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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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San Gabriel Stakes Downgraded After Off-The-Turf Renewal

Following a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the Jan. 7 San Gabriel Stakes that was taken off the turf Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park will not have its Grade 2 status reinstated. It will be recognized as a Grade 3 race. The winner of the San Gabriel, 8-year-old gelding Blue Tone, will […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Sports Junkie’ Dobson Enjoys Ride With Mastery, Thunder

When asked how he got into the Thoroughbred industry two decades ago, Everett Dobson gives the simplest of answers. “I bought a racehorse.” Things have gotten considerably more complex since then. The Oklahoma native purchased quite a few more racehorses, then a farm, then started a breeding operation. He also bought a top-class golf course […]

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Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for the roses on the first Saturday in May. That fact was reflected when the Thoroughbred Owners […]

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Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee announces its 2017 list of American Graded Stakes on […]

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Quality Of PA Derby Has Parx Officials Hopeful For Move To G1 Status

Anticipation is building for Parx Racing’s second annual Fall Festival of Racing, which gets underway this Saturday. The festival will run through Oct. 25, and horsemen will find that purses have been increased. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form that purses for overnight races will jump 50 percent, and average between $450,000 and $470,000. […]

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‘There Just Aren’t The Horses To Fill Them’: Graded Stakes Committee To Reduce Number Of Graded Races

The American Graded Stakes Committee has formed a subcommittee to examine the number of graded races in the country, and which ones – in particular, which Grade 1’s – should be eliminated. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the subcommittee will report its findings to the full committee before it meets Nov. 30 to assign grades for 2017. […]

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New Pegasus World Cup Invitational Awarded Grade 1 Status

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced today it has voted to assign Grade I status to the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, formerly the Grade I Donn Handicap, for its 2017 renewal. At its first meeting after the 2017 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, most likely in April 2017, the […]

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Saga Of Suddenbreakingnews Raises Troubling Questions About Steroid Testing Uniformity

The recent revelation that Belmont Stakes contender Suddenbreakingnews is not a gelding but a ridgling was a surprise to everyone, including his connections. Somewhere along his journey, the horse was recorded as having been castrated, when in fact neither of his testicles had descended into his scrotum. The mistake was discovered when Kentucky officials contacted […]

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