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Updated: New Mexico-Based Company Announces Purchase Of Ellis Park

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the sale and expansion of Ellis Park at a meeting held Tuesday. The track, purchased last year by Saratoga Casino and Hospitality Group, also received permission to expand the number of historical horse racing terminals at the facility from 300 to 1,200. The facility will be purchased by […]

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Rethink Breast Cancer To Be Official Charity Of 2019 Queen’s Plate

Woodbine Entertainment welcomes back Rethink Breast Cancer as the official charity partner of The Queen’s Plate and has launched its first online 50/50 raffle in support of the Canadian organization’s mission. Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer through innovative education, support and […]

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Summit Of Speed At Gulfstream To Feature Fast Cars, Fast Horses

The Summit of Speed, Gulfstream’s $1 million day featuring the best Thoroughbred sprinters in North America, will also feature some of the fastest and most prestigious automobiles in the world, as well as an exclusive VIP Experience in the elegant Flamingo Room overlooking the track. The $14 million Supercar Showcase will feature automobiles from Prestige […]

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Texas Horse Racing To Get Purse Boost From New Law Diverting Sales Tax On Horse Products

As much as $17.5 million per year could be used to support Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse purses in Texas as a result of legislation signed into law last weekend by Gov. Greg Abbott. House Bill 2463 diverts sales taxes on horse feed, tack and other horse-related products and services from the state’s general fund to […]

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Has RCI Gone To The Dogs? California Regulators May Drop Membership

Citing a new formula determining board seats and philosophical differences over medication policy, the California Horse Racing Board will consider withdrawing its membership in the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Thursday’s regularly scheduled CHRB meeting in Pleasanton, Calif. According to the meeting package prepared for Thursday’s meeting, the CHRB has been a member of […]

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‘Completely Wrongheaded’: HBPA Opposes Senate Version Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announces its opposition to the Senate version of the Horseracing Integrity Act (S. 1820), introduced last week by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). On behalf of thoroughbred race horse owners, and trainers, the HBPA has been steadfast in its opposition to the House companion […]

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Santa Anita’s Backstretch Workers ‘To Gather In A Display Of Unity Before The Media’

The legion of dedicated Hispanic workers on Santa Anita’s backstretch will make their voices heard Thursday in an effort to counter attacks in the media that threaten their love and care of horses, their livelihood and their financial survival. “The attacks against our jobs continue in the press and we must respond,” reads a flyer […]

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Empire Racing Club Names First Horse Starlit Daydream

The Empire Racing Club, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to introduce fans to racehorse ownership, took another step forward towards putting a contender out on the track by naming it’s very first horse. The Spendthrift Farm-bred bay 2-year-old filly by Can The Man out of Five Star Daydream was named Starlit Daydream, having her […]

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Bill Authorizing CHRB To Call Emergency Horse Racing Safety Meeting Clears California Committee

Horse-safety legislation from California State Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) that gained support and urgency amid the continuing death of racehorses at Santa Anita Park cleared a key Assembly committee Thursday on its way to a floor vote, possibly as soon as next week. “Exigent circumstances demand we act swiftly to pass this legislation and put […]

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Colonial Downs Announces Ticket Sales, Free General Admission For Return Of Racing

Colonial Downs is pleased to announce families are welcome as it offers free general admission to everyone during its upcoming 15-day race meeting, August 8 – September 7. Other seating options are available as tickets go on sale this weekend. Racing will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the month-long period. Gates open at […]

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