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Let It Ride In Australia For G1 Victoria Derby Day and The $7.5 Million Golden Eagle

Fans of elite racing will enjoy a seamless transition from Friday’s Breeders’ Cup action to the opening race in Melbourne, as Australia’s spring racing season climaxes with the start of Flemington’s four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Just one hour after Day One of the Breeders’ Cup concludes, the first race of an all-stakes card will be […]

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Australia: After Winx’s Four-Peat, Time For A New Name On The Cox Plate

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous race, but the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley – run this Friday night, has long been the country’s best race. The “Cup” is a two-mile handicap, but the “Plate” is a mile-and-a-quarter weight-for-age contest whose winners’ list reads like an honor roll of the nation’s finest steeds. “The […]

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Australia’s ‘Pegasus’: The Everest, World’s Richest Race On Turf, Returns

The world’s richest turf race will be staged in Sydney this Friday night. A glittering array of talent will scorch the 6-furlong course at Royal Randwick in the third running of The Everest, which boasts a purse of AU$14 million (US$9.5 million). TVG will be broadcasting live from Royal Randwick (First Post: 6:30p.m. PT, 9:30p.m. […]

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Australia: Epsom Handicap, Turnbull Stakes Have Historic Connections To U.S. Racing

This Friday night’s racing from Australia is highlighted by a pair of time-honored Group One races: the Epsom Handicap at Royal Randwick in Sydney and the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in Melbourne. Both races were inaugurated in 1865, are steeped in tradition and hold fascinating storylines for North American racing fans. The Epsom, named for […]

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Michael Wrona To Call New Fall Meet At Grants Pass Downs

Grants Pass Downs has named Michael Wrona, one of the world’s preeminent race callers, as track announcer for its fall race meet. Wrona will call all 14 race days scheduled for Grants Pass Downs’ inaugural commercial race meet, scheduled Sept. 22 through Nov. 4. Known throughout the industry for his signature “Racing!” call, Wrona began calling races […]

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Kentucky Downs Meet Ends With 13.2% Increase In Wagering; Big Changes Planned For 2020

The RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., concluded its five-date meet on Sept. 12, once again breaking wagering records, with betting from all sources totaling $41,239,699. That’s a 13.2-percent increase over the $36,421,721 wagered in 2018. Kentucky Downs set a record for each of the meet’s corresponding dates, including the $7,280,542 bet on […]

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Wrona Named Full-Time Track Announcer For Los Alamitos

Michael Wrona, one of the world’s top race-callers, has been named the full-time track announcer at Los Alamitos Race Course starting with the opening night of the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred season on Friday, December 27, 2019. Wrona will follow the longtime voice of Los Alamitos Ed Burgart, who is retiring from the announcer’s booth […]

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Kentucky Downs Beefs Up Racing Office, Broadcast Team

Rick Hammerle, among horse racing’s most respected and innovative officials; popular New England sportscaster and former NBC racing analyst Bob Neumeier, and jockey Aaron Gryder are joining the Kentucky Downs team for America’s most unique race meet. Kentucky Downs runs Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, 7, 8 and 12. The all-turf meet offers America’s largest […]

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Michael Wrona Named Track Announcer At Arizona Downs

Arizona Downs has landed one of the world’s preeminent race-callers in naming Michael Wrona the announcer when live horse racing returns to the region for the first time in a decade. Arizona Downs will run both thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing May 24 through Labor Day, Sept. 2. “In this year of exploring fresh opportunities, it […]

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Santa Anita: Racing Secretary Hammerle Let Go, No Replacement Yet Named

The racing secretary at Santa Anita Park since 2003, Rick Hammerle has officially joined the outgoing cast of employees to lose their positions at Santa Anita Park. According to thoroughbreddailynews.com, Hammerle confirmed the news but made no additional comment on the matter. No replacement for Hammerle has been named, as of Friday afternoon. The condition book […]

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