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Britain: ‘Wind’ Surgeries On Horses Now Designated In Race Programs

Following an announcement by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in November 2017, the first horses to be declared as having undergone wind surgery since their last run will appear in race cards beginning today, Friday 19 January 2018. A total of four horses, including Alberobello, trained by Nicky Martin, and Dancing Amy and Dr Hooves, […]

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Early Nomination Deadline For 2018 Triple Crown Set For Jan. 20

Nominations of talented and promising 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete in the races of the 2018 Triple Crown – the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), the $1.5 million Preakness (GI) and the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) – are due at the end of this week. The early deadline for online, […]

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Opinion: Interstate Horseracing Act Could Provide Blueprint For Sports Betting Legislation

The legalization of nationwide sports betting has been gaining some traction, although the major sports leagues, such as the NBA, NFL, etc., continue to fight it in the courts. Should legislation eventually make its way to Congress, there could already be a law on the books that could help with the drafting of new regulations. […]

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All-Sources Handle Jumps 7.6 Percent During Aqueduct’s 2017 Fall Meet

The 2017 Aqueduct Fall Meet generated all-sources handle on NYRA races of $250,376,535, an increase of 7.6 percent over the 2016 Aqueduct Fall Meet. Average daily handle from the 36 days of live racing was $6,954,904; a 1.6 percent increase over 2016. The 2017 Aqueduct Fall Meet, from November 3 to December 31, was the […]

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Saratoga Springs: Concern Remains That More Immigration Raids Could Occur Prior To Start Of Racing Season

After a year which saw several raids resulting in least 36 arrests, Saratoga Springs officials are preparing for even more raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the area in 2018. “ICE became a different operation under the current president,” former Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen told Newsweek recently in an interview. Yepsen, whose term […]

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New ‘Ship & Stay’ Program Continues To Gain Momentum At Santa Anita

Santa Anita’s newly implemented “Ship & Stay” program continued to gain momentum through this past Monday, as 29 “new” horses have accounted for 31 starts over 13 Winter Meet racing days. With Drawing Away Stable and trainer Robert Falcone, Jr., registering the most recent “Ship & Stay” winner (Theycallhimthekid) this past Saturday, a total of […]

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Pennsylvania Judge Issues Stay Of Suspensions Prompted By Failure To Comply With Subpoenas

A Pennsylvania judge has issued a stay of eight license suspensions of owners and trainers ordered by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission for failure to supply records in subpoenas triggered by an anonymous complaint about alleged hidden ownership and program trainers at state racetracks. Petitioners in the case were owner-trainers Marcos Zulueta, Juan Carlos […]

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Idaho: Proposed Budget Measure To Legalize Historical Racing Machines ‘Likely Unconstitutional’

Efforts by Idaho lawmakers to legalize historical horse racing machines in the state may have hit a snag after the state’s Attorney General issued an opinion that questions whether the measure is constitutional. According to a report in the Idaho Statesman, Idaho lawmakers first authorized historical racing terminals in 2013. However, many legislators were surprised to discover […]

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New York: Cuomo’s Budget Plan Includes Provision For Night Racing At Belmont

Among the items listed in the 2018 state budget plan New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released Tuesday was a provision that would allow the New York Racing Association to conduct night racing at Belmont Park. According to a report in the BloodHorse, the proposal, which will need to be approved by the legislature, would allow horse […]

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Hastings 2018 Stakes Schedule Worth Over $2.1 Million; Meet Begins April 21

The 2018 stakes schedule at Hastings Racecourse will offer $2.175 million in purse money with some exciting new features over 36 stakes races that begin with the $50,000 Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural and $50,000 Brighouse Belles on Sunday, April 22. “I am very pleased with the way our industry groups came together to finalize the stakes […]

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