Kentucky Downs will ask regulators May 6 to let it offer about $4.2 million in Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements during its 2015 meet, as well as spend $50,000 to advertise the incentive program.
Keeneland will ask the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 6 for permission to offer Thoroughbred simulcasts at The Red Mile, the Lexington harness track that is constructing a facility for historical race wagering machines.
- By Tom LaMarra
As the Maryland Jockey Club prepares for the May 16 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, there's a lot going on behind the scenes--and much of it involves the status of the historic track in suburban Baltimore. read blog.
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All-sources pari-mutuel handle on the 13-race Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) program May 2 totaled a record $194.3 million, up 4% from $186.6 million in 2014, Churchill Downs Inc. said.
Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch's Finnegans Wake returned from California in winning form to capture the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Brereton Jones' Lovely Maria, in contention early through moderate fractions, turned it on in the stretch and pulled away to capture the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Power Alert, who has made an impression since his arrival from Australia, continued his good form with a course-record victory in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by Twinspires.com (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
- By Tom LaMarra
Industry organizations May 1 came out in opposition to legislation that would repeal the Interstate Horseracing Act because of alleged cheating in horse racing, with one group calling it a shameless publicity stunt.
- By Tom LaMarra
Two members of Congress, on the eve of two of Thoroughbred racing's biggest days, announced introduction of legislation that would end interstate simulcasts to encourage racing to end what they call widespread cheating.
Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero, a nice third in the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park despite some trouble, will hope for a better trip in the $250,000 American Turf Stakes May 2 at Churchill Downs.
Juddmonte Farms' Seek Again, who just missed winning last year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, will try again in his first start of the year in $500,000 turf stakes May 2 at the Kentucky track.
Distributions to horse racing from the state Race Horse Development Fund increased 9.5% in 2014 from the previous year, according to the annual Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board benchmark report released April 28.
Belterra Park will open its 2015 live race meet May 1 but it will do so without a contract with the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for video lottery terminal revenue.
The Ohio State Racing Commission announced April 28 it will partner with Ohio State University on what it called a "comprehensive" study on the mineral cobalt and its potential effects on racehorses.
Racetrack veterinarians told the Ohio State Racing Commission April 28 they support uniform medication policies, but because their top priority is the welfare of the racehorse, the state's rules should remain in place.
Legislation designed to encourage Atlantic City casinos to offer full-card simulcasts -- or at least protect them at the one casino that still offers wagering on horse races -- was signed into law April 27.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund Advisory Committee has proposed amendments to regulations that would in part allow mares entered in public auctions outside the state to leave for a period of time.
Class Racing Stable's Blingismything rallied along the rail to win the $100,000 Wilshire Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 26 at Santa Anita Park.
With intermittent light rain falling at Churchill Downs, Donegal Racing's Keen Ice breezed five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 the morning of April 25 in his final Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) work.
Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, took over as chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International April 23 during the organization's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses.
An April 22 discussion on anti-doping programs around the world revealed several common issues, including a need for financial resources and dealing with highly-sensitive testing equipment.
The Association of Racing Commissioners International kicked off its 2015 convention April 21 with an emphasis on identifying at-risk racehorses and equine welfare issues.
A West Virginia Racing Commission purse analysis based on revenue projections from all sources indicates the state and its racetracks have serious issues to address regarding live racing dates in the future.
Robert Manfuso's homebred Taketheodds, with Mike Smith aboard, ran down front-running Flattering Bea at the wire to capture the $150,000 Sugar Maple Stakes at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 18.
Multiple grade I winner Shared Belief failed to finish April 18 in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), eased by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as Southern Stables' Moreno took the 1 1/8-mile test at Charles Town.
Eight foes will line up to take a shot at Shared Belief, arguably the top older horse in North America, in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Two rugged West Virginia-breds, each of whom has won 23 times at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, will square off again to spice up the undercard for the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II) program.
Kentucky Downs, which holds a short all-turf meet in September, has topped the 2015 Horseplayers Association of North America Racetrack Rankings.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has been approved to shave 27 racing programs from its 2015 schedule.
Turfway Park recorded increases in all-sources and average daily pari-mutuel handle during its recently concluded 2015 winter/spring meet. Field size and purses also showed gains during the 2015 meet.
Racing industry officials said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.
Bruce Ryan and Blazing Meadows Farm's Needmore Flattery, a six-time stakes winner last year, was named 2014 Ohio Horse of the Year, champion 3-year-old filly, and champion handicap filly.
Horsemen's representatives told the Ohio Horse Racing Commission March 30 that equine medication rules, which the commission is reviewing, should be breed-specific in nature.
As more jurisdictions continue to implement the multiple medication violation penalty system as part of the National Uniform Medication Program, officials March 31 said it's beginning to show it can be a useful tool.
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium hopes to have a recommended testing threshold level by late April for a naturally occurring amino acid that has a calming effect on racehorses.
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program, on its 2015 list of points of emphasis, is encouraging the horse racing industry to develop regulations to deal with the issue of program trainers.
- By Tom LaMarra
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The lengthy dispute that has kept members of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative from offering wagering on racetracks represented by Monarch Content Management has ended, an official confirmed March 27.
Both houses of the West Virginia legislature have adopted a resolution forming a select committee that will undertake a "comprehensive study" of the state's racing and gaming industries and report its findings in 2016.
Dubai Sky collected his fourth straight victory and second straight stakes with an impressive win in the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.
Joseph Shields Jr.'s homebred Classic Point, away since last November, returned to the races in fine form to post an upset in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 21 at Gulfstream Park.
The Ontario Racing Commission said March 20 it will begin developing a "practical and appropriate response" for testing for the mineral cobalt.
The head of the Association of Racing Commissioners International has reiterated the organization's intention to push for a uniform approach for regulation of cobalt.
WinStar Farm's Royal Son, who already has a solid victory on Turfway's Polytrack surface, drew the rail and most likely will be favored to capture the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21.
Legislation for the fiscal 2016 state budget in West Virginia is calling for another reduction in video lottery terminal and table games revenue that goes to purses at Thoroughbred and Greyhound tracks.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear March 17 signed into law a bill that will erase the state tax for on-track pari-mutuel handle on live races at Keeneland during the two days of the Breeders' Cup Oct.30-31.
With field size an issue as winter turns to spring, two racetracks located about 45 minutes apart are reinforcing policies designed to keep horses on the grounds.
The people and horses who make Kentucky home for the winter racing season continued to make a good go of it, and this year has been particularly positive from a business standpoint.
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