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  • 'Barbaro' Book Recognized With Award

    "Barbaro: The Horse Who Captured America's Heart," written by Sean Clancy and published by Blood-Horse Publications' Eclipse Press division, has won a 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

  • No Date Yet for D.C. Racing Hearing

    The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection continues to maintain it will hold a June hearing on horse racing, but no date had been set as of June 2.

  • Barn Work Under Way at Penn National

    A backstretch improvement program has begun at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, which will spend up to $10 million over the next 10 years to build new barns, refurbish old ones, and make other barn-area upgrades.

  • PA Gaming Board Supports Equine Welfare

    Though it has no regulatory oversight of equine health and safety, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has adopted a resolution saying it supports the state's efforts to "invest in horse health and welfare."

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    Smooth Air's Trainer Happy to Be Back

    Bennie Stutts Jr. is looking forward to visiting northern Ohio for the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) May 31. But unlike his first trip--about 51 years ago--Stutts won't need a snow shovel.

  • Smooth Air, shown during training prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), makes his next start in the Ohio Derby. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4335619%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Smooth Air in Sharp Work for Ohio Derby

    Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air, runner-up to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown in the Florida Derby (gr. I), completed his serious work for the May 31 Ohio Derby (gr. II) with a sharp seven-furlong work at Arlington Park May 25.

  • Test Calls for Flooding of SA Surface

    A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following training hours May 28.

  • Handicapping Tourney Returns to Red Rock

    The $1-million Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will return to the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas next year, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said.

  • Standardbred Pacers test the Polytrack at Keeneland on May 21.

    Pacers Take to Polytrack for Road Test

    Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at Keeneland the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under construction in Alberta, Canada, an idea as to whether a synthetic surface can be used for both breeds.

  • MEC-owned Pimlico Race Course

    MEC: No Immediate Plan to Sell MD Tracks

    A Magna Entertainment Corp. executive said the company has no plans to sell either of its Maryland racetracks but indicated the results of a statewide November referendum on slot machines could play a role in any decision.

  • Push for Slots Continues in Illinois

    As horseracing interests lobby for slot machines in Illinois, two former state legislators have floated a $31-billion infrastructure plan that would be paid in part by expanded gambling in the state.

  • More Than 200 Early Nominees for 'Crown'

    The Claiming Crown, a $600,000 series of races for claiming horses, returns to Canterbury Park in Minnesota this year, and already horsemen have responded with a record number of early nominations.

  • More Questions Than Answers on Steroids

    The complicated nature of regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses came to light May 20 when discussion among members of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council and others seemed to indicate the easiest route is an all-out ban on the substances.

  • Pays to Dream rolls in the Dixie Stakes with Javier Castellano aboard.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4541957%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dream Trip for Pays to Dream in Dixie

    Pays to Dream continued a big weekend for New York-bred horses in Maryland May 17 when he rallied from well off the pace and blew away the competition in the grade II Dixie Stakes on the turf at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Alex Waldrop believes the Thoroughbred industry responded appropriately in the wake of the breakdown of Eight Belles.

    Equine Welfare Key No Matter the Outcome

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is prepared for "every potential outcome" on Preakness Stakes (gr. I) day, but no matter the result, developments in the area of equine health and welfare in the coming weeks and months are of the utmost importance, the organization's president and chief executive officer said.

  • PETA demonstrators outside Pimlico

    PETA Demonstrates Outside Pimlico Gates

    About 25 supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals staged a quiet demonstration outside the gates of Pimlico Race Course May 17, but horseracing enthusiasts -- and fans of the Preakness experience -- weren't as reserved.

  • Student Council takes the Pimlico Special over pacesetter Gottcha Gold.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4532482%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Student Council Grinds Out 'Special' Win

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, who hadn't hit the board in four starts since his victory in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) last September, rallied from off the pace in the mud to win the grade I Pimlico Special May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Plans to announce a stallion deal for Derby Winner Big Brown on May 15 fell through.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4421235%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Stud Deal Will Have to Wait

    Plans to announce a stallion deal for Preakness Stakes (gr. I) favorite Big Brown on May 15 fell through, but discussions will continue after the second leg of the Triple Crown is run May 17.

  • Magna Entertainment and the Maryland horsemen both are in favor of slot machine legislation being passed in the state.

    MEC, Horsemen Support Pro-Slots Campaign

    The Maryland racing industry is throwing its support behind a campaign for slot machines, but it remains to be seen whether any racetracks would get the gambling devices should the public approve a statewide ballot measure in November.

  • Nothing Definitive Yet on Change at MJC

    Change may be in the wind yet again regarding upper-level Maryland Jockey Club management, but as of May 15, officials with MJC owner Magna Entertainment Corp. said there's nothing to announce.

  • Safety Panel to Serve as 'Bully Pulpit'

    The Jockey Club acknowledges it has limits on what it can mandate in the area of equine health and safety, but it does plan to use its new Thoroughbred Safety Committee as a "bully pulpit" to bring about change.

  • MEC, THG Talking But No Deal in Sight

    Officials with Magna Entertainment Corp. and the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group have met twice recently to discuss the ongoing conflict over revenue splits for advance deposit wagering, though the sides aren't close to striking a deal.

  • NTRA Wants Urgency on Safety Matters

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to coordinate equine health and safety initiatives in response to the death of the filly Eight Belles, and on May 9 called for "urgency" and an end to the "status quo."

  • Ryan Fogelsonger

    Fogelsonger Starts New Chapter in PA

    Ryan Fogelsonger will attempt to add to his more than 1,800 career victories when he begins riding at Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania May 9, when the 100-day meet gets under way.

  • NYRA, Cooperative Strike Signal Deal

    The New York Racing Association and the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative have struck a signal-fee deal that will return the NYRA signal--currently from Belmont Park--to 16 East Coast racetracks and their affiliated off-track wagering outlets effective May 9.

  • PETA Demonstrators in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office May 6.

    Officials: Don't Discount Welfare Groups

    Though their views and actions may at times be considered extreme and bizarre by some, animal rights and welfare groups have a large constituency, have proven effective at making their point, and shouldn't be disregarded when they seize on an issue, officials said.

  • The death of Eight Belles has prompted action by the Jockey Club and the NTRA. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4394693%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Jockey Club, NTRA Act on Derby Death

    In the wake of the fatal breakdown of the filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors has scheduled a special meeting May 9 to discuss a course of action.

  • Purse Cuts Planned at CDI-Owned Tracks

    A Churchill Downs Inc. official said May 7 purses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., could be cut the week of May 11, while Calder Race Course in South Florida could face another reduction in purses.

  • Presque Isle Ready for Second Season

    Live Thoroughbred racing will return to the Erie, Pa., area May 9 when Presque Isle Downs commences its 2008 meet. Presque Isle's 100-day season will extend through Sept. 27, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. EDT.

  • PETA Supporters and their counterparts demonstrate in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office.

    PETA Demonstrates; Could Pursue Charges

    A spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which staged a peaceful demonstration May 6 in front of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority office near Lexington, said similar demonstrations are planned for upcoming Triple Crown events. Meanwhile, the organization said it may attempt to get cruelty charges filed against the connections of Eight Belles, who was euthanized after the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Eight Belles training prior to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

    Animal-Rights Groups Target Breakdown

    In the wake of the death of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), animal-rights organizations are publicly calling for changes -- some of them drastic -- for the horseracing industry.

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    Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

    A tearful Larry Jones, the trainer of Eight Belles, who broke down in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be foreseen.

  • Japan-Based Horses Settle in at Belmont

    After a 12-hour trans-Pacific journey, including a one-hour lay-over in Anchorage, Alaska, and a brief stint at Aqueduct to clear quarantine, three Japan-based horses -- Casino Driver, Champagne Squall, and Spark Candle -- have begun to settle in at Barn 17 at Belmont Park.

  • River Downs

    Wagering Mess Leads to River Purse Cut

    Declines in on-track wagering, a dispute with the New York Racing Association over signal fees, and horsemen's refusal to allow six major advance deposit wagering outlets to take its signal has led River Downs to cut purses 15%-18% effective May 8.

  • The ReRun auction features the last Moneigh by John Henry that will be offered on Ebay to the public.

    Legend 'Moneighs' Being Offered on Ebay

    ReRun, the Thoroughbred adoption group, is offering a "Moneigh" auction on Ebay through May 4. The auction, titled "Old Timers and Legends," highlights pieces of equine-created artwork by Thoroughbred champions over the age of 20.

  • No Oaks, Derby Wagering for Calder

    Because of the dispute over simulcast fees and revenue, Calder Race Course will not offer wagering on the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), as well as all other races on the two programs.

  • Second Group of Tracks Has No NYRA Deal

    Another group of racetracks won't be importing the signal from Belmont Park beginning April 30 because they collectively have failed to strike a deal on signal rates with the New York Racing Association.