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‘Races Are Won In Training’: Arthur Expresses Frustration After California OOCT Measure Sent Back To Committee

The California Horse Racing Board voted on Thursday to send a proposed rule governing out-of-competition drug testing back to committee. The Blood-Horse‘s Jeremy Balan, tweeting from the meeting, noted last-minute opposition to the measure from the Thoroughbred Owners of California, who voiced concerns about responsibility for OOCT positives, as well as the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The […]

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House Narrowly Passes Farm Bill; Animal Health Provisions Included

In the wake of a failed vote on the 2018 farm bill on May 18 – largely precipitated by controversy surrounding unrelated immigration policy issues – on June 21, House lawmakers revisited the legislation and finally passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) by a vote of 213 to 211.  Since Senate […]

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Prado Leads All Star Jockey Challenge At Canterbury Park Fundraiser For PDJF

Hall of Famer Edgar Prado will head up nine star jockeys competing in the first All Star Jockey Challenge Saturday at Canterbury Park to benefit disabled jockeys. The inaugural Jockey and Jeans & PDJF All Star Jockey Challenge is part of the fifth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser. Proceeds from both, along with a poker tournament and […]

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Eric Paslay To Perform At Arlington Million Card

Arlington International Racecourse is proud to announce a special performance by Grammy-nominated country music recording artist and songwriter Eric Paslay on Saturday, August 11 at the International Festival of Racing. The talented vocalist best known for his hits “Friday Night” and “Song About A Girl” will perform a free concert on the Miller Lite Band […]

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Hayward: Stewards’ Response To Belmont Controversy An ‘Absolute Outrage’

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, former NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward weighs in on the questionable tactics employed by jockeys in the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes. Hayward first notes that last year, New York stewards chose to prevent owner Ron Paolucci from entering a “rabbit” in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, with steward Stephen […]

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Justify Triple Crown Poster Giveaway To First 4,000 Paid Admissions Saturday At Santa Anita

Bob Baffert’s undefeated Triple Crown Champion Justify, who returned to Santa Anita on Sunday, will be the subject of a beautiful Triple Crown poster which will be given away free with paid admission, to the first 4,000 attendees this Saturday, June 23.  Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be available from 10:30 a.m. to […]

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Pennsylvania Officials Strategizing Ways To Get People Through Racetrack Turnstiles

Pennsylvania racetracks saw an increase in handle in 2017 as compared to 2016, but a decrease in attendance. Officials are hoping some new marketing campaigns can change that. The Tribune-Review reports that The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition is using a portion of expanded gaming revenue to work with Harrisburg advertising agency Pavone on a campaign to […]

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Back To The Future: Former Yavapai Downs To Reopen With New (Old) Name

The former Yavapai Downs horse track will reopen with a new name: Arizona Downs. The new ownership of the horse track in Prescott Valley has changed Yavapai Downs’ name to Arizona Downs. That was the name of a former racetrack in Phoenix that opened in 1951 at one site and later ran its annual race […]

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Barn Fire Kills Eight Horses At North Carolina Training Center

A barn fire in Red Sprigs, N.C. killed eight horses in race training over the weekend, according to The Robesonian. Six of the horses are believed to be Quarter Horses, and two were Thoroughbreds. Another eight horses were saved by firefighters from four departments, including a mare and foal. There is no evidence of foul […]

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Indiana HBPA Bringing Back Educational Programming Saturday Mornings At Indiana Grand

Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association’s (HBPA) popular Saturdaymorning program “Grand Mornings at the Track” returns to Indiana Grand Saturday, June 23. The interactive program is free and open to guests of all ages, providing a look at different aspects of Thoroughbred racing in the state of Indiana. The “Grand Mornings at the Track” series […]

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