Racetracks are finding ways to improve the on-track experience for younger fans through social gaming.
Combining data with superintendents' experience key to developing new protocols for racetrack maintenance.
Charles Smith homebred String King, who has registered all seven of his stakes victories on turf, will switch to the main track for a start in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 14 at Fair Grounds.
Jerome Doro and Nancy Ury have joined the Oaklawn Park staff in key seasonal positions ahead of the 2014 live race meet.
Out-of-competition testing of racehorses has broad support, but important issues such as the constitutional rights of licensees has made use and enforcement difficult for regulators.
More than 20 accredited racehorse retirement facilities will share in $1 million in grants, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Dec. 11 in Tucson, Ariz.
Handicapping tournaments are an important growth area for horse racing, say racetrack officials and horse players. One professional handicapper urges the industry not to stop here but to push forward with exchange wagering.
The message given at the Mark Kaufman Workshop presented by the Turf Publicists of America Dec. 10 in Tucson, Ariz., was simple: Tell the truth or spin out of control.
NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay outlined some of the plans the organization has for 2014 and provided an update on what has happened so far this year during a Dec. 10 keynote address in Arizona.
Finding ways to help Thoroughbred racing fans and horseplayers navigate the vast amount of data the sport generates was the focus of a five-member panel discussion at the Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming.
Oaklawn Park's 57-day meet that begins Friday, Jan. 10 will offer more than $20 million in purses and 31 stakes, highlighted by the 78th running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 12.
The longshot winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) doesn't know she's competing against girls, just knows she wants to beat other runners, according to owner Ron Paolucci.
Apprentice jockey Vanessa Fry, a 25-year-old Atlanta native, notched her first career victory in her eighth lifetime ride in the finale Dec. 7 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
Zia Park reported an overall handle increase of 14.29% for the 56-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet that concluded Dec. 3.
- By Eric Mitchell
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
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Grade II winner Big Band Sound has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 season at Gulf Coast Equine in Sunset, La. He will stand his first season at Ray and Anna Paul's Gulf Coast Equine for $2,500.
Zia Park Racetrack & Casino conducted its biggest day of racing since opening in 2005 Nov. 27, featuring seven stakes with purses worth a total of more than $1.1 million that attracted a record wagering handle.
Zia Park Racetrack & Casino in Hobbs, N. M., has rescheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 27, the seven stakes that were postponed this weekend due to an unseasonable snowfall and cold temperatures.
Teaks North, a grade I winner on turf and a stakes winner on dirt, will try a synthetic surface for the first time in his 30-race career when he starts in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate on Nov. 29.
Paul and Andrena Van Doren's Rise Up continued to impress with a sparkling gate-to-wire victory in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23.
Grade II winner Miss Behaviour will try to add to her resume, and her owner's pocketbook, when she starts in the lucrative Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III) Saturday, Nov. 23.
After rolling to victory in the Street Sense Stakes Oct. 27 at Churchill Downs, Coastline will make his graded stakes debut in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel announced Nov. 18 that the $1,000,000 Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) will be broadcast live at 4:15 p.m. CST as "The Race of the Week" on Sirius XM Radio Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Turf Publicists of America said Nov. 15 its membership has elected jockey Gary Stevens as the recipient of this year's Big Sport of Turfdom Award.
- By Frank Angst
- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Regulators and racing leaders are taking a close look at facilities such as the Weatherford Compounding Pharmacy in Texas, which offers products with names such as Equine Growth Hormone, Game Changer, and Tourniquet.
Jockey Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby and a 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame, will take the rest of the year off as he recovers from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap.
Delta Downs' racing office has received 14 pre-entries to this year's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III), which will be renewed for the 11th time Nov. 23.
Dogwood Stable's classic winner Palace Malice is in Aiken, S.C., to be prepared for a 2014 campaign that will likely start in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Special Rate, who ranks among the top 10 stallions in Texas, has been moved to Sue Dowling's Stoneview Farm near Hempstead, Texas, for the 2014 breeding season.
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With his 6 1/2-length romp in the Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs the night of Oct. 26, Rise Up stamped his ticket for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) next month.
The freshman sire by Malabar Gold will stand at Special T Thoroughbreds in 2014.
Millionaire She's All In won a record fourth consecutive edition of the Oklahoma Classics Distaff and closed the curtain on a stellar racing career Oct. 18 on a night of divisional stakes racing at Remington Park.
Chitoz had his first winner Oct. 11 when Lets Suppoze, posted a victory in his third start in the seventh race at Remington Park.
Equine Sales Company has announced that the catalog is now online for its open yearling and mixed sale. The auction is set for Oct. 28 beginning at noon at the Equine Sales Thoroughbred Auction Facility in Opelousas, La.
Stakes-winning stallion Affirmatif will join the sire roster at Caines Stallion Station near Wynnewood, Okla., for 2014, the farm announced Oct. 11.
Jockey Jorge Carreno won his 1,000th race Oct. 9 riding Artistic Design to victory in race 5 at Turf Paradise, a claiming event for horses 3-years-old and up.
The Malone Family Foundation, led by media magnate and philanthropist John C. Malone, has donated $6 million to Colorado State University's Orthopaedic Research Center.
Chris Kay, president and chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association, will deliver the keynote speech during the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Banbury Cross was represented by his first winner Sept. 28 as River Crossing captured his debut Sept. 28 in the eighth race at Zia Park.
Broadway Empire, a Turf Paradise-based gelding who shipped to Oklahoma after back-to-back wins in Alberta, Canada, grabbed the early lead and never looked back en route to victory in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington.
TwinSpires.com announced that it is suspending wagering activity from Texas residents effective Sept. 25, following the dismissal of a federal lawsuit in which it challenged that state's ban on Internet gambling.
A chestnut yearling colt by Awesome Again out of Clear Sailing by Empire Maker brought $210,000 to top the Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling auction Sept. 24.
Trainer Al Stall Jr. said the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) at Remington Park Sept. 29 will be the last start of the season for Departing, winner of the Sept. 7 Super Derby (gr. II) last time out.
New Mexico-based jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. secured the 2,000th victory of his career Sunday, Sept. 22 at Zia Park when he guided Chuchuluco to a front-running victory in the eighth race.
Officials with Global Gaming Solutions announced Sept. 13 that Scott Wells, Remington Park president and general manager, has also been named as president and general manager of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas.
Oklahoma stallion Podium had his first winner Sept. 11 when Party Cove scored in race 5 at Remington Park, a maiden special weight event.
Sam Houston Race Park will offer $1.7 million in stakes for its 2014 Thoroughbred meet, which spans 32 days from Jan. 17-March 11.
MTR Gaming Group, which owns three racetracks, has entered into a "definitive agreement" by which it will combine with the parent company of Eldorado Resorts, the company said Sept. 9.
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