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Report: Santa Anita Official Confident Lack Of Entries Will Not Continue To Pose Problems

Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group, said Thursday he does not anticipate another further difficulties filling race cards. The track cancelled racing for Thursday due to lack of entries. Morris attributed part of the problem with entries to wet weather and mild illness on the backstretch from the […]

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Eclipse Sportswire Named Official Photographer Of Equestricon

Equestricon, LLC., announced today that international sports photography agency Eclipse Sportswire has been named the Official Photographer of Equestricon 2017. The first-ever international racing convention, fan festival and trade show, Equestricon is scheduled to take place at the Saratoga Springs City Center on August 14-15, and kicks off with events around the city of Saratoga […]

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Churchill Downs Inc.: Net Income Increases Sharply In First Quarter

Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, up $4.5 million from the same quarter in 2016, according to financial statements released Wednesday. Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2017 First Quarter Results In the quarter, net revenue declined $8.9 million driven by a $10.1 million decrease from Big Fish Games […]

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Florida Legislature Making ‘Substantial’ Push To Get Gambling Deal Completed In Current Session

In a push to finally get a gambling bill approved during the current legislative session, the Florida House of Representatives made a few major offers during a session held Wednesday morning. The SaintPetersBlog reports that the House has agreed to allow ‘decoupling’, which would permit pari-mutuel racetracks to stop offering live horse or dog racing, but keep […]

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Opinion: Woodbine ‘Said All The Right Things’ With Unveiling Of New Project

On Tuesday, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced a major development plan for its 684-acre site, which officials stated would be developed in the years to come into “a city within a city” and “seek to be a future urban heart of northwest Toronto.” In a column published in the Toronto Sun, Richard Mauntah writes that the project, which will […]

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Mario Serey Jr. Suspensions Total 315 Days For Five Clenbuterol Positives In Pennsylvania

Trainer Mario Serey Jr. is facing a 315-day license suspension and $11,500 in fines from five individual rulings issued by stewards at Penn National and Parx Racing in Pennsylvania for clenbuterol violations. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has granted Serey appeals on at least three of the suspensions and he continues to run horses at the […]

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Churchill Downs Launches New Mobile App With ‘Derby News’

Churchill Downs Racetrack today launched the 2.0 version of its mobile app to provide fans with new features and information to enhance their experience at the racetrack and The Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands. The new features offer fans easy access to equine, racing and wagering information, as well as up-to-date information about the […]

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Increased Handle, Record Purses Highlight 2017 Oaklawn Meet

Culminating with 62,500 fans turning out to watch champion Classic Empire win the $1 million Arkansas Derby, the 2017 Oaklawn live racing season concluded with nearly a 5% gain in total handle and another record-setting season for purses. Good weather along with large, competitive fields led to total handle of $189,534,228 in 2017 compared to […]

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‘City Within A City’: Woodbine Entertainment Group Unveils Master Plan For New Development

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today unveiled the completed master plan for the Woodbine Racetrack lands. Woodbine’s privately owned 684-acre site will be transformed in the years to come into “a city within a city” and seek to be a future urban heart of northwest Toronto. The vision for the plan is for Woodbine to continue […]

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New York Moving Closer To Adopting Medication Threshold Standards

The New York State Gaming Commission has begun the process of becoming compliant with the national model rules set forth by the Association of Racing Commissioners International regarding medication threshold standards and uniform medication rules. According to a report in the BloodHorse, state regulators adopted thresholds for three drugs – detomidine, omeparazole, and xylazine. The board also expanded the equine […]

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