A reduction in the allowable level of the common pain reliever phenylbutazone in post-race tests was approved on a split vote by the California Horse Racing Board July 21 over the objections of horsemen.
Todd Pletcher, who has won three of the last seven editions of the Sanford (gr. II), will have another strong chance when he sends out impressive maiden winner Overdriven July 24 at Saratoga.
Bill Farish Jr.'s Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) winner Pool Play has been diagnosed with a season-ending injury that will likely mark the end of his career, trainer Mark Casse confirmed July 21.
Massachusetts House approves bill to reduce racing days and extend simulcasting.
Santa Anita's track president told the California Horse Racing Board that he hoped to have the track open for training by July 26.
Jockey Mike Smith, who won the opening-day stakes at Del Mar, was arrested hours later in Torrey Highlands, Calif., on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to local news reports.
Seven-year-old Windward Islands, who recorded his biggest win in the 2010 Nijinsky (Can-IIT), is back for another try when he faces five others in the July 24 race at Woodbine.
Jason, Tom and Steve Pallardy of TwinSpires.com handicap the talent-laden CCA Oaks and James Marvin this week. Watch Video
The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors July 27 will consider a committee recommendation to categorize three designer drugs a Class 1--the most serious in racehorses.
E. Paul Robsham Stables' Awesome Maria, undefeated in four starts in 2011, will be sidelined for the remainder of the year after suffering a condylar fracture of her left foreleg.
Juan Carlos Guerrero, leading trainer at Parx Racing, performed an act of heroism July 18 when he pulled eight people from an overturned minivan on busy Interstate 95 near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.
John Deere will launch the John Deere Award, a competition among breeders of horses participating in the Breeders' Cup Challenge series and World Championships.
Gulfstream Park has not set a timetable for possible future contact with Florida racing regulators on chairman Frank Stronach's goal of phasing out use of legal race-day medications such as the anti-bleeding drug Salix.
Atlantic City Race Course, which held its six-day Turf Festival of live racing earlier this year but is open year-round for full-card simulcasts, will pass another milestone July 22 when it celebrates its 65th anniversary.
Calder Casino & Race Course has increased some purses 5% beginning with its July 21 program. It is the second purse increase in roughly a month.
A six-year-old law supporters said was designed to encourage the protection of retired racehorses has been struck down by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Penn National Gaming Inc. reported solid numbers for the second quarter of 2011 and said it expects good things from existing and potential properties despite increased competition.
Due to extreme heat conditions live Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine and Colonial Downs was canceled July 21, and Monmouth Park rescheduled its July 22 program for July 25.
Canterbury Park officials are biting at the bit to reopen July 21 after a state-imposed shutdown that lasted 20 days, but they indicated revenue losses have been serious.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The most thrilling finish to a major stakes in the U.S. during the July 16 weekend came in the American Oaks, when little more than a length separated five of the six-horse field.
The largest crowd in Del Mar history of 46,588 turned out Wednesday, July 20, for the opening day card at the seaside oval in Southern California.
Belmont Park, saying it benefited from the shutdown of New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., reported increases in attendance and most pari-mutuel handle categories for its 2011 spring/summer meet.
In Excess, one of the most successful stallions in the history of California breeding, has been pensioned at age 24.
For years horse owners have turned to traditional joint therapies to help manage their animals' painful joint diseases, such as arthritis, so they might remain comfortable and usable despite their medical conditions. Today, some owners are exploring a relatively new type of joint therapy: intra-articular stem cell injections. While many initial anecdo...
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