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>>> Frank Stronach commits his racetracks to stronger medication policies
>>> Italy axed from European Pattern... Will have no internationally-recognized Group races from next year
>>> Louisiana: Bill aimed at improving New Orleans Fair Grounds moves to State Senate by 94-0 vote
>>> Maryland likely to expand void claim rule
>>> West Virginia to tackle latest round of model drug rules
>>> Instant Racing machines in Ontario?
>>> Signs of spring: Saratoga training track opens
>>> Ky: Instant Racing sees biggest month in March
>>> Racing and the law: New concentration at Albany Law School focuses on equine, racing and gaming issues
>>> Finger Lakes set for Fri opener
>>> ThistleDown purses up markedly... Ohio Derby worth $300K
>>> ThistleDown set to open 90th racing season on Fri
>>> Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings
>>> Mixed reaction to Churchill takeout increase
>>> ..."Mixed reaction"? ...Comment: "In no business in the entire universe would that title be used in any article about a price hike."
>>> Trainer Watch: Larry Jones relocates back to Delaware Park from Kentucky
>>> Trainer Watch: Jeff Metz ties record with five wins at Emerald Downs on opening day
>>> Behind the scenes: 89YO Fred Tallarico feted at Pimlico - the track where he worked as an usher for 59 years... He escorted Penny Chenery to Secretariat's winner's circle after the '73 Preakness and gave Bill Hartack a leg up on a horse Tallarico trained - a side job - in '65
>>> Successful second careers start with soundness
>>> Brit trainer's unique concept: Buy cheap racehorses in Britain and Ireland and ship to the US
>>> Racing history: 1977 fire consumes Garden State Park's wooden grandstand... Jockeys escaped the second-story jockeys' room by descending fire hose
>>> Construction done on Churchill Downs' giant video board
>>> VIDEO: Interview with NYRA CFO Susanne Stover
>>> '50-1' movie caravan rolls into Kentucky
>>> Collecting Derby Fever: Much like owners, trainers and jockeys, collectors of sports memorabilia are not exempt from Kentucky Derby Fever
>>> Joe Biden to address this month's American Equine Summit
>>> Latest NTRA polls
>>> The Jockey Club chairman calls for publicly available veterinary files for Triple Crown contenders
>>> Illinois: Fairmount Park president says bill amendment could doom track
>>> One for the Roses: Steve Haskin provides the case for Kentucky Derby contender Cairo Prince
>>> Jerardi: Charles Town Classic soars to high stature
>>> DRF hires Fornatale as tournament editor
>>> Haskin's Derby Dozen: Danza at #5

>>> Ilinois: Horse racing industry wants more out of casino expansion legislation
>>> Illinois: Arlington Park - half the slots won't cut it... "All right, we'll exist... But we will not flourish."
>>> Fairmount Park: Why are we being singled out for no slots?


>>> ESPN's latest 3YO Power Rankings: Cairo Prince reappears in Top Ten
>>> White's 2014 Ky Derby 'Strike List': "...if a horse has more than two strikes, it's nearly impossible to win the roses."
>>> West: Which Kentucky Derby contender is ready to go the distance for victory?
>>> Derby Watch: Form, pedigree, speed, and red flag analysis of Derby Contenders
>>> Free PPs: Ky Derby contenders [pdf]
>>> VIDEO: Interview with Art Sherman [California Chrome]
>>> "This horse is going to win the Kentucky Derby, not a doubt in my mind." - California Chrome's owner
>>> DRF's Derby Top Twenty: Danza #5
>>> Derby Trail: Florida Derby winner Constitution drops out of contention with injury
>>> Bossert's Derby Fifteen: Danza at #7
>>> Hovdey: Long Kentucky Derby drought for Californians


Weekend previews:

>>> Sat preview: Midnight Hawk the hope of local connections in Illinois Derby
>>> Free PPs: G3 $500K Illinois Derby [pdf]

>>> Sat preview: Game On Dude 4-5 ML fave in field of seven for G2 $1.5mil Charles Town Classic
>>> Free PPs: G2 $1.5mil CT Classic [pdf]



>>> Colonial Downs' unique approach to turf course maintenance -- FIRE!

Colonial Downs burns turf course, Apr 2014



OOooofff! Tough way to go over the edge of the bridge!

PRX, R1 4/14/14



Saturday preview/Australia: The Championships continue

>>> Luck in running could decide G1 Queen Elizabeth at Randwick
>>> Queen Of The Turf Stakes test for New Zealand filly
>>> Free PPs: G1 Queen of the Turf
>>> Free PPs: G1 Australian Oaks
>>> Free PPs: G1 Sydney Cup
>>> Free PPs: G1 Queen Elizabeth
>>> Slow track predicted for day two of The Championships


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Sun results: Sweet Swap victorious in G3 $100K San Simeon

Sun results: Stormy Lucy wins G3 $150K Santa Barbara

Sat results: Big Macher in a squeaker in G2 $200K Potrero Grande

Sat results: Tribal Spy upsets G3 $100K Las Cienegas

Santa Anita to restore rolling doubles

Sat preview: $54K P6 carryover


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DOWN UNDER/ASIA
Sun results: Harp Star lives up to favoritism in G1 Japanese 1000 Guineas at Hanshin

Flemington and Caulfield trainers comply with access request

Dates shift possible for The Championships

Reflections on Doncaster Mile Day

VIDEO: Last 400m highlights from Randwick/Sat

Sat results: Criterion shows staying power to take G1 Aussie Derby at Randwick

Sat results: Lankan Rupee scores in G1 TJ Smith at Randwick

Sat results: Sacred Falls wins G1 Doncaster Mile... Trainer sweeps top four spots

Charts: Sat/Randwick The Championships card

>>> Australia: The Championships proves a huge success... The Championships burst on to the world stage today following a fantastic day's racing at Royal Randwick Racecourse
>>> Australia: Sydney backs a winner with The Championships as fields grow and betting turnover surges


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GENERAL NEWS
Courier-Journal's Kentucky Derby Media Poll: Weekend winners don't impress

Ky Derby points leaderboard

Blue Grass Stakes, sunshine draw near-record crowd to Keeneland... 39,722 attend, second-highest in Keeneland's history

Watchmaker: Arkansas Derby, Blue Grass, and other notes

Arkansas Derby runner-up Ride On Curlin continues ride of Bronco Billy's life... Billy Gowan is Kentucky Derby-bound with the star of his three-horse stable, Ride On Curlin

Art Sherman followed owner's Ky Derby plan... California Chrome owner Perry Martin laid out a Road to the Ky Derby plan for old-school trainer

Clay: California Chrome now the clear-cut Derby fave as other contenders have some red flags flying

White: Will California Chrome become the first Cal-bred since 1962 to win the roses?

Ehalt: "More than ever... California Chrome looks like the horse to beat."

Canada: 2013 Sovereign Award winners announced... Up With the Birds named HOTY

West: "Some folks, in the wake of the now-famous PETA video, seem to be advocating ... blow up the sport and start all over ... But impatience has a long history of disastrous consequences."

National HBPA endorses changes in drug rules

Noonan: Digging beneath the racetrack surface debate

Requiem for a racetrack: Beulah Park is closing, leaving many horsemen behind

New Austintown, Ohio, track promises richer purses

Triple dead-heat for win at Evangeline on Fri [with VIDEO]

Update: DRF's Crist showing significant improvement

Santa Anita Park to offer temporary free weekend admission to infield

Toronto Sun: Woodbine opening day features three wins by jockey Justin Stein

Racing history: Dave's Friend

Ramon Dominguez to receive Merit Award at Preakness Alibi Breakfast

Preakness media award winners announced

3YO Watch: Shared Belief to have first workout since injuring hoof

Jock Watch: Edgar Prado injured during training at Keeneland

Haskin: Art Sherman, Dave Erb 'Swap' stories

HANA revises track ratings... Churchill drops

TV: 2013 Canadian Derby named 'Best Live Sports Event Production' at Saturday night's Alberta Film and Television Awards

Arlington adds Gabby Gaudet to broadcast team

Whoops! On-track TVs play Prince William tribute video in the middle of a race - on a big day at Australia's Randwick

Fri results: Wise Dan gets 2014 season off to a winning start in G1 $300K Maker's Mile at KEE

Trainer shows relief after Wise Dan wins seasonal debut, "I am glad that is over."

Fri results: Close Hatches resolute in G1 $600K Apple Blossom Hcp

Sulky side: Foiled Again clocks a 1:51 mile in Levy Memorial victory at Yonkers

Photo gallery: Fans at Keeneland, Blue Grass Stakes

Photo gallery: Blue Grass Stakes


Brit racing tipster behind a multimillion-pound horse-betting and bloodstock scam has been named on a 'Most Wanted' list put out by Crimestoppers

Broadcaster Samuelson named to Illinois Racing Board

Kentucky Gov Beshear signs two racing bills

Barn 10 quarantined at Aqueduct as a result of a possible Equine Herpes positive

Latest World Thoroughbred Rankings: Japan's Just A Way on top... Game On Dude #2

Beyer: Keeneland goes back to dirt... "In retrospect, the push for synthetic surfaces in 2006 was ill-considered, hasty and a bit arrogant."

Polytrack inventor expresses 'dismay' at Keeneland decision to revert to dirt

Hovdey: Casner sees Keeneland switch from synthetic track as backsliding

Racing surface expert Dr Mick Peterson tells ARCI conference, "The best dirt surface is almost as safe as a synthetic surface."

Bill aimed at improvements for New Orleans Fair Grounds sparks contentious debate at state Capitol... Churchill Inc VP, "We need to focus not on emotional issues of tote boards (video screen) and what foods are available at different concession stands, but a paradigm shift."

Pennsylvania slots report shows racing's challenges - puts into stark relief not just the danger of relying on non-racing revenue

Federal govt failure to enforce laws pertaining to compounding pharmacies making racing integrity battle more difficult

California racing board to enact strict penalties for buzzer use

Star-Telegram: Horse racing industry needs a super horse... "A Triple Crown winner would not be a cure-all for the industry. But that is not the role of the catalyst."

AUDIO: ESPN's Inside the Gate... Ron Winchell on keeping his stars (Tapiture, Untapable) with trainer Steve Asmussen, in the wake of the PETA video

Davidowitz: Fillies deserve Derby shot... Tweaking the Kentucky Derby points system

Gulfstream championship meet recap: Track prez, "We're extremely pleased."

Fair Grounds all-sources average daily handle down 12 percent

Lea to miss Charles Town Classic due to fever

Hovdey: Del Mar courses undergo sea change

Hong Kong's commingling with US off to a modest start

Oak Tree hoping to run a meet at Pleasanton

Sandy Hawley's looks back at a career filled with highs and lows

Joe Aquilino, longtime New York trainer, dead at 76

Racing-related Q&A with actor DB Sweeney

Racing history: Broad Brush, his newly recruited exercise rider, and the 1987 Santa Anita Hcp [with VIDEO REPLAY - wow!]

"What a lovely racetrack you have here."... Remembering Mickey Rooney and filming 'The Adventures of the Black Stallion' at Hastings Racecourse

Colonial Downs set once again to burn turf course... "The purpose of the burn is to take dead 'cover' off the grass course's top layer in a quick and easy manner."

Keeneland jockeys in the spotlight: Javier Castellano

Emerald Racing Club allows 128 people to be thoroughbred owners

Bid on a Derby hat and help Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement... Hats off to Rosie Napravnik

'Foinavon: The Story of the Grand National's Biggest Upset' wins the 2013 Dr Tony Ryan Book Award

Bookshelf: Timeform's Racehorses of 2013... Jamie Lynch, chief correspondent for Timeform, looks at some of the highlights of the book

Will Rogers Downs to manage live horse racing at Fair Meadows

Thurs results: Lemon Drop Dream upsets G3 $300K Count Fleet Sprint at Oaklawn

Secret Circle scratched from Count Fleet after being tranquilized

Remembering Dickie Small: Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred reprints award-winning story from the February 2009

Ontario's cautionary tale
>>> Part 1: Lessons for every slots jurisdiction
>>> Part 2: How tracks ended up with slots
>>> Part 3: The province's rich racing heritage
>>> Part 4: How slots transformed Woodbine

>>> Woodbine's 2014 season kicks off on Saturday
>>> Woodbine president optimistic about horse racing's future
>>> Toronto Sun: Sutherland-Kruse hoping to find horse power at Woodbine


>>> Churchill raises takeout
>>> OUCH! HANA blog compiles social media reaction to Churchill Downs' decision to increase takeout

>>> VIDEO: Local ABC affiliate covers trouble at Colonial Downs - 2014 season in jeopardy
>>> Virginia horsemen fire back at Colonial Downs
>>> Virginia HBPA circles wagons in stalemate

Colonial Downs breaks off negotiations, relationship with VHBPA... Seeks to host thoroughbred racing alone with new horsemen's group

Hahn: Virginia racing interests dig in for lengthy battle

Colonial Downs: 'Highest quality' racing requires new horseman's group

RSPCA concedes Aintree and racing in general have 'come quite a way'... RSPCA official praises progress on horse welfare

Wise Dan set for seasonal debut on Fri

Mulling a different campaign for Wise Dan... Maybe

Fri preview: Close Hatches vs four in G1 $600K Apple Blossom Hcp

Rees: Road to Ky Derby update notes

LA Times: California Chrome a down-home Derby favorite... Owned by working class folks and foaled by an $8,000 broodmare, California Chrome is about to arrive on the Kentucky Derby scene

Racing Post: California Chrome story is one of fairytale proportions

Derby Trail: Transylvania winner Medal Count aiming for Blue Grass

Horseraceinsider Derby Power Ten: California Chrome on top

UAE Derby winner Toast of New York a no-go for Ky Derby, "We hope he is a horse with a great future and longer term his aim has to be next year's Dubai World Cup."

Finley: "If there's anything that can light a fire under this sport to right its ship and finally tackle the issues of drugs and how we treat the animal it's the specter of Steve Asmussen holding aloft the Kentucky Derby trophy."

Ascot's Champions Day to stage Europe's richest handicap mile

New York Racing Assoc set to pay off $25 million loan to Genting LLC

Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announces 2014 inductees

Photo gallery: Wood Memorial Day at AQU [click photo to launch gallery]

Closer look at 2013 NY-bred award winners

Jerardi: Charles Town Classic stacking up to be a good showdown

Commentary on weekend's racing progam in China: Many hail the success of the inaugural meeting in Sichuan, but what is the point if there is no betting

Arc winner Treve impresses in workout... 4YO debut set for Apr 27

Half-brother to Rachel Alexandra foaled in Kentucky

Scott: "Polytrack has been a good thing for Keeneland for reasons that go beyond its proven safety record."

Dedicated: Placing judge Sentell 'Sonny' Taylor celebrates 50 years at NYRA

Arabian racing heroes honoured in Hollywood last Fri

Florida racing columnist laments: "It always amazes me how poorly the racing and breeding world promotes itself and its events... I rarely receive a press release from any industry organization or farm."

G1 winning mare Egg Drop retires

Evangeline Downs: New $300K Turf Sprint adds spice to meet

Pop culture and racing: Ten reasons Drake should go to the Kentucky Derby

Pimlico to host attempt at Guinness Book Of World Records largest Zumba class on Black-Eyed Susan Day

Whoops! Ky gov's office spells Woody Stephens' name wrong on commemorative poster

Racing and integrity: Australia

>>> Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody has quit the Australian Trainers' Assoc in the wake of Racing Victoria's latest integrity measure
>>> Racing Victoria has backed its integrity practices following on-air comments from Victorian trainer Peter Moody... Trainer took exception to a recent request by RV stewards to hand over the keys to his Caulfield stables, in-line with requests made to other trainers to ensure stewards have unhindered access to all stables across the state


Racing and integrity: US

>>> ARCI Chief: Industry must get its act together
>>> Industry told to drop hammer to force reforms
>>> Mitchell/Bloodhorse: Uniformity's minefield


Latest NTRA polls: Weekend stakes results impress

DRF's Steven Crist in critical but stable condition following cardiac arrest

NTRA prez Waldrop: "It is time for everyone with a stake in the game to urge racing regulators to enact the Uniform National Medication Reforms."

NY Times editorial: Policing the sport of kings and knaves

NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance updates Code of Standards for 2014

Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings

Watchmaker: Weekend stakes thoughts

Haskin's Derby Dozen: California Chrome - "He is simply one of the most special young horses I've seen in years.'

Bossert's derby Fifteen: California Chrome #1

NY Times' latest Derby Ten: California Chrome #1

Derby contender California Chrome based at Los Al - and giving that track some cred

Nebraska: Faltering horse racing industry looks to voters for boost

China: Recap of the unique one-day Dubai Racing Club-run meet that was held on the mainland this past weekend

Law school adds horse racing Ccncentration: Website that describes itself as taking "a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law" takes a jaundiced view of law school adding a horse-racing discipline to the curriculum

Ontario's cautionary tale: Lessons for every slots jurisdiction

Marylanders remember 'smart, complex' Dickie Small

Comment: Pros and cons of the Ky Derby points system

King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat, and appreciation

NYRA seeks Director of Communications and Media Relations

Racing history: Who was Eugene D. Wood - the man NYRA's Wood Memorial is named for?

Keeneland April: Limited horse population drives record average, median

Florida: The first races at Marion County's new quarter-horse track on Monday drew the ire of some and delighted others

AQUEDUCT
Belmont sets spring/summer meet post times

Aqueduct quarantine termed 'precautionary'


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Wed results: Sandiva skips clear to land G3 Nell Gwyn at Newmarket

Godolphin's True Story races into Derby contention with huge win at Newmarket

Jockey Club announces record profits


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