Out-of-competition testing in California: where the trainers’ representatives stand

Out-of-competition testing in California: where the trainers’ representatives stand

For the past few years, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has been working towards an expansion of its out-of-competition (OOC) testing program, putting into place an enforcement mechanism to catch and prosecute violators.

Like most new medication rules in California, adoption of this new plan has proven a slow journey. And, at last month’s CHRB meeting, the wheels came off the bus entirely.

The meeting descended into Read more

The magic of Saratoga: racing insiders on what makes it so special to them

The magic of Saratoga: racing insiders on what makes it so special to them

Racing in New York moves to Saratoga Race Course on Friday. Last year, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) set a new race meet record for all-source handle of $676,709,490 for the 40 days of racing. This translates to an all-source daily handle of $16,917,737, which tops any other racetrack in the U.S.

Saratoga: the once illiterate, impoverished Irish immigrant who got the great meet started

Saratoga: the once illiterate, impoverished Irish immigrant who got the great meet started

In part two of our seven-part weekly series looking at the development of Saratoga Race Course, Paul Roberts and Isabelle Taylor explain how the magnificent 40-day race meet that begins there on Friday owes a huge debt to a remarkable character known as Old Smoke. The extracts are taken from their book The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Race Course.

Tony Morris’s 100 Shapers of the Breed: Tesio’s masterpiece

Tony Morris’s 100 Shapers of the Breed: Tesio’s masterpiece

Renowned bloodstock writer Tony Morris with the eighth article in his series celebrating 100 horses instrumental in shaping the modern Thoroughbred.

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