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Gate Dancer: The Derby Disqualification Everyone Saw Coming

Maximum Security’s disqualification in this year’s Kentucky Derby was one of the most significant in the sport’s history, but the ground the situation covered before and after his number came down was not completely uncharted. Objections and inquiries are incredibly rare in the Derby, with this year’s race being the sixth instance in 145 runnings, […]

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Offender Or Offended? Thoroughbred Owner Sounds Off On Media Coverage

I’m a proud and passionate Thoroughbred race horse owner and I can no longer stand by and let hyped-up sensationalists inaccurately portray Thoroughbred owners as cruel and uncaring. The fact is, that characterization couldn’t be further from the truth! Over the past three months I have watched major media outlets and advocacy groups take advantage […]

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The Pennsylvania EHV Outbreak That Wasn’t

Nearly a week after it issued a disease outbreak alert through the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says there isn’t an outbreak of EHV (equine herpesvirus) in the state. On May 17, the EDCC published a disease finding alert from the state indicating a horse on a Chester County equestrian […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: ‘Challenging’ Times

The second leg of what has turned out to be one notable Triple Crown series is in the books. Meanwhile, the drama continues off the track for the horse racing industry with lawsuits, betting challenges, legislative hearings and media scrutiny. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss War of […]

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Illinois HBPA Officer Suspended 120 Days After Horse Found In Kill Pen

Stewards at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., have suspended owner Dixie Harr for 120 days and fined her $2,500 after one of her horses was found in an Oklahoma kill pen. At the time of the ruling in mid-April, Harr was both secretary/treasurer and a board member for the Illinois Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, […]

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‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale: The Original ‘Distracted’ Kentucky Derby DQ’d Horse

The controversy over this year’s Kentucky Derby disqualification refuses to die, even after the running of the second leg of the Triple Crown. In this edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Maryland, Joe Nevills tells us the story behind the […]

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The Oft-Forgotten ‘Great Race’ At Pimlico That Wasn’t A Preakness

When Preakness revelers stream through the gates of Pimlico this weekend, many of them will walk by a golden outline of three old-timey horses stretched out in full flight, heads apart. That logo isn’t just a generic nod to Pimlico’s long history, but surprisingly, it’s not commemorating a Preakness of old, either. The three-horse gold […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Derby Perspectives, Preakness Picks

A lot of people in the horse racing industry are ready to move on from the controversy of the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but even as the second leg of the Triple Crown approaches, the buzz in Baltimore still revolves around what happened in Louisville. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Chelsea […]

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