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"Harder than putting a man on the moon."

You can lead the racing industry to water, but...

Track Mess: Colonial, Calder, Gulfstream

It wouldn't be horse racing without track disputes.

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.

#FullStoryPETA Gives Racing a Voice


A very nice piece from the always excellent Claire Novak at The Blood-Horse.

Asmussen Fallout


The fallout from the New York Times report on allegations by PETA of misconduct and abuse by the barn of trainer Steven Asmussen has begun.

AGSC's Stakes Changes in 2013


There are still too many 2yo G1s, but some other good changes were made. The short of it is: Ups: La Troienne (G2 to G1) Azeri (G3 to G2) Sabin (G3 to G2) Holy Bull (G3 to G2) Swale (G3 to G2) CT Oaks (New G3) Torrey Pines (New G3) LA Woman (New G3) Downs: Prioriess (G1 to G2) Princess Rooney (G1 to G2) Go For Wand (G2 to G3) Santa Barbara Handicap (G2 to G3) Vagrancy (G2 to G3) Dwyer (G2 to G3) Sanford (G2 to G3) La Jolla (G2 to G3) Hutcheson (G2 to G3) Sapling (G3 to none) Ohio Derby (G3 to none) All fine changes, I think. Maybe only the Prioress downgrade can be questioned.

#TrendingNow for September 10 - America's Best Racing. The Jockey Club


A fun new feature over at America's Best Racing: #TrendingNow. Each week they ask several people - jockey's, media, fans - four quick questions regarding what's "#Trending Now".

The Jockey - NYT's In Depth Look at Russell Baze


Just when I'm 100% set that the New York Times' racing coverage is fully aimed to bring down the sport, they go and do something spectacular like this.

(Not) random thoughts on a Saturday


A couple of significant news items hit the airwaves this week, one of which involves a new television partnership with Fox Sports.

KY Investigating Shock Wave Therapy


I've been told by a couple of vets that there is very little value to this treatment other than as an analgesic. So interesting that Kentucky is going to look into the use of Shock Wave especially considering the quote, "You could do it in Wendy's parking lot.".

An Uphill Climb


It's hard enough for horse racing to get a foothold with the common sports fan without the media making the task more difficult.

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.

Emerald Downs Begins Live Streaming


Every track should live stream their races on the web. Keeneland and Tampa Bay Downs were two of the first to introduce web streaming of their race cards (along with free race replays). Other tracks have come on board over the last few years but, sadly, many still do not.

Hollywood Park will close at end of year | Daily Racing Form


Sadly, the end is near for the 75-year-old track in Los Angeles.

Storm Cat (1983 - 2013)

The passing of a legendary stallion.

John Shirreffs' move east is sad sign for Southern California racing -


A reality-check of the uncertainty surrounding racing, not only in Southern California, but other jurisdictions across the country.

Study: Nasal Strips help to reduce EIPH


A study by veterinarians on the effectiveness of nasal strips at reducing EIPH in horses. Via a tweet from Ray Paulick.

BC: Still No Lasix For 2yos; Juv Sprint Dropped

There will be no change to the Lasix policy for the juvenile races at the 2013 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park, but older horses will be permitted to run on anti-bleeding medication.

Dutrow: A Look At The Federal Complaint

Richard Dutrow filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in an attempt to reverse the decision of New York to suspend the trainer for 10 years.

Dutrow Files Federal Lawsuit


Dutrow is suing the the New York Gaming Commission claiming he was denied due process.

The Rainbow Six: A Great Idea

A great idea to not only make someone rich, but to bring a ton of attention to the sport.

KY House Introduces Gambling Bill


Does not include guarantees for casino licenses to be the exclusive rights of racetracks. I know that it seems like a small thing, but you really can't underestimate the impact that the health of racing in Kentucky has on the rest of the country.

Rachel Alexandra Undergoes Surgery


She underwent surgery to repair a bruised colon which happend during foaling. Her condition is serious. No prognosis is available. This does not sound promising.

Full Brother to Frankel Born


Kind gave birth to a chestnut colt by Galileo on February 2nd. Talk about high expectations. Kind is headed back to Galileo this year because you don't mess with that kind of success once you find it.

Goldikova's First Foal a Colt


The colt is by Galileo. She's booked back to Galileo for 2013.

Kentucky Throws Fuel On The Fire (Updated)

Trainer Richard Dutrow recently began serving a 10-year suspension in New York due to a history of violations, fines and punishments, but his problems extend beyond New York.

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