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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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AHC Extends Survey Deadline For 2017 Economic Impact Study

The American Horse Council Foundation (AHCF) announced today that it will be extending the deadline to complete the horse owner and supplier survey to update the National Economic Impact Study to August 18th. “The survey has been open since the beginning of June, and unfortunately we have only had around 9,000 responses,” said AHC President […]

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Three Leadership Changes At English Jockey Club

The English Jockey Club has appointed new chairmen for Newmarket Racecourses, Jockey Club Estates, and The National Stud. Each appointment, announced July 18, comes into effect Jan. 1. At Newmarket Racecourses, William Wyatt succeeds Julian Richmond-Watson, who will stand down after more than eight years as chairman. Wyatt is chief executive of Caledonia Investments and […]

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Saratoga: City Police Will Neither Initiate Nor Partake In Illegal Immigrant Deportation

Saratoga Springs has experienced dozens of arrests of illegal immigrants this year, and several trainers indicated that their staff are afraid to travel upstate for the race meet. According to nyupstate.com, the city’s mayor Joanne Yepsen declared on Monday that Saratoga police would not be initiating or participating in federal deportation of illegal immigrants. “There are certain […]

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Former Fairplex Park Finding New Life As Home Of ‘Phenomenal’ Soccer Fields

When Fairplex Park ceased its racing operations in 2014, there were several ideas that were discussed as to what to do with the property. As the Daily Bulletin reports, Fairplex community officials deemed that the location had to be ‘multipurpose’, while being compatible with events such as the L.A. County Fair and the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. Fairplex […]

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Racing Returns To Saratoga July 21

Live thoroughbred racing will return to Saratoga Race Course on Friday, July 21 for its 40-day summer meet. The 2017 meet includes 69 stakes worth a record $18.775 million in purses, and will run from Friday, July 21, through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, […]

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Dept. Of Homeland Security To Allow 15,000 Additional H-2B Immigration Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that it would be allowing an additional 15,000 seasonal visas to fill H-2B non-agricultural jobs. NBC News reports that federal law caps the number available at 66,000 a year nationwide. Congress gave the DHS the power to authorize more visas if needed. After consulting with the Dept. of Labor, it was […]

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