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Attard: Belmont’s Tapeta Surface `Intriguing’

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 14:44

Having saddled more than 500 winners on synthetic surfaces in his multiple graded stakes-winning career, Kevin Attard said his interest was piqued last week when the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) said in a release it would be utilizing an all-weather Tapeta track as its exclusive winter racing surface at the new Belmont Park when it opens in 2026.

“It's definitely something I've contemplated for a bit now. The fact that a synthetic track is going in there is a little bit more enticing for myself and I'm sure for a lot of other Canadians,” said the trainer who is based primarily at Woodbine. “It's a lot closer to home than Florida and you don't have to worry about the climate change for your horses. I think it's something we'll have to explore and hopefully have a string of horses up there when the Tapeta opens up.”

Attard usually winters in Florida following the end of the meet in Toronto which spans April to December, but he said an option that's closer to home in both distance and climate is intriguing.

“The Tapeta in Florida and the Tapeta at Woodbine are different–weather plays a big role in how it plays,” Attard said. “I think until it's there and people figure it out and get a hold of it, it's hard to say how horses will transition from one Tapeta to another. Some of them are a lot tighter than others–you would assume the track in New York, with a climate that is similar to Woodbine here in Toronto–that the tracks would be pretty similar. So, it might be an easier transition for our horses to go from here to New York.”

Construction at Belmont Park

The one-mile Tapeta oval currently under construction at the new Belmont Park will mark a third racing surface at the modernized facility along with the traditional outer dirt main track and two turf courses. Belmont Park also offers a year-round dirt training track and a Tapeta pony track as additional options for training horses.

“I've seen some sketches of the new Belmont Park, and it looks like it's going to be a state-of-the-art facility,” Attard said. “Eventually, it will have three surfaces at one place and that's exciting. There's a lot of history there and change is something that's hard to accept, but the sport is evolving, and we all need to evolve around it.”

NYRA's shift from dirt to Tapeta through the winter months is expected to enhance equine safety and provide additional opportunities for the year-round horse population.

Attard said he was pleased to see that the new Belmont Park, like Woodbine, will offer a variety of training options as it is a key component to how he manages his sizable string.

“At Woodbine, we also have a dirt surface to train over and we're fortunate in that sense,” Attard said. “We use both surfaces and try to balance it out a little bit because I think they use different muscle groups training over Tapeta and training over dirt and that's why you get two different types of injuries over the surfaces.”

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NYRA Launches Youth Outreach Program During Saratoga

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 12:57

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) has launched a new outreach program called the Students of Thoroughbreds and Racing (STAR), which will begin July 27 at Saratoga Race Course and continue on Saturdays and Sundays through September 1, the association said in a Thursday release.

NYRA STAR is designed to give children, ages 12 and under, and their families, insider access. Participants will experience the sport through exclusive on-track events, educational opportunities and kid-friendly communications.

Membership for NYRA STAR is free of charge. New members can join at any time, but they must visit the NYRA STAR booth in the Family Zone on Saturdays or Sundays, beginning July 27, to receive their printed ID card and lanyard.

Click here for more information about the program.

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Discount For Breeders’ Cup Horses Of Racing Age Nomination Ends July 15

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 12:23

Owners of horses of racing age currently not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program can nominate their runners at discounted rates on or before Monday, July 15 for competition in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, the organization said in a press release on Thursday.

All horses must be nominated, either as a foal or as a racehorse, in order to compete in any of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races with annual purses and awards totaling more than $34 million. In addition, a Breeders' Cup nominated horse is eligible to participate in all Breeders' Cup purse and awards programs for its entire racing career without any further nomination payments due.

Click here for a complete list of eligibility requirements, plus awards and benefits.

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Latest Thoroughbred Owner Conference Virtual Panel Focuses On Industry Economics

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 12:03

The fifth installment in the 2024 OwnerView webinar held July 9 focused on the economics of the Thoroughbred industry, the series said in a release on Thursday.

Guests Everett Dobson, owner of Cheyenne Stables and Candy Meadows Farm; Tom Rooney, president and CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association; and Dr. Marshall Gramm, co-founder, Ten Strike Racing, discussed a myriad of topics including record purses, incentives to race and breed horses and strong top-end sales with a declining foal crop.

Five additional Thoroughbred Owner Conference virtual panels are scheduled for 2024. The next session, “Veterinary: Throat Surgery,” will be held Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. ET. There is no fee for the series, but registration is required.

Click here to access all of the replays.

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Saratoga Races Available On FanDuel/TVG After New NYRA Contract Agreement

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 11:39

A new contractual agreement has been reached between the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FanDuel/TVG, which will allow pari-mutuel wagering on the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course to once again be available on FanDuel/TVG platforms, NYRA said in a release mid-morning on Thursday.

“We are pleased to have reached a resolution that will allow FanDuel/TVG customers across the country to wager on NYRA racing now and moving forward,” said Tony Allevato, NYRA Chief Revenue Officer. “In accordance with the goals stated at the outset of this process, NYRA will be dedicating significant funding to support New York's horsemen and strengthen the state's Thoroughbred racing ecosystem.”

As part of the new agreement, FanDuel/TVG will also be making a sizable contribution to the NYRA Foundation to further the impact of non-profit organizations and service providers active in backstretch services, thoroughbred aftercare and more. The NYRA Foundation establishes a pathway for businesses and individuals to contribute to a variety of worthy endeavors connected to thoroughbred racing in New York State.

“We are happy to have reached a multi-year agreement with the New York Racing Association and to extend our 24-year wagering partnership,” said Andrew Moore, General Manager, Racing, FanDuel Group. “We look forward to the Saratoga meet and beyond and to supporting the good work of the NYRA Foundation.”

The contractual impasse between the two entities began July 4 when an agreement could not be met.

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2024 Thoroughbred Makeover Silent Auction Now Accepting Donations

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 10:58

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) is now accepting donations for its 2024 Thoroughbred Makeover Silent Auction, the non-profit said in a Thursday release.

Hosted online, the silent auction runs during Thoroughbred Makeover week, Oct. 4-12, and items are on display starting Oct. 8. Past contributions have included unique experiences such as polo lessons or fox hunting, racing memorabilia such stallion halters and shoes, and one-of-a-kind equestrian or racing artwork.

Items to be shipped to the Maryland office for processing must be sent by Sept. 16. In-person donations can be dropped off at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 7 and 8, but will still require a donation form to be filled out in advance.

Click here for more information.

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XBTV Free Workout Videos From Saratoga And Del Mar Return

Thoroughbred Daily News - Thu, 2024-07-11 10:42

XBTV will once again offer free video workouts from Saratoga and Del Mar, the outlet said in a press release on Thursday.

The site will capture, catalogue and upload content for both meets. For the past few years, the coast-to-coast teams have recorded over 3,000 workouts annually at Saratoga and Del Mar combined, which gives handicappers and horsemen access to the nation's top horses and future stars. The XBTV feed is available without cost to those with a 1/ST account.

Click here for more information.

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Both Sides in Pending Eighth Circuit HISA Case Attempt to Spin Conflicting Opinions from Two Other Appeals Courts

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-10 18:34

The July 5 opinion out of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that declared that part of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) is unconstitutional is generating legal filings from both sides in a related case awaiting a decision in the Eighth Circuit.

Both the plaintiffs/appellants in the Eighth Circuit case (led by Bill Walmsley, the president of the Arkansas HBPA, and Jon Moss, the executive director of the Iowa HBPA) and the defendants/appellees (executives with the HISA Authority and the Federal Trade Commission [FTC]), filed documents this week alerting the Eighth Circuit to the Fifth Circuit's decision, with each side attempting to get the court to see its side of the argument now that the Fifth Circuit's constitutionality opinion on HISA is in conflict with a 2023 opinion out of the Sixth Circuit.

The year-old case in the Eighth Circuit involves those two HBPA chapters seeking to reverse a lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction that sought to halt HISA and its Anti-Doping and Medication Control (ADMC) program.

Attorneys representing the FTC defendants pointed out in a July 9 letter that the Fifth Circuit's opinion concurred with the Sixth Circuit's with regard to a Congressional amendment solving nondelegation problems with the Authority's rulemaking power, HISA not violating the Due Process Clause, and the Authority not qualifying as a government entity subject to the Appointments Clause.

The FTC's legal team did note that the Fifth Circuit's opinion departed from the Sixth Circuit's on the subject of “enforcement provisions,” but the FTC lawyers underscored that the Sixth Circuit's analysis is the “correct” version that the Eighth Circuit judges should consider when ruling on the related case.

“The construction adopted by the Fifth Circuit serves to create, rather than avoid, constitutional concerns,” the FTC's letter stated. “This Court should conclude, as did the Sixth Circuit, that plaintiffs have failed to establish a likelihood of success on their facial claim to the extent they challenge the Act's enforcement provisions. In all events, plaintiffs are not entitled to a preliminary injunction with respect to the enforcement provisions because they have not provided any reason to suggest an enforcement action against them is forthcoming.”

One day later, on July 10, an attorney for the HBPA appellants countered with a response letter to the Eighth Circuit that stated just the opposite, that the Fifth Circuit, and not the Sixth, got the HISA constitutionality question right.

“The Fifth Circuit correctly held, as Appellants have argued, the HISA Act, as amended, facially violates the private nondelegation doctrine because the statute allows a private entity–the Authority–to wield the executive power of the United States,” the HBPA attorney's letter stated.

The HBPA's letter continued: “Appellants remain subject to a facially unconstitutional regime and thereby suffer ongoing irreparable harm. The alternative Hobson's choice is to 'bet the farm' and risk being subject to unconstitutional enforcement actions that come with potentially severe sanctions–including a permanent industry ban. It is neither equitable nor in the public interest to allow Appellees to continue enforcing an unconstitutional statute.”

The case was argued before the Eighth Circuit June 12.

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Seize the Grey to Gainesway Upon Retirement

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-10 17:40

This season's GI Preakness Stakes winner Seize the Grey (Arrogate–Smart Shopping, by Smart Strike) will stand at Gainesway near Lexington after he retires, said officials at Gainesway, who acquired his stallion rights, in a release Wednesday afternoon.

“We are excited to add Seize the Grey to our stallion roster, ” said Gainesway's general manager Brian Graves. “Arrogate was cut out to be a top sire and we are excited to have one his best sons stand at Gainesway. His speed and good looks should prove to be very popular with breeders.”

Seize the Grey burst onto the national scene when he captured the GII Pat Day Mile Stakes on the GI Kentucky Derby undercard May 4 and just two weeks later, added the Preakness. Currently the highest-earning son of the late Arrogate, Seize the Grey broke his maiden last year over eventual GI Belmont Stakes winner Dornoch (Good Magic) at Saratoga and is on target for the GI Travers Stakes Aug. 24. He races for MyRacehorse.

“He just keeps getting stronger and better, and I am expecting a big second half of the year,' said Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. “I truly believe his best races are yet to come.”

Upon his retirement, Seize the Grey will be one of just two sons of Arrogate standing in Kentucky, joining champion 3-year-old and Belmont/Travers winner Arcangelo. A stud fee will be announced upon retirement.

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Golden Lad’s Takethemoneyhoney Runs Home To Graduate At Parx

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-10 16:47

7th-Parx Racing, $55,600, Msw, 7-10, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:25.31, ft, 13 1/2 lengths.
TAKETHEMONEYHONEY (f, 3, Golden Lad–Goodonehoney {SW, $193,098}, by Great Notion) went off on debut as the tepid 3-1 favorite with Lasix here. Setting the pace from the bell alongside another first timer, the filly secured the top spot just before the far turn and began to increase her margin in a big way. The homebred motored home impressively to graduate by an eye-catching 13 1/2 lengths over Beautifulcrazygirl (Social Inclusion). Goodonehoney's first registered foal is a half-sister to unraced juvenile Wouldja Couldja (Uncle Lino). A full-sister to MGSP Twisted Ride, the winner's dam visited Wicked Strong for 2024. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by FanDuel TV.
O/B-Kasey K Racing Stable, Michael Day and Final Turn Racing Stable (MD); T-Michael M. Moore.

Lots of excitement for homebred Takethemoneyhoney who crushed the field in a $50,000 MSW for owner/breeder Kasey K Racing Stable LLC, Final Turn Racing Stables LLC & Michael Day at Parx Racing with jockey Ruben Silvera riding for trainer Mike Moore pic.twitter.com/4SknkjHsaS

— Let's Go Racing Parx (@letsgoracingpa) July 10, 2024

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NYTB Membership Services booth at Saratoga Race Course

New York Thoroughbred Breeders - Wed, 2024-07-10 16:16

Dear Members:

Following a successful Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in June, the traditional Saratoga summer racing meet is upon us!

To best support our members, NYTB will have a membership services booth located outside the paddock on select Fridays at the track.

As a reminder, your 2024 NYTB membership and pin grants you FREE general admission entrance to Saratoga Race Course on each live race day. 

If you need any help or assistance regarding your NYTB membership or want to direct friends, colleagues, and guests to a place where they can learn more about NYTB and the New York-bred program, please visit us.

Please find the schedule and operating hours for the Saratoga on-track NYTB Membership Services Booth (outside the paddock):

  • Friday, July 12 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, July 26 – 11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 2 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 23 –  11a – 5p
  • Friday, August 30 – 11a – 5p

Our collective goal is to be visible to our members during the Saratoga season and share our mission with attendees all summer promoting breeding and racing in New York.

The Saratoga annual summer meet is an exciting time that brings great racing, fantastic purses, and tremendous opportunities for New York-breds at the track. We hope to see you soon!

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Saratoga Notebook, Presented by NYRA Bets: Long Neck Paula Back For The Schuylerville

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-10 15:57

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY–Finally, 'TDN Rising Star' Long Neck Paula (Uncle Mo) gets her chance to run at Saratoga Race Course.

The 2-year-old filly, trained by Wesley Ward, is one of 11 entered to run in the 106th running of the $175,000 Listed Schuylerville Stakes on Thursday's opening day card at the Spa.

Long Neck Paula was the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the June 6 Astoria S. at Saratoga but didn't get to run after the stewards scratched her.

Ward had taken her off the grounds for cold water spa therapy, which was a no-no. A rule states that stewards must grant permission for such treatment and Ward had not done that.

“Everyone involved was disappointed,” Ward said Wednesday by phone from Lexington, Kentucky. “It was one of those things. You live and you learn, and you move on.”

Long Neck Paula is one of eight in the field for the six-furlong Schuylerville coming off a win. Half of those, including Long Neck Paula, won on the front end.

“This looks like a very contentious group,” Ward said. “My only concern is when you get into the first 2-year-old stakes race, and you have a bunch of very fast horses … six furlongs is a long way to go for a 2-year-old right now.”

Ward said he has seen many editions of the Schuylerville won by horses that come from off the pace. Young horses that go too fast too early are not around at the end.

“It seems to me that when they are in the early stages of their career, they can't sustain the early speed,” Ward said.

So, he will leave it up to jockey Flavien Prat to decide where to put Long Neck Paula in the race. Prat replaces Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who rode Long Neck Paula to a 3 1/2-length win in her career debut on May 2 at Churchill Downs.

Velazquez has opted to ride fellow 'Rising Star' Complexion (Complexity), the 7-2 morning-line favorite for trainer Danny Gargan. Long Neck Paula, who is owned by Will Stroud, is 8-1.

“I will give Flavien the freedom to ride his own race,” Ward said. “Johnny chose to ride the other filly–and she is very talented–and we picked up a very good replacement. (Prat) is a very heady rider and that is why he is at where he is in racing. We are happy to have him.”

Honor Marie Will Likely Get New Rider for Travers

Trainer Whit Beckman has decided that his top 3-year-old Honor Marie (Honor Code) will, in all likelihood, train up to his next start, the $1.25 million GI Travers S. at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

Beckman will also be looking for a new rider for Honor Marie, who was last seen finishing fourth in the GI Belmont S. at the Spa.

“I don't know what I am going to do yet,” Beckman said outside his Saratoga barn at the Oklahoma Training Track. “I am going to start with a clean slate. Right now, it has been my biggest headache because no one wants to ride him until everyone wants to ride him.”

Honor Marie with trainer Whit Beckman and rider Simon Harris | Sarah Andrew

In the Belmont, Honor Marie was ridden by Florent Geroux, who replaced Ben Curtis, who was aboard in the GI Kentucky Derby when the colt finished eighth. Curtis could not ride in the Belmont after breaking his collarbone at the end of May.

Beckman, a former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher and Chad Brown, said he is going to wait a couple weeks before deciding who will ride Honor Marie.

“I would like a guy who rides this track well and I would like a guy who has won the Travers,” Beckman said. “I have a couple of riders in mind.”

For now, the plan will be to train the colt up to the Midsummer Derby but that could also change.

“Honestly, I just want him to get a chance at a mile and a quarter,” he said. “Every time he runs a mile and a quarter, he gets destroyed by some horse and can't get any traction. In the Belmont, he had trouble at the start and Sierra Leone (Gun Runner), like a honing missile, just came over on him down the stretch.”

Honor Marie, owned by Ribble Farms LLC, Michael H. Eiserman, Earl I. Silver, Kenneth E. Fishbein and Dave Fishbein, also had traffic trouble in the Kentucky Derby after finishing a solid second in the GII Louisiana Derby.

“I know he belongs, and I know, with the trip, he has as much talent as a lot of these,” he said.

Honor Marie had his first work since the Belmont last Saturday at Churchill Downs, going four furlongs in :50.40. Beckman said his first Saratoga work could come a week from Saturday.

Mott Will See if Rich Strike Still Wants To Do It

It has been 432 days since improbable 2022 GI Kentucky Derby hero Rich Strike (Keen Ice) was last seen on a racetrack. A fifth-place finish in the GII Alysheba S. at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2023 was hardly inspiring.

Since then, the 5-year-old has had front leg issues, he has been been retired, unretired and has also changed barns. If Rich Strike is going to get back to the races, it will be Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott who will get him there.

Rich Strike Wednesday at Bill Mott's barn | Sarah Andrew

“I am excited about trying to get him ready because we know the horse can run,” Mott said outside his office on the Oklahoma Training Track. “I am excited about having him and having the opportunity. It is challenging, but I think a lot of the pressure was taken off because he has had a year and a half off. Everyone must realize he is starting over.”

Rich Strike had his first timed work since joining the Mott barn on Tuesday, going three furlongs in :39.60 (14/14) over the Oklahoma track.

Mott knows it will be baby steps for Rich Strike, who is owned by Rick Dawson's RED TR-Racing, LLC.

Rich Strike turned the racing world upside down when he won the 2022 Derby at the astronomical odds of 80-1. He has had six starts since then, all of them graded stakes. Four of them were Grade I races. His best finish was a second in the GII Lukas Classic S. at Churchill on Oct. 1, 2022.

Rich Strike has been in Mott's Saratoga barn since late June.

“They gave him a lot of time to heal, he was pretty beat up,” Mott said of the time off given to Rich Strike. “The babying is over with. We are not going to go from A to Z, we will build him up. He is getting to a point where he either makes it as a racehorse or he doesn't.”

There is no target race for Rich Strike. Mott said he will use the summer to get the colt as fit as he can. The rest is up to him.

“I would hope that by the end of the meet he will be pretty fit,” Mott said. “That gives us July and August. We will space his works out properly. He may or may not be ready to run by the end of the meet. We will see.”

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David O’Rourke Joins TDN Writers’ Room Podcast To Talk Saratoga

Thoroughbred Daily News - Wed, 2024-07-10 15:01

After a very successful mini-meet highlighted by the running of the GI Belmont Stakes, NYRA is set to return to Saratoga for the start of the 2024 meet. Guiding the ship will be NYRA President and CEO Dave O'Rourke, who will be hoping for sunny skies, no breakdowns and record attendance and handle numbers. That's a lot to ask, but it is Saratoga, where magical things happen. To talk about the meet, O'Rourke joined this week's TDN Writers' Room Podcast Presented by Keeneland. He was the Green Group Guest of the Week.

With the goal of having as few fatalities as possible, O'Rourke said that NYRA continues to work on the safety aspects of its tracks.

“This is a high-octane sport and safety has to be number one,” he said. “So in terms of our tracks, they have all just been tested. (track surface guru) Mick Peterson was just out here. They all look good. The feedback's been very good. The weather for this meet should not be nearly as wet and rainy as it was last year. Then we have the HISA protocols to work with and they have been refined. There's been some changes when it comes to, one, injectables and, two, timeliness. With HISA, you're really starting to see the effects of having a unified structure here for safety. ”

 

A Tapeta surface is expected to debut at the new Belmont Park in late 2026. Any chance NYRA would ever install one at Saratoga?

“We are looking at the engineering to see what it would look like,” O'Rourke said. “You would think it'd be on the inside, obviously, like a seven-eighths track. You'd widen the actual outer turn, of course, but then you might be limiting your turf program. But in other ways, you might be extending it because you can come off it and you're not going up to rough up the turf courses in foul weather. That's in discussion. It's very early on. That's a big change for up here. It would have to be done right.”

This will be a first for NYRA, where races were run at Saratoga before the primary meet started. This gave O'Rourke and his team a chance to do a dress rehearsal, and they were very happy with how well the Belmont meet went off.

“It was amazing, actually. It was it was incredible,” he said. “That really sets up some momentum rolling into the meet. The fans are at the core of this. It's an entertainment product, and the fans up here are so bought in. We're looking for amazing crowds. There's just so many aspects to this in terms of really throwing a party for 40 days when you get down to it. Everyone has so much fun up here. We just hope it stays dry. That's always the challenge with Saratoga, the weather, and that's the one thing you can't control.

In our breeding spotlight section we took a look at the WinStar stallion Nashville.

Elsewhere on the podcast, which is also sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders' Association, West Point Thoroughbreds, WinStar, XBTV.com and the KTOB, the team of Randy Moss, T. D. Thornton  and Bill Finley discussed the latest chapter in the war over HISA, which included a favorable court ruling from The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the anti-HISA forces. But Thornton, who has been covering the story for the TDN said not to expect any changes any time soon and that the matter might not be resolved until it hits the Supreme Court some time next year. The group also previewed the Saturday card at Saratoga, which features four stakes, including the GI Diana Stakes.

Click here for the audio version of the podcast and for the video.

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SF Racing's Ryan Joins Breeders Cup Board of Directors

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
Fred Hertrich III and Clem Murphy were re-elected to the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors, while Tom Ryan of SF Racing was elected. All will serve four-year terms.

Compounding Company Pleads Guilty to Fraud Offenses

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
Under an alleged scheme involving fake prescriptions in an effort to facilitate distribution, a compounding company that has marketed treatments to Thoroughbred racehorses recently entered a guilty plea in federal court.

HIPICA TV Adds Monmouth, Woodbine to Spanish Broadcast

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
Hipica TV, the popular Spanish language online broadcast, will add Monmouth Park and Woodbine to its channel beginning this Friday, July 12.

Backside Learning Center to Raffle Rare Woodford Bottle

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
In a partnership with Woodford Reserve, participants in the Backside Learning Center's 20th-anniversary raffle have an opportunity to win one of three prizes, including the rare Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 150 Baccarat Edition.

Fasig-Tipton Catalogs 240 Yearlings for Saratoga Sale

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
The Saratoga Sale will be held on Monday and Tuesday, August 5 and 6, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Sessions will begin each evening at 6:30 pm in the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion.

Maclean's Music Colt Tops Solid F-T July Sale

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
Hip 170, a colt by Maclean's Music, topped the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Yearlings Sale by bringing $500,000. John Stewart of Resolute Racing secured the Florida-bred, who was consigned by Gainesway, agent for Bridlewood Farm.

New Stallions Well Received at Fasig-Tipton's July Sale

Blood-Horse - Wed, 2024-07-10 14:51
Fasig-Tipton's The July Sale has long been a showcase for stallions whose first foals are yearlings, and the 2024 edition again provided the market with a look at the new sires.

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