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Kentucky HBPA Opposes Lasix Phase-Out Plan: ‘Inconceivable’ It’s Being Considered

The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), unalterably opposes the recently-announced plan of several North American tracks, including Keeneland and Churchill Downs, to run 2-year-old races without the anti-bleeder medication Lasix in 2020 and all stakes races in 2021. The KHBPA is the recognized representatives at all five Thoroughbred tracks in the Commonwealth. It […]

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Upcoming HBPA Convention: ‘Finding Ways For Horse Racing To Do Things Better’

Finding ways for horse racing to do things better is the overarching theme of the National HBPA Convention March 12-16 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. That also is the mission of the new Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, a horse-racing think tank whose representatives form the March 13 keynote panel at the annual convention staged […]

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‘A Lot Of Positive Momentum’: Prairie Meadows Announces Incentives, Purse Increases

Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel announces the release of Condition Book 1, which covers the first 14 racing days of the 2019 Thoroughbred season at the Altoona, Iowa racetrack. Prairie Meadows live season kicks off on May 3. Book 1 is available at prairiemeadows.com, equibase.com, and Prairie Meadows’ Racing Office. Book 1 features a variety of […]

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One Year Later: Innumerable Heroes Among ‘Resilient’ San Luis Rey Survivors

One year after a wildfire tragically killed 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs, those who endured the flames will gather at a nearby restaurant to remember. Horsemen from every walk of life came together that day, working endlessly to try to save their four-legged friends. Several, like Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick, still bear […]

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‘Stay Until May’: Oaklawn Issues Condition Book For New Extended Meet

Oaklawn, the track with the highest purses in the Midwest, has released the first issue of its condition books for the first live season that extends beyond its signature Arkansas Derby Day. The cover of the condition book carries the most important message to horsemen throughout the nation – “STAY UNTIL MAY” – while the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix Debate Shouldn’t Impede Progress Over Racing’s Integrity, Structure

The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don’t blame them. Most trainers today have never […]

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NYRA Launches Owner, Trainer Loyalty Program Based On New York Starts

The New York Racing Association has announced today the implementation of a starter loyalty program for owners and trainers of horses that make at least five starts on the NYRA circuit in a 12-month period beginning April 2, 2018. Under the new program, horses can earn Silver- through Diamond-level purse bonuses between 5% and 15% […]

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HBPA Panel: Aftercare Not Only ‘Right Thing To Do,’ But Positive Marketing

Taking care of retired racehorses not only is the ethical thing to do but is good marketing, a panel Thursday told the audience at the National HBPA Convention at the Astor Crowne Plaza. “We want to show the public that our industry cares for our horses,” said Jessica Hammond, program administrator for Beyond the Wire, Maryland Thoroughbred […]

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HBPA Convention: Panelists Say Racing Must Prepare For, Embrace Sports Betting

To appreciate how public opinion on sports betting has changed in recent years, consider that the National Football League went from banning Las Vegas commercials on the Super Bowl broadcast to relocating a team there. While the NFL still opposes sports betting, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball now favor legalizing wagering on […]

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‘Fighting Over Minutia’: Monmouth Again Institutes Shipping Ban To Suffolk Downs

Throwing back to their decision last August, Monmouth Park officials have again banned horses which ship out to race at Suffolk Downs from returning to the Monmouth stable area. According to bloodhorse.com, about 65 horses were shipped from Monmouth to Suffolk during the four race days in August 2016, and horsemen were charged a fine of […]

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