The Biz

Mountaineer: Poor Performance Of 4-5 Favorite Under Investigation

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite in Wednesday’s eighth race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia, Clark Brewster and Barry Ostrager’s Utana finished fifth in a field of seven after lugging out badly on the turn. According to thoroughbreddailynews.com, the mare’s performance is under investigation by the West Virginia Racing Commission. There was $26,500 bet on Utana […]

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Taxes, Wire Act, And Immigration On The Radar For NTRA Lobbyist

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has been busy problem-solving (or trying to) on Capitol Hill this past year. An update to media and industry stakeholders in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. this week outlined the variety of legislative issues impacting the racing business.  Greg Means, longtime NTRA lobbyist from the Alpine Group, believes the racing and breeding […]

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Gate Errors? Spa Race Contested At Wrong Distance

The fifth race on Wednesday at Saratoga was written as a 1 1/16-mile contest over the turf course, but drf.com reports that video replays confirm that the starting gate was not in the right place, and horses actually ran 1 1/8 miles. Original fractions on the race were extremely slow and initiated the concern: :29.69, :53.50, […]

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Jockey Club Round Table To Be Available On TVG2, Live Streaming

The Jockey Club will provide a live video stream for Sunday’s 66th Annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on jockeyclub.com. The two-hour conference begins at 10 a.m. EDT. In addition to the live stream on The Jockey Club’s website, the event can be viewed on TVG2 and tvg.com. Updates from the conference will be […]

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Refurbished Santa Anita Turf Course Ready To Roll For Fall Meet

In an exact replication of last year’s regularly scheduled maintenance, Santa Anita Park’s highly acclaimed turf course has been completely renovated and will be race-ready for the track’s Autumn Meet opener on Friday, Sept. 28. With the introduction of approximately four acres of brand new Bandera-Bermuda Turf which was installed with an emphasis on the most […]

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New York Commission Describes Reasons For Not Reopening Dutrow Case

The New York State Gaming Commission released a 16-page ruling this week detailing its refusal to reopen the case of controversial former trainer Rick Dutrow. Dutrow, whose license was revoked for 10 years in 2011, had applied to have his case reopened and his penalty shortened based upon evidence he argued would have changed the […]

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NTRA Draws Attention To Proposed Small Business Tax Benefits

The U.S Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have released proposed regulations for the 20 percent deduction allowed for pass-through businesses, a provision found in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Small business owners now have more clarity on how they may be able to take advantage of the deduction that was included in the tax […]

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‘Stay Until May’: Oaklawn Issues Condition Book For New Extended Meet

Oaklawn, the track with the highest purses in the Midwest, has released the first issue of its condition books for the first live season that extends beyond its signature Arkansas Derby Day. The cover of the condition book carries the most important message to horsemen throughout the nation – “STAY UNTIL MAY” – while the […]

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Persaud Suspended 30 Days For Possession Of Injectable Drugs

Owner/trainer Randi Persaud has been suspended 30 days for possession of injectable drugs, according to a ruling released Wednesday by the New York State Gaming Commission. Ten days of the suspension have been stayed, and Persaud’s sentence is scheduled to run Aug. 10 through Aug. 29, inclusive. Possession of injectable medications or syringes by any […]

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Saratoga Law Conference: New Immigration Policy Creating A ‘Disaster’ For Trainers

“It’s really a disaster out there.” That was the consensus from trainer Rick Violette and a panel of attorneys at The Albany Law School’s 18th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference Tuesday. The panel checked in on what has and hasn’t changed since last year’s conference examined the complexities of immigration […]

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