Texas Tracks Prepare for Sept. 1 Shutdown

Blood-Horse Racetracks in Texas were scrambling the evening of Aug. 31 in the wake of a legislative battle over whether to fund the Texas Racing Commission. The tracks received a memo indicating the TRC had not received the required authorization from the Texas Legislative Budget Board to spend money beyond Aug. 31, and that the [...]


The Day After: No Regrets From Team ‘Pharoah’

Blood-Horse There were no regrets from American Pharoah's trainer Bob Baffert the morning after the Triple Crown winner finished second to Keen Ice in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. Nor was there any further light shed on whether Zayat Stables' homebred runner will compete again. "If I had to [...]


Oaklawn: Record $27 Million in Purses in 2016

Blood-Horse Oaklawn Park is projecting average daily purse distribution of $475,000, a 12% increase over 2015, for the meet that begins Jan. 15, 2016. The Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack, which released the meet's first condition book Aug. 27, said purses are projected to total a record $27 million, which represents a 76% increase from 2008; [...]


Keeneland Releases BCup Parking Plan

Blood-Horse Most racing fans coming to Lexington this fall for the Breeders' Cup World Championships will likely need to take advantage of three park-and-ride locations around the city. Parking at Keeneland will be extremely limited Oct. 30-31, when the racetrack will host the championship races for the first time. Parking at Keeneland will be limited [...]


Making a Case for Transparency

Blood-Horse Originally published in the Aug. 27 edition of Blood-Horse Daily. To download the Blood-Horse Daily smartphone app or to receive the edition in your inbox each evening, visit BloodHorse.com/Daily. Being a racing steward is a thankless job. Perhaps that's a candidate for understatement of the year. The gang of three really can't win no [...]


AZ: 60th Season Set for Turf Paradise

Blood-Horse The 60th season of racing at Turf Paradise kicks off Oct. 17, with a new track announcer and a stakes schedule totaling $1.45 million during the 136-day stand that ends May 8, 2016. According to the track, Turf Paradise was located in the middle of the desert with fans having to navigate a pair [...]


KY: Medication Issues Dominate KHRC Meeting

Blood-Horse Medication matters dominated the Aug. 18 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which took the first steps toward changing the definitions for the three drug classification schedules that are used to determine if a medication violation has occurred. Like many states, Kentucky classifies drugs as classes A, B, C, or D in descending [...]


Arkansas Commission Opposes Medication Bills

Blood-Horse The Arkansas Racing Commission voted Aug. 18 to formally oppose pending federal legislation that would shift the regulation and enforcement of medication use in horse racing to either the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) or an USADA not-for-profit affiliate to be called the Thoroughbred Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority (THADA). Arkansas Racing Commission chairman Cecil Alexander [...]


Texas thoroughbred racetracks bracing for shutdown

ksat.com SAN ANTONIO - A letter from the Texas Racing Commission makes clear that it will not be approving any simulcasting agreements after Sept. 31, which is when its funding through the Legislative Budget Board runs out. For racetracks like Retama Park in Selma, that is a frightening thought because without racing regulation, there may [...]


La: Delta Downs Unveils 2015-16 Stakes Schedule

Blood-Horse Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel will offer 32 stakes races, worth combined purses of $4.6 million, during its 86-day season that runs Oct. 16, 2015-March 12, 2016. The highlight of the season will be Saturday, Nov. 21, Jackpot Day, anchored by the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) for 2-year-olds competing at [...]