The Biz

What Would Baltimore Ownership Of Pimlico Look Like?

The battle between the City of Baltimore and The Stronach Group over the future of the Preakness and Pimlico got a little more heated this week when the city filed suit to take over ownership of the track and of the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Frank Vespe at The Racing Biz questioned what […]

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Report: Mid-Atlantic Horsemen To Discuss Partial Ban On Bisphosphonates

Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, told the Thoroughbred Daily News this week a group of Mid-Atlantic horsemen will soon discuss a ban on the use of bisphosphonates in racehorses in the region. The drugs, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in older horses with laminitic pain, have […]

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Indiana Commission Unanimously Approves Albuterol Ban In Quarter Horses

At the March 12 meeting of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, the commission voted unanimously to prohibit the use of albuterol in American Quarter Horses. The new rule, 71 IAC 8.5-1-2.2 states: “No Quarter Horse participating in a race shall carry in its body albuterol in excess of the threshold provided in section 4.2(2) of […]

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Baltimore Mayor Sues Stronach Group In Effort To Block Preakness Move To Laurel

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and three residents of the Park Heights neighborhood near Pimlico race course have filed a lawsuit against The Stronach Group, owners of Pimlico and Laurel Park, in an effort to keep the company from moving the Triple Crown’s middle jewel, the Preakness Stakes, from Pimlico to Laurel, according to the Baltimore […]

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‘No Breakdowns’: New Rillito Equine Wellness Program Gets Positive Results

One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success as there were no horse breakdowns during 96 races at the meet this year. “A couple years ago as Rillito was opening for the season […]

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Association Of Racetrack Veterinarians, HBPA: Curtailing Lasix Won’t Reduce Injury Rates

The following statements were released Tuesday by the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), regarding the recent breakdowns at Santa Anita and the issue of Lasix. From the NAARV: The membership of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, both on site […]

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‘More Strict’ Pre-Race Exams, ‘Additional Scrutiny’ To Be Utilized In Maryland

The Maryland Jockey Club will now be implementing stricter protocols for its pre-race examinations, according to racingbiz.com. The MJC is owned by The Stronach Group, as are California’s embattled Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. Those two tracks have been introducing new safety and wellness protocols as a response to Santa Anita’s 22 equine […]

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Baltimore Senators Push To Kill Funding For Laurel Park Renovations

Maryland state senators from Baltimore have asked a committee to kill a bill that would provide money for the Stronach Group to invest in Laurel Park. The $120 million needed to renovate Laurel is part of existing budget allocations but the senators from Baltimore want the Budget and Taxation committee to shelve the legislation, according […]

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Minnesota Racing Commission Appoints Three Stewards To Canterbury Park

The Minnesota Racing Commission has appointed David Hooper, David Smith and Stanley Bowker to the Canterbury Park Board of Stewards for its 2019 race meet. The appointments were made at the commission’s February meeting. Hooper, one of last year’s Pete Pedersen award recipients for dedicated service and special contributions to the horse racing industry, has been involved […]

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IFHA Chairman: ‘In Complete Support’ Of Stronach Group Moves, Asks Others To Join

The following statement was released Monday from Louis Romanet, chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA): The IFHA, composed of racing authorities and race organizers from all major racing jurisdictions across more than 50 countries, has as its core missions to protect the safety of horses and riders and to ensure the integrity […]

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