With one exception, there could be little change in live racing dates at Ohio tracks in 2013, but significant alterations are possible for 2014 should more facilities begin operating video lottery terminals.
A familiar rider will be aboard 7-5 morning line favorite Devil in Disguise in the Aug. 25 Canadian Derby (Can-III) at Northlands Park.
The company whose permit to operate Thistledown was approved by the Ohio State Racing Commission Aug. 22 indicated the planned video lottery terminal operation at the racetrack will be more than temporary.
Just days before a government panel is set to release recommendations for the future of horse racing in Ontario, the industry is receiving support from politicians questioning the end of the slots-at-racetracks program.
The Nebraska Racing Commission is investigating a positive test for dermorphin, a Class 1 pain-killer more powerful than morphine.
Hayley Turner became the first female jockey to win the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 18 when she rode I'm A Dreamer to hold off the late charge of Marketing Mix at Arlington Park by a nose.
Jakkalberry, no stranger to travel, made his United States debut a winning one in the first running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes at Arlington Park Aug. 18.
British-bred Afsare, originally scheduled for turf work on the morning of Aug. 16 in preparation for the Arlington Million (gr. IT), instead drilled a half-mile over the Arlington Park main track due to a steady rain.
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The national owner and breeders of the year will be announced during TOBA annual awards dinner, being held at Keeneland.
A field of 11 is set for the 30th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 18 at Arlington Park, with Phipps Stable's Boisterous installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite.
With horses invading from at least four countries as well as various parts of the U.S. for the Beverly D. Aug. 18, it is somewhat ironic that the 3-1 morning line favorite has been based at Arlington much of the summer.
Trainer Dale Romans will saddle three in the Aug. 18 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park, including streaking turf runner Silver Max.
A dozen were entered in the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger at 1 11/16 miles on the turf, with much-traveled Irish-bred 6-year-old Jakkalberry favored at Arlington Park Aug. 18.
Canterbury Park has earned re-accreditation from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance.
Dale Romans will send a strong contingent to the Arlington Million and Secretariat (both gr. IT).
Five retired jockeys will ride against five of the top riders in the Arlington Park standings in the "Arlington Fab vs. Legends" turf race Aug. 17, one day before the 30th running of the Arlington Million.
Highlighted by the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III), Delta Downs has announced a stakes schedule consisting of 32 stakes with purses totaling $4.64 million during the 2012-2013 meet.
The king of the Cajuns, Star Guitar, has been retired after a sensational career in which he captured 24 of his 30 starts and three consecutive Louisiana-bred horse of the year titles.
The West Virginia Racing Commission in late summer or early fall plans to hold a fact-finding meeting on use of furosemide on race day, officials said Aug. 4.
Arlington Park has announced the addition of a VIP lounge for Aug. 18 when the Chicago-area track presents its signature race...the Arlington Million (gr. IT).
Ruthville stole the show in front of a crowd of 8,259 fans at Canterbury Park Aug. 4, winning the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes as a part of the track's second annual Fillies Race for Hope.
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino launched its 64-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet Aug. 1 and will offer live racing through Oct. 27.
The second annual "Fillies Race for Hope," a day of horse racing and fundraising to benefit Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation and Pay It Forward Fund, will be held Aug. 4 at Canterbury Park.
Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing's Hansen, one of 10 3-year-olds entered for the Aug. 4 West Virginia Derby (gr. II), will finally get to race with a blue-tipped tail.
Hammers Terror won the inaugural running of the $161,250 Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park July 28 in front-running fashion, surviving a lengthy inquiry into the final stages of the one-mile turf event.
Trainers, jockeys, backstretch workers, and fans at Thistledown near Cleveland, Ohio, have raised $6,000 to help a groom who being is treated for cancer.
The Illinois Racing Board agreed July 26 to require race tracks to include "field size bonus" money in the base purse amount used to calculate owners' and breeders' awards.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Gung Ho is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the inaugural running of the $150,000 Mystic Lake Derby July 28 at Canterbury Park.
Hernandez Racing Club's Illinois-bred remained perfect on Polytrack and in her 2012 season when cruising to victory over six rivals in the $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) July 21 at Arlington Park.
A number of initiatives, including a refocused marketeting plan and working with other Chicago area teams and companies, has led to a resurgence in business at Arlington Park, one of North America's most iconic racetracks.
The $150,000 Arlington Oaks (gr. III) returns to the schedule at Arlington Park July 21 after a one-year hiatus, featuring a well-matched field of eight distaffers headed by Spendthrift Farm's Treasured Up.
Jockey Jacob Radosevich, 19, was released from Cleveland Ohio MetroHealth Hospital July 18 after being treated for injuries sustained when he was injured in a July 16 accident at Thistledown.
The clock is running on what could be a final push to authorize Illinois racetracks to run slot machines many in the industry see as vital to survival.
The total handle on Arlington Park's 12-race "Million Preview Day" card July 14 of $7,616,325 the highest for that day of racing since the event was launched in 2001.
Grade II winner Horse Greeley sired his first winner July 14 when his 2-year-old daughter Cowgirl Greeley won a maiden special weight race at Canterbury Park
Backers who saw past a winless record in 2012 were rewarded by the 5-year-old Illinois-bred, who shocked in the $150,000 Stars & Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 14. He rolled to victory for Team Block at odds of 41-1.
Cozzetti made the best of an inside trip along the rail as he got up to nip pacesetter All Stormy by a neck in a four-horse blanket finish in the American Derby (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park.
Robert Courtney Jr.'s Rahystrada, an 8-year-old Rahy gelding, holds off 9-5 favorite Boisterous by a neck July 14 in the $200,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT). Rahystrada won the Arlington Handicap in 2010.
Frank Calabrese's Romacaca gamely held off Snow Top Mountain by a neck in the Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT)at Arlington Park. The 6-year-old Running Stag mare covered the 1 3/16 miles in 1:56.67.
Ken Tohill became the 161st jockey to reach 3,000 North American victories when he guided favored Mag to a half-length triumph in the opening race at Prairie Meadows on the evening of July 13.
The Ohio State Racing Commission July 10 began the process of transferring racing licenses from existing racetracks to new locations.
Silver Max, who is riding a five-race win streak, returns to Arlington Park for the American Derby (gr. IIIT) Saturday, July 14.
Stella Perdomo's Musketier, three-time winner of the Singspiel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Woodbine Race Course, headlines a field of 11 turf marathoners in the $150,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes (gr. IIIT) July 14 at Arlington.
Phipps Stable's Boisterous, third in the Manhattan Handicap on the Belmont Stakes undercard, will carry high weight as he heads a field of 11 turf specialists in $200,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 14.
Two-time 2012 stakes winner Upperline carries top weight of 121 pounds July 14 in the 1 3/16-mile Modesty Handicap (gr. IIIT). The Modesty is one of four stakes on Arlington's 'Million Preview Day.'
Mackey began his racing career at entry-level positions and climbed the management ladder to become Thistledown general manager in 1976 at 36.
The only racetrack gaming facility in Ohio generated $11 million in revenue in its first month of operation, the Ohio Lottery Commission reported.
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Lady Kee became the first winner by Chelokee when she scored by 5 1/2 lengths in a maiden special weight race at Prairie Meadows July 8.
Due to the extreme heat, Arlington Park has moved its first race post time for its July 5 racing program to 5 p.m. CDT.
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