New York regulators have preliminarily adopted a new system of minimum penalties for multiple equine drug violations, similar to a point-type system that states have in place for motor vehicle drivers.
The $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II), which has a new purse payout structure, again highlights the stakes schedule at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for 2015.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015.
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino.
"He was a cool horse," said owner Joe DiRico. "They are all heartbroken at Keane Stud."
Negotiations on a lease agreement between the management of Suffolk Downs and officials of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association remain on track, contrary to a published report.
New York attorney Karen Murphy says the NYTHA board should not be investigating itself regarding a protest about how a November election was conducted.
Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America's premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, Tom Durkin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit.
Trainer David Wells pleaded guilty in a state court Dec. 16 to rigging races by administering drugs to horses on race day at Penn National Race Course.
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The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors has a four-part plan to address an objection of its November election results by presidential candidate Terry Finley.
New York state, in its greatest expansion of gambling, has selected three winning bidders to operate full commercial casinos in separate areas of the state but rejected proposals by Genting Americas and Churchill Downs, Inc.
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A provision that retroactively extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses was passed by the United States Senate late Dec. 16.
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The West Virginia Racing Commission, as part of an investigation into a head-on collision during a Dec. 13 race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, said it will look into funding to pay for an independent review.
An investigation into a head-on collision that led to the euthanization of a horse after a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Dec. 13 didn't result from malfunction of an on-track warning system, officials said.
The $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I) will be supported by 13 other stakes worth an additional $2.3 million when racing moves to the main track April 1 for Aqueduct's 19-day Spring Showcase meet.
New York trainer David Cannizzo has been suspended 45 days and fined $6,000 by the New York State Gaming Commission after three horses he trains tested positive for a painkiller.
New York-bred juveniles took center stage Dec. 14 at Aqueduct Racetrack with a pair of impressive performances by Good Luck Gus in the $100,000 Damon Runyon Stakes and Freudie Anne in the $100,000 East View Stakes.
Repole Stable's Micromanage returned to the dirt Dec. 13 and overpowered Vyjack in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack, rallying five wide before securing the victory by 1 1/4 lengths.
Harness trainer Ron Burke's record-setting year continued the evening of Dec. 12 when he broke Todd Pletcher's North American record for purses won by a trainer. Pletcher held the mark of $28,116,097 set in 2007.
An attorney for Terry Finley said "all legal options" are on the table in his client's quest to seek a new election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
The New York Racing Association released its 2015 racing schedule Dec. 12, which calls for 251 days of live Thoroughbred action, headed by a 40-day summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course.
The 2014 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet ended with a slight decrease in all-sources handle, the Woodbine Entertainment Group reported Dec. 11.
The New York Racing Association announced Dec. 11 that FBI veteran George C. Venizelos will become the organization's vice president of security, effective Jan. 26.
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack will get one more start of 2014, and his connections hope to make it a win in the $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct Dec. 13.
West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley said Dec. 10 he has officially contested the recent New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association in which he ran for president and lost by 14 votes.
Panel discusses field-size challenges and possible solutions on the first morning of the 2014 University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming Dec. 9 in Tucson, Ariz.
Management and horsemen at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races have agreed on a slimmer live racing schedule for 2015.
Favored Turkish gave longtime owner Lawrence Cordes an early Christmas gift when he held on to win the marathon-distance Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) on closing day of the 2014 meet at Woodbine.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Patrick Husbands were once again atop the Woodbine standings when the track concluded its 2014 season Dec. 7.
Gulfstream Park is cutting $350,000 from next month's Sunshine Millions card and opening the stakes series to horses bred in New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, it was announced Dec. 7.
Prominent jockey Cornelio Velasquez was taken to a hospital and two horses died from injuries in a midstretch accident in the eighth race over the inner track at Aqueduct Racetrack Dec 5.
Pender Harbour will attempt to go farther than he ever has before when he lines up against an expected eight opponents in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) on closing day of the 2014 Woodbine meet Dec. 7.
Apprentice jockey Alexandra Jara suffered a broken collarbone Dec. 3 in a scary spill in which her mount, Princes On Thelake, died in a race at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The board of the New York Racing Association Dec. 3 approved the racing corporation's 2015 budget, but not before a spirited debate by some board members over equine drug issues.
New York Racing Association chairman Dr. David Skorton announced Dec. 3 he is stepping down from the post to spend more time getting ready for his new job as head of the Smithsonian Institution.
Co-owners Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys released a plan Dec. 3 to have Palace Malice target five races in 2015, culminating with a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
The New York Racing Association board of directors will be asked Dec. 3 to approve a 2015 budget that cuts the number of racing days at Aqueduct Racetrack by a total of six days during the track's winter and fall meets.
In perhaps the most contentious election in the history of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, trainer Rick Violette Jr. was re-elected president despite a strong bid by owner Terry Finley.
The New York Racing Association's projected $2.1 million surplus for 2015 will be driven by attempts to increase field size by possibly reducing the number of race dates and cutting expenses.
NYRA announced Dec. 1 the stakes schedule for the 2015 winter meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, which will offer 23 stakes worth more than $3 million, as well as the inaugural running of the New York Claiming Championship Series.
Odds-on favorite London Tower ran away with the $131,385 Ontario Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 6 1/2 lengths Nov. 30 at Woodbine with Emma-Jayne Wilson aboard.
Private Zone, runner-up to Flat Out in the 2013 edition of the Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I), returned Nov. 29 to claim victory going wire to wire in the $753,750 event at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Ben's Cat produced one of the best efforts of his 45-race career to capture the Fabulous Strike Stakes for the third time in its three editions at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course Nov. 29.
Rudy Rodriguez passed the Nov. 2 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) with Condo Commando to wait for the $400,000 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II), and his patience paid off as she crushed her opposition at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 29.
Leave the Light On, owned by Klavarich Stables and William Lawrence, rode the rail at Aqueduct Racetrack to a wire-to-wire victory Nov. 29 in the $400,000 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds.
Godolphin Racing's Snowbell led from the start and drew off through the stretch for an authoritative win in the $400,000 Comely Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 29 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Once a claimer, Classic Point is now a graded stakes winner after taking the $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 28 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
While the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) gets the most buzz from the 'best milers make the best sires' adage, the Cigar Mile (gr. I) coming up on Nov. 29 has also produced its fair share of top stallions.
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