• Indy Groove Disqualified from Arlington Matron, Proctor Fined

    The Illinois Racing Board disqualified Indy Groove from her victory in the Sept. 3 Arlington Matron (gr. III) because the mare tested positive for naproxen, an anti-inflammatory (Class IV) that is prohibited on race day in the state. Tom Proctor, who trains the mare for Glen Hill Farm, was fined $1,000.

  • Common Pools With Canada Gaining Momentum

    Since common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada was introduced in the United States earlier this year, racetracks involved have seen significant gains in handle from Canada, according to Sean Pinsonneault, vice president of wagering operations for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Canada.

  • Waterman Honored at Racing and Gaming Symposium

    Dr. Scot Waterman,executive director of the Racing Medication Testing Consortium, was awarded the John K. Goodman Alumni Award from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program Thursday at The Symposium on Racing and Gaming being held this week near Tucson.

  • Avioli Calls for Federal Authorization of Internet Gambling

    There are many scenarios for how the United States government will respond to the World Trade Organization's April ruling in which U.S. laws on remote gambling were considered in violation of WTO commitments based on a dispute between the U.S. and Antigua over cross-boarder betting.

  • Panel Says Microchips in Horses will not be Mandated

    Putting microchips in racehorses for identification purposes will remain secondary to standard identification procedures such as tattooing and DNA testing, according to a panel of industry experts Tuesday afternoon at The Symposium on Racing and Gaming being held this week near Tucson, Ariz.

  • Weil: Racino Model Isn't Industry's Savior

    The horse racing industry should exploit the growth of sports betting, broaden its distribution, and develop new content rather than looking to racinos as an industry "savior," according to Scientific Games chairman and chief executive officer A. Lorne Weil.

  • Jockeys' Guild Moves Tack to New Offices

    In a further attempt to cut ties with former Jockeys' Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian and his consulting firm Matrix Capital Associates, the Guild, under its new management, moved offices this week.

  • Ohio Regulators Look to Raise Jockey Age Requirement

    Ohio Racing Commission officials are pushing for a minimum age requirement of 18 for licensed jockeys in light of the Nov. 16 death of 16-year-old apprentice jockey Josh Radosevich at Beulah Park.

  • House Subcommittee Explores Jockey Insurance/Welfare

    A day after a 16-year-old apprentice jockey died in a racing accident at an Ohio track, racing officials and representatives from horsemen's groups met Thursday before a Congressional subcommittee to report on their ongoing efforts in addressing safety, health and welfare issues for jockeys and their perspectives on on-track injury insurance.

  • Dr. Wayne Gertmenian, ousted as Jockeys' Guild president.

    Jockeys Boot Gertmenian; Haire Temporarily in Charge

    Jockeys took back the reins of the Jockeys' Guild Tuesday when they voted to remove Guild president Dr. Wayne Gertmenian from his post, terminate the Guild's relationship with Gertmenian's consulting firm, Matrix Capital Associates, and appoint Guild national member representative Darrell Haire as temporary national manager of the organization.

  • WinStar Consignment Helps Boost Keeneland's Ninth Session

    At the close of the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale's ninth session Tuesday, the Lexington, Ky., sales company reported gross receipts of $281,046,100 surpassing last year's 12-day sales total of $279,680,200.

  • Keeneland Sale Slows Down in Second Half

    A $230,000 session topper wasn't enough to keep soaring figures afloat Sunday as Keeneland reported a decline in gross, average, and median prices compared to the same session last year, heading into the second half of its November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky.

  • Kentucky Horse Farmers Could See Tax Equity Bill in '06

    Republican state Sen. Damon Thayer said he will be working in the next two months on legislation for the 2006 Kentucky General Assembly that would exempt horse feed and other supplies from state sales and use taxes.

  • Meeker Optimistic about Future of Fair Grounds

    Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Tom Meeker said that in the weeks since Hurricane Katrina devastated CDI-owned Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the company has been working with federal, state, and local governments on a reinvestment plan that could include revamping the historic racetrack into a tourist destination.

  • Nydrie Stud on Market for $8.75 Million

    National Thoroughbred Racing Association Commissioner and Breeders' Cup President D.G. Van Clief Jr. confirmed his family's 592-acre Nydrie Stud in Central Virginia is on the market for $8.75 million.

  • Gomez Receives Shoemaker Award for Breeders' Cup Success

    Garrett Gomez, who rode Stevie Wonderboy and Artie Schiller to victory in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, received the 2005 Bill Shoemaker Award for outstanding performance by a jockey on Breeders' Cup Championship day Sunday morning at Belmont Park.

  • Melnyks Continue to Support Anna House at Belmont

    Eugene and Laura Melynk, who campaign NetJet Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) contender, Host, used Breeders' Cup week to garner continued support for Anna House, a childcare center for working families at Belmont Race Track.

  • Extra Security in Full Force for Breeders' Cup

    In addition to race-day security barns, a special security team is in full swing patrolling the Belmont Park barn area in the days leading up to the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Rock Hard Ten, ready for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

    Mandella Says Rock Hard Ten is '100 %'

    Trainer Richard Mandella, who will saddle Rock Hard Ten in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I) said the 4-year-old colt is ready for action and doing well after a hoof bruise was discovered last week.

  • Signage at Belmont Park, indicating location of the race-day detention barns.

    Race-Day Security Barns in Effect for Breeders' Cup

    For the first time in Breeders' Cup history, horses entered in all championship races will be required to pass through a race-day detention barn, keeping in step with security measures set up by the New York Racing Association earlier this year.

  • Ellis Park 2006 Race Dates Tabled for Now

    Ellis Park is seeking to reduce its number of race days per week in 2006 from five to four, but approval of the change has been stalled by opposition from the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Agency.

  • Simulcast Award Goes to Del Mar

    Del Mar Thoroughbred Club received the 2005 Simulcast Award Tuesday at the annual International Simulcast Conference being held this week in La Jolla, Calif., near San Diego.

  • Commingling of Pools with Canada Paying Off

    In the two months since common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada was first introduced at Emerald Downs and Arlington Park, both tracks have seen significant increases in handle from Canada.

  • Simulcast Conference to Address Internet Wagering

    Originally scheduled to take place in New Orleans, the International Simulcasting Conference kicked off Monday afternoon in San Diego with discussions focusing on the future trends in gambling and the growing presence of Internet wagering.

  • Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Pence

    Pence Reaffirms Governor's Anti-Casino Position in Kentucky

    With three months to go before the 2006 Kentucky General Assembly convenes in Frankfort, Lt. Gov. Steve Pence told a group of lawmakers and lobbyists Sept. 27 not to expect Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and his administration to be out in front on the casino gambling issue.

  • Keeneland president Nick Nicholson

    Nicholson Addresses Expanded Gaming in Kentucky

    Proponents of expanded gaming in Kentucky should focus more on how it would generate revenue for the good of the Commonwealth, rather than how it would impact horse racing, Keeneland president Nick Nicholson said Tuesday at a public policy forum in Versailles, Ky.

  • Middle Market 'Alive and Well' at Keeneland

    With only five days to go, the Keeneland yearling sale is showing no signs of winding down. Wednesday's session nine saw double-digit gains in all categories compared to the same session last year.

  • Congress Subpoenas Jockeys' Guild President

    U.S. Congress issued two subpoenas Tuesday for Jockeys' Guild president Wayne Gertmenian as part of an ongoing investigation into the organization headed up by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield.

  • Miss Terrible Tops Arlington Matron Field

    Graded stakes winner Miss Terrible tops a field of seven fillies and mares drawn for Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park. The Argentine-bred mare will carry high weight of 118 under jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. The pair will break from post four.

  • Kentucky Insurance Panel to Recommend Worker's Comp

    A committee established by Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher to come up with a recommendation on a jockey insurance plan agreed Thursday on a workers' compensation policy to be funded evenly between racetracks, owners, and jockeys.

  • Wonder Again to Defend Diana Title at Spa

    Wonder Again will return to Saratoga Saturday to defend her title against a field of nine other top-class fillies and mares in the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT), formerly the Diana Handicap.

  • Panel Hears Industry Opinions on Jockey Insurance

    A blue ribbon panel to study and resolve jockey insurance issues in Kentucky entertained opinions from industry representatives, including jockey and owners, Thursday about what form jockeys' insurance should take in the Commonwealth and who should pay for it.

  • Veitch Appointed as Kentucky's Chief Steward

    Retired trainer John Veitch, who conditioned famed multiple grade I winner and later notable sire Alydar, has been appointed as the new chief steward for the Kentucky Horseracing Authority and will serve as the presiding steward at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., beginning July 9.

  • Undefeated Happy Ticket, Madcap Escapade Top Princess Rooney Field

    Undefeated Happy Ticket will be looking for her 10th straight victory in Saturday's Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. II) at Calder Race Course, but the Andrew Leggio Jr. trainee will have to get past multiple graded stakes winner Madcap Escapade for the win.

  • Kentucky Panel Discusses Workers' Comp

    A governor-appointed panel to study and resolve jockey insurance issues in Kentucky met for the first time June 27 to begin work on a statewide workers' compensation recommendation for lawmakers.

  • Jeremy Rose, wore ad on his jockeys' britches in the Kentucky Derby.

    Jockeys Appeal Fines, Suspensions Over Derby Ads

    Three jockeys have appealed their seven-day suspensions and $5,000 fines levied by the Churchill Downs stewards for wearing unapproved advertising in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and failing to comply with stewards' orders.

  • My Trusty Cat Seeks Repeat Win in Chicago BC

    Carl Pollard's grade I winner My Trusty Cat will return to defend her title in Saturday's $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park. Trained by David Vance, My Trusty Cat won last year's seven-furlong event by 1 <h120z4.0k-25b-2.625>3<h100z8.0k-8b0>/<h120z4.0k0b-0.225>4<h100z8.0b0>lengths over Our Josefina.

  • Turfway's Polytrack Installation On Schedule

    Turfway Park president Bob Elliston said he expects the Kentucky racetrack's new Polytrack surface to be ready for horses to train on by mid-August, when trainers are expected to begin arriving for the fall meet that begins Sept. 7.

  • Intercontinental to Defend Title in Just a Game

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Intercontinental will vie for a repeat victory against a strong field of fillies and mares in Saturday's Just a Game Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.

  • Study Suggests Jockeys Have Bone Problems

    Preliminary results of an ongoing body-weight study of jockeys in Ireland indicate more than half of the riders studied had osteopenia--the presence of less than normal amount of bone--which if not treated may result in osteoporosis.