Icelandic Registry Bans ‘Foreign’ Horse Names

The official registry of Icelandic horses announced recently that horses with a “foreign” name will no longer be permitted into the registry, according to the BBC. The news came after horse owner Gudrun Hrafnsdottir attempted to register a 3-year-old horse under the name “Mosan,” but was told the name was rejected by the two person […]

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Irwin: Tennis, Track And Field Scandals Support Racing’s Path Toward Independent Oversight

Unbeknownst to many people involved in the movement to eliminate drugs in racing, a couple of months ago I lessened my involvement because I had become discouraged with the progress of the proposed federal legislation sponsored by Congressmen Andy Barr and Paul Tonko. Sparking my change in direction was an impassioned talk delivered by harness […]

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Britain: BBC Tipsters Have ‘Record Year’, but Nobody’s Getting Rich

According to a listener’s thorough annual accounting of horse racing picks given out on BBC Radio’s Today program, 2014 was the “best year on record,” with more than 20 percent of tips scoring a victory. Still, bettors who backed every single selection with a £1 wager would come up about £62 ($96) short.  BBC business journalist Simon Jack said […]

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Spielberg on working with Joey on War Horse: I had more control over E.T.

“I’ve never had anything like it before – I had more control over E.T.,” joked director Steven Spielberg in an interview with the BBC at the UK premiere of his new blockbuster film War Horse. Spielberg was discussing the challenges of working with Joey, the equine star of his film. Spielberg also said that Joey’s […]

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DeWitt: BBC coverage of Aintree deaths not acceptable

Turf writer Burton DeWitt applauds Monday’s announcement that Aintree will make changes to its course in the wake of two deaths at this year’s Grand National.  But he says while NBC has done a laudable job with recent coverage of on-track injuries and fatalities at high-profile events, the same cannot be said of the BBC’s […]

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Talking horses support McCoy in BBC award

Looking to secure the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for jockey AP McCoy, two horse from the Jonjo O’Neill stables agreed to be interviewed as they campaign for their favorite jock in a viral video in connection with Ladbrokes. “McCoy has cost us a fortune down the years but for once we’ll be […]

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