A bill that would in effect prohibit the slaughter of horses in the U.S. as well as the export of horses for slaughter, such as to Canada or Mexico, has been introduced in Congress.
Industry organizations May 1 came out in opposition to legislation that would repeal the Interstate Horseracing Act because of alleged cheating in horse racing, with one group calling it a shameless publicity stunt.
The American Horse Council said the theme for this year's National Issues Forum, scheduled for June 16 in Washington, D.C., as part of its annual convention, is "Protecting and Promoting the Horse."
Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. has begun a search for a new track announcer.
Racing industry officials said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.
The United States Department of Agriculture National Animal Health Monitoring System will launch a new equine health study in May, the American Horse Council said April. 6.
The Muckleshoot Tribe March 13 received unanimous approval from the Washington Horse Racing Commission to operate Emerald Downs, the state's premier Thoroughbred racetrack.
Emerald Downs has announced a "Ship and Run Incentive Program" in which out-of-state horses will receive a $400 bonus for their initial start at the Auburn, Wash., track in 2015.
The 2014 Washington champion racehorses and other deserving industry members will be given their due at the annual awards banquet to be held at Emerald Downs Feb. 28.
Mary Kubota, a longtime trainer and popular racing official in the state of Washington, died Feb. 4 of lung cancer at her home in Renton, Wash.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials met with a representative of the United States Department of Treasury Jan. 28 to discuss the racing industry's efforts to alter the pari-mutuel withholding tax structure.
Jerre Paxton, whose Northwest Farms has been a constant and major force in Washington racing and breeding, died of an apparent heart attack the evening of Jan. 25 in Seattle. He was 76.
Emerald Downs has announced several incentives for horsemen for the 70-day meet that runs April 18 through Sept. 27.
Linchpin, a full brother to 2014 leading freshman sire Quality Road, will launch his stud career in 2015 at Elwin and Patti Gibson's Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Thorp, Washington.
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track.
The impact of an executive order on immigration issued by President Obama on the horse industry remains unclear, the American Horse Council said Nov. 21.
The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe has reached agreement in principle with Northwest Racing Associates to acquire Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.
Trainer Larry D. Ross sent out his 1,000th winner Aug. 30 when Just Like Uptown romped to a 6 3/4-length triumph in the fifth race at Emerald Downs.
A yearling by the deceased California sire Tribal Rule was purchased by trainer Mark Glatt for $57,000 to top the Aug. 26 Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association's summer yearling and mixed sale.
Northwest Farms' Stopshoppingdebbie remained undefeated in nine career starts after prevailing by a half-length over stablemate Goin to the Window Aug. 24 in the $65,000 Emerald Distaff at Emerald Downs.
Jim and Mona Hour's Stryker Phd unleashed his usual rally from far back to post a game half-length victory over Boyett in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III) Aug. 24 at Emerald Downs.
Trainer Ben Harris and jockey Ricky Frazier head a stellar group of 2014 Washington Racing Hall of Fame inductees, Emerald Downs announced.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association has announced a new Emerald "Buy Here/Win Here" bonus program for WTBOA summer sale yearlings.
The National Uniform Medication Program wasn't on the agenda at the recent American Horse Council convention, but progress on that front was addressed during forums and in conversations among attendees.
Declines in the number of foals and registered horses have created challenges for the equine industry at large, though the situation has raised another major question: Where have all the owners gone?
The United States Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a fiscal year 2015 agriculture appropriations bill that impacts the horse industry, the American Horse Council reported May 28.
The odds for Congress passing legislation related to equine medication and Internet gambling this year are long, a Washington, D.C.-based official said May 1 during the University of Kentucky Equine Law Conference.
"Where Have All the Horses Gone" is the theme for the American Horse Council's 2014 National Issues Forum held June 24 in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AHC's annual meeting.
Two Republican members of Congress have introduced legislation that would ban Internet gambling by restoring the original interpretation of the federal Wire Act.
Bruce and Cass Maller's Highlander Racing Stables mare E Z Kitty took home 2013 Horse of the Year honors at the Washington champions annual awards banquet held Feb. 22 at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash.
The first reported foal for grade II winner Atta Boy Roy, a bay colt, was born Feb. 8 at Griffin Place near Buckley, Wash.
The American Horse Council reported more than 60 tax provisions expired; some applied to all businesses, including the horse industry, and one was specifically applicable to owners of racehorses.
Emerald Downs will offer 75 live racing programs this year from April 12-Sept. 28, primarily on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule.
The Maryland-based Days End Farm Horse Rescue's emergency rescue team deployed to Spokane, Wash., at the request of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Nov. 18 to help 63 malnourished horses.
Washington's Thoroughbred Showcase--featuring more than 30 former racehorses to prospective new owners--will be held Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion at Emerald Downs.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's political action committee cleared the $3 million mark, the organization said Aug. 20.
The 5-year-old British Columbia-bred gelding wins his first graded stakes in the Emerald Downs feature. He has now won 10 races in 13 lifetime starts.
Multiple stakes winner Nationhood celebrated his first winner when 2-year-old Zafari Nation bested her five rivals in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden claiming sprint for juvenile fillies at Emerald Downs July 13.
Two-time grade I-placed Dunkirk had his first winner in the U.S. with Kendini, when the gelding captured a 4 1/2 furlong maiden claiming race at Emerald Downs June 16 in his career debut.
If you've ever dreamed about training a Thoroughbred, the Prodigious Fund at Emerald Downs in Washington state might make that dream come true.
The focus of this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum will be "A Healthy Horse, A Healthy Industry," officials recently announced.
The Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association will hold its 2013 summer sale on Tuesday, Aug. 20, two weeks earlier than its past traditional Labor Day date.
Jockey Mallory Strandberg won the first race of her career March 22 when she guided Light Of Truth to victory in the first race at Laurel Park in Maryland.
The first reported foal by Washington stallion Rallying Cry is a filly born Feb. 3.
A 29-race stakes schedule featuring the 78th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (gr. III), four stakes double-headers, and Washington Cup XI highlight the 2013 Emerald Downs meet.
Gibson Thoroughbred Farm in Washington state has purchased War Power, a multiple winner by Pulpit out of a half sister to 2012 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags.
Karl Krieg's 3-year-old homebred Makors Finale captured the Horse of the Year title for 2012 at the Washington Champions Annual Awards banquet held the night of Feb. 16 at Emerald Downs.
Emerald Downs has announced a 75-day live racing season for 2013, beginning April 19 and closing Sept. 29.
Grade II winner Atta Boy Roy, one of the fastest Thoroughbreds in Washington state history, capped a brilliant career with a runner-up finish Feb. 1 in the Swift Stakes at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.
Joe Pirone, one of the most recognized figures in Washington horse racing and breeding, died Jan. 10 after a brief illness at the age of 64.