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  • Aron Wellman (pictured at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale) was on the ground at Del Mar to aid in volunteer efforts

    Wellman Pens Detailed Account of San Luis Rey Aftermath

    Aron Wellman, president of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, penned a detailed account Dec. 8 of his experience at Del Mar in the wake of the Lilac fire that engulfed San Luis Rey Training Center Dec. 7 and the outpouring of support that followed.

  • New York Veterinarian Suspended, Fined

    A New York veterinarian has been suspended and fined after he allegedly improperly provided the drug albuterol to a licensed owner without examining the horse and for using a fictitious name of the horse in connection with the incident.

  • A Time For Heroes

    Never in memory have so many horse lovers sacrificed so much and worked so diligently in assisting the horses at San Luis Rey Downs through their horrible and frightening ordeal.

  • Options for Assisting San Luis Rey Fire Victims

    The Stronach Group, in conjunction with Santa Anita Park and The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has established a GoFundMe account page to help pay for hospital and rehabilitative costs incurred by those injured in the Dec. 7 devastating Lilac Fire.

  • Big Blue sold for AU$102,000 to Maher Bloodstock at the William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale

    Big Blue Tops Inglis December Sale

    An outstanding draft of racing stock presented by Godolphin resulted in a perfect clearance rate, highlighted by the top-priced lot at a successful William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale Dec. 8 near Melbourne, Australia.

  • Facebook Live Video Depicts San Luis Rey Rescue Efforts

    As his Facebook page was flooded with "thank you" messages for his Dec. 7 efforts to save horses during a fire at San Luis Rey Training Center, Leo Tapia's response was understated: "Thanks, we did everything we could to save them," Tapia said.

  • Arrogate has now retired at precisely the time that his sire might finally, posthumously, become a consistent sire of consistent sires.

    Not Quite Time for a Swan Song

    Unbridled’s Song leads the North American sires of 2017 list, primarily on the exploits of his son Arrogate, who has now retired at precisely the time that his sire might finally, posthumously, become a consistent sire of consistent sires.

  • Massachusetts Reduces Thoroughbreds' Cut of Fund

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Dec. 7 to approve a revision in the percentage split of the state's Horse Racing Development Fund that will strip money from the Thoroughbred horsemen and redirect to it to Standardbreds.

  • Marsha sold for a record-setting 6 million guineas Dec. 5 during the Tattersalls December mares sale

    Tattersalls Concludes Record Year

    After a year in which all of its auctions posted significant gains in key market areas, Tattersalls has ended 2017 with another record year of turnover, with around 331 million guineas in total sales.

  • Highland Reel is chasing one last top-level win in the Dec. 10 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin

    Globetrotter Highland Reel Set for Curtain Call

    Few, if any, horses have logged as many frequent flier miles as Highland Reel (IRE) has in recent years. His career has spanned four years, four continents, and seven countries, and he will run his final race Dec. 10 in the Hong Kong Vase (G1).

  • Tax rules had a significant impact on handle at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar

    November U.S. Handle Up 6.39% Due to New Tax Rules

    New tax rules regarding withholding and the reporting of pari-mutuel wagers have driven total U.S. wagering above $890.8 million for November. The average handle per race day is up 9.7% for the month compared with a year ago, according to Equibase.

  • Atsushi Koya represented the Japan Racing Association at the Global Symposium on Racing

    Differing DQ Standards on Display at Symposium

    A panel designed to highlight the differences between major international jurisdictions and North American racing regarding interference did just that in the final session of the Race Track Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing.

  • Longtime Oaklawn Jockey Club chairman and president Charles Cella

    Obituary: Cella Loved Getting Fans to Oaklawn Park

    Charles J. Cella, longtime president and chairman of the board of the Oaklawn Jockey Club, died Dec. 6 of complications from Parkinson's disease. According to his sons John and Louis Cella, Cella was at home in St. Louis, surrounded by family.

  • Second Flight - By Evan Hammonds

    The Pegasus' date on the calendar has a certain appeal. The late January date gives runners plenty of time to recuperate from their efforts in the Breeders' Cup, but allows them time not to miss the year's breeding cycle.

  • Jose Ortiz celebrates after winning Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Good Magic

    Ortiz Expected to Quickly Bounce Back From Knee Surgery

    Jose Ortiz, a top candidate for the Eclipse Award as the outstanding jockey in North America, should return to competition sooner than expected after undergoing minor knee surgery Dec. 5 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

  • Joseph Appelbaum is the new president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

    Joseph Appelbaum Elected NYTHA President

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced the results of its 2017 election for president and Board of Directors Dec. 5. Joseph Appelbaum, running unopposed, was elected to his first term as president.

  • Sharp Azteca with Javier Castellano win the 29th Running of the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct on December 2, 2017

    The Week in Photos 12/4/2017

    Cigar Mile Handicap, Remsen, Demoiselle, Bayakoa, Champions Cup, Go for Wand Handicap, Nathan Handicap, Middle Handicap, Claiming Crown Jewel, and more.

  • Iowa State to Study Equine Anticancer Immunotherapeutic

    NovaVive Inc., an animal health immunobiology company, today announced that its anticancer immunotherapeutic for horses will be evaluated in a clinical study at Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine. 

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    Senate Passes Tax Bill, Moves to 'Conference'

    Senators scrambled Saturday, December 2, to muster the necessary 51 votes to pass its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, effectively laying down a marker to jump start negotiations with the House of Representatives on a final package.