The West Virginia Racing Commission, citing comments it has received, on Jan. 19 voted to conduct an evaluation of the racing surface at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Triple Crown, Southwest Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region
Discreetness, owned by Dwight Pruett's Xpress Thoroughbreds, rallied from just off the pace to win the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 18 at Oaklawn Park.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation made his Northern California debut a winning one with a victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
Team Valor International's Mexikoma, fifth in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes in his previous start in December, reeled in a determined Mr. Jordan in deep stretch to win the Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
Jim Rome, whose passion for horse racing appears to exceed his passion for his popular syndicated sports talk show, gave the keynote address Jan. 13 as part of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference at Gulfstream Park.
Thoroughbred ownership certainly has its rewards, but speakers on the first day of the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference Jan. 12 made clear it's different than the average business.
Speedway Stable's Collected made the most of his first start on dirt with a smooth victory from just off the pace in the $100,000 Sham Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart began 2016 the way his 2015 season ended -- with a victory in a graded stakes, this time the $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) for 4-year-olds and up Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
Total wagering on Standardbred races in the United States was, like betting on Thoroughbred racing, up slightly in 2015 compared with the previous year.
Perhaps research will end standoff
The Maryland Jockey Club has enacted a house rule for the Laurel Park meet that requires trainers of claimed horses to report joint injections administered in the previous 30 days.
A study designed to determine the levels of exercise-industry pulmonary hemorrhage in 2-year-olds racing in South Florida is complete, but the data won't be released until a scientific paper is published after peer review.
Industry stakeholders will be among the speakers on the topic of decoupling when the Florida Thoroughbred Farm Managers holds its annual meeting Jan. 9 in Ocala.
Despite more than 2,300 fewer races compared with 2014, commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races inched up 1.18% to $10,676,223,640 in 2015. It is the first year-over-year increase since 2012.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported a healthy increase in total live pari-mutuel handle at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2015 despite two fewer racing days compared with 2014.
Adam Staple and Jalin Stable's Page McKenney broke the million-dollar mark in career earnings with an impressive victory in the $75,000 Native Dancer Stakes Jan. 2 at Laurel Park.
Zayat Stables' King Kranz, equipped with blinkers for the first time, went from maiden to stakes winner Jan. 1 in the Lost In The Fog for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct Racetrack.
In what it says is a move to increase the profitability of owning young racehorses, NYRA will schedule six $100,000 maiden races for 2-year-olds this spring as lead-ins to its first two juvenile stakes of 2016.
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Colts Neck Stables' Awesome Speed, a back-to-back winner at Laurel Park, will stretch out to one mile for the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes Jan. 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Former claimer Zen Papa will face graded stakes-placed King Kranz in the $125,000 Lost In The Fog Stakes for 3-year-olds when Aqueduct Racetrack begins the new year Jan. 1.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Dec. 23 approved the $1.25 million purse for the 2016 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), but the vote wasn't unanimous.
A 2-year-old gelding with strong ties to the Baltimore Orioles figures to get plenty of attention in the $50,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity for state-breds, one of five stakes on the Dec. 26 program at Laurel Park.
Aqueduct Racetrack will return from the Christmas break Dec. 26 with the top three finishers in the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) set to square off in the $100,000 Gravesend Stakes at six furlongs.
Eagle, a 3-year-old Candy Ride colt, seems to have hit his stride after earning his first stakes victory in the Tenacious Stakes Dec. 19 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Licenses for meets that begin Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and Golden Gate were approved Dec. 17 by the CHRB, but not before lengthy discussions of stabling and vanning issues.
Development of a central rule-making process for uniform medication policies and related implementation will be the 2016 focus for the Association of Racing Commissioners International.
A pricey compact between Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe allows for the decoupling of casino gambling and pari-mutuel racing, but whether that provision becomes law remains to be seen.
Claiming Crown survived, and now thrives
Silver Ranch Stable and Wachtel Stable's Poshsky rallied in the stretch and just got up to defeat longshot Pepper Crown in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.
Maggi Moss' Control Stake, the lone 3-year-old in the field, got the jump on the competition from the gate and wasn't headed en route to a solid win in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart bounced back from a 10th-place finish in the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) to win the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26.
V-Leaf Stables and Richard Ravin's Lewys Vaporizer grabbed the early lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable victory in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course Nov. 23.
Four men were fined and suspended by stewards at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in connection with a Nov. 4 race in which the wrong horse not only ran, but won, and paid $222.40.
The first phase of an Ohio study into the effects the mineral cobalt has on horses showed that intravenous administration at high doses has detrimental effects on body systems.
Turfway Park has submitted an application for historical race wagering, according to an agenda for the Dec. 1 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Frivolous is among 13 entered in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs Nov. 26, but she could end up facing males in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) the following day.
Heaven Trees Farm's 2-year-old colt Dolphus, a half brother to Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, made his first start a winning one when he captured a maiden special weight event at Fair Grounds Nov. 22.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, a winner of 15 of 23 starts for earnings of more than $1.5 million, could make her final start in the $250,000 Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 26.
Richard Bahde's Cougar Ridge, claimed for $62,500 in April, won his fourth race in a row when he rallied from just of the pace to capture the $250,000 Delta Mile Nov. 21 at Delta Downs in Louisiana.
Maryland racing stakeholders the evening of Nov. 20 received a status report on the state of the industry, and they were told there is great potential for growth in the state.
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.
At a time when some Mid-Atlantic region tracks are cutting live racing dates, Maryland is moving in the opposite direction as part of a master plan to make the state a year-round Thoroughbred racing and stabling destination.
West Virginia's high court has overturned a circuit court decision that vacated a WVRC order to suspend and fine seven jockeys in a 2009 case in which they were permitted to ride over the published weight.
The West Virginia Racing Commission Nov. 18 approved customary live racing dates, but the schedules for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort are expected to be drastically reduced.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, a steady fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 21.
The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission Nov. 13 approved two companies as historic horse race wagering providers and authorized use of several game themes.
State officials in Pennsylvania said they expect lawmakers the week of Nov. 16 to consider legislation that would, in part, stabilize the funding of horse racing regulation.
Monmouth Park and Meadowlands have applied for a combined 71 racing programs in 2016 according to a request submitted to the New Jersey Racing Commission. It's the same number the two tracks requested for this year.
More than three years into a lucrative purse agreement between Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Minnesota Thoroughbred breeding program is reaping the benefits.
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