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Belmont’s Stars & Stripes Festival Generates Record Handle Of $25 Million

Saturday’s 11-race Stars & Stripes Racing Festival card, highlighted by an upset victory by Henley’s Joy in the 70th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, generated all-sources handle of $25,766,176, the highest handle figure since the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) launched the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival in 2014. […]

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Insufficient Entries Force Thursday Cancellation At Los Al

Due to a shortage of entries, there will be no daytime thoroughbred racing Thursday, July 11 at Los Alamitos. Track gates will open that morning for simulcast racing – which includes opening day at Saratoga – at 10 a.m. Live racing resumes Friday, July 12, kicking off the final three days of the Summer Thoroughbred […]

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Churchill Downs: Record Purses, Bigger Fields Among Spring Meet Highlights

In the face of a fiercely-debated Kentucky Derby result that triggered national conversation for weeks, Churchill Downs Racetrack delivered all-around positive results – from record prize-money for horsemen to large fields, high-quality participants and bigger payouts for bettors – during its 145th Spring Meet, which concluded an action-packed, nine-week run on Saturday, June 29. Thanks to […]

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William Morey Slapped With 45-Day Suspension For Prohibited Race-Day Treatments

Trainer William Morey has been suspended 45 days by California Horse Racing Board stewards who ruled that two horses in his stable at Santa Anita were illegally given race-day administration of a supplement called Blood Buffer. According to the June 29 ruling, the horses Tick Tock and Gate Speed were scratched from their March 29 […]

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Wagering On U.S. Racing Dips 7% In June; Down 3% Year To Date

Wagering on U.S. races in June 2019 declined by 6.99%, leading to a 3.01% drop in the second quarter and a 3.22% slide for the first six months of the year compared to 2018. Statistics released by Equibase show a decline of $74.5 million in June – from $1,065,526,949 in 2018 to $991,001,055 in 2019 […]

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National HBPA, THA Issue Statement On Hollendorfer Ban: ‘We Do Not Intend To Stand Idly By’

Due process is a fundamental and accepted constitutional right in our country. In a government sanctioned and regulated industry, it is required. Every person in our industry who holds a license to participate is given a right to due process when their livelihood is threatened. We are an industry that operates according to rules and […]

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Saratoga’s Earlier Opening Weekend Includes New Amenities, Entertainment, Six Stakes

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will welcome fans back to the Spa for an action-packed four days filled with world-class Thoroughbred racing and outstanding special events during Opening Weekend of the 2019 season at Saratoga Race Course, Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14.  The 2019 season will get underway when gates open […]

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Kentucky Commission Begins Publishing Mortality Reviews, Complete With Identities, For The First Time

After the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission drew public scrutiny for redacting basic information from the necropsy reports it provided under the state’s open records act, the regulatory agency has now begun publishing that data on its website. The KHRC drew ire form a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in early June, wherein […]

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Del Mar Unveils New Safety Measures; Five-Person Panel To Review All Entries

Building on industry-leading safety and welfare measures, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), operators of San Diego County’s iconic horse racing venue at Del Mar, today announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to celebrate its 80th season of racing. These initiatives build on effective safety and welfare measures […]

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Investor Secures Re-Opening Of Arizona Downs Season On July 20

The owners of Arizona Downs have secured an investor who will provide additional financing to the racetrack in order to resume the live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season on July 20, and continue through Labor Day weekend. “The investment group loves horse racing, and understands how important a year-round circuit is for the industry,” […]

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