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Florida Horsemen Hopeful on Slots Referendum

Horsemen in South Florida remain hopeful voters statewide will approve a ballot measure Nov. 2 that will allow a referendum on racetrack slot machines in Broward and Miami-Dade counties sometime next year.

Good Student Needs Better in Las Palmas

If Good Student is next in a long line of South American imports to find U.S. success for trainer Ron McAnally, the 4-year-old Argentine-bred filly needs to progress when she runs in the closing day $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.

Remembering Ferdinand Rally Call for Horse Rescue Groups

Remembering Ferdinand was the rally call for the National Horse Protection Coalition during Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships weekend Oct. 29-30 at Lone Star Park. The group is attempting to draw attention to the end of horse slaughter for human consumption.

Texas Agency Ready for First Breeders' Cup

Texas Agency Ready for First Breeders' Cup

Plans for enhanced security, drug testing, and licensing by the Texas Racing Commission have been in the making for more than a year in advance of the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Lone Star Park. It's the first time Texas has hosted the Cup.

'Society' Not a Bad Selection in Distaff

'Society' Not a Bad Selection in Distaff

If looks have anything to do with the outcome, sophomore Society Selection has an outstanding chance to get Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens his first win in a Breeders' Cup race Saturday in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff – Presented by Nextel (gr. I).

Frankel High on Kitten's Joy

Frankel High on Kitten's Joy

How good is Kitten's Joy? Rated at even money to win the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) on the morning line, he is the lowest-priced favorite for any of Saturday's World Champion races. Friday morning at Lone Star Park, the El Prado colt received a ringing endorsement from one of the top trainers in the world, Hall of Famer and multiple Eclipse Award winner Bobby Frankel.

Classic Potential: Roses in May

The Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is considered by many to be American racing's greatest day. It is one of the most prestigious equine prizes in the world, and it is the ultimate dream for many of Thoroughbred racing's prominent owners, including Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

Efforts to Lease New Jersey Racetracks Suspended

The proposed lease of Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, the two racetracks operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, is off for now. The state has been considering the lease agreement since late 2003.

Woodley Named White Horse Award Winner

John Woodley, a jockey and exercise rider at Fairmount Park in southern Illinois was named the recipient of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Championship Honors on Line for Speightstown

Championship Honors on Line for Speightstown

The Todd Pletcher-trained Speightstown will enter the gate for Saturday's $1-million Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Lone Star Park as one of the heavy favorites to win the six-furlong race, but a win could almost guarantee end of the year divisional honors.

Michigan Ballot Initiative Now Considered a Toss-Up

Michigan Ballot Initiative Now Considered a Toss-Up

Thanks largely to an advertising onslaught led by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Michigan's Proposal 1, the ballot initiative that would effectively prohibit racinos in the state, has slipped dramatically in polls and is now considered a toss-up in the Nov. 2 election.

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