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‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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‘Improper Behavior?’ Jockey Da Silva Suspended One Day For Sand-Throwing Incident

Trainer Amy Murphy questioned the decision to suspend jockey Raul da Silva for one day for throwing sand at a horse at Chelmsford on Thursday night. Da Silva was aboard the Murphy-trained Sandkissed and was banned after he “appeared to gently throw a handful of the Polytrack surface at his filly’s quarters to encourage it […]

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Judge Rules Dickinson Lawsuit Against Keeneland Can Proceed

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Keeneland Association to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Michael W. Dickinson Inc., stemming from Dickinson’s attempt to collect $395,874.18 (plus interest) from Keeneland in a breach of contract judgment against Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, a limited liability company co-owned by a subsidiary of Keeneland. Martin […]

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Sophomore It’s Your Nickel Dominates Spiral Prep At Turfway

It’s Your Nickel used the first two furlongs of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes to get acquainted with Turfway Park’s Polytrack and the last 6 1/2 furlongs to bury the rest of the field. Beating only two horses early, he found his stride on the backstretch, split horses into the stretch and drew away from […]

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Flipcup Turns Away Challengers In Arlington Matron

Team Penney Racing, Wachtel Stable and Brous Stable’s Flipcup was the determined winner by a neck in Saturday’s Grade 3 Arlington Matron Stakes. Restricted to fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, the race was held over the fast all weather track at nine furlongs. A 5-year-old daughter of Milwaukee Brew, Flipcup covered the distance in […]

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‘Something Of A Surprise’: NYTHA Members Evenly Divided On Synthetic Track For Aqueduct

An online survey of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association members was almost evenly divided on whether or not the New York Racing Association should install a synthetic racing surface at Aqueduct. NYRA CEO Chris Kay raised the issue earlier this month at a meeting of the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board, saying his organization was […]

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Trace Creek Springs 44-1 Upset In Hanshin Cup

The 64th running of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse went to Shortleaf Stable’s Trace Creek. While making his first Polytrack start, the William Van Meter trainee broke from the inside post and settled well off the pace while saving ground in the early stages of the one-turn mile event. […]

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Stidham Hoping ‘Momentum’ From Fair Grounds Carries Through Arlington Meet

In all his 37 years in the business Mike Stidham had never landed a title at any race meet. That all changed this past winter when Stidham secured his first leading trainer title at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. “When we went into that meet we had just lost one our biggest clients, Ike […]

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Keeneland Files Motion To Dismiss Suit Over Polytrack Payments

The Keeneland Association has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by trainer Michael Dickinson stemming from his attempt to collect $395,874 a federal judge said Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings – a defunct company co-owned by a Keeneland subsidiary – owes him on a license agreement. The case stems from a 2008 […]

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Training Begins On Woodbine’s New Tapeta Surface

Training on Woodbine’s brand new Tapeta main track commenced on Friday morning with 17 horses recording timed workouts over the cushion installed following the 2015 meet. “We’ve had great feedback this morning from horsepeople after our first full training session over the Tapeta,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group. “It’s important for us […]

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