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  • Horse Racing

    Panel: Field Size, Consistency Aid Handle

    Representatives of horse racing in foreign countries said Dec. 4 there are some issues with importing simulcasts of races from the United States, but when it comes to bettors, field size usually wins out over everything.

  • Eclipse week features special events for charities

    A series of special events leading up to the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards will benefit the Gulfstream Thoroughbred Aftercare Program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), The Race for Education and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced Tuesday. The Eclipse Awards will be held January 19 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

  • Hollywood Notebook

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  • Racing at Arlington Park

    Arlington Files Suit Over Simulcast Dates

    In a lawsuit filed last month, Arlington Park contends the Illinois Racing Board acted improperly when it seized 18 simulcast host days and awarded them to rival Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Adds Entries Plus Feature

    Equibase Company has added Entries Plus -- a free interactive product available for races at all North American racetracks -- to the menu of handicapping information available at

  • Online poll open for Vox Populi Award

    Online voting is now open for the third annual Secretariat <i>Vox Populi</i> Award. Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the <i>Vox Populi</i>, or &quot;Voice of the People,&quot; Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.

  • Purton hopes to complete Japan/Hong Kong double

    The jockeys' allocation for Wednesday night's International Jockeys' Championship took place at Sha Tin Racecourse Monday morning. Top jockey Zac Purton, fresh from winning the World Super Jockeys Series in Japan at the end of November, is hoping his luck can hold for the annual Happy Valley event, which has again drawn 12 of the world's finest riders.

  • International contingent braves the Hong Kong rain

    Leaden skies and rain greeted the international contenders as they headed out on to Sha Tin Racecourse shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time on Monday, seven days ahead of their Group 1 engagements in Sunday's Hong Kong International Races.

  • In Lingerie retired, booked to Frankel

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber's In Lingerie, the winner of the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland in October, has been retired from racing and will be bred to two-time Cartier Horse of the Year Frankel.

  • Udder Issues for the Mare

    A few days after weaning your foal, you notice his dam&#39;s udder is hot and tender. While this veteran broodmare&#39;s udder has been quite large at weaning time before, she&#39;s never been so grumpy about having it touched. A veterinary examination confirms your suspicions: The mare has mastitis. Udder problems such as this are not terribly common, bu...

  • Inside the Womb

    It takes one egg, millions of sperm (but only one really lucky one), 11 months, and a host of normal physiologic events to make a mare a mom. Also, on the owner&#39;s part, &quot;there is a lot invested, both financially and emotionally, in producing a healthy foal,&quot; explains Igor Canisso, DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACT, a theriogenologist PhD candidate in the ...

  • Debbie Hoonan Wins Seven at Portland Meadows

    Jockey Debbie Hoonan racked up seven victories Portland Meadows Dec. 2, setting a new personal record for wins in a day and tying Joe Crispin and Felipe Valdez for most victories on a card at the Oregon track.

  • Smiling Tiger returns to winner's circle in Underwood

    Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz's Smiling Tiger put in a game rally down the center of the track in Sunday's Grade 3, $100,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Vernon O. Underwood Stakes</a> at Hollywood Park and gutted out a one-length victory over Private Zone for trainer Jeff Bonde. The chestnut sprinter's most recent score came seven starts ago when taking the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap in 2011, but he got back to his winning ways when completing this six-furlong contest in 1:11 1/5 over the Cushion Track.

  • Fifty Proof wins the Sir Barton Stakes.

    Fifty Proof Returns With Sharp Sir Barton Win

    Favored Fifty Proof, Canada's champion older male of 2011, returned from 16-month layoff to take the $127,321 Sir Barton Stakes in front-running style at Woodbine Dec. 2.

  • Game On Dude, Nonios in good order after Native Diver

    &quot;I thought he was impressive,&quot; said Marlow, who is a longtime assistant to Bob Baffert. &quot;He was tested all the way. Mike Smith's move on the first turn was a key factor in the race.&quot;

  • Executiveprivilege

    Executiveprivilege to Run in Starlet Dec. 8

    Executiveprivilege, beaten favorite for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) one month ago, runs next in the $500,000 Starlet Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 8.

  • Dust and Diamonds gears up for Pletcher debut; Romacaca ready for South Beach

    Dust and Diamonds was timed in an easy :52 in advance of her debut for new connections, while Turbulent Descent drilled in a bullet :47, tying for the fastest of 23 moves at the distance on the fast main track. Both four-year-olds are kept on edge for their first start since the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 3.

  • Toby&#39;s Corner in the Wood Memorial.

    Wood Memorial Winner Toby's Corner to Japan

    Toby's Corner, winner of the 2011 Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial Stakes (gr.I), will launch his stallion career in Japan at Hidaka Stallion Station.

  • Nihonpiro Ours conquers Japan Cup Dirt in record time

    Hyakutaro Kobayashi's homebred Nihonpiro Ours swept from just off the pace to dominate Sunday's Grade 1 Japan Cup Dirt in stakes-record time. By finishing nine furlongs at Hanshin in 1:48 4/5, the five-year-old son of White Muzzle handed jockey Manabu Sakai and trainer Yuki Ohashi their first career Grade 1 victory.

  • BHA Equine Science, Welfare Director to Depart

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced Nov. 19 that Tim Morris, DVM, PhD, director of equine science and welfare, will leave the organization in January. His departure forms part of the ongoing restructure of BHA services, led by chief executive Paul Bittar.

  • Game On Dude pulls away late to win the Native Diver.

    Game On Dude Delivers Gritty Native Diver Win

    Game On Dude put his disappointing Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) behind him with a gritty front-running win in the $250,000 Native Diver Stakes Presented by the Oak Tree Racing Association Dec. 1 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

  • Ken Ramsey leads Claiming Crown Jewel winner Parent&#39;s Honor to the Winners&#39; Circle.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;!i=2247845922&amp;k=92BVcns&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Ramsey Runners Dominate Claiming Crown

    Parent's Honor capped a big day for Ken and Sarah Ramsey at Gulfstream Park Dec. 1, taking the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at odds of 16-1 to give the owners their fourth winner on the card.

  • Ramsey-Maker team cap off four Claiming Crown wins in Jewel

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey teamed up with trainer Mike Maker to take four of the seven Claiming Crown events on Gulfstream Park's opening-day card Saturday, including the richest race of the day, the $194,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Claiming Crown Jewel</a>.

  • Game On Dude digs deep, takes Native Diver

    Game On Dude was outhustled by Nonios leaving the starting gate in Saturday's Grade 3, $242,500 <a target="_blank" href=""> Native Diver</a>, but would not allow that younger rival to outfinish him in the 1 1/8-mile Cushion Track test at Hollywood Park.