The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association will meet Jan. 10 with management of the New York Racing Association to discuss an increase in equine fatalities at Aqueduct Racetrack that has occurred during the winter meet.
Atlantic City Race Course, which was coming off one of its better meets last year and was awarded 2015 dates, will shut down Jan. 16, owner Greenwood ACRA said Jan. 9.
Due to increasing high winds and continued blowing snow at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 9, the New York Racing Association canceled the remainder of the day's racing card following the conclusion of the second race.
The state Gaming Commission said Jan. 9 it will resume the bidding process to issue the fourth and final immediately available casino license somewhere in the greater Binghampton region of the state.
For the second consecutive day, live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack has been canceled Jan. 8 due to extreme weather conditions, including sub-zero wind chills.
As a new year begins and live racing continues at Aqueduct Racetrack, a host of capital improvements are under way at Belmont Park in preparation for the upcoming spring meet. Live racing returns to Belmont April 29.
Laurel Park and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have decided to race Sundays in February and March. MJC officials said the Maryland Racing Commission signed off on the schedule changes.
WinStar Farm's Take Charge Indy, the regally-bred grade I-winning millionaire by A.P. Indy, had his first reported foal Monday, Jan. 5 when a dark bay or brown filly was born at Royal Thoroughbreds in Freedom, N.Y.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Jan. 7 the 2015 schedule for its seminars and clinics. These educational events feature various topics for prospective, new, and established owners and breeders.
Citing extreme weather conditions, several racetracks have canceled live racing programs for Jan. 7.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported a decrease in pari-mutuel handle on live racing at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2014, but total and average purses were up from 2013.
The Maryland Jockey Club Jan. 6 said it expects to have 150 new stalls ready for occupation at Laurel Park by April.
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Favored Paulassilverlining slipped through on the rail at the head of the lane and fought Noble and a Beauty to the wire to prevail by a nose in the $98,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Despite bobbling at the start and racing wide on the first turn, favored El Kabeir posted an impressive 4 3/4-length victory in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 3 from rainy Aqueduct Racetrack.
Bobby Flay's America went from last to first in a field of eight to win the $100,000 Affectionately Stakes Jan. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Twenty-three racetracks and their affiliated wagering outlets began 2015 without the signals from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, and Laurel Park as a simulcast-fee dispute entered its second month.
El Kabeir has earned 11 points toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but is looking for more as he heads the field in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 3 from Aqueduct Racetrack.
Irad Ortiz Jr. topped the year-end riding standings for the first time and David Jacobson secured his third consecutive training title on the New York Racing Association's circuit in 2014.
Jockey Trevor McCarthy, trainer Kieron Magee, and owner Midwest Thoroughbreds topped the Maryland Jockey Club standings for 2014. The MJC operates Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course.
PTK's Cerro will look to keep his perfect record at Laurel Park intact in the $100,000 Native Dancer Stakes, one of four stakes on the Jan. 3 program at the Maryland racetrack.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives Dec. 31 passed an amended bill that extended the simulcast rights of Suffolk Downs for 90 days to give track ownership and horsemen time to work on a plan to restore live racing.
The New York Racing Association, effective Jan. 28, will mandate a minimum number of official recorded workouts for certain categories of racehorses.
Longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder Donald Newman, of Roslyn, N.Y., died Dec. 23 after a brief illness at the age of 85.
Two-time grade I winner Belle Gallantey, ninth in the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in her last start Oct. 31, is one of nine fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 Affectionately Stakes at Aqueduct Jan. 1.
Suffolk Downs, slated for closure Dec. 31, will be allowed to remain open for simulcasting only under the terms of a bill that cleared the Massachusetts Senate on Dec. 29.
Parx Racing-based rider Angel Suarez, who was a finalist for an Eclipse Award in 2012 as outstanding apprentice jockey, is in critical condition after being shot following an alleged break-in, according to news outlets.
Former jockey Andrea Terrill is suing Suffolk Downs near Boston, Mass., for injuries she sustained in a 2013 race.
Odds-on choice The Lewis Dinner and 16-1 outsider Chasing Bubbles, both by Posse, were victorious in a pair of New York Stallion Series divisions for state-bred 2-year-olds Dec. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ghost Bay, owned and bred by Howard Bender, went from last to first to break his maiden and capture the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 27 at Laurel Park.
State-bred juveniles take the spotlight at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec. 28 in $150,000 divisions of the New York Stallion Series at six furlongs on the inner dirt track.
After not winning a stakes in his first two seasons of racing, Salutos Amigos nailed down the third of his 4-year-old campaign when he drew off in the stretch to win the $98,000 Gravesend Dec. 26.
The New York Racing Association released its stakes schedule Dec. 26 for the 2015 spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, featuring 60 stakes races worth $18.55 million throughout the course of the 59-day meet.
A request by management and horsemen at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races to reduce the number of live racing days for 2015 has renewed a discussion about the future of West Virginia Thoroughbred racing.
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A few intriguing maidens are part of a full field of 12 entered for the $125,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 27 at Laurel Park.
Dads Caps, winless in five starts since winning the biggest race of his career in the Carter Handicap (gr. I) last spring, has been installed the 124-pound co-highweight for the Gravesend Handicap at Aqueduct.
New York regulators have preliminarily adopted a new system of minimum penalties for multiple equine drug violations, similar to a point-type system that states have in place for motor vehicle drivers.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which has a new purse payout structure, again highlights the stakes schedule at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for 2015.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015.
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino.
"He was a cool horse," said owner Joe DiRico. "They are all heartbroken at Keane Stud."
Negotiations on a lease agreement between the management of Suffolk Downs and officials of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association remain on track, contrary to a published report.
New York attorney Karen Murphy says the NYTHA board should not be investigating itself regarding a protest about how a November election was conducted.
Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America's premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, Tom Durkin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Trainer David Wells pleaded guilty in a state court Dec. 16 to rigging races by administering drugs to horses on race day at Penn National Race Course.
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The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors has a four-part plan to address an objection of its November election results by presidential candidate Terry Finley.
New York state, in its greatest expansion of gambling, has selected three winning bidders to operate full commercial casinos in separate areas of the state but rejected proposals by Genting Americas and Churchill Downs, Inc.
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