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Keeneland Hires Mundy, Pendergest To Fill New Racing Safety Positions

Keeneland further strengthened its commitment to the  safety of its equine and human athletes in advance of its Fall Meet by naming prominent equine practitioner Dr. George Mundy as Equine Safety Director and Jim Pendergest, General Manager of The Thoroughbred Center (TTC) and longtime race track professional, as Director of Racing Surfaces. Both positions are […]

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Gorajec Calls HBPA ‘Public Letter’ On Lasix ‘Tone Deaf,’ Says Race-Day Ban Inevitable

Former Indiana horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec criticizes the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association as being “tone deaf” for its recent “PUBLIC LETTER on Stance to NOT Eliminate the Choice to Administer Lasix on Raceday” distributed recently to the media and published at Paulick Report. The NHBPA letter includes the statement research “proves” that, […]

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Fairmount Park Adds 20 Race Dates To 2020 Schedule

Fairmount Park has been approved to host 60 races dates in 2020, an increase from the 40 held at the Illinois track this year. Track president Brian Zander told St. Louis Public Radio that the additional dates will require the track’s purse account to run at a deficit. “We’re going to pay it forward,” Zander said. […]

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Santa Anita Officials ‘Will Open An Immediate Review’ Into Saturday’s Racing Fatality

Officials at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., issued a statement on Saturday evening following the fatal breakdown of Emtech in the eighth race on the card. It was the first racing fatality in Southern California since June 9, but the 32nd equine death at Santa Anita since Dec. 26. The incident occurred in Saturday’s […]

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Free Data Friday: What Suits ‘The Best Interests Of The Industry’ In The Era Of Big Data?

Anyone involved with the thoroughbred racing and breeding business in North America should want nothing but the best for the industry. The sustainability of the industry must be paramount, however threats from many corners exist, both direct and indirect. When it comes to data, the industry is clearly well-served by having a company such as […]

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Ohio Racing Commission Adopts Therapeutic Medication Thresholds

The Ohio State Racing Commission adopted therapeutic medication thresholds at its September 23 meeting. The thresholds become effective January 1, 2020. The resolution was presented by Commissioner Beth Hansen, chairperson of the Commission’s Medication Committee. The Medication Committee met on three previous occasions to review and discuss existing Commission therapeutic medication thresholds, the Racing Medication […]

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‘We Are Very Concerned’: Belmont Fall Meet Fatalities Are Up But Cause Remains Unclear

From a safety perspective, Belmont Park’s fall meet isn’t off to a very good start. In the three weeks since the meet began on Sept. 6, four horses have died in racing, with another three suffering fatal injuries in training. An additional eight are listed as “racing incidents” in the New York State Gaming Commission’s […]

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Florida Court Ruling On Slots License Could End Horse Racing At Calder

Churchill Downs Inc. moved one step closer to getting out of the horse racing business in Florida after an appeals court ruled the company could use its license for a jai alai fronton to operate a casino it owns at Calder in Miami Springs. Three judges in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday […]

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Remington Park To Host 2020 Track Superintendents Field Day

Registration is now open for the upcoming 2020 Track Superintendents Field Day at Remington Park. Please visit www.tracksupers.com to learn more or call 877-905-0004 to register. The event is open to all Track Superintendents and their staff. The Superintendents are an independent group that meets annually to discuss best practices related to track maintenance and […]

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Florida Horsemen Incensed By Latest Tactics At Oxford Downs

Horsemen’s organizations in Florida say the latest development at Oxford Downs has eliminated any shred of credibility the racetrack had left, and it didn’t really have any to begin with. Oxford has been running “races” for the past five years to maintain a card room license. During that time, the track has taken in more […]

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