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>>> Mitchell/Bloodhorse: Revisiting initial response to Mar 2014 PETA/NY Times story... "as an industry, we cannot give credibility to an organization that freely promotes its agenda to end horse racing."
>>> Swift investigation into Australian cobalt positives only highlights US regulatory inefficiencies
>>> Gosden: Racing must find a way to end destructive factionalism... "I very much feel that the more we internationalize the business, the better it is for horse racing and breeding."
>>> Graded stakes stats show effects of declining variety in US pedigrees
>>> Gosden: How the Great American Thoroughbred could become increasingly irrelevant
>>> UK: The BHA has hit out at the Green Party for siding with racing's fiercest critics and demanding an immediate ban of the whip among other drastic changes to the sport
>>> Haskin's Derby Dozen
>>> Derby watch... Roedemeier/WHAS: Beware the January stakes winner - and, current Derby Ten
>>> 3YO Watch: Multiple stakes winner Barbados to undergo minor knee surgery
>>> 3YO Watch: Owner thrilled with Upstart's G2 Holy Bull victory, "Last year was a year when I bought three horses, which is probably my outside limit... So this is an immensely unique, or flukey."
>>> Ohio: Youngstown Chamber joins fight against racino opponents trying to reverse the legalization of casinos and video lottery terminals at racetracks
>>> Ohio Derby Day, purse still up in air at ThistleDown Racino
>>> Fort Erie slated for 40-day meet in 2015
>>> Instant Racing machines as savior: Idaho State Racing Commission exec dir, "Small tracks [are getting] $6,000 a day," he says. Last year, instant-racing machines made more than twice as much revenue for tracks as simulcasting
>>> Jock Watch: Eclipse apprentice jock Drayden Van Dyke collected his first win as a journeyman Jan 23
>>> Chrome Diaries: Set for season debut in San Antonio
>>> Jock Watch: Robbie Walsh was aboard two Eclipse champs in 2014
>>> Hovdey: 102YO John Nerud has a nice 3YO
>>> Sulky side: Pompano Park making a comeback
>>> Sat preview: 2YO Filly champ Take Charge Brandi makes seasonal debut in $100K Martha Washington at OP
>>> W Va greyhound breeder: Study criticizing state subsidies doesn't tell full story
>>> California Chrome fans save horse at auction
>>> Jerardi: Let's hope 2015's star 4YOs fare better than better than those of 1990
>>> Nutrisystem VP new Churchill Downs director
Colonial Downs' one-year plan: host events like rodeos, carnivals and charity runs
>>> Haskin: The horse who changed the Triple Crown
>>> Cinema list: Horse racing movies for a snowy day
>>> Thoroughbred Charities of America to present Awards of Merit
>>> Suspended for Lasix use -- uh, in minor league baseball!
>>> Racing and technology: No-loss intro to racing? Aussie app to promises to revolutionise online betting and breathe new life into Australia's horse racing industry. "...allows new generations of tech-savvy, app-happy Australians to discover the thrill of social betting on the races but without the pain of losing."
>>> Oz: Black Caviar's three-quarter sister Sistonic raring to go at Moonee Valley on Fri night
>>> Kentucky farms join forces to give potential fans a taste of the horse country
>>> Eight differences between a Kentucky Derby and Super Bowl Party
>>> Strange bedfellows? Horse racing gets a mention at ConstructionWeekOnline.com! Crane touted for erected Gulfstream's 'Pegasus and Dragon' statue in half the time typically needed
>>> Wed: Winter storm forces Aqueduct to cancel

>>> Solid field of twelve set for G3 $250K Sam F Davis at TAM
>>> Free PPs: G3 $250K Sam F Davis

>>> Thurs preview: Horse-by horse analysis of LRL's re-scheduled stakes


>>> Texas Red, American Pharoah, Lady Eli, and Take Charge Brandi Top 2014 Experimental Free Handicap
>>> Experimental Free Handicap lists


>>> Jockey Chapa charged with felony over alleged buzzer use
>>> VIDEO: Houston TV news covers felony charges against jockey Chapa
>>> Finley: Why was Roman Chapa still riding? When it comes to using a battery, the only appropriate policy is a zero-tolerance policy. Get caught, just once, and you're banned for life


>>> NHC: John O'Neil Wins National Handicapping Championship
>>> Winners and prize money lists
>>> Bob Neumeier wins celeb handicapping tourney


>>> 'Chrome' tops US noms for Dubai World Cup
>>> Abu Dhabi's The National: American involvement with Dubai World Cup is still only skin deep
>>> Dubai World Cup entries down despite new surface
>>> Dubai Racing Club happy with number of American runners entered for World Cup night


C'mon stews!

Horse leaves gate riderless in R5 at Sunland on Jan 26. Head on replay shows jock standing (!) on gate after the horse departs [see bottom vidcap]. Seemed to clearly call for the #8 Cooper Canyon to be declared a "non-starter". However, after deliberation the track announcer revealed, "The inquiry concluded, Horse 8 given a fair start, Cooper Canyon. No change there. The rider lost his balance as the gates opened, but was given a fair start."

Ugh, just hard to believe that decision - even if it somehow met the letter of the law - it certainly didn't meet the spirit.

Horse should have been declared a "non-starter".

VIDEO REPLAY: Jan 26, R5 - head-on starts at 2:36

Sunland R5 1/26/15

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Australia's search for a quarantine facility in America: 10 years and counting

PRX cenceled Mon/Tues

West: Triple Crown 100 list... Rating the contenders

Many New York faces among Eclipse winners

Hong Kong scribe reacts to recent announcement of 2014 World's Best: "Finally, Asian-trained horses are getting the recognition they deserve on the world stage after being consistently underrated by those with the antiquated view that nothing can topple European horses from the summit."

Photo: HBO at Gulfstream on Fri filming scenes for their upcoming primetime football series, 'Ballers'

NY Times editorial blasts NY racing - again

Zenyatta sib Eblouissante retired... Finishes career with 7-2-1-0 record

Eblouissante: Race record via Equibase

A horse named Winston Churchill appropriately won a race at Uttoxeter on the 50th anniversary of the former prime minister's death

Md: MJC's Mike Gathagan to leave post

Sulky side: Aaron Merriman wins 7000th career race at Northfield Park

Why the Dubai Carnival is a valuable shop window for Irish trainer Michael Halford

Sat: Laurel Park card canceled

Sat AQU cancels

More modern methods needed if World Rankings are to achieve greater credibility

New York will extend control of NYRA for another year

Crist: NYRA shortsighted with new runback rule

White: Tweaking the Eclipse Awards - "Now, the way I see it, the time has come for the Eclipse Awards to change 'older male' and 'older female' to 'main track male' and 'main track female'."

Finley: "Change the names of two categories. The Older Male becomes the Older Dirt Male and the Older Female becomes the Older Dirt Female. Problem solved."

Nadeau: Eclipse ponderings

Plonk: Media Eclipse omissions -- "Here's saluting two of the game's absolute media giants, Steve Byk and Jay Privman, with all of our fond appreciation for what they do."

Idaho: Instant racing machines raise legal concerns for lawmakers

Aussie trainer fights cobalt-postive ban... Says he asked racing authority's vet before using

World watches outcome of cobalt chloride case in Australia

Hello friend: Visiting Wise Dan

Slots as savior... Delaware: State commission backs new $45.8 million casino bailout plan

Horse racing in Georgia? "What we believe is modeling after Saratoga or Keeneland, where we're going to have a boutique meet with a smaller track..."

Jump into the game! National Steeplechase Assoc will host its first annual Owner Symposium in April

Apprentice Watch: 19YO Darius Thorpe gets first career win

Hovdey: Fiddling with rules burns jockeys' image

Betting clerks reject Churchill Downs' offer

Aftercare: War horses finding homes with Barbara Luna

Aussie racetrack dress code: "We have modernised our dress code to ensure it represents modern fashion whilst maintaining the distinction of our Members areas."

California Chrome's story an inspiration for everyman

Daley: Noms for Hall of Fame ballot

NYRA horsemen, management meet after another fatal breakdown

S'long Atlantic City... Eng: "Some have written that the consolidation of horse racing may actually be good for the business in the long run. I can't see how closing down three racing franchises in about a year could be anything but negative."

Just A Way honoured as the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse

Press release: Japanese horse rise to top of the world

Europeans give way to Japanese in world rankings

2014 World's Best Racehorse Rankings - Aussie sprinters on top of the world

Maryland Racing Commission to tackle rules redo


KHRC: PETA failed to cooperate during investigation

Famed announcer Tom Durkin busy in retirement

Bloodhorse: In Durkin's own words [with AUDIO]

Timeform ratings show some races in North America are not pulling their weight

HOTY Calif Chrome works at LosAl on Mon morn

3YO Watch: Far Right enters Derby picture with Smarty Jones win

Colonial Downs looks to legislature to offer solution to current problems... "It's unfortunate that we're in the situation we're in right now, but we'd like to make the right improvements to the system so that this is behind us."

NTRA safety chief Ziegler namd to new Churchill Downs dir of racing post

Oaklawn's invention, Instant Racing, runs into legal trouble in Idaho

Demand growing for incentive schemes that help reduce risk for breeders

Seabiscuit saddle sale tops $104K at auction

My favorite racehorse: Deep Impact

NY Times/Drape: "The Big A, as it is known, has never been one of the nation's most glamorous tracks, but lately it has been among its deadliest."

Pedulla: dissatisfying season that led industry members to question whether racing's highest honor might be deteriorating into a popularity contest influenced by social media

Wildcat Red has leg injury, will be sidelined

Stories from Cot Campbell: How not to buy a horse at auction

VIDEO: Eclipse Award clips from HRTV

Jockeys' Guild Assembly

>>> Track executives work to promote jockeys
>>> Advances in jockey safety hailed
>>> Helmet tests revealing for Jockeys' Guild


>>> Sam Houston Park suspends jockey Chapa over suspicion of buzzer use
>>> Texas jockey ban reignites PETA Ky beefs

>>> California Chrome captures Horse of the Year title
>>> Eclipse category winners and vote totals
>>> Full voting breakdown

>>> Kentucky commission exonerates Asmussen

Review cites strong safety stats for Asmussen

>>> NY Times/Drape: Writer makes no mention of NY Times' part in last year's PETA/Asmussen controversy
>>> Racing Post: "Credence was added to the video when it was posted on the New York Times website..."
>>> Bloodhorse: "... the issue received added attention when the New York Times ran the video on its website."
>>> Lexington Herald-Leader: "The undercover investigation was reported in the New York Times."
>>> USA Today: "...detailed March 19 by The New York Times with an accompanying PETA video..."
>>> DRF: "...publication of a story in the New York Times detailing PETA's accusations."

>>> TDN: Asmuusen's lawyer, "When the New York Times did their article, we reached out to Joe Drape and said, 'Listen, we'll show you documents and why what was said here is not true.' He just wasn't interested in having that. He was just interested in sensationalizing..."


Comment: World racing deserves its own Oscars, similar to America's Eclipse Awards

TV: The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 kicks off with Donn Hcp, San Antonio on Feb 7

California Chrome's Kentucky Derby win named NTRA Moment of the Year

>>> Innovation! Aussies experiment with 8-20 concept... Eight races with only 20 minute intervals between each... "The feedback we have received and the official attendance figures demonstrate that the trial was successful."

Tom Durkin to join West Point Thoroughbreds

West: In search of a Derby hero... Triple Crown contenders will rise and fall over the next few months

The man behind Old Friends: For former horseplayer Michael Blowen, a risky venture becomes a life's reward

From the "It's the Same All Over" Dept: Aussie comment, "For all that racing provides, politicians really don't care."

Record low for fatal thoroughbred breakdowns in Kentucky

Rich pickings go begging on the Dubai dirt as US trainer is forced to stay home... "The owners called me one by one to say they didn't want to pull the trigger."

Atlantic City Race Course taking last bets... Ends run on Friday

Take Charge Brandi to get early 2015 start ... Lukas eyes Martha Washington Jan 31 at Oaklawn

Plonk: "I firmly believe that 90 percent of what you read and hear from trainers is bunk."

Delaware Park to race 81 days in 2015

Keeneland January: Sale concludes four-day run with declines

Gulfstream poker events raises $8,500 for jockeys' fund

California expands 'Ship and Win' bonus program

Racing and the law: Who gets to collect their debt first in an equine lien situation?

Often copied, rarely equaled: Magic Millions... Magic Millions concluded trading last week with the largest-grossing yearling sale conducted in the Southern Hemisphere in almost seven years

Oz: Horse racing's insiders knew the industry was rife with cobalt

CHRB approves Galway Downs as training site

New Parx racing secretary Sam Elliott sees 'untapped potential'

Maryland's Bonita Farm on the market

Ride On Curlin returns a winner at Oaklawn

Haskin: Racing's winter of discontent

Mitchell: Awakening to aftercare

Perl new asst racing secretary at NYRA

AUDIO: ESPN's In the Gate... Charles Town Races steward Larry Dupuy on transparency & rules uniformity amongst states

Livingston PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 In Memoriam

>>> Plonk: Jan 16 edition of Countdown to the Crown

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