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Tension tonight at Eclipse

Will it be Blame or Zenyatta? The most anticipated Horse of the Year announcement in years will be center stage tonight at the Fountainbleau Miami Beach Hotel in Florida. The announcement, expected to come between 9:30 and 10 PM Eastern by NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop, will surely start a new series of arguments […]

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Derby Museum running contest to name foal

Elementary school students in Kentucky and southern Indiana are being asked to help name a foal for the Kentucky Derby Museum. A colt owned by Running Waters Farm, his sire is Derby in Motion and dam is Nightatthemusuem. The winner will be chosen from an online application and will receive a plush horse, a private […]

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Developers announce plan for Youngstown, Ohio racetrack and resort

Plans to build a Youngstown-area horse-racing track and resort have been announced by two Ohio developers who were part of a failed 2008 ballot effort that would have brought a Las Vegas-style casino to southwest Ohio.

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Horse ad backfires on Montana Department of Transportation

The Montana Department of Transportation was merely trying to promote safe driving in a humorous way by suggesting inebriated Montanan’s take alternative forms of travel instead of getting into their car and driving. Little did they know that citizens would take the tongue-in-cheek commercial suggesting a horse as alternative transportation literally. Local police has fielded […]

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Immigration issues loom large for horse industry

Illegal immigration is being fiercely debated in many state legislatures, and the outcome of the debate could have a serious impact on the horse industry.  The Lexington Herald-Leader points out a recent example:  A federal immigration agent recently came to Fair Grounds to chat with trainers on the backstretch. “The officer said he was there, […]

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Pull The Pocket: HOTY dogma makes little sense

The blog, Pull The Pocket, focuses mainly on harness racing, and it is through that lens that PTP examines the Thoroughbred Horse of the Year vote: “(In harness racing) there is no litmus test or dogma, or fall-back plan based on what others say to do; we generally vote for who is the best horse, […]

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Oaklawn: 20,000 turn out for opening day

Saturday’s meet opener at Oaklawn Park drew a crowd of 20,176 to see the return of live racing.  The crowd was also on hand to witness the return of jockey Calvin Borel and trainer Larry Jones. Borel was making his first start since breaking his jaw during the Delta Downs Jackpot in November.  Jones had […]

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Drape: Celebrate Zenyatta’s greatness with HOTY

The racing world is now counting down the hours before the Horse of the Year winner will be revealed in Miami at Monday night’s Eclipse Awards ceremony.  New York Times turf writer Joe Drape weighed in Saturday with his final opinion that Zenyatta deserves the award: “Horse of the Year voting should not be like […]

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CanGamble: It all boils down to takeout

People point to many issues when discussing racing’s decline – the economy, the quality of the product, medication.  But CanGamble argues there is no issue more important to the health of the sport than takeout: “There is only one thing that will reverse the trend in horse racing, and that is to lower the price […]

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Illinois horsemen vow to keep fighting

A bill that would have allowed slot machines at Illinois racetracks failed to make it through the state legislature this week.  Members of the racing industry are livid about how the whole thing went down, and they promise to keep up the fight at the legislature’s next session. “The treachery involved with regard to racing […]

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