Management at Hawthorne Race Course announced that its Pick 6 takeout -- the percentage of the wagering pool that is withheld by the state -- has been reduced to 16% for the 2007 spring meet.
The first reported foals sired by Mingun, the group III-winning son of A.P. Indy and Miesque, arrived on Jan. 26, according to William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm. The first foals of multiple grade I winner Rock Hard Ten and 2003 Canadian Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Wando were also reported.
- By Tom Precious
New York state officials said talks are under way to permit construction to proceed on a casino at Aqueduct, and a crack has opened to possibly permit more video lottery terminals in the state. Additionally, there is a plan by the state to provide more public assistance to keep the New York Racing Association afloat through 2007.
A Thoroughbred stakes schedule with more than $1.5 million in purse money is slated for the 2007 Canterbury Park race meet in Shakopee, Minn., that begins on May 5. The schedule is highlighted by the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes on July 14.
The purse for the 72nd running of the Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 19 gets a $50,000 increase to $300,000, highlighting for the 2007 Emerald Downs stakes schedule.
After an absence of more than 55 years, a life-sized bronze sculpture of the legendary American racehorse Seabiscuit is coming back to its original home in the Northern California.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik, Maryland's top rider last year, suffered three compression fractures in the thoracic region of her back as a result of a spill at Laurel Park Jan. 26 and will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.
- By Ryan Conley
Racehorse owner James McIngvale has expanded his high-profile lawsuit against three horsemen to include several consignors allegedly involved in claimed fraudulent public auction transactions.
- By Esther Marr
An electrical fire at Warren Lyster's Tarleton Farm near Paris, Ky., killed two boarders--a yearling Mr. Greeley colt and a 2-year-old Meadow Monster filly. The Thoroughbreds were owned by Alan Goldberg and Derek Buntain, respectively.
- By Ryan Conley
A third federal lawsuit has been filed in relation to the one-time broodmare lease operation of ClassicStar and alleged affiliated members, a legal action that also names alleged financial advisers as defendants.
Trainer Robert J. Durso passed away at his home in Hallandale, Fla., on Wednesday morning following a short illness. The trainer of multiple graded winner Frisk Me Now was 68 years old.
The Caliente Group, which operates Agua Caliente in Mexico and is a major race and sports book operator, will be sharing information on betting activities with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.
The Horse Racing Radio Network, which is based in Lexington, announced Jan 31. that it will provide its listeners with live coverage of more than 180 stakes races throughout 2007. It also announced that WLXO FM 96.1 in Lexington is its new flagship station.
Breeders who sign a contract to breed to freshman sire Ten Centuries by March 1 will be eligible for a lottery in which one winner will receive essentially an all expense-paid trip to the 2007 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
The head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, plans to retire from the post after five years on the job.
Many times when looking back on the career of a Kentucky Derby winner, you can find one defining race or defining moment within a race that stamps the horse as a legitimate classic contender. This is the first of several attempts this winter to find such moments.
Ellis Park owner Ron Geary unveiled a new brand and outlined plans for the Henderson, Ky. racetrack's 2007 season during a press conference Jan. 30.
Graded stakes winner Heavenly Ransom, who won five of six races, has been retired from racing with earnings of $181,720.
The Fortune Six at Beulah Park set another record Jan. 30 with a payout of more than $364,000 for a gimmick with a minimum wager of 25 cents.
An Illinois legislator said he would propose an expansion of gambling that would include racetrack slot machines.
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