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Pull The Pocket: Boycott brings unprecedented energy

The horseplayer’s boycott of Santa Anita has been met with mixed reactions.  Some cheer on the idea of horseplayers standing firm against California’s takeout increase.  Others are skeptical it will have any real impact. The blog, Pull The Pocket, believes the effort is real and energizing like never before: “Only two weeks ago it seems […]

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Former harness judge awarded $102,000 in Delaware lawsuit

A jury awarded former Delaware harness racing judge Don Harmon more than $102,000 in damages this week for being wrongfully fired by the state’s harness racing commission. Harmon was fired in 2003 after being arrested for allegedly altering documents that allowed an ineligible horse to meet the standards for a qualifying race at Dover Downs.

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Jockey Berrio to resume racing after stroke

Jockey Omar Berrio is scheduled to return to racing Sunday at Santa Anita.  Berrio suffered a minor stroke December 30 and is now taking blood pressure medication.

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Jockey Robby Albarado set for surgery

Jockey Robby Albarado was scheduled for surgery Monday to repair a fractured heel after being thrown from his mount before a race at Fair Grounds earlier this month. Albarado is targeting March for a return to racing.

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Jerry Moss: No Horse of the Year title would be ‘ridiculous’

Jerry Moss, owner of world-class mare Zenyatta, and Al Stall Jr., who trained 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Blame, both weighed in with the Blood-Horse on their prospects of taking home a Horse of the Year title on Monday at the Eclipse Awards. “With everything this great horse has accomplished, if she’s not acknowledged with […]

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HANA: We don’t want to harm the little guy

It seems the Players Boycott of Santa Anita over increased takeout is starting to hit the mainstream media outlets. Art Wilson, in his piece “Bickering has left Santa Anita stumbling”, discusses the problems at Santa Anita and he seems to think one of the major components is the Players Boycott despite only officially starting yesterday. […]

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Illinois horsemen frustrated by no vote on slots

It was the vote that never was. Even with the bill’s sponsor in the position to call for a vote, it never happened. Such is the plight of the recent Illinois slots bill that would have allowed racetracks in the Land of Lincoln to house slots parlors. Representative Lou Lang, the House sponsor of the […]

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Breeder of Sarava, William Entenmann, dies at 79

Owner and operator of Timber Bay Farm, William Entenmann III died of cancer Jan. 1 at a Bay Shore, NY hospital at age 79. He was the grandson of the founder of Entenmann bakery products and was best known in the Thoroughbred industry for breeding 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava who ended War Emblem’s Triple […]

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New York celebrity lunch to benefit ReRun

Grab a New York lunch with a couple of celebrities and help out the Thoroughbred adoption program ReRun. Richard Pryor Jr., son of the late actor and comedian who was a semi-regular at Southern California racetracks, and celebrity magician Matt Wayne have offered their time and conversation to help raise funds for Rerun. Lunch with […]

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Poor Richard’s Dirt Track Foiled by Weather

In Jay Hovdey’s usual elegant and biting style, we get to see the problems behind the new Santa Anita track through the eyes of track superintendent Richard Tedesco, who has struggled with the rains that have produced major setbacks at the Arcadia, Calif. track. Calling the rains “a deluge of Old Testament proportions”, Hovdey seems […]

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