The simulcasting signal bill signed into law by outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney should provide the state's racetracks some needed stability for an industry struggling with competition from racinos and casinos in adjoining stakes, track officials agree.
Sheikh Rashid, who campaigned dual grade I winner Henny Hughes last year and has said he hopes to become the world's leading owner, has completed extended negotiations to purchase potential champion sprinter Thor's Echo.
Phoenix-based Florida Keys seeks to keep his win streak intact when he heads a field of nine in the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile Handicap on the turf Saturday at Turf Paradise.
William Farish's Patriot Act, runner-up by a neck when favored in the Tenacious Handicap last month, gets a chance to make amends in the Louisiana Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.
Sweetnorthernsaint and Strong Contender meet for the first time as the favorites in Saturday's $100,000 Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) on opening weekend at Gulfstream Park.
Summerplace Farm's Kelly's Landing gets his 2007 campaign underway as one of the favorites for the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Richard C. Thompson's Irish-bred 6-year-old Ballast will be among the favorites for the $100,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes on the Gulfstream Park turf course Saturday.
Calder Race Course concluded its 35th Tropical Meet on Jan. 2 with a decline in on-track wagering and a drop in attendance.
Mistical Plan, beaten favorite in Hollywood Park's Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) last month, can make amends in Saturday's $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.
Declan's Moon, racing's 2004 juvenile champion, faces six other older horses Saturday in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II).
Apprentice jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan suffered several broken bones after he went down hard in Wednesday's fifth race on opening day at Gulfstream Park. His mount Tom's Mulligan clipped heels going into the first turn on the turf course with several horses running over Bridgmohan after he hit the ground.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Jan. 4 that Pony Highway Productions and HRTV have won the Media Eclipse Award in the national television--features category for the documentary "On the Muscle: Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable," which explores the world of Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and six horses in his stable.
Sen. Tom Buford has introduced a bill that would ban horse slaughter for human consumption in the state of Kentucky and create a registry of those who knowingly sold horses destined for slaughter.
Leelanau, a graded stakes winner by Carson City, will stand at Linda Wood's Menoken Farms near Montrose, Colo.
WLKY-TV in Louisville has won the 2006 Media Eclipse Award for local television for its documentary "The Final Foal," about the filly Maggie Slew, the last offspring of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Gold Joy, a stakes-winning son of Joyeux Danseur, will stand at Clairmont Farm near Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announced Jan. 4 its 2007 National Awards Dinner will be held at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington Saturday, Sept. 8, marking the first time that the event will be held on a Saturday.
Live racing from Oaklawn Park will be part of the lineup on HorseRacing TV when the meet begins Jan. 19 at the Arkansas racetrack.
NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) winner Miesque's Approval captured three Florida-bred divisional champions for 2006 as announced recently by the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association.
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