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Ohio Commission To Hear Racetrack Veterinarian Comments On Out-Of-Competition Testing

A panel of practicing racetrack veterinarians will present their thoughts on Out of Competition Testing at the Ohio State Racing Commission’s (OSRC) monthly meeting, November 29, 2018, at 10 a.m. in Room 1948 at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio. The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen’s associations and the […]

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Triple Crown Memorabilia Raises $67,850 For Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund

Enthusiastic bidding and the sale of LeRoy Neiman’s Black Lab for $149,500, including buyer premium, headlined the sixth annual Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, held Sunday afternoon at Keeneland. Among the highlights of the auction was the sale of items belonging to Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify […]

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Churchill’s Derby City Gaming Cutting Into Southern Indiana Casino Profits

Churchill Downs, Inc. opened a $65 million facility called Derby City Gaming in mid-September housing 900 historical racing machines, and the Courier-Journal reports that Southern Indiana’s full-scale casinos have already felt the impact of the new competition. Specifically, Horseshoe Southern Indiana has seen declines in the slots volume of play, with $143.7 million this October compared […]

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Woodbine Announces Plan To Move All Turf Races To Main Track

In consideration of the ongoing poor weather conditions noted in the 14-day forecast, and to enable our loyal horse people to finalize their plans, Woodbine Entertainment announced today that all remaining races scheduled for turf in the 2018 season will be shifted to the main track and run on Tapeta. As previously stated, Woodbine Management […]

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Winchell On New Competition For Kentucky Downs: ‘We’re Going To Gear Up’

Reaction from Kentucky Downs’ prospective new owners, Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, after the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday afternoon voted 11-3 without discussion to award the license for a harness track and historical horse racing (HHR) operation in Oak Grove, Ky., to a partnership between Churchill Downs and Keeneland, rejecting the applications of […]

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CDI/Keeneland Partnership Awarded New Racing License In Kentucky

WKY LLC., a partnership between Churchill Downs, Inc. and Keeneland, has edged Caesars Entertainment and Kentucky Downs in a three-way war for a new racing license in Kentucky. In a special meeting on Friday afternoon, a majority of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to award the dates to WKY, with three commissioners dissenting. The […]

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RMTC Prepares Online Halter Auction To Benefit Tactical Research

Beginning November 23 and ending November 30, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), an industry 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will auction off halters of famous broodmares, racing and stallion stars on its eBay page. All proceeds from the auction will go toward the RMTC’s grant program to fund critical tactical research into the detection and identification of […]

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Maryland Racing Secretary Merz Focusing On Filling Stalls, Advancing Stakes Schedule

The fact that winter racing is fast approaching hit Chris Merz hard Thursday morning. Merz, a native of San Diego who became the Maryland Jockey Club’s racing secretary in July, woke up to an inch of snow and a winter storm warning. “Waking up and seeing snow? Never. Never seen that before,” Merz said. “It […]

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Illinois Racing Board Approves Rules For Historical Horse Racing

Racing officials in Illinois okayed proposed rules Thursday that would allow historical horse racing machines in the state. The decision by the Illinois Racing Board comes after former attorneys for the group said they did not have permission to move forward under state law. The proposal now heads to the Illinois state legislature’s rules committee. […]

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Caesars Bullish On Proposed Historical Racing, Harness Track In Kentucky

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday is expected to award a new harness racing license to one of three applicants: Kentucky Downs, a joint venture of Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland, or Caesars Entertainment. The first two groups are pretty well known in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky Downs has built a highly successful year-round […]

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