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THE UNLIKELY SIRES OF 2009

While it was no surprise that 76% of 2009 graded stakes winners came from the sire lines of Northern Dancer, Mr. Prospector and Bold Ruler, Jeff Scott of the The Saratogian points out some of the less likely sires to have that kind of success. And I thought Birdonthewire was a 1990 Goldie Hawn/Mel […]

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GULFSTREAM PARK: HALF-BAKED IN THE FLORIDA SUN

By Ray Paulick How cold was it at Gulfstream Park in South Florida last weekend? So cold that local legend Hash Weinstein thought of wearing socks for the first time in his life. So cold the volleyballs at Frank’s beach all were sadly deflated. It was so cold racing fans couldn’t have cared less whether […]

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KEENELAND REBOUND!

While not all indices were up, Tuesday’s session at the Keeneland January sale was a breath of fresh compared to yesterday’s first session. The average and gross were both up, the median down and the buyback held steady. “The market’s not strong, but for the right horses, it’s not as bad as everybody thinks […]

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‘A DEBATABLE POINT’

Kentucky State Senator Damon Thayer delays consideration of his constitutional amendment bill to build a larger consensus, reports the Blood-Horse’s Ron Mitchell. “I am getting a lot of feedback from people in the horse industry that they are disappointed in the horse industry leadership for opposing my bill,” Thayer said. However, he fails to […]

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INSTANT RACING? A-OKAY!

According to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, adding instant racing machines to Kentucky’s racetracks would only require a few regulatory tweaks by Governor Steve Beshear. For those not familiar with Instant Racing, these slot-like machines are programed with thousands of previously run races for the player to bet on. Oaklawn Park currently uses these […]

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COULD THERE BE MORE RACING LEFT FOR ZENYATTA?

Due to three recorded workouts in the last six weeks, there is speculation that Breeders’ Cup Classic champion and Horse of the Year finalist Zenyatta may not be retiring after all. Asked for an answer as to why she is still working out in trainer John Shirreffs barn, Shirreffs told the Daily Racing Form, “That […]

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STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB TO HELP ANTI-SLOTS PETITION

After last year’s approval for a 4,750 slot machine parlor at Arundel Mills Mall by the Arundel County Council, an anti-slot coalition is working to find 19,000 signatures for a petition to stop the development. This is certainly par for the course and a completely expected next step in this saga. However, the fact that […]

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THE JOCKEY CLUB RENEWS RETIREMENT CHECKOFF PROGRAM

Press Release The Jockey Club is once again offering owners and breeders the opportunity to contribute, through a voluntary checkoff program, to Thoroughbred aftercare programs at the time they register their foals in 2010, it was announced today by James L. Gagliano, the president of The Jockey Club.   The retirement checkoff program, […]

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LAVA MAN RETIRES…AGAIN

After a controversial return to racing, trainer Doug O’Neill and veterinarian Doug Herthel recommended to co-owner Steve Kenly that Lava Man should be re-retired. “I’ve thought a lot since that last race,” Steve Kenly said of the San Gabriel. “We were expecting more out of him. His ankles were better, but the thing that […]

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JUDGE POSTPONES LAUREL, PIMLICO AUCTION; REJECTS SLOT MACHINE BID

According to the Baltimore Sun, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday agreed to postpone Magna Entertainment Corp’s sale of two horse racing tracks in Maryland and rejected a bid by the former track owners to lock up slot machine gambling rights at one site. Click here for the Baltimore Sun article Then come back […]

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