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Travis Stone Named Churchill Downs Announcer
Travis Stone, race caller at Monmouth Park in 2014, has been named the new track announcer at Churchill Downs and will be the voice of the world-famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Slideshow: Top 10 Races of 2014
You voted for the top races of 2014, and the results are revealed in this slideshow.

Slideshow: 2014 Farewells
Remembering the people and horses that left us in 2014.

Rodenticide Linked to Six Sudden Horse Deaths
California racing officials have identified a connection in the sudden death of six horses with trace amounts of anticoagulant rodenticide in their systems, the state horse racing board was told Dec. 18.

RMTC Plans Changes but No Merger with RCI
The industry's Racing Medication and Testing Consortium plans to reorganize its own Scientific Advisory Committee but does not plan to merge with the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

RCI Appoints Five to New Medication Board
The Association of Racing Commissioners International board has selected five initial members for its new Drug Testing Standards and Practices Committee.

Penn Mile Tops 193-Day Penn National Schedule
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has received approval from the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission to conduct 193 days of live racing in 2015.

Pedigree Analysis: Milwaukee Brew
Milwaukee Brew's turf heritage has probably been an advantage in Canada, as the country's richest races are conducted on Polytrack and turf at Woodbine.

Old Friends to Receive Special Eclipse Award
The nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement center Old Friends will be presented the Special Eclipse Award at ceremonies Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

OBS Winter Mixed Sale Catalog Now Online
The catalog for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s winter mixed sale, set for Jan. 28-29, is now available on the OBS website.

Musselman Drops Lawsuit Against Churchill
Ed Musselman's litigation against Churchill Downs Inc. involving backstretch access has come to an end after the Indian Charlie publisher and the track owner on Dec. 16 jointly agreed to a voluntary dismissal.

Marketer Voluntarily Recalls Equine Gastric Ulcer Product
A firm warned by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cease selling the equine ulcer product Gastrotec without that agency's approval has voluntarily recalled that product.

Leading Laurel Rider McCarthy Breaks Wrist
Leading Laurel Park jockey Trevor McCarthy sustained a broken right wrist when he was unseated after his mount swerved to miss a fallen horse as both were galloping out after the second race Dec. 20.

KEEP Changes Include Staff, Expenditures
The departure of the executive director of the Kentucky Equine Education Project is apparently related to changes in staffing and expenditures as it refocuses its efforts away from trying to get legalized casino gambling.

Horsemen, Suffolk Downs Continue Discussion
Negotiations on a lease agreement between the management of Suffolk Downs and officials of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association remain on track, contrary to a published report.

Favored Act of War Captures Cape Guineas
Brilliant 3-year-old Act of War justified his status as longtime favorite for the Grand Parade Cape Guineas (SAf-I) when scoring an authoritative win Dec. 20 at Kenilworth.

Emerald Downs Purses to Rise 20% in 2015
Average daily purses at Emerald Downs will see an increase of approximately 20% for the 2015 live racing season at the Auburn, Wash. track.

Durkin to Receive Eclipse Award of Merit
Capping an extraordinary career as one of North America's premier race track announcers and one of the most popular personalities in Thoroughbred racing, Tom Durkin will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit.

Dortmund Wins Dramatic Los Alamitos Futurity
Odds-on choice Dortmund remained unbeaten by a slim margin as he nipped Firing Line and Mr. Z in a nail-biting finish to the first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 20.

Dortmund Stands Out in Los Alamitos Futurity
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I).

Disco Rico Euthanized After Laminitis Battle
"He was a cool horse," said owner Joe DiRico. "They are all heartbroken at Keane Stud."

Date Announced for Second CBA Symposium
Four horse industry veterans will share their experiences as part of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association's second annual educational symposium Feb. 3.

Casino Would Negatively Impact Finger Lakes
The head of the horsemen's group at New York's Finger Lakes racetrack said the facility could be forced to close in the coming years unless state officials take action to protect it from a new commercial casino.

California Chrome Drills at Los Alamitos
California Chrome drilled a handy half mile in :49 flat at Los Alamitos Race Course Dec. 19 as he prepares for his 2015 debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II).

CHRB Eyes Scratching of Unreported Geldings
The California Horse Racing Board is considering a rule change that would result in the scratch of a horse that has been gelded since his last race if that information is not disclosed well in advance of the race.

Britain's New Steroid Policy Change Delayed
Full implementation of an enhanced zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of anabolic steroids in Great Britain has been delayed until March 2015, the British Horseracing Authority announced Dec. 19.

Bridlewood Owner Malone Purchases Ballylinch
Bridlewood Farm owner John Malone has completed a deal to purchase Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, Ireland, from the Mahony family's Killeen Group Holdings.

Bayern Turns in Bullet Move at Santa Anita
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern, a leading contender for Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old honors for 2014, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita's fast main track the morning of Dec. 19 in a bullet :46 1/5.

Attorney: NYTHA Protest Plan Not Objective
New York attorney Karen Murphy says the NYTHA board should not be investigating itself regarding a protest about how a November election was conducted.

Asmussen, Albarado Team for Four-Win Day
Jockey Robby Albarado and trainer Steve Asmussen teamed for a four-win day Dec. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.


Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Mount Earnings
1.   Javier Castellano $24,722,194
2.   Joel Rosario $21,326,518
3.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. $19,925,436
4.   John Velazquez $19,187,188
5.   Jose L. Ortiz $16,167,627
6.   Mike Smith $14,124,605
7.   Rosie Napravnik $13,531,663
8.   Victor Espinoza* $12,003,875
9.   Rafael Bejarano $11,269,761
10.   Jose Lezcano $10,655,163
As of 12/16/14
Thoroughbred Jockeys' Leaderboard: Wins
1.   Russell Baze 318
2.   Javier Castellano 304
3.   Irad Ortiz, Jr. 284
4.   Edgard Zayas 278
5.   Paco Lopez 267
6.   Trevor McCarthy* 261
7.   Antonio Gallardo 251
8.   DeShawn Parker 235
9.   Colby Hernandez 226
10.   James Graham 224
As of 12/16/14
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Mount Earnings
1.   Ramon Sanchez $3,045,083
2.   G. R. Carter $3,041,425
3.   Cody Jensen $2,776,887
4.   Omar Reyes $2,415,359
5.   Larry Gamez* $2,391,386
6.   John Hamilton $2,131,755
7.   Cruz Mendez $2,098,545
8.   Sergio Becerra* $2,068,533
9.   Ricky Ramirez $2,047,733
10.   Jimmy Dean Brooks $1,909,291
As of 12/16/14
Quarter Horse Jockey Standings: Wins
1.   John Hamilton 155
2.   G.R. Carter 132
3.   David Alvarez* 128
4.   Cesar DeAlba 121
5.   Cruz Mendez 114
6.   Omar Reyes 101
7.   Agustin Silva 89
8.   Luis L. Vivanco 83
9.   Carlos Huerta 80
10.   Ramon Sanchez 79
As of 12/16/14

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