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De Francis To Chair New HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council

The Humane Society of the United States announced the formation of a new group to target reform in the horse racing industry on Thursday. The HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council will focus on promoting higher standards for equine welfare throughout the sport. Joe De Francis, former CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, will chair the […]

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Fravel: Barr-Tonko Bill ‘Creates A System That Makes Sense’

Prominent figures from the horse racing industry appeared on Thursday before members of the U.S. Congress to discuss the future of the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (H.R. 3084).  The industry representatives were invited to participate in the panel by Congressional Horse Caucus Co-Chairs Andy Barr (R-Ky.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), who introduced the […]

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An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in the Thoroughbred world. With the alphabet soup of animal rights and welfare organizations, it can be difficult to distinguish one group from […]

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MAGNA SHARE SPIKE ON EVE OF MARYLAND SLOTS VOTE

By Ray Paulick UPDATED TUESDAY EVENING:  Stock prices soared Monday in Magna Entertainment, the racetrack company that operates Laurel Park and Pimlico in Maryland, where voters are deciding today on an amendment to allow 15,000 slot machines at five locations in the state. The share price jumped by 92%, from $1.82 at […]

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MAGNA EXECS: BEEN NICE, BUT PUT ME ON ICE

It’s almost impossible to keep track of the comings and goings of executives at Magna Entertainment, the racetrack spinoff created in 2000 from Frank Stronach’s highly successful auto parts company, Magna International. Magna Entertainment owns numerous racetracks, including Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Pimlico and Laurel Park […]

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