OTB closure on the racing industry as a whole. “In the short run it’s going to be hard to make up that money,” said Sabini. But the impact may not all be negative. The bankruptcy of […]

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Trainers at Sam Houston call new purse structure ‘a home run’

Trainer Danny Pish views the move to a $160,000 daily purse structure at Sam Houston Race Park a home run according to Hal Lundgren in the Houston Chronicle. “Bigger money usually means you have full fields,” said Pish. “You see that at Delta Downs, which is thriving with big fields. I’d expect that with Sam […]

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Englander named IEAH bloodstock director

Two-time Eclipse Award winner Richard Englander has been hired by IEAH Stables as its director of bloodstock affiars.

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Scott Lake reaches 5,000

Today at Laurel Park, Scott Lake became the sixth trainer in history to reach 5,000 wins when Communicator took a $5,000 claiming race by four lengths with jockey Malcolm Franklin on board. “We are really proud of what the barn has accomplished,” said Lake. We owe it to all the owners, horses and my help. […]

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Hayward: Saratoga is going to run next year

In the face of criticism over executive pay raises at NYRA, president and CEO Charlie Hayward said that Saratoga will not be in doubt for 2011 with purses holding at the same rate as 2010. This all in the face of the shutdown of the NYC OTB and shortfall of money owed NYRA. They are […]

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Veitch: Mack Miller had big impact on Saratoga

Michael Veitch focuses his tribute to Mack Miller on the trainer’s impact on the Saratoga Race Course starting with his Java Gold-en summer of 1987.

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Barbara Livingston’s tribute to Mack Miller

In both words and pictures, Eclipse Award-winning photographer Barbara Livingston shares her memories of Hall of Fame trainer Mackenzie Miller, who died in Kentucky Saturday at the age of 89. Particularly poignant was this passage about a photograph she took of the “Gentleman Trainer” 15 years ago when he retired from the sport. “I have […]

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Dan Fick named new racing director at Remington

Remington Park announced the appointment of veteran Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing executive Dan Fick as the Oklahoma City, Okla., track’s director of racing, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Remington Park, which recently ended a very successful Thoroughbred season, reopens March 4, 2011, with a Quarter Horse meeting. Fick has considerable experience with both breeds, having […]

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HRI – Christine: Timphony and Wild Again – Made for each other

“If Wild Again hadn’t landed with a trainer like Vincent Timphony, Timphony would have landed with Wild Again.”

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