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Stronach takes huge step forward in medication regulation

Frank Stronach announced Wednesday that all Stronach-owned racetracks will have an in-house "strictly regulated pharmacy" and will prohibit "anyone from having any medications in their possession unless those medications have been properly prescribed for a therapeutic treatment program." In addition, there will be automatic drug testing for all horses who ship in to race.

www.thetdn.com

Gay Dalton and other forgotten horses of Hollywood Park - Sid Fernando+Observations

Yet unbeknownst to many racing fans, somewhere within the vicinity of the stable area are interred several equine athletes from a long time ago. These horses that were "lost to time" did not have the fortune of having their resting places identified for posterity, making the relocation of their remains nearly impossible. These forgotten horses will most probably end up lying underneath a parking lot or a building. While they did not reach the stature of Landaluce, Great Communicator or Native Diver, they were also protagonists of the racing past of Hollywood Park and some were the idols of racing fans that are no longer around to reminisce about them.

Gay Dalton and other Forgotten Horses of Hollywood Park | Sid Fernando + Observations

Polytrack company disassociates itself from Wolverhampton surface

"It is significant the only one of those that isn't performing as it should do at the moment is at Del Mar in California, where exactly the same thing happened. They said ‘We don't need your help, we can do it ourselves' and the track has gone wrong." Interesting summary of issues not brought up with respect to Del Mar.

Wolverhampton track problems reach new low | UK Bloodstock News | Racing Post

11 Set for England's Final Classic of Season - BloodHorse.com

"An 11-horse field that includes Galileo Rock is set for the world's oldest classic, the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I), which will have its 237th running Sept. 14 at Doncaster."

11 Set for England's Final Classic of Season | BloodHorse.com

Japan Select Sale: Deep Impact yearlings lead record totals (DRF.com)

"The Japan Horse Racing Association’s select sale kicked off its two-day run Monday with the yearling session, which posted record gross receipts and was headlined by an almost $1.8 million Deep Impact colt out of a Grade 2-winning mare."

Japan select sale: Deep Impact yearlings lead record totals | Daily Racing Form

Breeders' Cup to Santa Anita in 2014

Santa Anita Park, which is the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup on November 1-2, has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships six times, most recently last year’s edition. The 2014 Breeders’ Cup will be televised by the NBC Sports Group. The 2013 Breeders’ Cup will also be televised by the NBC Sports Group with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic shown live in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Santa-Anita-Breeders-Cup-2014-Horse-Racing-210809821.html

[The claim that European superstars are ascendent] is based on what, two recent superstars, Frankel...

[The claim that European superstars are ascendent] is based on what, two recent superstars, Frankel and Sea the Stars? Yes, there have been several superstar fillies worldwide, such as Goldikova and Zarkova in France and Black Caviar in Australia. But they are no more superstars than Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, and perhaps even Rags to Riches, whose career unfortunately was cut short.

Steve Haskin, Defending America

I for one - while again and as always acknowledging that improvements can and must be made - am...

I for one - while again and as always acknowledging that improvements can and must be made - am really tired of this crap. At some point, people need to stand up and say, look, this is our sport; we're a bit degenerate, and there are bad actors who go beyond the rules to gain an edge just as there are in any financial endeavor. The vast majority of horsepeople treat their horses with the utmost of love and care, and do the best to keep them happy and safe. But accidents are going to happen and if you don't like it then go watch fucking NASCAR races, ok?

Bad Start to an Off Day, Left At The Gate

In the modern racing world, there is a lot of truth to Woody Allen's maxim that "80 percent of life...

In the modern racing world, there is a lot of truth to Woody Allen's maxim that "80 percent of life is just showing up." Rapid Redux showed up at Mid-Atlantic tracks week after week. While most horses manage to lose races they appear certain to win, he never did. He delivered his maximum effort every time he stepped on the track.

A good read from Andrew Beyer at the Daily Racing Form on Rapid Redux.

That said, horsemen and jockeys need to be reminded that the first line of defense at preventing...

That said, horsemen and jockeys need to be reminded that the first line of defense at preventing another Life At Ten episode begins with them. While the rights and protections of jockeys and horsemen are always of critical importance, it should be reinforced to them and every other segment of the racing industry that the rights of the betting public come first.

The Daily Racing Form's Mike Watchmaker comments on the new procedures at the Breeders' Cup to prevent another Life At Ten incident.
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