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Thousand Words Gets First Mare in Foal

on 02/25/2021 3:35 PM

Spendthrift Farm's MGSW Thousand Words had his first mare confirmed in foal. Covered Feb. 10, the Unbridled's Song mare Maymont scanned in foal Thursday for owners Richard and Yvette Wira at Wynnstay Farm in Winchester, KY. A $1-million KEESEP yearling,

MyRacehorse Confirms Monomoy Girl Partnership

on 02/25/2021 2:45 PM

MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm will partner on the 2021 racing campaign of two-time champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), who makes her 2021 debut Sunday at Oaklawn in the GIII Bayakoa S. In a lease-to-race agreement for the 2021 season, MyRacehorse has acquired a majority ownership interest in the 6-year-old mare, purchased by Spendthrift at the 2020

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President Lifts Some Travel Restrictions; H2-B Visa Cap Reached For Second Half FY2021

on 02/25/2021 2:35 PM

President Biden issued a Proclamation Wednesday to revoke Proclamation 10014 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak) and sections of related Proclamations that added non-immigrants to the travel suspension. The Proclamation 10014 prevented certain immigrants and nonimmigra...

Laurel Aims for Apr. 17 Start to Turf Season

on 02/25/2021 2:18 PM

Although winter weather has delayed a planned aeration project to aid with drainage on the Laurel Park turf course, track management is projecting that with a little help from Mother Nature, grass racing could begin by Apr. 17. Speaking at the Feb. 25 Maryland Racing Commission meeting, Sal Sinatra, the president of the Maryland Jockey

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Arizona Senate Committees Advance Horse Racing Bill

on 02/25/2021 2:10 PM

The Arizona Senate moved a gaming bill through two committees–one unanimously–and it now awaits an assignment date for a vote by the full Senate. Senate Bill 1794 passed the Appropriations and Rules committees, with wide support. The bill authorizes historic horse racing, providing up to $140 million in new state tax revenues, as well as

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Expanded 2021 Stakes Schedule at Indiana Grand

on 02/25/2021 1:02 PM

The 2021 racing season at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino will feature an expanded stakes schedule of 40 races worth over $3.65 million. The stakes schedule is highlighted by the $300,000 GIII Indiana Derby, which will be held at mid-week for the second time when it is run July 7. That Wednesday card's six-stakes lineup

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Citing Need to ‘Chase Profitability,’ CDI Outlines Different Paths for IL, KY Tracks

on 02/25/2021 12:30 PM

An earnings conference call with investors Thursday morning underscored that Churchill Downs, Inc. (CDI), intends to sell Arlington International Racecourse near Chicago for “non-horse racing” purposes. The gaming corporation with six Thoroughbred tracks in its portfolio also announced Feb. 25 that the previously halted reconstruction project at Turfway Park has resumed now that a K...

Major Purse Increases for Del Mar’s Summer Meet

on 02/25/2021 12:05 PM

With purses to exceed $700,000 per day and “Ship and Win” incentives to double, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is substantially increasing all overnight purses and offering record incentives for its upcoming Summer Meet, which opens Saturday, July 17, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 6. Among the increases for overnights from last year, maiden

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Derby Museum Construction Begins for Expanded Black Heritage Exhibit

on 02/25/2021 9:53 AM

Louisville's Kentucky Derby Museum is under construction, with demolition beginning on the first floor for an expanded Black Heritage in Racing exhibit. Due to open at the end of March, the exhibit, which has had a permanent display inside the museum since 1993, is moving to a larger and more prominent location. More artifacts and

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Derby Museum Construction Begins for Expanded Black Heritage Exhibit

on 02/25/2021 9:53 AM

Louisville's Kentucky Derby Museum is under construction, with demolition beginning on the first floor for an expanded Black Heritage in Racing exhibit. Due to open at the end of March, the exhibit, which has had a permanent display inside the museum since 1993, is moving to a larger and more prominent location. More artifacts and

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Penn Vet Develops New Gene Doping Test

on 02/24/2021 4:00 PM

A new test developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) can detect the presence of gene doping in equines. Partly supported by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) and the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission, the findings, which systemically detect the local administration of illicit, gene doping therapies,

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Pletcher, American Pharoah Head ’21 Hall of Fame Finalists

on 02/24/2021 1:23 PM

Six racehorses, three trainers and one jockey account for the 10 finalists that will compose the National Museum of Racing's 2021 Hall of Fame ballot, as chosen by the museum's Hall of Fame nominating committee. The finalists are racehorses American Pharoah (first year of eligibility)...

First Mares in foal to Authentic, Vekoma

on 02/24/2021 11:57 AM

Spendthrift Farm's Horse of the Year and Champion sophomore Authentic (Into Mischief) and Eclipse finalist Vekoma (

2021 Jockey Club Fact Book Available Online

on 02/24/2021 11:28 AM

The 2021 edition of the Fact Book is now available in the resources section of The Jockey Club website at www.jockeyclub.com. The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America and is updated quarterly. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and

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GSW Title Ready Pointed to Dubai World Cup

on 02/24/2021 11:26 AM

Charles E. Fipke's Title Ready (More Than Ready), winner of the GIII Louisiana S. at Fair Grounds Jan. 16, is targeting the G1 Dubai World Cup Mar. 27. It will mark the third consecutive year Fipke and trainer Dallas Stewart have had a runner in the $12-million race. Their champion For...

Fresh Off Saudi Cup Win, John Gosden Joins TDN Writers’ Room

on 02/23/2021 7:38 PM

Three days after racking up yet another monumental win in a career chock full of them, legendary trainer John Gosden joined the TDN Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland Tuesday morning. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Gosden explained how he got Saudi Cup hero Mishriff (Ire) (Make Believe

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Churchill Downs Announces It Will Sell Arlington Park

on 02/23/2021 6:11 PM

Churchill Downs announced Tuesday that it has launched a process to sell Arlington Park, which sits on 326 acres of real estate 30 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. The sale will be handled by CBRE Group, a full service commercial real estate firm. Arlington's future looked bleak in September of 2019 when Churchill Downs made

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Hunter Rankin Named CDI Senior Director of Racing

on 02/23/2021 4:16 PM

Hunter Rankin has been hired as Senior Director of Racing for Churchill Downs Incorporated, CDI announced Tuesday. The role was recently vacated following Mike Ziegler's promotion to General Manager of Churchill Downs Racetrack in December 2020. As CDI's Senior Director of Racing, Rankin will act as a representative and liaison to the U.S. Thoroughbred racing

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KY Governor Signs HHR Legislation

on 02/23/2021 9:52 AM

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed a bill on Historical Horse Racing (Senate Bill 120) Monday, which would assure that betting on historical machines is legal. The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, released the following statement in response: “We thank Governor Beshear for signing Senate Bill 120 into law, which ensures the

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Stud Farms Sue Over 140-Mare Cap, Allege ‘Blatant Abuse of Power’ by The Jockey Club

on 02/23/2021 8:02 AM

Spendthrift Farm, Ashford Stud and Three Chimneys Farm are suing The Jockey Club in federal court over the “stallion cap” rule that went into effect in 2020, alleging that the 140-mare breeding limit now being phased in amounts to a “blatant abuse of power” that acts as an “anti-competitive restraint” and threatens to disrupt the

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