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Handle Declines, Attendance Up Slightly During Santa Anita Winter-Spring Meet

All-sources handle for Santa Anita’s winter-spring meeting, from Dec. 26 through Sunday’s card, declined by four percent, the track told drf.com on Monday. Track officials believe that exceedingly we weather conditions over the course of the past few months are the primary reason for the decline in handle. That wet weather was also believed to […]

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The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It’s no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important races coast to coast. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of field sizes, racehorse ownership, and the […]

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Remington Handle Declines 8.2 Percent Despite Record-Setting Oklahoma Derby Day

Remington Park concluded the 2016 Thoroughbred Season on Dec. 11 with Cool Arrow winning the $300,000 Springboard Mile emphatically by 3-1/2 lengths, leading throughout. The top 2-year-old stakes race of the season helped close another stakes-dominated program, the likes of which became a focal point this year. Despite the successes of the Springboard Mile Day, […]

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Eng: Are There Too Few Talented Horses To Fill Stakes?

Writing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal this week, Richard Eng questioned whether the short fields in this weekend’s stakes races revealed more about modern training methods or modern equine talent. Although Keeneland’s stakes fields are full this weekend, Eng noted Belmont Park collected just six runners each for its Breeders’ Cup preps, while the Santa Anita Sprint […]

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California Year-To-Date Handle Down 3.6 Percent Through August

Handle figures in the state of California have declined 3.6 percent for the year-to-date through August compared to 2015, reports gamingtoday.com. California Horse Racing Board executive director Rick Baedeker has equated the decline to a similar decline in field sizes, from 8.78 runners per race in 2015 to 8.31 this year. All the categories of […]

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Average Field Size Down Slightly, But Del Mar Will ‘Finish Strong’

The actual number won’t be determined until the final race on Monday afternoon. But with the final card having been set on Friday, racing secretary David Jerkens projects the average field size will be around 8.2 for the summer meeting, down from a California-high 8.8 for the 40-day 2015 meeting. “It’s a decline, but we […]

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$20,000 In Trainer Bonuses Offered At Timonium Fair Meeting

In an effort to increase the field sizes for this year’s meeting at Timonium, the Maryland State Fair and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association are offering a total of $20,000 in trainer bonuses, according to racingbiz.com. The meet’s top-earning trainer will earn a $5,000 bonus, while additional bonuses will be awarded based on a points system. […]

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Mahoning Valley Posts 30 Percent Handle Gains Over Last Season

Numbers released by Mahoning Valley Race Course in Ohio yesterday demonstrated 30 percent gains in handle over last season, with daily averages reaching $738,405. These are the highest numbers since the track opened in 2014, reports the Daily Racing Form. “We are pleased with the gains we made this season,” said Mark Loewe, vice president […]

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‘New And Innovative’ Changes At Woodbine Increase Handle By 14 Percent Over 2014

Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Jim Lawson has dedicated himself in this, his first year on the job, to “getting more people interested in the game,” according to an interview with Dave Briggs of Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. Lawson made his presence felt immediately upon starting the job in May, when he set up a satellite office […]

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Gulfstream To Offer Trainer Bonuses Based On Field Size

Gulfstream Park announced today it will offer horsemen a $250 starter bonus tied to field size beginning July 1. Gulfstream’s latest announcement is another in a series of initiatives to thank horsemen for supporting the summer meet. Gulfstream is keeping its satellite training center Palm Meadows open to horsemen free of charge this summer as […]

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