The Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series Awards Banquet will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 at Laurel Park.
Severe cold and wind led a few racetracks to cancel their live programs for Jan. 6-7.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported average daily pari-mutuel handle on live racing was up 4.1% in 2013 versus 2012 thanks to growth in export wagering. Purses, meanwhile, continued to increase in Maryland.
Penn National has canceled live racing Jan. 2, while Aqueduct will not race Jan. 3 as a winter storm zeroes in on the northeast region.
Trevor McCarthy and Hugh McMahon wrapped up 2013 titles in the jockey and trainer divisions, respectively, at the major Maryland tracks after the Dec. 31 final card of the season at Laurel Park.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course posted a record daily average pari-mutuel handle for its 197-night meet in 2013, a track official said Dec. 30.
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort concluded its 201-day 2013 meet with a 3.2% increase in all-sources wagering and a 9% increase in purses.
Silver Train, a two-time grade I winner including the 2005 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), died from colic Dec. 29 while shuttling to the United States from Brazil, Northview Stallion Station reported Dec. 30.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races concluded its 2013 season the night of Dec. 28 with an average daily all-sources handle of $992,368, less than 1% off its record wagering average set the previous year.
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Parx Racing said live racing was canceled for Dec. 23-24, making the ninth and 10th lost programs in December.
A booklet put together by several individuals at the forefront of equine medication reform has been prepared for Maryland, which will enact the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Drug-Testing Program Jan. 1, 2014.
MGM Resorts International has won a three-way race for a license to build a resort casino in Prince George's County, Md., just south of Washington, D.C. And the future of a racetrack remains up in the air.
Grade I winner Monba was represented by his first winner as a stallion when Percy Jackson won the the third race at Penn National Race Course Dec. 20.
Due to powerful winter weather, live racing at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Charles Town Races has been canceled for Saturday, Dec. 14.
Apprentice jockey Victor Carrasco went over the 200-win mark for the year Dec. 13 when the 21-year-old rode two winners at Laurel Park, including number 200 for the year.
Penn National Race Course has released its 2014 stakes schedule and live racing calendar, following approval by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission at its Dec. 12 meeting.
The Maryland Jockey Club has increased the purse for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) from $1 million to $1.5 million, it was announced Dec. 12. This is the first hike for the Triple Crown classic since 1998.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was approved for 220 live racing programs in 2014, but the West Virginia track remains in contract negotiations with horsemen.
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- Racing, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic
Eight stakes were elevated in or to graded status and 11 were downgraded for 2014 during the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee Dec. 4 in Lexington.
Parx Racing said Dec. 4 the second of three barns that had been quarantined because of equine herpesvirus was cleared by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing Dec. 10 at 12:30 p.m. on "The State of Online Gaming.
Our Entourage, a son of champion producing sire Street Cry, will retire to stud duty at Randy Funkhouser's O'Sullivan Farms near Charlestown, W.V.
The first week of Internet gambling in New Jersey went well, according to the state's top casino regulator, who says he finally stopped worrying about it.
Trainer Jamie Ness collected his 2,000th career victory when Caylee's Song won the second race at Laurel Park Nov. 28.
Marvelous veteran Ben's Cat did it again Nov. 27 when he wore down odds-on Ribo's Bobo in the final furlong to score a repeat victory in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
Though New Jersey Thoroughbred racing has a long way to go from a financial perspective, some racetrack operators and horsemen's representatives appear bullish on the future.
Freshman sire Talent Search and new sire Doubles Partner will join the stallion roster at Glenn and Becky Brok's Diamond B Farm in Mohrsville, Pa.
In anticipation of bad weather, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have canceled live racing for the evening of Nov. 26.
Horses registered with the Delaware Certified Thoroughbred Program will be eligible for more money next year, officials announced Nov. 25.
Three New Jersey racetracks will receive the largest share of almost $1 million accrued in the Casino Simulcasting Special Fund in 2012.
Pre-trial hearings have been set for three Penn National Race Course-based horsemen, and a clocker at the Grantville, Pa., track, who were arrested on federal charges Nov. 22.
Ben's Cat, King Leatherbury's winning machine, will look to collect his 19th career stakes victory when he defends his title in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap Nov. 27 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
A West Virginia court believes the West Virginia Racing Commission should have the ability to review cases when a track chooses to eject and exclude a license holder, typically a trainer, jockey, or owner, from participating.
Three trainers and a clocker based at Penn National Race Course were arrested Friday, Nov. 22 after a federal grand jury indicted them on fraud charges in connection with races and workouts at the Grantville, Pa. track.
Trainer Bob Baffert reported Game On Dude is on schedule for the grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare at Churchill Downs Nov. 29. Only an unfavorable weight assignment would derail the gelding from starting.
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Jockeys' Guild National Manager Terry Meyocks told a finance subcommittee of West Virginia's Interim Joint Committee on Finance that he's concerned about the lack of benefits for jockeys who ride at the state's two tracks.
Veterinarian Brooke Bowman and Louis Merryman announced the formation of Heritage Stallions, a new Thoroughbred stallion facility to be operated near Chesapeake City, Md.
Bullsbay has moved to Northview PA in Peach Bottom for the 2014 season after standing his first three seasons at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.
Bowie-based Dance to Bristol was honored in a retirement ceremony by the Maryland Jockey Club between the fourth and fifth races Nov. 16 at Laurel Park following her stellar 4-year-old campaign.
A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on horse racing safety and integrity Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. EST at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
E Dubai, sire of 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Fort Larned and leading active stallion in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2013, has been moved from Northview PA to Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md.
If Kentucky is going to join the Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication Reform's efforts to put uniform medication rules in place in each racing state, it's going to take some work and time.
Dance to Bristol, who won seven consecutive stakes this year to earn a trip to the Breeders' Cup, will be honored with a retirement ceremony at Laurel Park Nov. 16.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine announced that students Lauren Duffee and Emma Gorenberg were each awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation.
Prominent Lexington equine attorney Harry B. Miller Jr., died Nov. 11 at home after a short illness. He was 89.
The Maryland Racing Commission Nov. 12 approved the schedules for Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course after the MJC, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and Maryland Horse Breeders Association reached an agreement.
The 2014 live racing season at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, featuring a major change in weekly schedule, will commence March 1 and conclude Dec. 20.
Noted Mid-Atlantic-based owner-breeder William R. Harris died Nov. 8 at his home in Mineral, Va., according to trainer Chris Grove. He was 90 years old.
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