In a development that figures to play out in other racing states, two New York senators said June 12 the anti-bleeding medication furosemide should not be banned on race day.
NBC's broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, which was won by Union Rags, drew 7.67 million viewers, a gain of 12 percent from last year's race (6.84 million on NBC), and up 62 percent from the 2010 race (4.74 million on ABC). Saturday's Belmont was the most-watched in a non-Triple Crown year since 2005 on NBC, less than one percent lower than the 7.71 million that year, according to official national data provided Tuesday by The Nielsen Company.
Viewership for the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on NBC was up 12% from last year and 62% from 2010, according to official data provided by The Nielsen Company June 12.
Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation, the top-ranked horse in the latest NTRA Poll, completed his major training preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs with an easy five-furlong breeze in 1:05 2/5 on the fast main track beneath the Twin Spires on Tuesday morning.
In advance of an expected vote by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission June 13, the American Graded Stakes Committee reaffirmed its desire to ban all race-day medication in graded stakes for 2-year-olds.
Dinny Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, will be honored Aug. 5 at the Saratoga Gala of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Phipps will receive the Earle Mack Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Champion Award.
The Maryland Racing Commission has agreed to conduct a hearing to consider evidence based upon advances in modern technology regarding the controversy surrounding Secretariat's winning time in the Preakness.
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Eight of 16 people elected to the Breeders' Cup board of members are incumbents, the organization said June 12.
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The Breeders' Cup announced Tuesday that 16 individuals have won election to serve as Breeders' Cup Members. Election voting by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators was concluded at 5 p.m. (EDT) on June 8. The election results are expected to be ratified by the current Breeders' Cup Members at the annual meeting on July 11.
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Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, and Maryland Jockey Club President Thomas Chuckas have requested that the Maryland Racing Commission conduct a hearing to consider "compelling" evidence, based upon advances in modern video technology, regarding the long-standing controversy surrounding Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness Stakes. The Commission has agreed to do so and it will consider the request at its upcoming meeting on June 19th at Laurel Park.
The Ohio State Racing Commission probably will rule on racetrack license transfers during the third quarter of this year, OSRC chairman Robert Schmitz said June 11.
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