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California Handle: ‘Field Size Is The Biggest Factor, More Important Than Takeout’

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Art Wilson writes that the solution to generating handle on horse racing has been focused on takeout, ever since the advent of social media. The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo agrees that takeout is “a little bit too high” ever since the California legislature passed SB1072 in 2010, increasing the takeout […]

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CHRB Meeting: ADW, Racing Licenses Approved

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, June 22, at Santa Anita Park. First Vice Chair George Krikorian presided. Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under […]

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Canadian Horse Racing Industry Gearing Up To Celebrate 250th Anniversary

As Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation on July 1st, Canada’s horse racing industry is recognizing an even greater milestone, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada with 23 racetracks in 8 provinces taking part in a national celebration over the July 1st weekend. From British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, tracks holding races […]

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Ritvo: The Stronach Group Considering Possible New England Track

Although discussions are admittedly in the “very early” stages, there are indications that The Stronach Group is considering building a racetrack in New England. “We think Boston is a good market and we don’t want it to go away. We’re in preliminary talks with George Carney, but it’s very early,” Tim Ritvo, The Stronach Group’s chief […]

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Evangeline Cancels Turf Racing For Remainder Of Season, Citing ‘Poor Growth Conditions’

After being forced to delay turf racing several times already this season, officials at Evangeline Downs have decided to cancel all remaining turf races for the rest of the year. The Daily Racing Form reports that officials had hoped to begin carding turf races later this season, but according to director of racing Chris Warren, the decision […]

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Commentary: Del Mar, Saratoga Face ‘Pivotal Year’ Regarding Equine Fatalities

In just a few weeks, two of horse racing’s most eagerly anticipated race meets of the year will get underway – Del Mar in California and Saratoga in upstate New York. Del Mar and Saratoga attract thousands of people every summer, from casual fans looking to spend an enjoyable day or two of vacation at the track, to […]

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Goo Goo Dolls, Our Lady Peace To Perform At Queen’s Plate Festival

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will headline the 158th Queen’s Plate on Sunday, July 2, while Canadian rock icons Our Lady Peace will play a live concert on Saturday, July 1 to open the inaugural 2-Day Queen’s Plate Festival at Woodbine Racetrack.  General Admission tickets are on sale now with $1 from every ticket […]

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U.S. Equestrian Federation Signs 40-Year Lease At KY Horse Park; Group Will Also Construct New Headquarters

The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (US Equestrian) and the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet are pleased to announce that the Kentucky Horse Park Commission and US Equestrian have signed a 40-year ground lease on three acres of land, which includes the grant of an option to extend the lease for an additional 40 […]

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Opinion: Odds Against Racing Finding Success In Virginia

The Virginia Equine Alliance recently dropped plans to construct a racecourse for flat racing at Morven Park, which is already the site of a steeplechase course. However, according to The Free Lance-Star, the group is considering another location for a track, the Powhatan Plantation. The publication reports that the site is currently a 1,000-acre farm in King George […]

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Oklahoma Derby, Springboard Mile Top 2017 Remington Park Schedule

The 2017 Thoroughbred Season at Remington Park begins on Friday, Aug. 25. The season’s schedule of 31 stakes events will include the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby and the top 2-year-old race of the season, the Springboard Mile. The Oklahoma Derby will headline a huge afternoon of 10-stakes races on Sunday, Sept. 24 with total […]

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