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IFHA: Owners A Chief Concern Internationally As COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

As racing jurisdictions around the world continue to wade through the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic, international authorities agree that one of the biggest concerns they have is keeping owners engaged during this unpredictable time. The 54th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities concluded last week with its fourth and final digital session asking racing authorities to look to the future after a rollercoaster year that saw racing suspended or altered in most places. The b

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Whip Rule Debate Reaches New York As Commissioners Question Whether Change Is Needed

Whip rules have become a popular topic at racing commission meetings in recent months, with new restrictions in California and New Jersey drawing ire from jockeys there and changes coming soon in Kentucky. Now, gaming officials in New York are considering whether they need to take additional steps to restrict whip use in the state. At a commission of the New York State Gaming Commission held Oct. 19, officials invited several groups representing the interests of racing officials, jockeys, racet

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Hamm’s First Grade 1 Is Not ‘Beginner’s Luck’

Maybe it's a cliché, says Thoroughbred trainer Timothy Hamm, but success breeds success no matter the industry. So, yes, the 54-year-old was beyond thrilled to saddle the first Grade 1 winner of his career with Dayoutoftheoffice in the Oct. 10 Frizette at Belmont Park, but the adjacent reality is that Hamm's program has been quietly building up to that top-level victory since he purchased his first racehorse in 1994. An undefeated 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, Dayoutoftheoffice will be

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Swiss Skydiver Jumps To Second In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

It has yet to be determined which Breeders' Cup race top sophomore filly Swiss Skydiver will enter. What is assured is that the Preakness Stakes winner will carry strong regard to any starting gate she enters as she continues to inch up the ranks in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Thoroughbred Poll. In the wake of her victory over Kentucky Derby winner and poll leader Authentic in the October 3 Preakness, Swiss Skydiver remains under consideration for a

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Fan-Favorite Bodexpress Under Consideration For Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Following a triumphant, near track-record setting victory at Gulfstream Park West this weekend, fan-favorite Thoroughbred Bodexpress could be targeting the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 7 at Keeneland. Trainer Gustavo Delgado told the Daily Racing Form that the 4-year-old exited his allowance win in good order, and that either the Dirt Mile or the Grade 1 Clark at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27 may be his next targets. “The main thing about the Dirt Mile is that it's around two turns at Keenelan

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Canadian Triple Crown Contender: Breeders’ Stakes Draw To Be Streamed Live On Oct. 21

The post position draw for the 129th running of the $400,000 Breeders' Stakes, third and final jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, will be streamed live online next Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Woodbine Racetrack. The post draw show will be hosted by racing analyst Jason Portuondo live from Woodbine Racetrack's broadcast studio and paddock at 12 noon, with an appearance by Jim Lawson, President and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. The connections of Mighty Heart will join the show to discuss the Qu

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Study: Diet Change Imperative For Ulcer Resolution In Horses

When a horse begins ulcer treatment, the way he is managed is often scrutinized; alleviating stress will hopefully mitigate ulcer recurrence. A new study out of Denmark shows that management changes alone may not be enough—adjustment to the horse's diet should also be investigated. A low-starch diet can be beneficial for a horse that has gastric ulcers, but diet as a whole is often overlooked when ulcers medication is prescribed. Dr. Nanna Luthersson created a study to highlight the necessity f

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USTA’s Williams: Time Has Passed For Standardbred Industry To Get A ‘Place At The Table’ With Federal Bill

U.S. Trotting Association President Russell C. Williams submitted the following letter to the editor to the Paulick Report this week. Williams wanted to share his thoughts on a letter we published Oct. 16 from USTA director David Siegel. Siegel urged the Standardbred industry to “extend an olive branch” to supporters of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 with the hope of active participation in any forthcoming federal racing authority. My friend David Siegel urges the Standardbred

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In The Stud Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Tapwrit, First Crop Weanlings Of 2020

Going to stud with a classic win under one's belt is often enough to generate plenty of interest in a young stallion. Being a son of top commercial sire Tapit with a classic score on the resume only serves to further fuel the fire. On this edition of In The Stud, we speak to Sean Tugel of Gainesway about Tapwrit, the 2017 Belmont Stakes winner whose first foals are weanlings of 2020. Tapwrit was slotted for big things after selling for $1.2 million as a yearling, and he lived up to the lofty e

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Stakes Winner Mobil Solution Tops Ohio Mixed Sale

The Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Mixed Sale took place on Oct. 15 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware Ohio, spearheaded by the $88,000 purchase of Ohio-bred year-end award winner Mobil Solution. Over 150 people turned out on a Thursday afternoon amidst a festive setting at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds. Seventy-four lots went through the auction ring, with 62 changing hands for revenues of $432,300 and an average sale price of $6,972. Most of the winning bidders w

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Smooth Like Strait Brings ‘A-Game’ To Twilight Derby At Santa Anita

In a dominant performance, heavily favored Smooth Like Strait sat a close second early, took command turning for home and drew off to an emphatic 1 1/2-length victory in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Trained by Michael McCarthy and ridden by Umberto Rispoli, the bay colt by Midnight Lute got a mile and one eighth on firm turf in 1:46.89. With pacesetter Dominant Soul grudgingly giving way at the top of the lane, Smooth Like Strait shook loose of ev

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Mustang Joins Space Force To Encourage Conservation

A 5-year-old Mustang has been added to the Space Force conservation program at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California. The military working horse program supports the Force and patrols the Western Range, which is more than 98,000 acres. Begun in 1996, the conservation unit and military working horse program is the only equine patrol unit within the Department of Defense. It's one of only four conservation units in the United States Air Force. Named Ghost, the Mustang is nearly 10 ye

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Ironicus Colt Helium Dominates Juvenile Rivals In Woodbine’s Display

Helium, who had stamped himself as one to watch in his victorious debut at Woodbine on September 27, lived up to those notices with a four-length romp as the 7-5 favorite in Sunday's $100,000 Display Stakes at the Toronto, Ontario, track under returning rider Emma-Jayne Wilson. The $100,000 Display, contested at seven furlongs this year after being raced over 1 1/16 miles since 1994, went with a field of seven 2-year-olds. Helium was the meet-leading 13th stakes winner for trainer Mark Casse,

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‘This One’s For You, Martha’: Silent Poet Game And Determined In Nearctic Stakes

Silent Poet, under Justin Stein, delivered an emotional victory for trainer Nick Gonzalez in Sunday's $290,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario. Gonzalez, whose wife, assistant trainer Martha Gonzalez, recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer, watched Silent Poet, bred and owned by Stronach Stables, put on a show over six furlongs on a “good” E.P. Taylor Turf Course. It was Silent Poet who was ushered immediately to the front by Stein in the Nearctic, the 5-

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Etoile Gets The Trip, Earns Grade 1 Status With E.P. Taylor Triumph

Etoile, runner-up as the favorite when invading from New York for trainer Chad Brown in the Aug. 15 Dance Smartly, made amends at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario, on Sunday by taking the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes by a neck under Rafael Hernandez. Court Return, an improving half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winners Channel Maker and Johnny Bear, closed resolutely on the far outside to finish second in the field of seven for the $600,000 race over 1 1/4 miles of the renowned E.P Taylor turf course.

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Get Smokin Turns Tables On Decorated Invader In Hill Prince Upset

Mary Abeel Sullivan Revocable Trust's Get Smokin made every call a winning one to turn the tables on familiar foe Decorated Invader in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Hill Prince, a one-mile Widener turf test for sophomores at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Trained by Tom Bush and expertly piloted by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, Get Smokin ensured his fourth attempt versus Decorated Invader was successful after finishing third in the Cutler Bay in March at Gulfstream Park and second in the G2 Hall

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Blame Debbie Wins Stretch Duel With Always Shopping In Marathon Dowager At Keeneland

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Michael Cloonan and Tim Thornton's Blame Debbie held off Always Shopping through a stretch-long duel by a head to win the 29th running of the $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) for fillies and mares Sunday afternoon at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Manny Franco, Blame Debbie covered the 1 1/2 miles on a firm turf course in 2:34.74 and became the first 3-year-old to win the race. Blame Debbie is cataloged to Ke

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Gulfstream Park West Rainbow 6 Hit For $249,204

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 was solved Sunday at Gulfstream Park West in Miami Gardens, Fla., for a jackpot payoff of $249,204. The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for the first 11 racing days of the Fall Turf Festival before a single unique ticket was purchased with the 3-8-6-8-7-13 winning combination Sunday. Galit Jak ($4,60) kicked off the Rainbow 6 sequence in Race 4, followed by Myfirstexwife ($64.40), Running for Riz ($32.60), I Get It ($19.20), She's All Woman ($6.40). Shendam ($9.20)

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Say The Word Closes Late For Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Victory

Smooth sailing and a stellar steer from Emma-Jayne Wilson put the exclamation point on a primetime performance by Say the Word in the $340,200 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (G1), presented by Pattison, Sunday at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario. Sent off at 5-1, Say the Word, bred and owned by Sam-Son Farm, and trained by Gail Cox, struck front in the late going and fended off a deep stretch surge from Sir Sahib to claim victory in the 1 1/2-mile marathon run over a “good” E.P. Taylor Turf Course. I

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Laurel Park Moves To 12:25 P.M. First Post Thursday – With Big Race-Day Exceptions

Post time moves to 12:25 p.m. for the duration of the calendar year-ending fall meet starting with the return of live racing to Laurel Park Thursday, Oct. 22, to open Maryland Million weekend. Limited to a maximum of 250 persons, Laurel will open its doors at 11:30 a.m. to spectators, who must enter through the clubhouse entrance, have their temperature taken and maintain social distancing guidelines. Post time on Maryland Million Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, will be 11:25 a.m. Other exceptions com

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Mike Smith To CHRB: New Riding Crop Rule Putting Jockeys, Horses At Greater Risk

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, co-chair of the Jockeys' Guild, has written a letter to California Horse Racing Board members on behalf of the Guild and California riders criticizing a restrictive riding crop rule that went into effect on Oct. 1 over concerns for the safety of horses and riders and the integrity of the sport. The rule, CHRB 1688, restricts both the manner and frequency with which jockeys may use the riding crop. Under CHRB 1688: The crop must be used in an underhanded position

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Danzing Candy Colt Tops OBS Open Yearling Sale

Hip No. 632, a son of Danzing Candy consigned by Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent, went to Donato Lanni, Agent for $115,000 to top the open session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2020 October Yearling Sale. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Bosserette, by Street Boss, a half sister to stakes winner Meditations. Hip No. 702, a son of Declaration of War consigned by K P Sales, Agent, was sold to Mick Price Racing for $72,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of Miss Prudence, b

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Curlin, Kitten’s Joy Top 2021 Stallion Roster For Hill ‘N’ Dale At Xalapa

A new chapter begins for Hill 'n' Dale as the stallions take up stud duty at Xalapa Farm just outside of Paris, Ky. The 13-strong stallion roster, led by stalwart breed-shapers Curlin and Kitten's Joy, arrived a week ago to the newly renovated and restored 1,400-acre stallion station and nursery. “We are aware of the pressures on the market due to the uncertain climate we find ourselves in,” said John G. Sikura, president of Hill 'n' Dale at Xalapa. “Hill 'n' Dale will once again look to be a

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‘It Puts A Smile On My Face Every Day:’ Richard Simons’ Technicolor Life

The following article by Chris Lomon originally appeared at OntarioRacing.com and is republished here with permission. The man known as “Si” makes sure everything runs as smooth as silk at Fort Erie Race Track in Fort Erie, Ontario. For the past seven years, Richard Simons has been the “colors man” at the Thoroughbred border oval, responsible for more than 2,500 “silks” – the long-sleeved shirts worn by jockeys – that hang from large racks in the space that's connected to the jockeys' room. H

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Prat Takes Over On Warren’s Showtime For Autumn Miss Stakes

A four-time stakes winner in search of her first graded victory, California-bred Warren's Showtime heads a field of seven sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Owned by Ben and Sally Warren and bred by Ben Warren, Warren's Showtime is trained by Craig Lewis and is by red-hot sire Clubhouse Ride, out of the Warrens' G1-winning Warren's Veneda.  Most recently a close third in the G1 Del Mar Oaks, Warren's Show

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