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Record Preakness Day Wagering Just Shy of $100 Million

The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Md., set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653. Saturday’s record handle topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256, according to the Maryland Jockey Club. War of Will, who was placed seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1) […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Family Feud

This week, Frank Stronach went public with his grievances about how the racetrack ownership company he founded has been run by his daughter, Belinda Stronach. Ray Paulick attended the meeting in Southern California and reports on it in today’s edition of The Friday Show. Where does this leave the situation at Santa Anita? Plus, the […]

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Stronach Takes Family Feud Public; Wants Santa Anita Put In Trust

A standing room only crowd of over 200 people turned out on Tuesday evening in Arcadia, Calif., to hear Frank Stronach discuss his vision for the future of California racing while bitterly complaining about the way his daughter, Belinda Stronach, has performed as chairman of The Stronach Group – the family-owned company he founded that […]

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‘Unparalleled Reputation’: Benson Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer For Stronach

The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY. “We are thrilled […]

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Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

Whip reform in horse racing is inevitable, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at the The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Horse Racing Reform website. Citing the recent proposal by The Stronach Group (TSG) to limit use of the riding crop at its California tracks for safety […]

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Frank Stronach Publishes Open Letter, To Offer ‘Different Ideas’ For Racing’s Future

Frank Stronach, currently embroiled in a lawsuit against daughter Belinda over her management of The Stronach Group – the privately owned company Frank Stronach founded – said he will make a statement “about the future of horse racing in California” during a public appearance on Tuesday at a hotel near Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, […]

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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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‘A Watershed Moment’: Santa Anita Resumes Racing With Strongest Medication Regulations In U.S.

Santa Anita Park will resume live Thoroughbred racing on Friday, March 29, under rules which modernize the sport of horse racing and provide the strongest medication regulations in the United States. Approval for a complete revision of the medication rules, which were agreed upon by The Stronach Group, parent company of Santa Anita, and the […]

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CHRB Unanimously Votes To Limit Whip To Use For Safety Only

The California Horse Racing Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a rule which will make whip use inappropriate “except when necessary to control the horse for safety of the horse or rider.” Jockeys in violation of this rule could face fines, suspensions, or loss of purse, though stewards would not change order of finish on […]

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Smith: Santa Anita May Back Off Announced Whip Reform, Adopt International Rules On Use

Top jockey Mike Smith told The Guardian Wednesday that he believes Santa Anita, which announced a partial ban on the whip earlier this month, may back off that statement and instead adopt international guidelines on use of the cushion crop. On March 14, Belinda Stronach of The Stronach Group wrote in an open letter to […]

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