Mid-Atlantic Region

News and features for Mid-Atlantic farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Albano won the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park in June.

    Competitive Group Entered for Smarty Jones

    Ten 3-year-olds, some of which may have their sights on the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in three weeks, will battle in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 1 at Parx Racing.

  • Micromanage won the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes on August 7.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-vzj3QXL">Order This Photo</a>

    Micromanage Set for Another Distance Test

    After rolling to the easiest of victories in the 1 3/4-mile Birdstone Stakes, Micromanage will cut back to a mere 1 1/2 miles when the 4-year-old Medaglia d'Oro colt starts in the $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes.

  • Days End Horse Rescue Farm to Hold Festival

    Days End Farm Horse Rescue invites the public to its fall festival celebrating 25 years of rescuing horses and educating people Sept. 19-20 in Woodbine, Md.

  • Mountaineer won't race in December.

    Mountaineer OK'd to Cut Races But Not Dates

    The West Virginia Racing Commission Aug. 15 upheld a hearing officer's recommendation that Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort can't abandon December racing, but it allowed leeway should purse money not be available.

  • Pants On Fire will try for a fourth stakes victory in seven career starts at Monmouth Park.

    Pants On Fire Aims for Fourth Monmouth Win

    Already a three-time stakes winner at Monmouth Park, Pants On Fire will try for a fourth stakes victory in seven career starts at the Oceanport, N.J., track in the $150,000 Philip H. Iselin Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 17.

  • Frank Stronach

    Gulfstream Plans Lasix-Free Races in 2015

    Gulfstream Park, which plans to become the racetrack prototype for integrity in the sport, is to to offer furosemide-free races for 2-year-olds in 2015 and eventually operate an on-track pharmacy to control medication.

  • Rick Violette Jr.

    NYRA Franchise, Winter Racing Discussed

    The future structure of the New York Racing Association and the implications for year-round racing in the state were examined Aug. 12, the first day of the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Dr. Scott Palmer

    Panel: Equine Welfare Tied to Cultural Change

    Continued improvement in regard to equine health and welfare is closely tied to major cultural changes in horse racing, panelists suggested Aug. 12 at the Saratoga Institute on Racing & Gaming Law in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Travis Tygart

    USADA Chief: Independent Testing Necessary

    The head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency Aug. 11 outlined how the organization could assist the Thoroughbred racing industry should its factions come together and push for federal legislation.

  • Brian Rolapp spoke at the Jockey Club Round Table.

    Racing Gets Some Tips From NFL Executive

    The racing industry Aug. 10 was offered a look at the success of the National Football League and, though racing lacks the fundamental structure to support similar growth, there were tips on maximizing interest in the sport.

  • Ogden Mills Phipps at the Jockey Club Round Table Conference.

    Jockey Club to Explore Federal Rules on Drugs

    The Jockey Club Aug. 10 acknowledged progress on the effort to adopt uniform medication and drug-testing rules on a state-by-state basis, but also said it will advocate on the federal level for assistance.

  • Hip 310, a Tizway filly, brought $250,000, at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale.

    F-T New York-Bred Sale Opens With Gains

    In what could be an indicator of the strength of the market for New York-breds, a first-time buyer at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred yearling sale made his first dive a deep one by purchasing the session-topper for $250,000.

  • NYRA president and chief executive officer Christopher Kay

    NYRA Board Awards Bonus, Raise to CEO Kay

    A revamped racing program and enhancements to the customer experience were among the successes trumpeted by the NYRA board of directors Aug. 6, and in return president Christopher Kay received a bonus and a raise.

  • NTRA Schedules Legislative Briefings

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has scheduled three legislative briefings in August and September. The first one will be held Aug. 7 at Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Tapiture outfinishes Candy Boy to take the West Virginia Derby.

    Tapiture Noses Out Candy Boy in WV Derby

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Tapiture overcame a troubled trip and a lost shoe to gamely defeat a determined Candy Boy at the wire in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.

  • Mountaineer Park

    Mountaineer Holds Breath Over Smoke-Ban Plan

    Officials at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort are in a battle with the Hancock County Board of Health over plans for an ordinance that would ban smoking in all public places, including outdoor areas.

  • West Virginia Racing Commission Meeting

    WV Hires New Lab; Purse Money Still in Limbo

    The West Virginia Racing Commission Aug. 1 hired Truesdail Laboratories in California to handle its equine drug testing and will ask the lab to test about 40 "cloudy samples" from a three-week period in July.

  • Palace Malice<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/TripleCrown/2013-Triple-Crown/Belmont-Stakes-145/29744699_jpqpwR#!i=2563007502&k=SzzhQgN">Order This Photo</a>

    Palace Malice Hoping to Continue His Roll

    With four victories in four starts this year, Palace Malice hopes to continue making a statement in the second half of the season when he races Aug. 2 in the grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

  • No Worries for Paquette in First Race Call

    Jessica Paquette, senior director of communications at Suffolk Downs, wears many hats in her role at the track and now she can add race-calling to the long list.

  • Valid wins the Monmouth Cup Stakes.

    Valid Breaks Through With Monmouth Cup Win

    Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid, a major pace factor in his previous three starts in stakes, finally broke through with a victory in the $211,000 Monmouth Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-olds and up at Monmouth Park July 27.

  • Medea won the 2014 Eatontown Stakes.

    Medea Seeks to Double Up in Matchmaker Stakes

    Cornerstone Thoroughbreds' Medea, winner of the Eatontown Stakes (gr. IIIT) in her last start at Monmouth Park, looks to double up in the $150,000 WinStar Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at the New Jersey racetrack July 27.

  • Pants On Fire

    Pants On Fire Seeks Monmouth Cup Repeat

    George and Lori Hall's Pants On Fire makes his seasonal debut July 27 in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (gr. II) as the 6-year-old son of Jump Start seeks to repeat his victory in the 2013 edition.

  • Delaware, Horsemen Hope to Pay Late Purses

    The Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Delaware Park are working to ensure horsemen are promptly paid purse money in light of delays in the receipt of results of equine drug tests.

  • NY Tracks Awarded Extended VLT Hours

    New York racetrack gaming facilities, most of which have been facing slumping financial numbers this year, will be able to stay open later into the early morning and be authorized to offer more free play.

  • Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, chairman of the Assembly Racing Committee

    NY Legislature Extends 2% Share for Horsemen

    First passed as a temporary surcharge in 2007, legislation has been signed into law again authorizing the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to receive 2% of purse proceeds at New York Racing Association tracks.