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  • Wednesday December 04

    Two Reappointees, One Newcomer Named To Minnesota Racing Commission

    • From: Paulick Report

    Lisa Goodman and Alan Gingold have been reappointed, and Julie Idelkope has been appointed by Gov. Tim Walz to the Minnesota Racing Commission for six year terms starting November 24, 2019. In addition to these appointments, current member James Lane has been designated as the Chair of the Commission.

  • Wednesday December 04

    Live racing returns to Churchill Downs Inc.'s Turfway Park in Florence tonight;…

    • From: Northern Kentucky Tribune

    Live Racing returns to Northern Kentucky tonight at Turfway Park with the traditional Holiday Meet and there have been some big changes since horses last broke from the gate in Florence. A rendering of the new Turfway Facility. Construction is expected to begin at the conclusion of the 2020 Winter/Spring meet (provided images, click to enlarge). Most notably, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) purchased Turfway Park in October and has promised a bright future for horsemen and patrons. The biggest changes will come at the conclusion of the Winter/Spring Meet when construction of a new facility on the grounds will begin, but horsemen will see some notable changes right away.

  • Tuesday December 03

    So Long, Parking for Racing customers at Oaklawn

    • From: Bloodhorse

    In addition to the [new hotel off turn 1], a 28,000-square-foot gaming expansion south of the grandstand is scheduled to open the week live racing begins in 2020, Oaklawn general manager Wayne Smith said. A 14,000-square-foot multi-purpose events center that will accommodate up to 1,500 people for concerts, meetings, banquets, and weddings will adjoin the hotel. Target date for completion of the events center is also late 2020.

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  • Tuesday December 03

    KHRC: Asmussen Suspended 30 Days For Pair Of Acepromazine Overages

    • From: Paulick Report

    The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued a 30-day suspension to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen on Nov. 30, 2019, after two of his trainees were found to have Acepromazine in their post-race urine samples. Acepromazine is a sedative which can be used to calm horses on the racetrack.

  • Tuesday December 03

    Evolution of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance: Founded in 2012 to Tackle Important Issue

    • From: America's Best Racing

    When news broke early this decade of poor situations for multiple retired racehorses, concerned horsemen came together to create the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) to raise the standard of racehorse aftercare. Organized by Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing, the first meeting to start the process of creating the TAA took place during Belmont Stakes weekend in 2011 with the group then meeting again at Keeneland that fall. In February 2012, the creation of TAA was announced with some major names in racing taking part in supporting its early efforts.

  • Sunday December 01

    Final odds set for 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday evening and, as one should come to expect with this early round of betting, the interest for "All Other Three-Year-Old Colts and Geldings" ended the weekend as the favorite.

  • Friday November 29

    Significant hurdles to clear before Balmoral will rise again as a racetrack

    • From: Harness Racing Update

    “I find it intriguing that someone who apparently has had no involvement with Illinois racing heretofore suddenly has projects announced not only for Balmoral but also for a property adjacent to Arlington International,” [IRB Commissioner] McCauley said when asked about the two developments. “If anybody were going to resuscitate Balmoral it’s a very complicated path with a lot of hurdles. Never mind that it says in the Balmoral deed that gaming shall be prohibited (until 2026). Balmoral is in Will County and the bill passed by the legislature stipulates a bill exclusively for harness racing in Cook County in one of six townships. “I’m going to assume he knows what he’s doing but it all seems very mysterious.”

  • Wednesday November 27

    Bright future for Turfway Park, now owned by Churchill Downs Inc., begins…

    • From: Northern Kentucky Tribune

    While construction of Turfway Park’s new facility won’t begin until the spring of 2020, changes that herald a bright future for the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred racetrack are already evident as it opens its 44th holiday meet Dec. 4. The Turfway Park Grandstand as it exists today is seen in the top photo. A rendering of the new facility to be developed by Churchill Downs, Inc, is shown below. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin at the conclusion of Turfway Park’s 2020 Spring Meet. (provided images, click to enlarge). The changes result from Churchill Downs Inc.’s purchase of Turfway in mid-October. Most notably, purses for the 16-day holiday meet essentially double last year’s, averaging $204,812 a day (includes Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund monies).

  • Tuesday November 26

    Wests File Notice of Appeal for Dismissed Derby Lawsuit

    • From: Thoroughbred Daily News

    Gary and Mary West filed a notice of appeal in federal court Nov. 26 to challenge the Nov. 15 dismissal of their lawsuit that sought to overturn the controversial disqualification of Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) in the GI Kentucky Derby.

  • Tuesday November 26

    'I'm Going To Make People Mad': Churchill's New Equine Medical Director Up…

    • From: Paulick Report

    Dr. Will Farmer, recently announced as the new equine medical director at Churchill Downs, Inc., is formulating a plan to reduce fatal injuries across the company's three racetracks. According to the Courier-Journal, the 39-year-old former racing regulator will use his increased resources to implement additional pre-race screening and training oversight. “I'm going to make people mad,” Farmer told the Courier-Journal. “But if you don't make people mad, you're not looking out for the horse.”

  • Monday November 25

    Speed: Canterbury Park race horses exposed to methamphetamine

    • From: FOX 9

    Summary: Society is to blame for meth postives at Canterbury. Or the gate crew. Or backside workers. Or ...

  • Monday November 25

    Kentucky Derby Future Wager Opens Thanksgiving Day

    • From: Paulick Report

    Unbeaten Nashua Stakes (Grade III) winner Independence Hall and upset Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) winner Storm the Court are among the 24 betting interests in Pool 1 of the 2020 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which kicks off a four-day run at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day. Both Independence Hall and Storm the Court were made 12-1 individual co-favorites on veteran odds maker Mike Battaglia's morning line. The pari-mutuel field of “All Other 3-Year-Old Colts and Geldings” is expected to be the overall first-pool favorite for the 22nd consecutive year and Battaglia projects it to close as the 6-5 choice.

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