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Steffanus, Frakes Earn Media Eclipse Awards; Photography Award To Nancy Rokos

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced the Media Eclipse Award winners in the Feature Commentary and News Enterprise Writing categories and the Photography category. Jason Frakes of the Louisville Courier-Journal won the Feature/Commentary award for “Gunnevera Trainer Kidnapped Twice, Now in Kentucky Derby,” about trainer Antonio Sano. Denise Steffanus, […]

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Moss, Porter To Be Honored By National Turf Writers And Broadcasters

Veteran broadcaster Randy Moss and owner Rick Porter are among the Thoroughbred industry standouts who will be honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters at the association’s 58th annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 2 at the Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar in Del Mar, California. Members of the NTWAB also voted to honor Daily Racing Form […]

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Pegasus World Cup: Only Four Of 12 Starting Slots Sold So Far

The Stronach Group announced in May of 2016 that all 12 of the starting slots for the inaugural Pegasus World Cup had been sold; this year, the company has only managed to sell four of those $1 million slots by mid-August. According to, three of those shares were purchased by participants from 2016, including Coolmore, […]

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Avioli: We’ll be more entrepreneurial

Former Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Greg Avioli spoke with the Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty about his transition from the World Championship event to head of Frank Stronach’s newly formed racing conglomeration. Among many things, Avioli points out the advantage of no longer being a part of MI Developments. “We’ll be a lot more […]

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Churchill and Trakus so happy together?

According to Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form, Churchill Downs and Trakus are close to an agreement that would bring the electronic real-time horse-tracking system to Louisville in time for Churchill’s spring meet on April 30 and the Kentucky Derby on May 7. “We’re talking with them, and the talks are positive,” Churchill’s vice […]

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According to an article by Matt Hegarty in the Daily Racing Form, the proverbial “when one door closes another one opens” could become a reality in the ongoing NYC OTB saga. Discussions have been had about the potential of NYRA opening off-track betting sites to replace the recently closed parlors.

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Hegarty: NYC OTB reorganization plan not going as hoped

The redundancies most racing officials had hoped would be removed from the NYC OTB in the process of reorganization has not come to pass so far. This includes the possibility of dropping the account-wagering platform which has been instead transferred to its creditors.

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According to Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form, a California judge ruled that he would not extend a stay of a suspension issued by the CHRB to trainer Jeff Mullins. This action sends him back to the sidelines after five days back in action. Read it at the Daily Racing Form Then come […]

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Convicted on 33 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, Ernie Paragallo was sentenced to a two-year prison term and assessed a $33,000 fine. The two-year term was the maximum allowed under New York Law. The judge in the case also took time to lecture Paragallo, saying ““Mr. Paragallo, your moral compass is out of kilter […]

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