PA Bill Would Lower Racing Dates Minimum

Blood-Horse Pennsylvania lawmakers are examining legislation that would lower the minimum number of live racing days required at racetrack gaming facilities, and also allow each track to install slot machines at up to four off-track wagering parlors. The legislation was subject to a June 9 hearing and remains in the Senate Community, Economic, and Recreational [...]


KHRC Delays Action on Medication Rules

Blood-Horse The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on June 29 delayed taking a vote on proposed rules on medication testing, withdrawal guidelines, and disciplinary measures and penalties that included rules on the mineral cobalt. KHRC chairman Bob Beck said the proposals needed more work and will now be sent back to the Kentucky Equine Drug Research [...]


New Drug Rules Take Effect in West Virginia

Blood-Horse With the latest Thoroughbred racing rule changes now in place, West Virginia has now fully adopted the National Uniform Medication Program. The updates took effect June 28, said Kelli Talbott, senior deputy attorney general for the West Virginia Racing Commission. They include the multiple medication violation penalty system, which targets repeat offenders of medication [...]


Churchill Sees Increase in Fields, Purses

Blood-Horse Churchill Downs' 141st spring meet, which was highlighted by American Pharoah's victory in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), came to a close June 27 and saw increases in average field size and average purses, along with a down-to-the-wire contest for the jockey title. A total of 2,867 horses competed in [...]


Arlington Cuts Overnight, Stakes Purses

Blood-Horse Arlington International Racecourse has cut overnight purses by 10% and trimmed the purses of most of its few remaining graded stakes. The cuts come in response to an Illinois Racing Board vote denying Arlington's request to reduce the number of races on some days. Overnight purses drop from about $127,000 a day to about [...]


Committee OKs Bill to Block Harmful H-2B Regs

Blood-Horse Included in a bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee are provisions that would block some provisions in a just adopted federal rule regulating the H-2B temporary guest worker program, according to the American Horse Council. That rule was opposed by the AHC and other industries that rely on the H-2B program. The [...]


Charles Town, Horsemen Strike Three-Year Deal

Blood-Horse After multiple extensions of their old contract, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and the Charles Town Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have struck a new contract for a minimum of three years. The announcement was made June 24. The previous contract between the West Virginia track and horsemen's group was entered into in [...]


Ohio Supreme Court Considers Racino Case

Blood-Horse Critics of a decision by Gov. John Kasich to legalize video lottery terminals at seven Ohio horse tracks and share proceeds with casino operators running the facilities asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lawsuit against the move to go forward. Kasich improperly expanded the Ohio Lottery by allowing VLTs without getting voter [...]


AHC Trustees Oppose IHA Repeal Legislation

Blood-Horse The American Horse Council board of trustees, which met the week of June 14, voted unanimously to oppose federal legislation that would be repeal the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 in conjunction with oversight of equine medication and testing in Thoroughbred racing. Legislation to that effect was introduced by Sen. Tom Udall of New [...]


Mr. Z Has His Day in Ohio Derby Blood-Horse

By Claire Novak, Blood-Horse Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, bound and determined to see Calumet Farm's Mr. Z earn his sought-after stakes victory—or a victory at all, for that matter—had no problem vanning just over five hours from Louisville to Cleveland to target what seemed like a salty bunch of 3-year-olds in the [...]