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Big Ass Fans Named Three-Year Sponsor Of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, and Big Ass Fans, the world’s leading manufacturer of fans and lighting, today announced a multi-year partnership adding Big Ass Fans as an official corporate partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the name-in-title sponsor of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. The […]

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Track Superintendents’ Field Day To Feature Keynote Speaker Jolene Brown

Track superintendents and their staffs from around North America are set to meet at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on June 23-25 for a full schedule of educational panels as part of Track Superintendents’ Field Day. A complete agenda for the event has been announced, with award-winning speaker, author and farmer Jolene Brown set […]

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Next Stop For The Match Series: Penn Mile Program At Penn National

The MATCH Series moves to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course June 1 as part of a major racing program featuring eight stakes worth a total of $1.3 million. With 12 races planned, the program will span the afternoon and evening. There is a special first post time of 2:45 p.m. for the Saturday […]

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Santa Anita Officials Order Trainers Pender, Polanco To Vacate Stalls

The Daily Racing Form reports that a pair of Southern California trainers, Mike Pender and Marcelo Polanco, have officially been ordered to vacate their stalls at Santa Anita Park. The citations behind those orders include “an undisclosed horse welfare issue” for Pender and “training a horse on behalf of another person” for Polanco. A hearing into […]

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ARCI Seeks Comment On Proposals For Stricter Doping Violation Penalties

The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) has released for industry and public comment Proposed Revised Penalty Guidelines for violations of the antidoping or medication rules in horse racing. The proposed modifications represent the first major rewrite of the penalty guidelines in more than a decade […]

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Record Preakness Day Wagering Just Shy of $100 Million

The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md., set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653. Saturday’s record handle topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256, according to the Maryland Jockey Club. War of Will, who was placed seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1) […]

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A 24th Horse Dies At Santa Anita, And National Media Takes Notice

After six weeks without an equine fatality, Santa Anita saw its 24th since the start of its winter meet on Friday morning. Commander Coil, who was out for a routine gallop, broke his shoulder and had to be euthanized. According to the Los Angeles Times, which was one of a number of national and local […]

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Pimlico Reports Record Attendance, Handle On Black-Eyed Susan Day

The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance and handle on Friday’s 95th Black-Eyed Susan Day, highlighted by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Stetson Racing, LLC’s Point of Honor winning the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Tenfold winning the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) at Pimlico Race Course. Total handle on Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan […]

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British Study: Workload For Those In Racing ‘Unsustainable Individually Or Organisationally’

A British study finds the week-to-week workload for jockeys, grooms, and trainers in racing there “potentially seems unsustainable individually or organisationally” based on long working hours, lack of overtime pay, and a normalization of a lack of work/life balance. The majority of those surveyed reported they were currently experiencing stress, anxiety or depression related to […]

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Former Jockey Oswald Pereira Held On Multiple Charges After Fire, Police Chase

Former jockey Oswald Pereira is facing multiple criminal charges in Marion County, Florida, after allegedly setting his ex-wife’s house on fire on Tuesday night in Ocala and then fleeing the scene in a car resembling the General Lee from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television show from the 1980s. Pereira, 44, allegedly led police on a […]

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