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Ron the Greek Runs Wide In The Whitney. How Wide? We'll Just Have To Guess.

Ron the Greek lost a lot of ground when racing wide in the Whitney Handicap, but did it cost him the race? Without Trakus-style technology we can only guess.

NY Court Upholds Dutrow License Revocation

The Appellate Division in NY upholds Dutrow's 10-year suspension. He can appeal to the Court of Appeals (the highest appellate court in NY) and can still train until his appeals are exhausted, according to New York Daily News' Jerry Bossert.

Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree on NYRA Bill

The state of New York is set to takeover for the next three years.

2012 Belmont Stakes: Barn Area Security Tightened (DRF.com)

I don't have a problem with a security barn and tighter controls on access to and from the stalls, but it'd be nice if there was a standard set of protocols instead of the "making it up as we go along" process.

MSG, NYRA Announce TV Schedule

MSG Networks will broadcast eight programs from NYRA tracks beginning with the Met Mile on Memorial Day and concluding with the Cigar Mile in late November.

Back From Christmas Vacation

A review of the items making news in horse racing.

Around The Backstretch

A look at the items making news around the world of horse racing.

Blood-Horse.com: Aqueduct purses to increase by 36%

According to the report, the new purse structure will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. The increase is due to the opening of the new casino at Aqueduct.

DRF.com: NYC OTB closes Tuesday night

I've read differing opinions on whether closing these OTBs is a good or a bad thing. I'm not sure how you can spin 800 people losing their jobs as a good thing (especially right before the holidays), and despite the current condition of the OTB system in New York, eliminating facilities where people can wager is probably not something that's going to create any immediate benefit.

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