The Biz

‘You Need That Extra Money’: Baker Stable Cashing In On NYRA’s Starter Loyalty Program

New York-based trainer Charlie Baker stamped an emphatic week with three victories from horses who earned bonuses as part of the New York Racing Association’s (NYRA) innovative Starter Loyalty Program during the week of racing from Feb. 7-10 at Aqueduct racetrack. Baker was one of 11 conditioners to saddle a Starter Loyalty Program winner last […]

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RMTC Approves Over $250,000 For Studies On Detection Of EPO And Of Nerve-Blocking Agent

At its February 11 meeting at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board approved the funding of two tactical research projects with a combined price tag in excess of $250,000, as a continuation of its ongoing focus on detecting and eliminating illicit substances in racing. First, the RMTC is […]

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Hagyard’s Fallon: Civil Suit Without Merit, Radiographs Were Not Intentionally Destroyed

The following statement, authored by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute partner Dr. Luke Fallon, was provided to media Wednesday afternoon by Casey Bailey & Maines, attorneys representing Hagyard in a new civil suit in Fayette Circuit Court. The suit, centered on misdating of radiographs of Thoroughbreds at public auction, was brought by Illinois-based owner/trainer Tom Swearingen. […]

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‘Wonderful Thing’: Horsemen Appreciate Latest Oaklawn Park Purse Increase

The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card. Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming […]

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NYRA To Launch $5.25 Million Summer ‘Triple’ Series For 3-Year-Old Turf Runners

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the creation of the Turf Trinity and Turf Tiara as part of the 2019 Turf Triple Series, offering $5.25 million in purse money, for sophomores over three legs at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. The Turf Triple Series will showcase the best 3-year-old turf runners […]

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Knicks Go Honored As Maryland-Bred Horse Of The Year

Grade 1-winning juvenile Knicks Go took home top honors as Maryland-bred Horse of the Year and champion 2-year-old male at the second annual Renaissance Awards, which recognizes excellence in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Maryland in the past year. The event was held on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, at the American Visionary Art Museum in […]

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Horse Country Tours Offers Passport For Visiting Bluegrass Farms

Horse Country, Inc. today announced the launch of its first-ever passport. The free souvenir is modeled after a traditional passport, allowing guests to collect stamps at various locations visited throughout Horse Country’s membership in the Bluegrass region. Horse Country, a not-for-profit founded in 2014, is a one-stop shop for guests to book tours at equine attractions […]

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British Racing To Resume In ‘Risk-Managed’ Setting On Wednesday

On Monday night, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a risk-managed return to racing will take place from Wednesday this week. Racing in Britain had been canceled for the past six days as a result of an equine influenza outbreak. After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health […]

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Canterbury Announces Enhanced Starter Incentives, Launches Shipping Loan Program

Preparation for the 25th season of horse racing at Canterbury Park, which begins May 3, is well underway. Officials recently announced enhanced incentives to lure trainers and owners with race-ready Thoroughbreds to the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack by offering programs that will reward those that arrive and start horses early in the meet, pay more purse […]

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Will Rogers Downs Looks To Boost Field Size, Handle, Simulcast Coverage For Thoroughbred Meet

The trainers, jockeys and equine athletes alike are arriving once again for the 28-day Thoroughbred meet returning to Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs on March 25. Track representatives are optimistic about a strong handle and a full field in its 13th year of operation, abandoning the traditional calendar for a later start date, allowing for […]

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