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Bus Leaving Sha Tin Racecourse Crashes, Killing 19 And Injuring More Than 60 Passengers

A double-decker bus leaving Sha Tin Racecourse on Saturday was involved in a deadly crash, flipping over on its side and killing 19 passengers while injuring another 60. According to the South China Morning Post, some survivors claimed that the bus driver was “throwing a tantrum” after passengers criticized him for being late. The driver has […]

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Budget Act Retroactively Extends Three-Year Racehorse Depreciation For 2017

President Trump today signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act, a bill that among other measures extends retroactively for fiscal year 2017 uniform three-year racehorse depreciation, an important tax provision supported by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) that expired in 2016 alongside certain other expired tax provisions. The bill also funds the federal government […]

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Harness Racing: Implementation Of New Integrity Rules Postponed Until 2019

The plan by Woodbine and The Meadowlands to adopt new integrity rules under the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) has been delayed in order to give the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario more time to study the rules. According to a report in Harness Racing Update, the initiative was proposed by the Woodbine Entertainment […]

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Former United Tote Employee Gets 15-Month Jail Sentence For Extortion Attempt

Ethan C. Fey, a longtime former employee of Churchill Downs and its United Tote subsidiary, on Jan. 25 was sentenced to 15 months in jail in United States District Court in Louisville, Ky. In October, Fey pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act extortion and one count of possession of unauthorized devices. According to […]

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Meet The NEIGHbors: Kentucky Farms To Hold Two Days Of Free Tours In March

Members of Horse Country will open their gates March 3 and 4 for a weekend of special free tours for the second annual “Meet the NEIGHbors.” The experiences at area equine attractions provide an opportunity for locals to visit a Horse Country member in their own back yard. Peek behind the scenes at an equine […]

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CORRECTION: New York Vet Suspended, Fined For Improperly Dispensing Prescription Drug

The New York State Gaming Commission has suspended veterinarian Camilo B. Sierra 21 days and fined him $4,500 for improperly dispensing the prescription drug albuterol and for delegating veterinary care to a lay person. A previous article published in Paulick Report Dec. 8, 2017, incorrectly stated the reasons for the fine and suspension that were […]

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Former Pennsylvania Testing Director Out At USEF After Testing Issue

Less than two years after he started as Laboratory Director for the United States Equestrian Federation, a former official responsible for drug testing Pennsylvania Thoroughbreds is no longer employed by the Federation. Dr. Cornelius Uboh, former Bureau Director at the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory, took over the USEF Equine Research and Testing Laboratory […]

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Tickets For 2018 Breeders’ Cup At Churchill Downs To Go On Sale June 7

Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, announced today that tickets for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will return to iconic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky., on November 2 and 3, will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, June 7 at 12:00 p.m. ET / […]

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‘It Was A Nightmare, But We’ve Come Out The Other Side’: Equine Survivors Of San Luis Rey Fire Returning To Winner’s Circle

They’ve had to overcome much more than ever expected in their lives, but several of the equine survivors of the San Luis Rey Downs fire have not only returned to racing, but have also returned to the winner’s circle. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, at least 25 horses that were stabled at San Luis Rey Downs when […]

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Emerald Downs: Stakes Schedule Gets Bolstered With Addition Of $100,000 Getaway Stakes

In an unprecedented development, an anonymous sponsor has donated $180,000 to be added to the 2018 stakes schedule at Emerald Downs Racetrack & Casino. The donation will be used to fund a new six-figure stakes event for 3-year-olds, and also to restore to $50,000 four stakes previously announced as $30,000 events for the 2018 season. […]

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