British Horseracing Authority enacts do-over on whip rules, penalties

At their Board meeting today the Directors of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) approved a proposal for a fundamental change to the rules governing use of the whip, together with revisions to the existing penalty structure. The Board agreed to progress a proposal in which the fixed number of times use of the whip is […]

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Jockey Tyler Baze still suspended, hasn’t done required rehab

California jockey Tyler Baze has yet to check in to a 30-day rehabilitation program as required by a stewards ruling in October and therefore, he remains suspended, reports the Daily Racing Form. Baze could have resumed riding two weeks ago had he met the terms of the punishment issued by Los Alamitos stewards October 28.  […]

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Grade 1 winner Haynesfield retired; stud plans pending

Harvey Weinstein’s Turtle Bird Stable announced today that multiple stakes-winning millionaire Haynesfield has been retired from racing. A stakes winner each year he raced from age’s two to five; Haynesfield won 10 of his 19 lifetime starts and retires with earnings of $1,319,481. A five-year-old son of champion sprinter Speightstown, out of the stakes winning […]

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Barrel race backer Romanik: We’re no different than Calder or Gulfstream Park

Pari-mutuel barrel racing, the ruse by a group of opportunists to enrich themselves by bringing slot machines to the Florida panhandle, got under way in Gretna, Fla., Thursday, and about 50 people showed up to watch and possibly wager, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat. Among those on hand were the barrel racer […]

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Tattersalls foal sale day two: double-digit increases in gross, average, median

John Ferguson bought the top two lots on the second day of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale as four lots sold for 100,000 guineas or more with turnover, average and median all posting increases over 2010. A total of 191 lots were sold for 5,374,900 guineas, at an average of 28,141 guineas and a median […]

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Sunrise Smarty wires field in Fall Highweight

  By Jenny Kellner Going straight to the front and holding off a late charge from Nathan’s H Q, Sunrise Smarty earned his first graded stakes victory Thursday afternoon in the 98th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, the traditional Thanksgiving Day feature at Aqueduct Racetrack. Leaving from the inside post, the […]

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Rapid Redux gallops into history books

Rapid Redux galloped into the history books at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia with his 20th consecutive victory on Monday night, surpassing the previous modern-day North American Thoroughbred racing record of 19 wins in a row established by the once-beaten Horse of the Year, Zenyatta, and the undefeated New Mexico bred mare Peppers Pride. Ridden […]

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Training collision knocks Giant Oak out of Clark Handicap with injury

A training incident  at Hawthorne on Thursday morning caused a hind-end injury to multiple Grade 1 winner Giant Oak that will end his season prematurely, taking him out of consideration for a defense of his title in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs next Friday, according to Daily Racing Form. The 5-year-old Illinois-bred […]

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New TOC chairman Pegram: ‘You want to vote the rascals out? So be it’

An 11th-hour deal has been struck between the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the group that had hoped to unseat TOC as the official representative of Thoroughbred owners in the Golden State, averting a possible decertification election. The deal is dependent on TOC membership approving a number of amendments to its bylaws before the end […]

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