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Discover Florida: ‘The Sunshine State Stands Out’ When It Comes To Horses

The following sponsored article is from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner. Florida is currently home to nearly every breed of horse. As far back as the 1500’s, Spanish explorers brought a rare breed of horse to Florida’s shores. The Florida Cracker Horse, as they became known, was a small, […]

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Undefeated Kentucky-Bred From Mexico Piques Interest In Tropical Park Oaks

There is something intriguing about an unbeaten 3-year-old filly, especially one who: ·       Comes from another country ·       Has beaten older males ·       Is unbeaten in seven starts ·       Will face U.S.-based competition for the first time ·       And will be making her turf debut. Meet the intriguing Letruska. A Kentucky-bred star in Mexico, Letruska will face her toughest test […]

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More Than A Foot Of Rain Forces Gulfstream To Close For Training, Relocate Some Horses

Gulfstream Park closed its main track for training and moved horses from low-lying barns Monday after 12.80 inches of rain fell overnight across the area. There were no injuries reported to horses, backstretch workers or customers. The main track was expected to reopen for training Tuesday morning. Due to the rain, high tides and a […]

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Irad Ortiz Riding High Heading Into Gulfstream Championship Meet

Irad Ortiz Jr. both started and ended a career year at Gulfstream Park in 2018, one where he was recognized with his first Eclipse Award as North America’s leading rider. As Gulfstream prepares to open its 2019-2020 Championship Meet, the nation’s premier winter Thoroughbred meet which begins its 89-day stand Friday, Ortiz is poised to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Sprint Scratch Imperial Hint Targeting Mr. Prospector At Gulfstream Championship Meet

Raymond Mamone’s multi-millionaire Imperial Hint, forced to scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 2, is being pointed to make his return in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) Saturday, Dec. 21 at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong Mr. Prospector for 3-year-olds and up comes on the fourth Saturday of Gulfstream’s 2019-2020 Championship Meet, the country’s […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Set To Kick Off 94th Anniversary Season, 90-Day Meet

World-class Thoroughbred racing returns to Tampa Bay Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with the Opening Day card of the 2019-2020 meeting. Admission is free. The track is celebrating its 94th anniversary season with a boatload of activities and promotions planned throughout the 90-day meeting to enhance the equine energy: http://www.tampabaydowns.com/visitor-information/event-calendars Oldsmar oval visitors will notice a new […]

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South Florida Racing Moves To Gulfstream Park West For Fall Turf Festival

With the conclusion of the Summer Meet at Gulfstream Park Sunday, Thoroughbred racing in South Florida will move to Gulfstream Park Wednesday for the Fall Turf Festival Meet. Live racing at Gulfstream Park West, located eight miles west of Gulfstream Park, will be conducted five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, through Nov. 24.  Racing […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Ceci Valentina Chases $400,000, Win Number Two In Florida Sire Stakes Series

Amalio Ruiz-Lozano’s Ceci Valentina is scheduled to seek her second straight victory in the 2019 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series Saturday in the $400,000 My Dear Girl at Gulfstream Park. The My Dear Girl, the 1 1/16-mile final leg of the lucrative series for 2-year-old fillies sired by nominated stallions standing in Florida, will co-headline […]

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Florida Horsemen Incensed By Latest Tactics At Oxford Downs

Horsemen’s organizations in Florida say the latest development at Oxford Downs has eliminated any shred of credibility the racetrack had left, and it didn’t really have any to begin with. Oxford has been running “races” for the past five years to maintain a card room license. During that time, the track has taken in more […]

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