While he has struggled since last year's front-running victory in the Presque Isle Mile, the connections of Decisive Moment hope a return to the Pennsylvania track helps the veteran runner in this year's edition.
At a Sept. 1 summit presented by the New York State Gaming Commission on racehorse aftercare, the New York Racing Association pledged that it would donate $5 per start at its tracks to the TAA.
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Sept. 1 said it will commit $450,000 to acquire state-of-the-art equipment for the New York Equine Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College.
Many of the top Pennsylvania-bred runners of the last few years will compete in four stakes, one of which will have two divisions, Sept. 5 at Parx Racing.
The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity announced Sept. 1 that three primarily Standardbred tracks owned and operated by Jeff Gural--Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs--have joined as members.
Jockey Victor Espinoza has been fined $15,000 by stewards at Saratoga Race Course in connection with having advertising on his pants when he rode American Pharoah in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes.
If horses on the list of probable starters all show up, the Sept. 5 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course could prove very interesting.
There are 375 horses cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale, to be held Oct. 6 in Timonium, Md.
Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid outdueled familiar rival and favorite Bradester before shaking loose to win the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park.
Saratoga Race Course reported record pari-mutuel handle for its Aug. 29 program that featured the Travers Stakes and five other grade I stakes.
Island Town sat just off the pace and pounced at the quarter pole to claim his second graded stakes score in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx Racing.
Based on the results of a 23-day summer meet at Laurel Park that generated positive numbers and response from the local community, the Maryland Jockey Club intends to do so again next year -- on some level.
Suffolk Downs, which on Sept. 5 will offer its first live racing program in almost a year, said it will subsidize the shipping of horses from seven tracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester and Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid will go toe-to-toe once again in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Monmouth Park.
Robert Masterson's Tepin, who is a nose away from being undefeated in four starts this year, appears well-spotted to get back on the winning track in the $400,000 Ketel One Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.
The West Virginia racing industry will pursue several initiatives during the 2016 legislative session, including statutory changes that would lower the minimum number of racing dates for which tracks must apply each year.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled, by a 2-1 vote, that New Jersey's 2014 law authorizing sports betting at casinos and racetracks is illegal. An appeal, however, is planned.
The West Virginia Breeders' Classics will have a new announcer for its 29th edition as Travis Stone has been tabbed as the new voice of the event to be run Oct. 10 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Live Oak Plantation's Souper Colossal, a sharp second in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will attempt to capture his first graded stakes in the Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 29 at Parx.
A new study funded by the USTA is designed to determine whether the naturally occurring mineral cobalt, when administered in larger, regular doses, has blood-doping qualities and could enhance performance.
The head of the New York Racing Association said Aug. 23 the organization will attempt to create as many opportunities as possible for patrons to view American Pharoah, who has been confirmed for the Aug. 29 Travers.
Delightful Joy brought smiles to the faces of her connections in her stakes debut on Saturday, Aug. 22, using a powerful stretch run to score a clear victory in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks (gr. III) at Monmouth Park.
On a day his now Racing Hall of Fame owner-breeder-trainer was honored, Ben's Cat won the $60,000 Mister Diz Stakes for a sixth straight year Saturday while nailing down the 30th victory overall in his amazing career.
Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Middleburg continues his quest for a graded stakes score Aug. 23, when he takes on five others including grade I winner Lochte in the $100,000 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth.
Horses bred in Maryland or sired by stallions in the state are coming out of the woodwork Aug. 22 at Laurel Park, where an 11-race program that includes four stakes has attracted 145 entries.
Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.
Entries are being accepted for the Virginia Downs Racing, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance, six-race card Sunday, Sept. 20 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.
The Delaware Park Safety Committee will review safety protocol following a Tuesday, Aug. 18 paddock accident in which a valet suffered serious injury but was not transported from the track for 32 minutes.
Upset with the level of care after a valet was seriously injured in the paddock at Delaware Park Tuesday, Aug. 18, jockeys took off their mounts, forcing cancellation of the final four races.
Angel Suarez Medero, a rider at Parx Racing, has been sentenced to four to 23 months in Bucks County Prison in connection with a bizarre incident last December.
The economic indicators for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale aren't shooting through the roof like they had been, but sale officials couldn't argue with increases in gross and average.
Trainer Mark Casse visited the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale for the first time Aug. 16 and ended up signing the ticket for a $300,000 Speightstown filly on behalf of owner John Oxley.
A Proud Citizen filly sold for $220,000 heading to the midpoint of the Aug. 16 second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale.
Though Uncle Sigh didn't win at Saratoga Aug. 16, trainer Gary Contessa was satisfied with the effort put forth by the 4-year-old colt who last raced in the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I).
The Aug. 15 opening session of the two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred preferred yearling sale produced increases in gross and average from last year as well as two fillies that sold for $300,000 or more.
In the waning stages of the first session of the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred preferred yearling sale, a Tiznow filly went through the ring at $350,000, the highest price of the evening at that point.
A Flatter colt led early trading the evening of Aug. 15 when he brought $290,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Use of race-day furosemide will be the topic for a daylong forum put together by the New York State Gaming Commission Aug. 25 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Maryland-based stallion Admiral Alex picked up his first winner Aug. 14 when his first starter Captain Alex scored a clear victory in his debut, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden-claiming race at Laurel Park.
The Virginia Equine Alliance plans to run a day of flat racing Sept. 20 at Great Meadow, while the owners of Colonial Downs continue to float proposals to offer racing through an alternative horsemen's group.
The New Jersey State Senate honored Monmouth Park and the racetrack's recent success in hosting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who captured the William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 2.
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Panelists at the Saratoga Institute for Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law conference offered potential options regarding immigration policy in the hope they make it easier for horse racing to attract and maintain workers.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Aug. 12 that a grand jury in Harrisburg has indicted another local Thoroughbred horse trainer on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.
A co-sponsor of federal legislation that would authorize oversight of equine medication and drug-testing said Congress could schedule a committee hearing on the bill this fall. Meanwhile, the debate on the bill continues.
The board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Aug. 12 tackled the issue of whether to support the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015.
Business so far at the Saratoga Race Course meet has been very strong, NYRA officials reported Aug. 12, but they also noted that operating revenue for the year is down compared with 2014.
Glenye Cain Oakford looks at a solid Saratoga select yearling market, an expensive pinhook prospect, and Doc's Leader's legacy in the Hurstland Farm consignment.
The two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale concluded Aug. 11 with healthy gains in gross, average, and median. The auction produced a $2 million colt and two others that topped $1 million.
A Street Cry colt sold for $1.4 million during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale the evening of Aug. 11.
A colt by Scat Daddy topped the early action the evening of Aug. 11 during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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