Gulfstream Park will offer horsemen a $250 starter bonus tied to field size beginning July 1.
Average field size at Gulfstream Park for its Dec. 6, 2014-April 5 race meet grew 13.1% from 8.4 to 9.5 horses per race, while average daily all-sources pari-mutuel handle slipped 1.7% but was still a solid $8.1 million.
Gulfstream Park canceled the remainder of its Feb. 28 card as a deluge pelted the South Florida area. The $200,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) and the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) were among the events lost.
The Jockey Club's 2014 Experimental Free Handicap features ties in both the male and female categories: Texas Red and champion American Pharoah top the male list and champion Take Charge Brandi and Lady Eli lead the females.
Palm Meadows Training Center, a satellite facility for Gulfstream Park, has added a standing magnetic resonance imaging unit, which it says is the first at a Thoroughbred racetrack or training center in North America.
Gulfstream Park is cutting $350,000 from next month's Sunshine Millions card and opening the stakes series to horses bred in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, it was announced Dec. 7.
There will be a sense of normalcy, with no neighborhood competition from Calder Casino & Race Course, and a scent of some still-fresh paint Dec. 6 when Gulfstream Park opens its 2014-15 "Championship Meet."
P.J. Campo, vice president of racing for The Stronach Group and Gulfstream Park, will assume the duties of general manager at the Hallandale Beach, Fla. track, effective immediately.
If this fall's Gulfstream Park West meet was an election, Gulfstream Park and its parent, The Stronach Group, might already be able to declare victory.
Any doubts that Gulfstream is the name of the game in South Florida racing will be removed Oct. 8, when Gulfstream Park holds a 40-day meet at Calder Casino & Race Course under the name Gulfstream Park West.
Gulfstream Park announced Aug. 13 it will run 23 stakes races, including 12 on turf, worth a total of $1.775 million during this year's first fall turf festival, a 40-day boutique meet at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Palm Meadows, the Gulfstream Park satellite training facility conceived and designed by Frank Stronach, will undergo a resurfacing before it reopens in September.
Gulfstream Park has released its stakes schedule for July through early October, including seven races that are substitutes for stakes that had been scheduled for Calder Casino & Race Course's Summit of Speed on July 5.
Gulfstream Park announces it will add bonus money for March 29 program based on the number of starters during each of the day's races.
P.J. Campo, who served as vice president and director of racing for the New York Racing Association, has taken a job as vice president of racing with The Stronach Group.
The amount of racing at Saratoga Race Course, the quality of the technology available at the track, and the future of the facilities at all New York Racing Association tracks were the focus of an Aug. 26 forum.
After meeting with the media earlier in the day July 17, New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Chris Kay made his first public appearance at the annual Saratoga Race Course meet preview.
A public hearing held by the New York Racing Association at Belmont June 15 was intended to focus on racing, wagering, and marketing, but within minutes of its start, it turned into an acrimonious, impromptu union meeting.
Three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez has retired due to the severity of injuries sustained in an accident at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 18.
The New York Racing Association board of directors' racing committee announced the field size of 2-year-old maiden races at sprint distances during the upcoming Saratoga Race Course meet will be limited to eight starters.
Stakes purses at the Belmont Park and Saratoga meets this year will increase roughly 27%, while overnight purses will jump about 42%, the New York Racing Association said Feb. 29.
The New York Racing Association has announced two purse incentives for the upcoming 40-day meet at Saratoga, which begins on Friday, July 22.
Racing secretaries, assistant racing secretaries, and track executives can now closely monitor the changing status of race entries on their smartphones using Mobile Rundown, the initial offering on InCompass mobile.
InCompass will offer its pre-race veterinary exam software free of charge to all racetracks that agree to share their respective examination data with association and regulatory veterinarians at other tracks.
Saratoga purses will increase significantly based on the number of horses starting in each race, according to the new 2009 purse incentive program announced July 17 by The New York Racing Association (NYRA) for the six-week meet running from July 29 through Sept. 7.
Aqueduct's winterized inner track opens Nov. 28, but not without trepidation from horsemen concerning the future of New York Thoroughbred racing.
The New York Racing Association will again raises purses, this time for the 45-day Aqueduct fall meet that begins Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 30. Projected purses will be the highest in recent memory for the fall meet.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association held its annual board and member meetings Aug. 8 at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Retired trainer John Campo Sr., who conditioned champions Pleasant Colony, Protagonist, and Talking Picture, died Nov. 14 due to declining health over the past several years.
There was plenty of news Wednesday as Saratoga Race Course opened for the 2005 season, both in the racing secretary's office and on the backstretch.
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