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Santa Anita Cancels Five Thursday Cards, Raises Non-Stakes Purses $10,000

Santa Anita Park has been forced to reduce its racing schedule over the next five weeks due to a lack of race-ready horses on the grounds, reports drf.com. The Stronach Group-owned facility will cancel the next five Thursday programs, racing Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. “As we progress, we’ll see where we’re at,” said TSG’s […]

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This Week’s Stronach 5 To Be A Turf Special

The Stronach 5 will have four of its five races contested on the turf Friday afternoon as well as a $100,000 guaranteed pool. The popular wager, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins at 5:09 p.m. when a field of 12 take to Laurel Park’s turf course in a $25,000 maiden claiming event for fillies and […]

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District Attorney Forms Task Force To Investigate Equine Fatalities At Santa Anita

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced on Tuesday the formation of a task force to investigate the 23 equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park. The district attorney’s office has been working with the California Horse Racing Board to monitor Santa Anita since March 16, but the independent task force is new. “I have […]

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Pimlico Officials Close Oldest Section Of Grandstand A Month Before Preakness

Officials at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course announced the closure of the oldest part of the track’s grandstand just over one month before thousands will arrive for the 144th Preakness Stakes, reports the Baltimore Sun. The section held 6,670 seats or 17.5 percent of the facility’s capacity, but an engineering firm determined that it is “no longer […]

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California Legislators To Conduct Oversight Hearing On Horse Racing Safety

In an effort to protect horses and jockeys amid the recent spate of racing horse deaths at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) on Thursday announced plans for a thorough, joint oversight hearing on horse racing safety. The duo also announced the introduction of new […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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Legislators Offer Compromise On Maryland Racetrack Funding Bill

A compromise breathed new life into Maryland legislation that would permit The Stronach Group to use state bonds to fund $120 million in improvements to Laurel Park and the Bowie training center, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. The plan, advanced in the Maryland Senate on Friday for a vote on Monday – […]

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$8,841 Returned To 16 Bettors In Friday’s Stronach 5

The Stronach 5, featuring an industry-low 12-percent takeout and a $100,000 guaranteed pool, rewarded 16 bettors each with $8,841.80 Friday afternoon. The opening leg of the Stronach 5 Friday was Gulfstream Park’s seventh race, and it produced the biggest price of the sequence when Gran Saman won at five furlongs on the turf at 6-1. […]

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Report: Maryland Legislation To Fund Racetrack Improvements Stalled

With Maryland’s General Assembly set to adjourn on Monday, legislation that would fund improvements at two Stronach Group-owned facilities – Laurel Park racetrack and the Bowie training center – are unlikely to pass, according to the independent news website Maryland Matters. The legislation, which would permit the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to float bonds repayable […]

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Commentary: Shut Down Of Racing In California Could Lead To Big Aftercare Problem

In the sea of editorials and outrage about the current spike in equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park, one horsewoman points out we may all be overlooking something important. In a commentary published Thursday on the blog Decidedly Equestrian, writer Rachel Masen points out that while animal rights activists call for an end to racing […]

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