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‘The Ship Is Sinking’: CHRB Members Argue For Fewer Race Dates

The California Horse Racing Board had its second discussion in 2017 regarding a reduction in race dates, and, once again, received significant pushback from those in attendance at a committee meeting on Friday. According to bloodhorse.com, executive director Rick Baedeker presented the CHRB with three different calendars, each of which would reduce racing by 17-18 days. Thoroughbred […]

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Ruidoso Reduces Race Dates In Search Of ‘Quality Over Quantity’

Expect fuller fields, more competitive racing and increased purses starting this weekend at Ruidoso Downs with a racing schedule adjustment. Starting on Friday, July 7, the racing will be held on a Friday through Sunday schedule. This schedule continues until closing weekend, when racing will be held on Friday, September 1 though Monday, September 4. The Grade 1, $3-million (est.) […]

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California Handle: ‘Field Size Is The Biggest Factor, More Important Than Takeout’

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Art Wilson writes that the solution to generating handle on horse racing has been focused on takeout, ever since the advent of social media. The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo agrees that takeout is “a little bit too high” ever since the California legislature passed SB1072 in 2010, increasing the takeout […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Final Two Thursday Cards Of Spring Summer Meet

With Santa Anita’s current Spring Summer Meet set to conclude on Tuesday, July 4, the track has modified its current racing schedule for the next two weeks, as the track will now run a pair of three-day weeks, beginning Friday, June 16 and Friday, June 23, in advance of a five-day closing week, which starts […]

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‘I’m Afraid That Something Is Going To Happen’: Stevens Wishes Derby Field Were Smaller

Although it’s unlikely much about the Kentucky Derby will ever change, veteran rider Gary Stevens said Thursday that he’d like to see the field size reduced for the safety of the horses and riders involved. Speaking on an NTRA media teleconference, Stevens said in his estimation (and that of fellow rider Mike Smith, who piloted […]

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Green It Up: Aqueduct Replacing Inner Track With Second Turf Course

Racing at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack will look a little different this winter, as Thoroughbreds will be competing on the outer dirt track instead of the inner one for the first time since the inner dirt was installed in 1975. According to drf.com, the New York Racing Association has decided to replace Aqueduct’s inner dirt […]

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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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