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‘Unbelievable’: Racehorse Hit By Patron-Operated Drone In Killarney Paddock

A “reckless” incident on Tuesday at Ireland’s Killarney Racecourse could have resulted in serious injury, officials told racingpost.com. A tourist was operating a drone, flying it over the paddock during the races, and attempting to land it on the back of Keith Watson-trained runner St Killenagh. Watson ended up being kicked by one of the horse’s […]

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‘The Ship Is Sinking’: CHRB Members Argue For Fewer Race Dates

The California Horse Racing Board had its second discussion in 2017 regarding a reduction in race dates, and, once again, received significant pushback from those in attendance at a committee meeting on Friday. According to bloodhorse.com, executive director Rick Baedeker presented the CHRB with three different calendars, each of which would reduce racing by 17-18 days. Thoroughbred […]

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Opening Day At Saratoga Sees 14 Percent Handle Increase

Opening Day of the 2017 season at Saratoga Race Course saw all-sources handle of $20,332,051, a 14.47 percent increase over the 2016 opening day total. The day of racing was highlighted by a stunning performance by Hoolie Racing Stable’s Dream It Is. The 2-year-old filly romped to an impressive nine-length victory in the Grade 3, […]

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Miami Dog Track Has Permission To End Greyhound Racing But Keep Slots, Card Games

For the first time in history, Florida gambling regulators have approved a request by the Magic City Casino, a greyhound racecourse in Miami, to do away with dog racing while still maintaining its slot machines and card games, according to the Sun Sentinel. In the past, the legal push for decoupling has been unsuccessful in allowing these […]

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It’s Complicated: CHRB Considering New Rules On Claiming, Gelding Announcements

The California Horse Racing Board introduced rule changes pertaining to claiming horses and to first-time gelding announcements during its meeting July 20. The Daily Racing Form reports that the CHRB is considering a rule that would restrict horses claimed at California tracks from leaving the state for a period of time after being acquired. The board […]

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‘Nirvana Is At Hand’: Opening Day At The Spa Is Always A Special Occasion

Baseball fans have Opening Day. That one, long-awaited moment, filled with the promise and excitement of a bright future that can bring out the giddy little kid in a crusty senior citizen. Racing fans have Opening Day at Saratoga. That July afternoon, some 45 weeks in the making, when months of anticipation and grand expectations […]

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TVG Planning Special Coverage, Events At Saratoga

Beginning Friday, TVG, America’s Horse Racing network, will be live from its trackside location at Saratoga Race Course for its six-week summer meeting, covering every race, every day of the meet while raising awareness for leading racehorse retirement, re-training and aftercare programs during one of the network’s most-watched times of the year. TVG’s Saratoga “Every […]

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From Floundering To Flourishing: How Saratoga Developed Into ‘The Summer Place To Be’

  One of the most anticipated race meetings in the country will get underway Friday when Saratoga Race Course kicks off its 153rd season. Every year racing fans from across the country make the pilgrimage to upstate New York to see some of the best horses compete in some of the country’s most prestigious races. However, […]

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American Horse Council Webinar To Focus On Immigration Policy, Worker Shortage

The AHC is pleased to announce the topics and speakers for its 3rd Quarter webinar, which will take place Monday, August 21st at 3:00 pm ET. “Cantering Towards a Worker Shortage?” will be the focus of the webinar, and will feature speakers on both H2A and H2B visas, as well as insight from a trainer […]

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Massachusetts: Stronach Group To Meet With Officials Monday To Discuss Possible Track Partnership

Tim Ritvo, the CEO of the racing division of The Stronach Group, is scheduled to meet with George Carney, the owner of Raynham Park and Brockton Fairgrounds July 24 to discuss the possibility of partnering on a Thoroughbred meet. The Daily Racing Form reports that the meeting will be a “continuation of several preliminary discussions” between the […]

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