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The Return of California Chrome
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
California Chrome at Parx with exercise rider Willie Delgado and assistant trainer Alan Sherman. Photo credit Bill Denver/Equiphoto On Saturday at the racetrack now called Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park), Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will make his first start since finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes in June, becoming [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:01 AM, Read at the source >
Yesterday's Jug is complete. It was another Jug day, that is just like other Jug days. Tons of people, too much food, too much libation, a gazillion races, and what it means to enjoy the sport of harness racing. For a full recap, bullet by bullet, head to Harnessracingupdate.com [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 9:05 AM, Read at the source >
First run in 1979, this race has made multiple calendar moves before settling in its current spot as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic. [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 8:25 AM, Read at the source >
Via Horse Racing Business
What information do buyers look to most, at least implicitly, in deciding whether to purchase yearlings at all and how much to pay?   The health of the overall national economy and personal finances are obvious answers, but data particular to the horse racing industry from the past decade provide more [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
Westside Tapstress (Lookin At Lucky) was a scratch on Thursday, but back in action on Friday with 6 horses in three races....(read more) [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:21 PM, Read at the source >
No Bluff
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
When the Boston Globe endorsed the Wynn-Everett casino proposal the day before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission began its deliberations on the Boston-area license, the newspaper dismissed the likelihood that Suffolk Downs would close unless Mohegan Sun was the winner: According to the track, it will end racing if the casino [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:54 PM, Read at the source >
It's business as usual at Keeneland September Sale despite international hard line on steroids. [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:00 PM, Read at the source >
Use of anabolic steroids is the most high-profile medical issue in racing today. [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:00 PM, Read at the source >
No Exit for Genting?
Via Left at the Gate
The "public comment events" for the casino bidding is scheduled for this Monday - Wednesday; 12-hour marathons each day, one in each of the regions being considered for a casino or maybe two. (Or maybe none. The location board is not actually required to site any casinos anywhere.) [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:17 PM, Read at the source >
No one ever accused Suffolk Down of being a nice place. How could you? It was rundown, the racing was cheap and back in the day it sometimes seemed as many races were fixed as they were on the up and up. The place was a dump. But it was [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:06 AM, Read at the source >
Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, ON., from April 12-Dec. 7. This is the first of a five-year deal over which time the Ontario government is supporting [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:06 AM, Read at the source >
Stolen Victory (Eskendereya) closes some to be 5th at Belmont, and Summer Cocktail (Summer Bird) didn't do much running at Kentucky Downs. For Thursday, Westside Tapstress (Lookin At Lucky) at Finger Lakes....(read more) [...]
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 9:52 PM, Read at the source >
Franchise Oversight Board member Steven Newman wants to know the precise basis on which CEO Chris Kay was awarded a $250,000 bonus after a little over a year on the job. In response, at Monday's meeting of the board, Mr. Kay seemed a bit defensive. Pointedly mentioning that [...]
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 3:34 PM, Read at the source >
The Price to Pay
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
It’s over. The years-long pursuit of Suffolk Downs for expanded gaming — first, for casino legislation in Massachusetts, then for one of the three resort casino licenses authorized by the Commonwealth in 2011 — came to an end on Tuesday when the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, by a vote of 3-1, [...]
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 3:27 PM, Read at the source >
Closing Her Up
Via Owning Racehorses
Our warm seasons in Minnesota are short, at least they feel really short when you have -23 high temperatures some winter days, so we try and savor the Canterbury Park live racing season while we can.Admittedly there was not a lot to savor on the racetrack for us personally this [...]
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 8:28 AM, Read at the source >