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Winner’s Circle Redefined: A beloved, quirky racehorse named The Player makes a comeback from injury thanks to the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Photo courtesy LSU School of Veterinary Medicine The Player came into the world a little different from other horses. He liked to sit on his haunches like a dog, spin 360s, and eat his hay lying down—not exactly qualities one would expect in a horse, not to mention, a racehorse. Owner-trainer-breeder William “Buff” [...]


Iowa HBPA Offers Trainers COVID Assistance Programs

Allen Poindexter's Kauai winning last fall's Iowa Derby under Ramon Vazquez at Prairie Meadows. (Photo by Coady Photography) With Prairie Meadows opening for horse racing Friday, the Iowa HBPA is offering two programs to help out its members feeling the economic squeeze from COVID-19 shutdowns. Trainers can apply to receive up to $100 [...]


Amplify Horse Racing Releases Virtual Education Schedule

Amplify Horse Racing, an initiative to promote education and careers in the Thoroughbred industry, has released its 2020 virtual education schedule. Registration is open for the first event on June 16. Amplify Horse Racing Hangouts are a unique virtual education opportunity for youth, young adults, and Thoroughbred industry newcomers to engage with professionals about education [...]


Now at top, Chester Thomas explains why he’s downsizing: Phasing out Lasix makes owning horses even bigger gamble

Chester Thomas is a businessman and entrepreneur from Madisonville, Ky. His Allied Racing stable ranks No. 7 this year in North American purse earnings at $1,013,208. The following first appeared as a letter to the editor in the June 6, 2020 Thoroughbred Daily News and is available for publication elsewhere as an open letter to the industry. Photo: [...]


Track Superintendents Field Day Rescheduled for March 2021

The 19th annual Track Superintendents Field Day, originally scheduled for this coming September 14-16, has been rescheduled for March 2021. The event will still be held at Remington Park in Oklahoma City and hosted by that track’s superintendent, Bob Blackburn. The event brings together track superintendents and their crews from around North America and beyond [...]


Carlino and Hendriks Launch Wanamaker’s – Website Offering Monthly Online Thoroughbred Auctions

(from Wanamaker's news release) Amidst an evolving sales landscape, the launch of Wanamaker’s, an online auction house for Thoroughbreds is sure to garner interest from industry stakeholders. By hosting a sale each month, Wanamaker’s will provide buyers and sellers opportune timing and a streamlined sales process. The first catalogue will be live on June 17th, [...]


NTRA Provides Funding for National Ad Campaign

(from NTRA news release) The NTRA has made a major financial commitment to a newly created national advertising campaign focused on the thrill of watching and wagering on horseracing. The campaign, titled “Still. Running. Strong.”, launched today by the Breeders’ Cup and The Jockey Club, represents a chance for horseracing to gain additional attention at a time [...]


Florida HBPA Joins TAA as Industry Stakeholder, Pledges Monthly Contribution

The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association has joined the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance as an industry stakeholder committed to supporting accredited aftercare. The organization has pledged a monthly contribution to the TAA to further the work of accredited aftercare nonprofits in the state. “We take our responsibility seriously to provide care and the opportunity for [...]


Ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Canceled; Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to Host Weekly Webinars

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that the ninth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, which was scheduled to be held in the Keeneland sales pavilion in Lexington, Ky., on June 23, 2020, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of an in-person event, Grayson will instead be hosting a series [...]