The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and Churchill Downs have outlined protocol for medication, drug testing, security, and safety during Kentucky Derby week, including out-of-competition testing and the monitoring of horses.
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.
Members of the Congressional Horse Caucus April 28 discussed the pros and cons of legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist jogged on the synthetic training track at Keeneland the morning of April 28 and remains on schedule for his final work before the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Doug O'Neill believes versatility is a big advantage for Nyquist, who heads to the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) undefeated in seven starts.
The Breeders’ Cup announced April 25 that Churchill Downs will host the World Championships in 2018, with the two-day event taking place Nov. 2-3 and televised live by NBC Sports Group.
Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.
Imperative and Page McKenney, second and third, respectively, behind Moreno in last year's Charles Town Classic (gr. II), are among 10 older horses entered in the $1.25 million event April 23 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
More than $228 million was accrued for purses at six Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015 with almost 90% of the funds derived from slot machine revenue, according to an annual report that analyzes the racetrack gaming industry in the state.
Indiana Grand Racing & Casino April 19 will begin its fourth season as the state's only Thoroughbred track with full fields and an average daily purse structure second only to Churchill Downs in the Midwest.
Canterbury Park and its horsemen's group hope to make a statement this year with an across-the-board reduction in pari-mutuel takeout rates that will range from 15% to 18% for the 2016 meet.
Cupid, who finished 10th in the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. I), won't compete in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), which means Mo Tom has secured a spot in the field for the May 7 first leg of the Triple Crown
Undefeated Nyquist galloped at Keeneland April 18 and is expected to work again April 22 at the Lexington track as he prepares for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Of the four parts of the National Uniform Medication Program, the multiple medication violation penalty system has been adopted by the lowest number of jurisdictions. But one official April 11 said he expects that to change.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program hopes to make progress this year on protocol that will keep horses placed on various lists from showing up and racing at other tracks while ineligible under current guidelines.
Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.
Voss and Big Chief Racing's Decked Out did well stretching out to 1 1/8 miles on the turf when she rallied from well off the pace to win the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Keeneland will begin its spring meet with a bump in overnight purses, but track officials hope it's the start of steady growth made possible by revenue from Lexington's historical race wagering facility.
An April 7 town hall meeting organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International revealed consensus on the need for a central governing structure for horse racing, but little agreement on how to achieve it.
Shadwell's homebred 3-year-old Shagaf has won his three starts by a combined margin of almost 10 lengths, but trainer Chad Brown believes he hasn't reached his limit.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Champion Nyquist is doing well after his impressive victory in the Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2 at Gulfstream Park. The day after he arrived at Keeneland, where he will train up to the Kentucky Derby.
Oscar Nominated isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he's headed to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after his upset win in the $500,000 Horseshoe Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
Trainer Larry Jones, who won his first race at Ellis Park in his native Kentucky, bagged his 1,000th win at Turfway Park in Kentucky April 2.
Horses are back training at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort, where more than three months of down time in late fall and winter allowed time for improvements in the barn area.
John Oxley's Airoforce, who turned in an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) last time out, seeks to rebound in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
Trainers Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug O'Neill on March 29 offered their views on Mohaymen and Nyquist, both of whom are undefeated, as they prepare for their first matchup in the $1 million Florida Derby April 2.
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- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Midwest Region
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner, who captured the grade II Risen Star Stakes in his last start, was a commanding winner of the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 26.
Earle Mack, Wachtel Stable, and Brous Stable's Take the Stand popped the gate from the rail post position and never looked back in a handy victory in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Stakes (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds.
United States-based X Y Jet ran lights-out on the front-end but couldn't fend off Muarrab, who edged past near the wire to win the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
The New York Racing Association March 24 credited multiple safety protocols implemented over the past several years for a catastrophic injury rate that has been lower than the average for all Equine Injury Database tracks.
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Regulations for cobalt have been adopted by the Ohio State Racing Commission, which will begin testing April 15 for the naturally occurring mineral that can adversely affect the equine health when given in large doses.
Equine Injury Database statistics show the rate of fatal injuries in Thoroughbred races dropped 14% in 2015 from the previous year. The overall rate is the lowest since the stats were first reported in 2009.
The New York State Senate budget resolution for fiscal 2016-17 includes a few recommendations for protecting revenue for the horse racing industry given impending competition from full-scale casinos.
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Revenue for horse racing is included in a casino-expansion referendum that will be put before New Jersey voters in November. The legislation states that not less than 2% of revenue would go to support horse racing.
Federal legislation that would grant the United States Anti-Doping Agency oversight of equine medication policy, testing, and enforcement has picked up additional sponsors in the U.S. House, officials said March 14.
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's homebred Surgical Strike appears headed to the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) after a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
A strong push to decouple racing from gaming officially hit the wall with the end of this year's Florida legislative session March 11, but a horsemen's coalition said it fully expects the issue to come up again in 2017.
The New York Racing Association board of directors March 10 voted to support federal legislation that would grant USADA authority over equine medication and testing.
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Racing returns to Laurel Park March 11 after a more than three-week break as part of a new schedule that will allow the facility to capitalize on its expansive turf course.
The American Quarter Horse Association said it remains committed to addressing misuse of medication in racing but a need for more resources has led it to suspend use of its multiple medication violation system pending review.
Gary Barber's Whatawonderflworld, who thus far has shown an affinity for turf and synthetic surfaces, is among a full field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
Burning Sands Stables' homebred Awesome Gent, who sat just off two dueling leaders for almost a half-mile, took over in the stretch and pulled away to win the $125,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.
With on- and off-track pari-mutuel wagering both up at the halfway point of its 2016 meet, Oaklawn Park has again raised overnight purses, this time by up to $5,000 a race.
Major gambling bills tied to a $3 billion compact with the Seminole tribe were removed from a Florida Senate committee agenda March 1 and may not be addressed before the current legislative session ends.
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