Horse Racing

Weekend Lineup: Maryland Million

This weekend’s North American racing action is highlighted by the Maryland Million series on Saturday at Laurel Park. The featured race, the Classic, offers a contentious field of ten starters with three also-eligibles. Morning-line favorite Bonus Points is last on the AEs, so the main body favoritism falls to Saratoga Bob, a 4-year-old son of […]

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Racetrack Injuries: Which Ones Pose Problems In An OTTB’s Second Career?

For a long time now, the biggest selling point for a horse coming off the track (or just about any horse) looking for a new home is, “Retired sound!” Unfortunately, many off-track Thoroughbreds come away with some physical issues, whether or not they were serious enough to necessitate the end of their racing careers. A […]

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‘Snobbery In Racing’: Examining Britain’s Super-Trainers

British owners are gravitating toward larger training operations, much like the “super-trainer” epidemic of the United States, according to reports at thoroughbredracing.com. A number of smaller trainers have identified issues like prize money and media coverage as important factors in the “polarization” of racing. “What’s happening in our game is that it’s very much a sport […]

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Fort Erie, Dresden Tracks Sign Deal For ‘Additional Financial Support,’ But Not Slots

The Ontario Minister of Finance’s office issued a press release on Friday announcing that both “Fort Erie and Dresden race tracks elected to receive additional financial support for horse racing operations but declined to accept slots at those facilities.” According to niagrathisweek.com, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium signed a […]

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Weekend Lineup: QEII, Canadian International

A trio of Grade 1 races highlights the North American action this weekend, with the QEII Challenge Cup to be held Saturday at Keeneland and Woodbine to host both the Canadian International and E.P. Taylor Stakes. The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup features last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Rushing Fall, who has […]

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Saturday’s Santa Anita Card Features $400,000 Rainbow Pick Six Carryover

With a 10-race card on tap, there is a 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $403,214 heading into Saturday at Santa Anita. With a Jackpot carryover of $364,450.75 up for grabs today, there was $169,305 in “new money” wagered into the Rainbow Six pool, which helped to create a payoff of $6,957.50 on […]

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France Galop Shifts Final Meetings From ParisLongchamp Due To ‘Ground Maintenance’

The International Racing Bureau  reports that France Galop is moving the final three scheduled meetings at ParisLongchamp to Chantilly and Saint-Cloud due to ground maintenance. The Oct. 21 meeting will now be moved to Chantilly which includes the Group 2 Prix Du Conseil De Paris and three listed stakes, the Prix De Saint-Cyr, Prix Casimir […]

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New Vocations Launches Annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge, Looking To Connections For Support

New Vocations announced today the launching of their annual Breeders’ Cup Pledge.   The program is seeking owners and trainers of Breeders’ Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their Championship earnings to support their mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired racehorses. This will be the ninth year for the fundraiser which has raised over $480,000 […]

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Gulfstream Reports $50 Million Handle Increase Through Spring/Summer Meetings

Gulfstream Park, which concluded its 2018 Spring/Summer Meets the weekend of Sept. 29 with the finals of the $1.1 million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, witnessed a $50 million increase in total handle over the previous year. Total handle for the Summer Meet was $369 million compared to $345 million in 2017 while the Spring Meet […]

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Five-Year-Old Thundering Blue Getting Better With Age, On The Way To G1 Canadian International

A five-year-old son of Exchange Rate, Thundering Blue has both Group 2 and Group 3 crowns to his name. In less than 10 days, the Kentucky-bred will look to lower the boom on the competition and earn his first Grade 1 victory in the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack. Trained by David Menuisier […]

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