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VALENZUELA REINSTATED BY CHRB; SUBJECT TO RANDOM DRUG TESTING

PRESS RELEASE The California Horse Racing Board voted in closed session Thursday to allow jockey Pat Valenzuela to resume riding in California under the terms of a continual stipulated agreement that among other things will require him to submit to hair follicle testing, which will be conducted under the auspices of the CHRB and […]

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SADLER ON MI DEVELOPMENTS: WE NEED A BETTER PLAN THAN ‘WE HOPE IT DOESN’T RAIN’

Members of the CHRB and those who attended were clearly frustrated by today’s meeting that featured a presentation from an MI Development team. Chairman Keith Brackpool went as far as to describe MID’s request for confidentiality as “in the dog ate my homework category”. The primary concerns of the CHRB include racing dates, a home […]

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SPORTSWRITER VIC ZIEGEL PASSES AWAY

Much-loved sportswriter and editor Vic Ziegel, who covered everything from Muhammad Ali to the New York Mets, died of lung cancer this morning. He twice won Red Smith awards for Kentucky Derby coverage and was an avid horse racing fan. Below are two tribute columns from the New York Times and New York Daily News. […]

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ARNOLD ZETCHER NAMED NEW TOC CHAIR

PRESS RELEASE At its first board meeting of the new fiscal year on July 23 at Del Mar, the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) elected Arnold Zetcher chair of its 2010-11 board. Other officers elected were Brian Boudreau, Vice Chair Southern California; Keith Pronske, Vice Chair Northern California; Pete Parrella, […]

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ENCORE AT THE SHORE

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra pulls away from a game Queen Martha by three and wins the $400,000 ungraded Lady’s Secret at Monmouth Park. What did you think of her performance? Was it visually impressive or did she leave something to be desired? Click here for the full race chart Read more at […]

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LOOKIN AT LUCKY, FIRST DUDE AMONG HASKELL HOPEFUL WORKS

Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky had his final major workout Monday morning in preparation for Sunday’s $1-million IZOD Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, going six furlongs on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface for trainer Bob Baffert in 1:11 under jockey Martin Garcia. (Note: Equibase reported the workout as five furlongs in :58 3/5.) “He went really […]

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INSTANT RACING IN KENTUCKY

By Bradford Cummings The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting in Lexington on Tuesday, paved the way for the appropriate regulatory path to permit Instant Racing in the state of Kentucky. A method of wagering on past races, Instant Racing is similar in look to and can offer fast-paced action like […]

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IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS NEAR MIDPOINT FOR MONMOUTH MEET

The highly touted new look Monmouth summer meet has largely lived up to expectations with increases across the board. Daily attendance, on-track handle, all-sources handle and average field size have all shown significant improvements. “To say at the midway point that this meet has been a success is an understatement,” said New Jersey Sports […]

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NYRA OTB?

According to Tom Precious of the Blood-Horse, NYRA is among a number of groups to approach state officials about taking over the troubled New York City OTB. Chairman Larry Schwartz seems to believe a takeover would be in the best interest of the NYC OTB. “I believe the only way New York City OTB […]

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BELMONT PARK CANCELS FRIDAY LIVE RACING DUE TO POWER OUTAGES

ELMONT, N.Y. – Due to power outages in the neighboring Averill Park community, Belmont Park has cancelled live racing and simulcasting for Friday, July 16. NYRA Rewards Internet and Telebet wagering are available.   The outages resulted in a lack of power at Belmont Park, with interruptions expected to persist throughout the day, interfering with […]

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