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  • Sales Integrity Task Force Gets Award

    The Sales Integrity Task Force will receive the 2008 Industry Service Award from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association during the TOBA National Awards Dinner Sept. 6 at the Lexington Center in Lexington.

  • Kentucky Panel Approves Ban on Steroids

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Aug. 25 to ban the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses, and the rules could be in place the first week of September should Gov. Steve Beshear sign an emergency regulation as expected.

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    Top Sprinter Elite Squadron Retired

    Grade II winner Elite Squadron, who banked more than a half-million dollars in 14 races, has been retired because of an injury and is expected to stand at stud next year, owner Tom Walters said.

  • Marble Cliff is now officially a maiden with no earnings, having been disqualified in all of his races.

    Marble Cliff: 'Best Maiden in America'

    The owners of top Ohio-based Thoroughbred Marble Cliff must return the gelding's earnings of $109,940, the Ohio State Racing Commission ruled Aug. 21 after the panel upheld a stewards' ruling the 3-year-old wasn't eligible for Ohio-restricted races.

  • Jeff Johnston

    Guild Official Barred From River Downs

    A Jockeys' Guild official was verbally barred from River Downs after the Ohio State Racing Commission was notified of an incident in which the track's substitute ambulance caught fire on the racetrack and a pickup truck was used for emergency services for the final two races of a program.

  • Ohio Panel Frowns on Dates Request

    The Ohio State Racing Commission indicated Aug. 21 it will have a difficult time approving requests by two racetracks that call for only four total days of Thoroughbred racing in 2009.

  • Deal in Place to Increase PA Mount Fees

    The Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has reached an agreement with the Jockeys' Guild and Jockeys at Penn National Inc. to increase the minimum losing mount fee to $75 for all finishes below third-place.

  • Rulings: Horses Not Ohio-Registered

    The board of stewards at River Downs has ruled two Thoroughbreds -- one of which had earned more than $100,000 -- aren't registered Ohio-bred horses, and their owners must repay the earnings.

  • No Thoroughbred Dates at 2 Ohio Tracks?

    Beulah Park and River Downs, two Ohio Thoroughbred tracks that race more than 200 dates combined, have requested only Quarter Horse dates for 2009, a track official said Aug. 18.

  • Thoroughbred Racing Associations CEO Alan Foreman speaks at The Jockey Club Round Table conference.

    Drug Testing Next Focus of Reform Plan

    The horseracing industry will continue with a serious push to enact reforms related to equine safety and drug testing, officials indicated Aug. 17 during and after The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • TRA Endorses Equine Safety Measures

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors Aug. 15 endorsed the recommendations of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee regarding the elimination of androgenic anabolic steroids in Thoroughbreds in racing and training, as well as other equine safety measures.

  • Fairmount Jockeys Get Mount-Fee Increase

    Jockeys at Fairmount Park received a mount-fee increase through the Illinois Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents horsemen at the track.

  • Quarters to Race on Turfway's Polytrack

    Quarter Horses will race on the synthetic Polytrack for the first time Sept. 12 when Turfway Park hosts the $25,000 John Deere Turfway Park Sprint Stakes. The race will be part of the Friday night program of Thoroughbred racing during Turfway's late summer/early fall meet.

  • Report: Grand Jury Probes Louisiana HBPA

    An investigation into alleged fraud by the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will continue Aug. 8 when a federal grand jury hears testimony from horseracing industry representatives, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported.

  • Horacio Karamanos won his fourth Colonial Downs riding title at the Virginia track's recently concluded meet.

    Allen Cracks 200-Win Mark at Colonial

    A, Ferris Allen III won two races on Colonial Downs' closing day program Aug. 6 to become the first trainer to win 200 races in Virginia. He also demolished his own single-season record for victories.

  • MEC May Reconsider Sale of Some Assets

    Magna Entertainment Corp., which posted a $21.25-million loss for the second quarter of 2008, said Aug. 5 it's reconsidering the sale of some assets it expected to unload as part of a debt-elimination plan.

  • Pennsylvania Horse Farm to Be Auctioned

    Land of Believe Farm, located in central Pennsylvania about one mile from Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, will be sold at auction Aug. 21.

  • Gary Contessa

    Contessa New Exceller Fund President

    New York-based trainer Gary Contessa has been named president of the Exceller Fund, a non-profit organization that transitions former racehorses into new careers.

  • SPMOs Face Mandatory Certification

    Regulators in 13 racing states announced Aug. 4 they will begin the lengthy process of requiring offshore wagering entities and secondary pari-mutuel operations -- commonly referred to as SPMOs -- to obtain certification from the Association of Racing Commissioners International before they receive approval to wager into pools.

  • Ready Set (right) holds off Web Gem to win the West Virginia Derby.

    Ready Set Goes in West Virginia Derby

    The connections of Ready Set were rewarded for their patience Aug. 2 when the colt earned his first career stakes victory in a big way -- the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort.

  • Recapturetheglory heads a full, well-matched field in the West Virginia Derby.

    Recapturetheglory Heads Tough WV Derby

    Recapturetheglory, a solid fifth in a 20-horse field in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), seems well-placed for a return to his winning ways in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.

  • Bill to Bag Withholding Tax Introduced

    Legislation that would eliminate the automatic 25% federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more on wagers of at least 300-1 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives July 29.

  • Dr. Rick Arthur, equine medical director for the California Horse Racing Board, will be one of the speakers at The Jockey Club Round Table.

    Equine Welfare Heads Round Table Agenda

    The Jockey Club's Thoroughbred Safety Committee, which in June issued its initial recommendations calling for the elimination of anabolic steroids in training and racing, a ban on toe grabs, and a series of whip-related reforms, will provide an update on its activities and announce additional recommendations Aug. 17 at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Marble Cliff works on the River Downs turf course.

    Ohio-Bred--or Not--Entered in WV Derby

    Foxwood Stable's Marble Cliff, regarded as one of the best Ohio-breds in history -- if in fact he is Ohio-registered -- is among a dozen 3-year-olds entered in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort Aug. 2.

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    Student Council Eyes Pacific Classic

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, second in the July 26 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, is preparing to defend his title in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 24 at Del Mar in California.

  • Lawmaker Questions KHRC on Drug Penalty

    Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush, chairman of the congressional subcommittee that held a June 19 hearing on the Thoroughbred racing industry, has questioned the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's decision to suspend trainer Rick Dutrow only 15 days for a clenbuterol positive.

  • Slot machines generated 64% of total purses in Pennsylvania in 2007.

    PA Report: Purses Up, Handle Share Down

    Total purses earned at Pennsylvania racetracks jumped 162% from 2006 to 2007 because of revenue from on-track slot machines, while the percentage of purses earned from pari-mutuel wagering dropped substantially during the same period, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's first "benchmark report" on the impact of slots on pari-mutuel wagering.

  • Larry Jones

    Jones Eyes West Virginia Derby Invasion

    The horsemen at Delaware Park are well aware that trainer Larry Jones has an arsenal of stakes competitors in his barn. And on Aug. 2, Jones plans to bring a vanload of his top horses to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) program.

  • Forum: 'Other Side' of Equine Welfare

    A July 18 forum on equine welfare and safety gave participants a chance to offer a perspective not provided during a June congressional hearing at which the horseracing industry was slammed, horsemen said.

  • Betfair, U.S. Horsemen Continue Talks

    Betfair, the Great Britain-based online betting exchange, continues to negotiate with officials in the United States and is inching closer to a deal by which it would compensate horsemen for use of their product.

  • Topics: THG and Future of Racing on TV

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, which advocates a new economic model for pari-mutuel wagering and has been engaged in high-profile battles in the racing industry, isn't going away anytime soon, its president said July 18.

  • Strategic Plan for Horse Safety in Works

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is formulating a "strategic plan" for equine health and safety and will seek support from various industry organizations when the document is released, probably in early fall.

  • Penn Takes Stand on Equine Health

    Penn National Gaming Inc., second only to Magna Entertainment Corp. in terms of number of racetrack holdings in North America, said July 15 it has developed equine health and safety initiatives it hopes implement at all of its properties in six jurisdictions.

  • Tizdejavu cruises in the American Derby.

    Tizdejavu Wires Them Again in 'Derby'

    Tizdejavu again stamped himself as a major player in the 3-year-old turf ranks with another effortless victory, this time in the July 12 American Derby (gr. IIT) at Arlington Park.

  • Mistical Plan draws off in the Princess Rooney.

    Princess Rooney Goes to O'Neill's 'Plan

    J. Paul Reddam's Mistical Plan upset even-money favorite Dream Rush to win the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at Calder Race Course July 12 as part of the Florida track's Summit of Speed program.

  • Mountaineer

    Mountaineer: New Election, Old Issues

    It began in 2006 with an anonymous flyer questioning the effectiveness of the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and snowballed into allegations, a protest, litigation, and paper trail that led some to question the validity of the association's most recent election.

  • Farish Re-elected Breeders' Cup Chair

    William S. Farish Jr. will again serve as chairman of the Breeders' Cup board of directors, an election for which was held July 11.

  • Handle Down, Purses Up in Second Quarter

    Pari-mutuel handle took a hit but purses gained a bit in the second quarter of 2008, according to the "Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators" for United States and Canadian pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. Thoroughbred racing.

  • River Downs

    Racetracks Fire Back in ADW Conflict

    At least two racetrack operators aren't pleased with recent developments concerning advance deposit wagering revenue, and one indicated closure of his track isn't out of the question should the conflict continue.

  • THG to Racetracks: Let's Meet on ADW

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group is calling for a meeting with the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to discuss advance deposit wagering revenue given ongoing conflict between horsemen, racetracks, and ADW providers over equitable revenue splits.