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Turfway Park Switching Synthetic Surfaces, From Polytrack To Tapeta

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to invest $5.6 million to replace the existing track at Turfway Park with a new Tapeta synthetic track, one of the world’s leading surfaces for racing and training, through an agreement with Tapeta Footings, Inc. The removal of Turfway’s existing Polytrack and installation of the new Tapeta synthetic track will […]

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Belmont Stakes Winner Sir Winston Returns From Layoff In Saturday’s Woodchopper

Tracey Farmer’s homebred Sir Winston, who won the Belmont Stakes (G1) over 1 ½ miles of dirt in June, is set to make his first start since in Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper at Fair Grounds. The about one mile turf race run over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course is restricted to 3-year-olds. After running a game […]

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Turfway Park, Woodbine Collaborate On All-Weather Winners Challenge Series

Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and Woodbine Entertainment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have teamed up to create the All-Weather Winners Challenge series, with winners of designated stakes at each track earning automatic entry with nomination and entry fees paid to stakes across the border. The new series begins in 2020, with the first eligible winners […]

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Dickinson: Racing On Dirt ‘Past Its Sell-By Date’; Politicians Will Force Change To Synthetics

Former trainer Michael Dickinson, who with his wife owns Tapeta Footings, told a panel Wednesday the “revolution against dirt” over safety concerns has already started, and that it’s unlikely racetracks will make the change to synthetics without political pressure. As reported by the Daily Racing Form, Dickinson was part of some heated exchanges during a […]

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Undefeated Halo Again Early Queen’s Plate Favorite After Coronation Futurity Victory

Undefeated two-year-old colt Halo Again captured the 116th running of the $225,000 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-foaled two-year-olds on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. The Coronation Futurity, contested over 1-1/8 miles on the Tapeta, is considered a stepping-stone to Canada’s most famous race, the Queen’s Plate. The first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing […]

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Lift Up Rallies From Last To Take Maple Leaf At Woodbine

Rallying through the pack from last to first, Lift Up delivered on her pari-mutuel promise with a masterful ride from Patrick Husbands in the $125,000 Maple Leaf Stakes (Grade 3) for trainer Michael Dickinson on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. Owned by Augustin Stables, Dickinson trainees Lift Up and Theodora B. finished first […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Hosts With The Most?

The Breeders’ Cup is back at Santa Anita for the 10th time in its history. In fact, the World Championships have gotten quite cozy between California and Kentucky the past dozen years. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick ponder other future host sites for the event, plus how might […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: On The Surface, Woodbine Deserves Another Breeders’ Cup

It’s been 23 years since the Breeders’ Cup was held at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time the world championships were conducted outside of the United States. What I remember the most about that 1996 Breeders’ Cup was Alphabet Soup’s upset of Allen Paulson’s Cigar in the Classic, with Chris McCarron guiding […]

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Hotshot Anna Continues Her Mastery Of Presque Isle Downs, Repeats In Masters

Running her record over the Presque Isle Downs Tapeta surface to a perfect 4-for-4, Hotshot Anna overtook Talk Veuve to Me in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $400,000 Masters Stakes for the second year in a row under Antonio Gallardo. Owned and trained by Hugh Robertson, Hotshot Anna – a 5-year-old mare by […]

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