The Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association (KHBPA), unalterably opposes the recently-announced plan of several North American tracks, including Keeneland and Churchill Downs, to run 2-year-old races without the anti-bleeder medication Lasix in 2020 and all stakes races in 2021. The KHBPA is the recognized representatives at all five Thoroughbred tracks in the Commonwealth. It […]
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Finding ways for horse racing to do things better is the overarching theme of the National HBPA Convention March 12-16 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. That also is the mission of the new Thoroughbred Idea Foundation, a horse-racing think tank whose representatives form the March 13 keynote panel at the annual convention staged […]
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Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack, & Hotel announces the release of Condition Book 1, which covers the first 14 racing days of the 2019 Thoroughbred season at the Altoona, Iowa racetrack. Prairie Meadows live season kicks off on May 3. Book 1 is available at prairiemeadows.com, equibase.com, and Prairie Meadows' Racing Office. Book 1 features a variety of […]
One year after a wildfire tragically killed 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs, those who endured the flames will gather at a nearby restaurant to remember. Horsemen from every walk of life came together that day, working endlessly to try to save their four-legged friends. Several, like Martine Bellocq and Joe Herrick, still bear […]
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Oaklawn, the track with the highest purses in the Midwest, has released the first issue of its condition books for the first live season that extends beyond its signature Arkansas Derby Day. The cover of the condition book carries the most important message to horsemen throughout the nation – “STAY UNTIL MAY” – while the […]
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The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don't blame them. Most trainers today have never […]
The New York Racing Association has announced today the implementation of a starter loyalty program for owners and trainers of horses that make at least five starts on the NYRA circuit in a 12-month period beginning April 2, 2018. Under the new program, horses can earn Silver- through Diamond-level purse bonuses between 5% and 15% […]
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Taking care of retired racehorses not only is the ethical thing to do but is good marketing, a panel Thursday told the audience at the National HBPA Convention at the Astor Crowne Plaza. “We want to show the public that our industry cares for our horses,” said Jessica Hammond, program administrator for Beyond the Wire, Maryland Thoroughbred […]
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To appreciate how public opinion on sports betting has changed in recent years, consider that the National Football League went from banning Las Vegas commercials on the Super Bowl broadcast to relocating a team there. While the NFL still opposes sports betting, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball now favor legalizing wagering on […]
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