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Del Mar Hikes Purses Five Percent For Fall Meet

Del Mar is planning a five percent increase in purses for this year’s fall meeting, according to the Daily Racing Form. Twenty of 26 purse categories will increase compared to the 2017 fall meet, and lower-level claiming races are a particular area of attention. A bump in handle during the Del Mar summer meet helped […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Into the Home Stretch

Peter Miller has virtually wrapped up his third summer training title at Del Mar, which enters its final week of racing on Wednesday. Miller is clicking at 30 percent, saddling 28 winners from 92 starts. That puts him 12 ahead of Doug O’Neill, who came back down to earth after winning four races opening day […]

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Golden Gate: ‘First Class’ Winner’s Circle Among New Additions For Summer Meet

In addition to an eight-race program that includes two turf events, fans and horsemen will also be treated to a brand new Winner’s Circle at Golden Gate Fields when the East Bay oval opens its 23-day Summer Meet today. Traditionally, win pictures have simply been taken on the main track just outside the saddling paddock.  […]

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Golden Gate Pushes For Bigger Field Sizes As Meet Opens

Golden Gate Fields will open its 24-day Summer Meet this Thursday and in an effort to offer fans increased field sizes, purses have been increased $2,000 for all claiming races run for a tag of $16,000 or less. Both Golden Gate’s main track and turf course have undergone routine renovations and are in pristine condition heading into […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Conflicts Of Interest?

The Paulick Report published a disturbing commentary this week from Pennsylvania attorney Alan Pincus regarding potential cover-ups of positive drug tests in that state’s harness racing business. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the implications and broader impact of those developments. Plus, who will win the 159th running […]

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June 15 Last Day For Nominations To Del Mar Debutante, Futurity

Nominations will close Friday, June 15 for Del Mar’s two premier stakes for 2-year-olds – the Grade I Del Mar Debutante for fillies and the Grade I Del Mar Futurity for all juveniles. The championship events will be renewed this summer on Saturday, September 1 (Debutante) and Monday, September 3 (Futurity). The nomination fee for […]

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Stronach Group Eager To Get In On Sports Gambling At Racetracks

Santa Anita Park already has a room called the Sports Book. After yesterday’s Supreme Court decision knocking down a federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting, could the room be turned into an actual sports book? You bet. The Stronach Group’s COO Tim Ritvo tells the Los Angeles Times the racetrack ownership company plans […]

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Golden Gate Fields Adds May 31 To Spring Racing Calendar

With another strong season underway and its turf course in  impeccable condition, Golden Gate Fields has announced it will add Thursday, May 31 to its spring racing calendar, which is welcome news to Bay Area horsemen and fans alike. “We plan to offer a good many turf races on this extra day and throughout the remainder of […]

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Masochistic Retired, Headed For New Career As Trail Horse

The Blood-Horse reported this week that controversial Grade 1 winner Masochistic has been retired after a disappointing performance in the Sensational Star Stakes. The Bob Baffert trainee is destined for a new career as a trail horse after retiring sound, co-owner Will Shamlian told reporter Jeremy Balan. Masochistic made headlines after he was disqualified from […]

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Report: CHRB Approves New Minimum Suspension For Riding Infractions

California Horse Racing Board has approved a measure that puts into place a two-day minimum suspension for jockeys that violate riding rules during a race. According to a report in the BloodHorse, the previous rule did not have a minimum number of days required. In recent years, stewards have usually imposed a minimum of three days on […]

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