Meadowlands Approved To Host Qualifiers Saturday; Live Racing Resumes June 5

With the coronavirus having cost the Meadowlands 12 weeks of racing – a total of 24 racing days – there is no doubt that this Saturday (May 30) morning’s qualifiers will be received in a big way. They will serve to remind us all that racing is coming back. They will serve as a step […]

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Woodbine Targeting Resumption On June 13, But ‘Green Light’ Could See Racing As Early As June 6

Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson is targeting a return of live Thoroughbred racing on June 13, he told on-air personality Jason Portuondo on Tuesday’s online Stronger Together video session. However, the track could be ready to go as soon as Saturday, June 6, depending on government permission. “We’ve set a target date of June 13, but if […]

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Cobalt Administration And Racehorse Performance: What’s The Link?

Regulators and horsemen have long believed cobalt can be used as a performance-enhancing drug in racehorses by altering the biochemical parameters related to red blood cell production. However, a recent study has shown that a sterile solution of cobalt salts given intravenously for three days did not affect the aerobic of anaerobic performance in fit […]

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Stronger Together: Woodbine To Host Live Q&A Session With CEO Lawson Wednesday

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted everything we do. From world economies to going to the store, everything is different right now. What’s the impact on horse racing at Woodbine? Due to the Provincial Declaration of Emergency, Woodbine has temporarily suspended the Standardbred season at Mohawk Park, postponed the start of the Thoroughbred season and […]

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COVID-19: Ontario Racing Creates Task Force To Address Horsemen’s Financial Burdens

In response to the many challenges horse racing and its horsemen are currently facing, Ontario Racing has created a task force, which includes representatives from all three breeds (Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred) in the province. “This newly-formed task force is committed to addressing the financial burdens that have arisen for the dedicated horsepeople of […]

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Study: New Zealand Standardbred Trainers Use Physical Maturity As Training Benchmark

The majority of Standardbred trainers in New Zealand train their horses for education, rather than with a focus on racing, a new study shows. Massey University researchers Kylie Legg, Erica Gee, Charlotte Bolwell, Janis Bridges and Chris W.Rogers also found that training patterns used by both public trainers and licensed-to-train trainers were influenced by the […]

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Wagering Surpasses $3 Million Friday Night At The Meadowlands

Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday’s $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play […]

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Neurologic Herpesvirus Diagnosis In New Jersey

An 18-year-old Standardbred mare in New Jersey was euthanized on December 18 after a positive diagnosis for equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The mare was housed in Monmouth County; the New Jersey Department of Agriculture reported that the mare’s vaccination history is unknown. Other horses on the premise are under quarantine; temperatures are being taken twice […]

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Standardbred Champion Staying Together Passes At Age 30

Champion Standardbred, Staying Together, died October 28, 2019, at the Kentucky Horse Park where he had been retired after a successful pacing career. At the age of 30, the gelding was euthanized due to infirmities of old age. The champion known as “Stanley” came to the Kentucky Horse Park in September 1995. “Staying Together became […]

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