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Delaware Park Assistant Starter Suspended For Striking Horse

An assistant starter working at Delaware Park was the subject of a viral video released on Twitter on Thursday. In the gate ahead of the fifth race, the seven horse Accolade seemed to be acting up prior to the start. The assistant starter appeared to jerk the reins and hit the horse in the head […]

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Pennsylvania Breeders Give $300,000 To Fund Gene Doping Research At UPenn

As part of its ongoing commitment to maintaining integrity in the horse racing industry, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) has donated $300,000 to Penn Vet New Bolton Center’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory to fund revolutionary research to detect gene doping in equine athletes. Gene doping involves the transfer or modification of genes or genetically modified […]

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Monmouth Park Sports Book Opens; New Jersey Governor Places First Bets

The sports book at Monmouth Park racetrack opened for business Thursday, and New Jersey governor Phil Murphy kicked things off by placing the first sports bets since a Supreme Court ruling last month opened the door to states legalizing the practice. Murphy bet $20 on Germany to win the soccer World Cup, which kicked off […]

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Churchill Downs Rolls Out Logo For 2019 Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack today unveiled the official Kentucky Derby 145 logo. Featuring racing Thoroughbreds, the logo brings to life the thrill of the most exciting two minutes in sports. The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve will take place on May 4, 2019. The logo was developed by SME, a strategic branding agency […]

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Kentucky Downs Enriching Purse Funds By $500,000 Each At Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Keeneland

Kentucky Downs is transferring $500,000 apiece to the purse accounts at Ellis Park, Churchill Downs and Keeneland in an unprecedented agreement with the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents owners and trainers at the commonwealth’s five Thoroughbred tracks. “This is jaw-dropping and unparalleled in horse racing, to have one track boosting purses paid […]

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Future In Doubt For Golden Gate Fields In Northern California

Officials with The Stronach Group have called what it refers to as an “urgent meeting” with horsemen at Golden Gate Fields to discuss the future of the Northern California racetrack it owns. The Stronach Group and the California Horse Racing Board are at an impasse over the company’s application for a license to its upcoming […]

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Woodbine Begins Laying Sod On New Inner Turf Course

Woodbine Entertainment celebrated an historic moment on Wednesday as the first section of sod was placed on the new inner turf course. The sod-laying ceremony took place on the front stretch after the first 250-foot section of turf was installed earlier in the day. Irwin Driedger, director of Thoroughbred racing surfaces & fleet, was joined […]

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In The Wake Of Racetrack Brawls, Extra Security In Place At Royal Ascot

In the wake of headlines detailing drunken brawls at British race meetings over the past few months, Royal Ascot has announced additional security protocols for its upcoming meet. According to The Guardian, racegoers may be subject to a breathalyzer test before being allowed on the grounds. The track will no longer offer mobile beer sellers, […]

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$1 Million Day For Florida-Breds Set For September At Gulfstream Park

Florida-breds will be bringing home the big purse money on Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park with $1 million dollars in purses ($950,000) and bonuses ($50,000) offered across five stakes races on the day’s card. Powered by the two finals of the nationally acclaimed Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds in the […]

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Report: Noseda-Trained Walk In The Sun Tested Positive For Cocaine

According to a story in The Guardian, the horse Walk In The Sun, trained at the time by Jeremy Noseda, tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine in February after winning a race at Lingfield. The Guardian confirmed as fact the post-race result on the unbeaten 3-year-old after rumors had been swirling around Newmarket about […]

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