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    Churchill Downs, Inc. (CHDN) at the end of February released its operating results for 2018 (SEC Form 10K). It reported net revenue of just over $1 billion for 2018 compared to nearly $883 million in 2017. Racing and racing-related online operations accounted for 29% of total net revenues with most
    via Horse Racing Business on March 20, 2019 5:00 am
  • How Mine That Bird put Sunland Park on the map
    When Mine That Bird stormed home through the slop at Churchill Downs to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby as a 50/1 outsider, his story immediately became so legendary that a feature film was made about it just five years later. The post-race articles told of a trainer from New Mexico
    via Feedly on March 20, 2019 12:00 am
  • BARN Podcast 3/20/19
    We open the show discussing the probable list for the Dubai World Cup which is coming up next weekend. Then we welcome in Andy Serling from the New York Racing Association to talk about New York racing, the three year-old group, handicapping, and much more. The post BARN Podcast 3/20/19
    via Barn Podcast by Jason Beem on March 19, 2019 9:23 pm
  • Internal Horse Racing Data & Industry Metrics …. Pffft
    There was a neat article today on Marketing Dive, talking about big companies and their new approach to consumer data in a rapidly changing consumer landscape."Speakers admitted that solving these problems will not be a quick-hit fix, but instead done over time and through deeper collaboration, both internally and across the
    via Pull the Pocket on March 19, 2019 2:08 pm
  • Memories of Pioneer Days
    In horse racing, as in life, timing is everything. When we think of Pioneerof the Nile, it naturally is as the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. That is enough of a legacy for any horse. But if Pioneerof the Nile were a human athlete he would always have
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on March 19, 2019 1:56 pm
  • Derby Dozen – March 19, 2019 – Presented by Shadwell Farm
    1 Omaha Beach Richard Mandella War Front—Charming, by Seeking the Gold Yes, I’m well aware Game Winner probably should still be No. 1, but I have been enamored with this colt since his second in a maiden race and am willing to take a shot with him as opposed
    via Haskin’s Derby Dozen on March 19, 2019 11:58 am
  • Kiplingcotes Derby: Still Running After 500 Years
    This year marks the 500th running of the Kiplingcotes Derby, the oldest continuously run horse race in England.  It is a grueling four and a half mile, cross country race over the Wolds of Yorkshire that has been run annually on the third Thursday of March since 1519.  The Library
    via Drawing Covert on March 19, 2019 8:30 am
  • Thayer: Tax Law Fix on Gambling Winnings a “Heavy Lift”
    In a change that never should have occurred in the first place, Kentucky lawmakers eliminated the ability of gamblers to claim losses up to the amount of their winnings for tax year 2018 as part of a major tax reform that aimed to simplify the code by eliminating many deductions.While one
    via Keeping Pace on March 18, 2019 5:17 pm
    Auctions of Thoroughbred horses are well known for ringing up million-dollar sales. In fact, it has become so routine at premier auction houses in the United States and Europe that most people are not fazed when they see a report of a yearling or broodmare changing hands for millions. But
    via Horse Racing Business on March 18, 2019 1:00 pm
  • Horse Racing’s Action Bias Is Not Healthy
    Action bias is a powerful thing, especially in an outrage biased world. When something happens, it's still very much preferred to be doing something, rather than calmly examining the facts at hand, and, formulating a plan; a plan that could easily involve doing nothing at all.In behavioral economics I thought
    via Pull the Pocket on March 18, 2019 12:22 pm
  • Revisiting Our Guide to the Louisiana Derby
    Dear Readers: It’s Louisiana Derby Week, with the 106th Louisiana Derby slated for Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Fair Grounds Race Course. Brush up on the race’s history here in our guide that we contributed to Lady and the Track and US Racing last year. Back again this year for
    via Antebellum Turf Times on March 17, 2019 8:30 pm
  • Jumping Around Podcast: Jonathan Sheppard, Part 1
    He's the dean of American steeplechase trainers, and fairly close to that status among all trainers – flat and jump. On an episode of our Jumping Around Podcast, Jonathan Sheppard talks about his career, some horses who helped make it and how he came to America (the first time
    via This is Horse Racing on March 16, 2019 3:13 pm
  • Impasse With Horsemen Over Lasix Ban Delays Resumption Of Racing At Santa Anita
    Racing at Santa Anita will not resume on March 22 as previously announced after officials with The Stronach Group – owners of the Arcadia, Calif., track – were unable to reach an agreement on a ban of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix with the Thoroughbred Owners of California. A ban on
    via Paulick Report Features on March 15, 2019 11:09 pm
  • Questions Abound (Well, for me Anyway) for Santa Anita and TSG
    During this whole troubling spectacle - summarized and updated, story by story here by Jessica Chapel - I've had a devil of a time figuring out a lot of things. Leaving aside jokes about my lack of brain power please, here are some basic kind of questions that you may
    via Pull the Pocket on March 15, 2019 6:49 pm
  • Oaklawn Park Steps Up to Fill a Need
    At this week's National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association convention in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Arkansas HBPA president Bill Walmsley explained his thought process when Oaklawn Park management outlined a possible plan this month to split the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) into two divisions.The track's plan was to offer a
    via Keeping Pace on March 15, 2019 6:32 pm
  • A Love Letter to Joan
    When you reach a certain age, at least in my case, you have this desire to release feelings inside you. You don’t want them silenced for eternity. You want people, mostly the ones you love, to know exactly how you feel and who you really are. Several years ago, I
    via Hangin’ with Haskin on March 15, 2019 1:00 pm
  • The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?
    The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group's “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of
    via Paulick Report Features on March 15, 2019 10:18 am
  • Kentucky Derby 2019 pedigrees: On Tacitus, Hidden Scroll
    As the 2019 Kentucky Derby draws near, we’ll discover which contenders can carry their speed and handle tougher competition.The Kentucky Derby pedigree watch reviews the pedigree, conformation, running style, and other details of stakes, allowance and last out maiden runners.This week we’ll look at the latest Derby trail contenders, including
    via Pedigree Power on March 15, 2019 5:31 am
  • The Offensive: A Proposed Change To The Industry I Want To Love
    There are countless stories swirling the internet, voicing the hundreds of different opinions on this subject. We have heard Arthur Hancock ask for his industry to limit race day medication. We have heard PETA call for an end to all of racing. And we have heard countless others call for
    via Feedly on March 15, 2019 12:00 am
  • Raceday Medication Banned in California Folowing 22nd Fatality
    An Open Letter to the Racing Industry By Belinda Stronach What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable to the public and, as people who deeply love horses, to everyone at The Stronach Group and Santa Anita. The sport of horse
    via Pricci’s Morning Line on March 14, 2019 11:35 pm
  • Tone-deaf response to glimpse of industry reality
    How do you defend the indefensible?  If you are the NZ Racing Board, it seems to come quite easily. Last week in the front-page story of The Informant editor Dennis Ryan spoke to Casey and Michelle Dando, who were agonising about their future in the industry. Both have generational links
    via Racing Thoughts on March 14, 2019 10:30 pm
  • Oaklawn rewarded with the races it deserves
    Oaklawn Park is the model of how a race track should be run, for the horsemen and the fans. Its latest move for the good of racing came when Santa Anita's closing put the SoCal Derby hopefuls in a bind. Oaklawn stepped to the fore, announced it would split the
    via Ante Post on March 14, 2019 6:43 pm
  • Santa Anita Implements Lasix Ban, Increased Restrictions On Therapeutic Drugs Following 22nd Fatal Breakdown
    by Belinda Stronach | 03.14.2019 | 4:26pm Santa Anita Implements Lasix Ban, Increased Restrictions On Therapeutic Drugs Following 22nd Fatal Breakdown: The following statement was distributed to media Thursday afternoon as an “open letter” from
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on March 14, 2019 5:08 pm
  • Where have all of the so called racing journalists gone?
    There was another fatal breakdown at Santa Anita this morning. (The 22nd fatality at Santa Anita since opening day Dec 26, 2018.) Last week, when The Associated Press picked up the story about the situation at Santa Anita, their reporters wrote about microfractures. | By PAUL NEWBERRY | Friday
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on March 14, 2019 3:32 pm
  • Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted
    “I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good
    via Paulick Report Features on March 14, 2019 3:08 pm
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