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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) didnt 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 >
Summers are for Stolen Victories
Via Blood-Horse: Maiden Watch
For Wednesday, Stolen Victory (Eskendereya) at Belmont Park, Summer Lilly (Summer Bird) at Indiana Grand, and Summer Cocktail (Summer Bird) at Kentucky Downs. ...(read more) [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 9:37 PM, Read at the source >
Midwest Thoroughbreds, which has led North American Thoroughbred owners by races won every year since 2010, is being sued by a former trainer for alleged violation of federal and state labor laws, in part because Midwest did not pay overtime for more than 40 hours worked each week. The lawsuit has [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 4:29 PM, Read at the source >
I mentioned the group opposing a casino in Schenectady the other day; haven't really discussed them here before. Their website, Stop the Schenectady Casino, can be found here. On their homepage now, there's a link to this report about a multi-million dollar investment by Rush Street Gaming, the company that [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 3:27 PM, Read at the source >
Trixton & Great Horses
Via Pull the Pocket
Hambo Champ Trixton broke Saturday evening at the Canadian Trotting Classic, and his future is in doubt. He might have re-injured the ankle he had surgery on last year. In HRU, Takter noted that this horse, off that surgery, has had to be babied a little bit. It's "one of [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:26 AM, Read at the source >
Via Thoroughblog
TRADE STORM thunders to the wire in the Woodbine Mile (2nd from right) while Bobby’s Kitten (rail), Kaigun (pink) and River Seven chase. CINDY PIERSON DULAY PHOTO FREE TRADE $7 MILLION bet on Woodbine card, up from $6.7 million in 2013! On-track handle is up too! SANTINO DIPAOLA captures the Mile [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 8:46 AM, Read at the source >
Drunks had the "box" next to us at the Hollywood Park Breeder's Cup. They drank beer and cussed and tried to make side bets with me because the crowds were such that they couldn't get to the windows. We'd wager on such things as which horse would run worse, twenty [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 8:39 AM, Read at the source >
If it’s any consolation (and it is, I suppose just a little), I’m not alone. It seems almost everyone in France north of the Loire Valley has been hit with something. Even Andre Fabre (yes, Andre Fabre!) went 135 starts without a win. Now that’s saying something. [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 8:36 AM, Read at the source >
Still, Bobley is skeptical that horse racing will ever really change. The financial incentives that fuel the use of drugs are so strong, she said, and many of the people most inclined to push for change have already left the sport behind. [...]
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 8:19 AM, Read at the source >
Shared Belief and California Chrome are getting all the attention these days as they continue on the path to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a few weeks, but what’s become of the others in the 3-year-old crop? We set out to get updates on some of this season’s early shooting [...]
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 4:14 PM, Read at the source >
When the French National Stud, a once proud institution with a glorious past, finally ceased to exist in 2010, the wonder was not that it had gone, but that it had been kept going for so long. [...]
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 4:11 PM, Read at the source >