Trainer Nicholls: Meydan has become racing capital of the world

A mainstay on the Emirates racing scene over the years, British trainer Dandy Nicholls believes that with the inception of Meydan Racecourse in 2010, Dubai has become the horse capital of the world. “When Nad al Sheba was there it was a cracking meeting place for everybody,” Nicholls said. “It offered a chance to meet […]

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Sheikh Maktoum purchases interest in Morning Line

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed al Maktoum has purchased an interest in Morning Line just days before the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Mile runner-up goes in the Donn Handicap this weekend.

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Zorn: Cuomo Picks an Easy Target

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being accused by Steve Zorn of picking low hanging fruit with his 2.75% surcharge in his must-read blog The Business of Racing. He calls the Governor out for his skirting of the “no new taxes” pledge by calling this a fee and picking on those who the public perceive […]

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Editorial: Exchange wagering not enough for NJ horsemen

Governor Chris Christie signed a new law on Monday that opened up the door for exchange wagering in New Jersey. But some, including Sid Dorfman for the Star-Ledger, are skeptical about its overall boost to the New Jersey horse industry. “What racing still needs is its farms, its breeding, its 9,000 workers — in other […]

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Bidder for Rosecroft objects to Penn National purchase

Feeling that his bid was better than Penn National’s for Rosecroft Raceway, Nathan Landow of Landow Partners will go in front of a bankruptcy judge today to object to the deal. While $200,000 less in up front cash, Landow’s deal included an additional $3 million if a slots referendum to expand gambling is approved in […]

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Fans can look forward to unlimited beer at Preakness again

The $20 beer mug with unlimited refills will be back at the Preakness this year after finding success with the program last year. The unlimited refills was a way to stem the bleeding of a 30% drop in attendance after the traditional bring your own beer activity was shelved due to safety concerns. This might […]

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Daughter of alleged abuser buys 11 horses

Horses from an auction dispersing bloodstock from an animal-abuse case were auctioned off on Monday but the buyer was potentially less than above board according to local authorities. Carla Goba, the daughter of alleged horse abuser Walter Goba, successfully bid on several stallions and mares through a friend who did the bidding and handed over […]

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Chanteclair Farm’s Saud bin Khaled dies

Owner and breeder Saud bin Khaled died today of an undisclosed illness at Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles. A long-time horseman established the breeding operation Chanteclair Farm in 1995 in Midway, Kentucky. Among many others, he campaigned Grade I winner Continuously and 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Maram. “Life is not […]

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Kentucky horsemen and jockeys agree to compromise increase in mount fees

In a compromise deal with the understanding that racing is going through tough economic times, jockeys agreed to a $5 increase in losing mount fees. They also made slight increases to the winnings of a fourth place ride.

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