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Jockey Club releases updated statistics from Equine Injury Database

Press Release The Jockey Club today released an updated North American fatality rate for Thoroughbreds that includes two years’ worth of data in the Equine Injury Database, the North American database for racing injuries. Based on an analysis of 754,932 starts collected during the two-year period November 1, 2008, through October 31, 2010, the prevalence of […]

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Pull The Pocket: Why I support the California Thoroughbred boycott

Why does Pull The Pocket support the California boycott triggered by the takeout increase? “Because I want horse racing to have a good future; and takeout hikes, a lack of customer appreciation and a dysfunctional management system whereby horsemen make gambling decisions assures a bad future, not a good one.”

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Cuts across the board for New Zealand racing

Due to a reduction in handle (the number of bets at or above $100 was down 15%), the New Zealand Racing Board will have to cut funding for Thoroughbred, harness and Greyhound codes between $5NZ million and $6NZ million this season.

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Tiz the Season: Tioga Downs to donate $10K to food bank

Tioga Downs has teamed up with Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association to donate $10,000 each to The Food Bank to help feed families in need this holiday season.

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‘Past the Point of Return’

The final gasp of air is about to leave the balloon that was the NYC OTB. With half of the ADW money withdrawn since last week’s announced shutdown, the organization that once served the betting public in the Big Apple will officially be finished by Dec. 20. That is the date all remaining funds will […]

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Instant Racing Decision Expected Before New Year

In the courtroom of Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate, both sides of the Instant Racing issue were represented today during the oral arguments phase of the hearing. The major sources of contention were whether the racing commission had the authority to approve historic racing and whether the type of wagering offered under historic racing […]

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NYRA expects to recover $8.5m from NYC OTB

NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward says he expects to recover at least $8.5 million of the nearly $27 million owed by the NYC OTB. The money will come from the $14.7 million the OTB has put into escrow.

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Baltimore Sun: Seize the Tracks?

Jay Hancock of the Baltimore Sun and consistent critic of Frank Stronach has used his poisoned pen (or keyboard) to make the argument that Maryland racetracks should be handed over to the government.

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HRI – Zast: On the second day of Christmas, California Revival

Day two of Vic Zast’s 12 days of Christmas wishes is a revival of California racing. And despite some optimism in the air (dirt track at Santa Anita and larger purses) “the California sun isn’t shining on horse racing.”

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