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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 Six Clenbuterol Positives In Pennsylvania

Trainer Mario Serey Jr. is facing a 315-day license suspension and $11,500 in fines from six 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 […]

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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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Equestricon’s ‘Three For Three’ Promotion To Benefit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

With the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes on the horizon, a special “Three for Three” promotion was announced today to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). For every ticket purchased for Equestricon — the first international racing convention, fan festival and trade show – between the start of Kentucky Derby week (May 1) […]

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Ice, Ice Baby: NY Islanders Eyeing Plans To Build New Arena At Belmont Park

The National Hockey League’s New York Islanders are in the process of submitting a bid to the state in the hopes of building a new arena at Belmont Park. Newsday reports that the proposal was confirmed on Friday by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who also indicated that the Islanders were also considering land next to Citi Field in Willets […]

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Report: R.D Hubbard To Sell Ruidoso Downs

A group of five highly-successful businessmen who are heavily vested in the breeding and racing of American Quarter Horses and R.D. Hubbard have all signed a letter of intent that involves Hubbard selling Ruidoso Downs Race Track and the Ruidoso Horse Sale Company to the group. The individuals in the group are Stan Sigman, Gary […]

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