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Feinstein: Racing’s Days Are Numbered If There’s An Equine Death During Breeders’ Cup

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has issued a challenge to the sport of kings: Keep everyone safe at Breeders’ Cup or face extinction. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Feinstein sent a strongly-worded letter to the California Horse Racing Board suggesting that an equine fatality this weekend could result in attention from lawmakers on whether […]

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‘Totally Unjustifiable’: Stewards, Trainer Clash As Marmelo Withdrawn From Melbourne Cup

The second-place finisher in last year’s Melbourne Cup, Marmelo has been ordered withdrawn from the premier race due to results of a standing CT scan performed on the advice of Racing Victoria veterinarians. A statement released Wednesday evening said that the scan revealed “an incomplete fracture in the horse’s near fore cannon bone and an […]

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Thoroughbred Owner Conference Focuses On Continuing Improvement

The sixth Thoroughbred Owner Conference concluded Wednesday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Ca., with an emphasis on the various ways the industry has changed and progressed in recent years while acknowledging areas in which the sport needs to improve. The two-day conference, which was co-hosted by OwnerView and BloodHorse and presented by The Stronach […]

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Overnight At The Downs: Churchill Planning On-Track Hotel, Other Improvements

Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Ky., has announced a number of major capital investments offering a variety of new VIP guest experiences, including the construction of permanent stadium seating, a hotel and historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility in the first turn at the legendary racetrack as well as a renovation project of Millionaires Row. Hotel, […]

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Santa Anita Mulling Return To Synthetic Surface

As The Stronach Group continues to contemplate changes to improve safety at the embattled Santa Anita Park, officials there say they haven’t completely ruled out a switch back to synthetic. At a safety and security press briefing held Wednesday morning, Stronach Group chief veterinary officer Dr. Dionne Benson took a question from gathered media about […]

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California Thoroughbred Trainers Helping SoCal Equine Foundation Raise Funds For Standing MRI At Santa Anita

At a special Board of Directors meeting held Sunday, October 27, the leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) voted to assist in immediate fund-raising for the Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) purchase of an equine MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) facility to be added to the Equine Imaging Center at Santa Anita Park. The proven technology […]

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Belmont Fall Meet Generates Slight Handle Increase In 2019

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced that the 2019 Belmont Park fall meet generated all-sources handle of $274,929,718, a 2.2 percent increase in all-sources handle over the 2018 Belmont Park fall meet. Originally scheduled for 38 days of live racing, NYRA was forced to cancel the entire card on Thursday, October 17 […]

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Maryland Commission Approves Slate Of New Rules On Starter Requirements, Transport, Medication

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 24 approved a number of “house rules” geared toward racehorse health and safety as well as accountability of participants, and also signed off on multiple proposed regulations related to the same issues. The rule changes and regulation proposals stemmed from an Oct. 10 meeting of the MRC Safety Committee and […]

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Churchill Downs Receives Approval For 5,500 Additional Historical Racing Terminals

This Tuesday, the Daily Racing Form reported that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved Churchill Downs’ proposals to install an additional 5,500 historical racing terminals. At Churchill’s newly-purchased Turfway Park, the commission approved the installation of up to 2,500 new machines, while the other 3,000 will be split between the company’s Louisville-based Derby City Gaming and […]

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Sam Houston Increases Overnight Purses To Average $200,000 Per Day In 2020

Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2020 live racing season on Friday, January 10 with an expanded 39-day Thoroughbred meet continuing through Saturday, March 28. Several exciting changes are in store for the upcoming live season with a substantial boost in purses thanks to legislative action earlier this year. House Bill 2463 was […]

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