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Illinois Horsemen are appealing for industry-wide support of an effort to recover millions of dollars in purse money lost annually because of apparently unenforceable provisions of state law.

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Churchill Downs Inc.'s previously announced purchase of Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Penn. became official Jan. 11, giving CDI a foothold in the Keystone State's racing, gaming, online gaming, and sports wagering markets.

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Trainer Bob Baffert likely will have Game Winner make his seasonal debut in the $500,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) March 9 at Santa Anita Park.

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Fifty Years. Half a decade. Seems like yesterday. There is something about anniversaries, excluding weddings and births, that make us remember events we normally don’t give that much thought to.

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European-based jockey Jamie Spencer started a working holiday in the United States at Gulfstream Park Jan. 13, riding Brendan Walsh-trained Bantu to a fourth-place finish in the ninth race, a one-mile allowance for older horses on turf.

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The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association on Jan. 16 will conduct the California mixed sale that was previously part of the Barretts calendar.

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Indian grade 1 winner Sir Cecil is unbeaten in seven starts

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Son of Dubawi and Ouija Board ran second in the Coronation Cup (G1)

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A Department of Justice change in how it views the Wire Act is not expected to impact pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.

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Phoenix Ladies Syndicate's Walking Thunder, who won the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial (non-black-type) by nine lengths Jan. 10 to earn his third win in as many starts, is preparing to stay the course in the $250,000 UAE Two Thousand Guineas (G3) Feb. 7. 

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Trainer Nicky Henderson says chaser Might Bite is unlikely to run before the Cheltenham Festival after a breathing operation,

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Leading owners defend Cheltenham after reports Paul and Clare Rooney have told trainers they do not want their horses to race at the course.

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Jockey Charlie Deutsch claims his first Cheltenham triumph since being released from prison as Aso wins the Handicap Chase at the New Year's Day meeting.

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Leading owners Paul and Clare Rooney tell trainers they do not want their horses to race at Cheltenham.

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Richard Johnson has been honoured for services to horse racing in the New Year Honours.

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Sharjah sweeps to a convincing win the Ryanair Hurdle on the final day of the Christmas festival at Leopardstown.

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Apple's Jade secures a second consecutive victory in the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown as Willie Mullins' Faugheen falls.

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Altior makes it 16 wins out of 16 over obstacles with a comfortable win in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton.

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Elegant Escape, trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Tom O'Brien, wins the 2018 Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

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Might Bite is to undergo further veterinary examinations after flopping for the second time in a month.

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Illinois Horsemen are appealing for industry-wide support of an effort to recover millions of dollars in purse money lost annually because of apparently unenforceable provisions of state law.

2 min 55 sec

Churchill Downs Inc.'s previously announced purchase of Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Penn. became official Jan. 11, giving CDI a foothold in the Keystone State's racing, gaming, online gaming, and sports wagering markets.

2 min 55 sec

Trainer Bob Baffert likely will have Game Winner make his seasonal debut in the $500,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) March 9 at Santa Anita Park.

2 min 55 sec

Fifty Years. Half a decade. Seems like yesterday. There is something about anniversaries, excluding weddings and births, that make us remember events we normally don’t give that much thought to.

2 min 55 sec

European-based jockey Jamie Spencer started a working holiday in the United States at Gulfstream Park Jan. 13, riding Brendan Walsh-trained Bantu to a fourth-place finish in the ninth race, a one-mile allowance for older horses on turf.

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The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association on Jan. 16 will conduct the California mixed sale that was previously part of the Barretts calendar.

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Indian grade 1 winner Sir Cecil is unbeaten in seven starts

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Son of Dubawi and Ouija Board ran second in the Coronation Cup (G1)

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A Department of Justice change in how it views the Wire Act is not expected to impact pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.

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Phoenix Ladies Syndicate's Walking Thunder, who won the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial (non-black-type) by nine lengths Jan. 10 to earn his third win in as many starts, is preparing to stay the course in the $250,000 UAE Two Thousand Guineas (G3) Feb. 7. 

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KIM BAILEY is the one to watch as he saddles TWO FOR GOLD at Bangor.

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CLOUDY GLEN is worth waiting for in the last at Chepstow this afternoon.

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GALILEO’S SPEAR has been knocking at the door and can finally get his head in front at Newcastle today.

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NICKY HENDERSON can make it a sixth victory in today’s Tolworth Hurdle with Rathhill, a horse he describes as “having plenty of gears.”

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NOT NEVER can put punters on the front foot in the opener at Fontwell today.

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ORNATE is in good heart and won over the course and distance at Southwell a few days ago.

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THE well-backed KLOUD GATE can reward his supporters in today’s Unibet Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.

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HUMAN NATURE is fancied to score tonight under crack amateur rider Ross Birkett at Kempton.

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SWEET NATURE improved in novice company, winning at Newcastle at his third attempt.

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PHILAMUNDO shoulders a 6lb penalty for an eye-opening five-length win over Classic Charm at Chelmsford earlier this month.

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He has one of the hardest acts to follow in racing but Jonjo O'Neill jnr underlined his promise as an emerging young jockey with the biggest success of his embryonic career on Big Time Dancer.

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EXCLUSIVE BY MARCUS TOWNEND: Racecourses are pressing for action against drones being flown over British tracks which they claim are being used to give punters an unfair advantage.

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Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Wednesday's meetings at Newbury, Lingfield, Plumpton and Kempton.

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Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Tuesday's meetings at Lingfield, Kempton and Newcastle.

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Side with DARLING MALTAIX (Kempton, nap, 2.40) to prove a punter's sweetheart in this afternoon's Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle. The six-year-old is finally beginning to thrive.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson has his fingers crossed he will be fit enough to ride at Newcastle on Tuesday after missing his final two mounts at Fontwell. The jockey was unseated.

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Leading jockey Noel Fehily faces a spell on the sidelines after having his appendix removed after being rushed to hospital on Saturday. Fehily, suffered stomach pains when riding at Huntingdon.

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Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Monday's meetings at Fontwell, Ffos Las and Wolverhampton. 

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Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday's meetings at Huntingdon, Sedgefield, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

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Harry Skelton says his admiration for Richard Johnson will make it extra special if he can ever beat the three-time champion jockey to the title.

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The Eclipse Award winners will be announced on January 24 at Gulfstream Park with Horse of the Year finalists being Accelerate, Justify, and Monomoy Girl. Get all the finalists and details about them here.

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New Year's Day at Aqueduct, favorite Mind Control won the first Kentucky Derby prep for 2019, taking the Jereome Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths over Our Braintrust and Family Biz. Get the results, charts, and photos here.

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Saturday at Santa Anita, Competitionofideas rallied from last to win the American Oaks (G1) by 2 3/4 lengths over K P Pergoliscious while favorite Californiagoldrush finished 7th. Also on the card, Fahan Mura won the Robert J. Frankel Stakes (G3). Get the results, charts, and photos here.

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On opening day for the Santa Anita winter meet, there were 5 stakes headlined by the Malibu Stakes (G1) won by favorite McKinzie. Also on the card were the La Brea Stakes (G1) won by Spiced Perfection, the Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) won by River Boyne, the San Antonio Stakes (G2) won by Gift Box, and the Lady of Shamrock Stakes won by Amandine. Get the results, charts, and photos here.

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As we near the end of the year, it is time to take a look back at the highs and lows of 2018 and remember those people and horses that we lost.

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At Sha Tin on Sunday, local hero Glorious Forever won the Longines Hong Kong Cup over Deirdre with last year's winner Time Warp third. This completed a sweep of all the international races by local horses. Get the results, chart, and photos here.

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Locally trained Exultant held off Lys Gracieux to win the Longines Hong Kong Vase with Eziyra third and favorite Waldgeist fifth. Get the results, chart, and photos here.

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Heavy favorite Beauty Generation defeated Vivlos by 3 lengths to win the Longines Hong Kong Mile with Southern Legend third. Get the results, chart, and photos here.

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In a repeat of last year's exacta, Mr Stunning held off D B Pin by 3/4 length to win the Longines Hong Kong Sprint with Beat the Clock third and favorite Hot King Prawn 9th. Get the results, chart, and photos here.

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Photos and comments for 19 of the international horses on Saturday morning at Sha Tin Racecourse prepping for the Longines Hong Kong International Races on Sunday.

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For nearly 30 years, trainer Mike Machowsky has been largely known for a Southern California string out of which the odd diamond has been plucked. As of the middle of next month, he’ll be helping other trainers in their attempts to achieve the same conjuring trick, when he hands in his trainer’s license and picks up the mantle of Fasig-Tipton’s full-time California representative.

“It’s been one heck of a ride,” said Machowsky, about his training career. “I’ve loved it. It’s a hard thing to want to give up if you love it and you’ve done it for so long. But this was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I love the sales and I love California racing, and now, I’m excited to be partnering with such a premier sales company… They’re going full steam ahead to make a quality sales company out here.”

This year will mark Fasig-Tipton’s latest foray into California, with their first auction, a 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, slated for June 5, followed by a Fall Yearling Sale...

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Retired Racehorse Project founder Steuart Pittman was named the recipient of the 2018 EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award.

Established in 2009 by the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation, the Humanitarian Award honors an individual in the equestrian world who has devoted considerable personal time to improving the quality of life for equines.

“Receiving the EQUUS/USEF Humanitarian Award is a huge honor because I have so much respect for the institutions making the award,” Pittman said.

Longtime Thoroughbred Makeover competitor and outspoken OTTB advocate Isabela de Sousa was named 2018 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year. “I’m extremely honored to be chosen for this award when there are so many juniors who work hard because of their passion for horses,” de Sousa said.

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2018 G1 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow (Ire) (Helmet {Aus}) and 2018 G1 Dubai Turf hero Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) will both resurface on Super Saturday at Meydan, Mar. 9, trainer Saeed bin Suroor confirmed on Tuesday. Thunder Snow was last seen running third in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November, while MG1SW Benbatl ran second to the superstar Winx (Aus) (Street Cry {Ire}) in the G1 Cox Plate on Oct. 27.

“Thunder Snow has had an easy time so far and is doing well; happy to be back in Dubai,” Bin Suroor told the Meydan notes team. “Hopefully we can get him ready and run on Super Saturday in the [G1] Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3. He had a hard season and a hard race in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. That’s why I gave him and Benbatl an easy time and we will get them ready for the season. I’m not going to rush them.”

He added, “Benbatl has also had an easy time and is doing very good. Hopefully, like Thunder...

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You know how you sometimes start out with a possible conclusion based on the research you are going to do–but have not yet started–but at the end of the process you’re smacked upside the head because your original suspicion was wrong?

Welcome to the world of biomechanical and pedigree analysis for the leading sires in North American and Australia/New Zealand.

Our firm has spent a half dozen years traveling Down Under to attend yearling and 2-year-old sales where we offer our biomechanical, cardio and BreezeFigs services. Occasionally we’d find time to visit stallion facilities to gather measurements on leading or promising sires. What we discovered along the way is that there are some biomechanical patterns in the yearlings and 2-year-olds that are a bit different than those in North America.

Going into this project, we thought (somewhat anecdotally) that we’d analyzed a good many yearlings and 2-year-olds whose front legs were a bit shorter than the...

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In this new series we ask agents and others who book a lot of mares for their clients which sires might be flying slightly under the radar in this breeding season. Who might be getting overlooked in the rush for the new, hot thing? Read on.

Liz Crow
BLAME, Claiborne, $30,000

Munnings and Lookin At Lucky are two of my main ‘go to’ sires when getting mares started, or helping clients that are operating breed-to-race programs. I also really like Blame as a sire that has proven he can get a top Grade I winner, as well as an athletic individual buyers will pay for at sales.

In 2018, Blame’s yearlings averaged over $135,000 on a stud fee of $25,000 in 2016. This is over 5x the stud fee which is a great return for breeders. He was headlined by the talented GISW Marley’s Freedom, who ran a -2.5 Thoro-Graph when winning the GI Ballerina S., and GISW Fault who won three graded stakes in a row on dirt and turf. He was also...

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Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) completed the previously announced purchase of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania from Eldorado Resorts, the company announced Friday. The purchase of the property, which was first announced in early 2018, followed the approval of the transaction by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission.

“Presque Isle will give us a foothold in Pennsylvania and the opportunity to participate in the sports betting and online gaming market throughout the state,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “This acquisition is projected to be immediately accretive to our shareholders. We are excited about welcoming Presque Isle and its employees to the Churchill family.”

Presque Isle Downs typically conducts its Thoroughbred race meet from mid May until early October.

 

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The Burns family have been breeding Classic winners at their Lodge Park Stud in Kilkenny for three generations and while some bloodlines have come and gone in that time many others have flourished, including the dynasty spawned by Park Express (GB) (Ahonoora {GB}), one of the foundation mares the stud is probably best known for. The mare defied the theory that old mares tend not to breed their best stock in their latter years by delivering subsequent champion New Approach (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) at the  age of 22. Before that though, she had left behind a Green Desert filly called Alluring Park (Ire) and it is this 20-year-old ‘blue hen’ that currently sits atop of the Lodge Park pecking order of mares and it is easy to understand why.

Her progeny are headed by Coolmore’s 2012 G1 Epsom Oaks winner Was (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and GSW Douglas Macarthur (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), however it is her stakes-placed daughter Al Naamah (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) who will go down...

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The Stallion Season Sale to benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund begins on Starquine.com Wednesday, Jan.16th at 8:00 p.m. and ends Friday, Jan.18th at 8:05 p.m.

All proceeds from the fourth annual Jockeys and Jeans sale of non-guaranteed, donated stallions go to PDJF, which makes monthly payments of $1,000 to 60 catastrophically injured former jockeys.

“Our sale is the only one in the entire racing industry whose entire proceeds goes to help humans; namely those Jockeys who have given so much of their lives beneath the horses we all know and love,” said Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl. “These brave men and women are no longer riding horses but wheelchairs.”

Breeding farms from Central Kentucky to Florida, California and beyond have donated seasons. They include: Shackleford, (Darby Dan Farm), Mucho Macho Man (Adena Springs), Army Mule (Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm), First Dude (Double Diamond Farms), Alternation (Pin Oak Stud), Upstart (Airdrie Stud), Wicked...

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The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion Monday that reversed its view that the Federal Wire Act applies exclusively to sports betting, but industry leaders do not believe the decision will have an impact on online parimutuel wagers placed on horse races. In a statement issued Tuesday, NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop said parimutuel wagering on horse racing remains safe under the provisions of the Interstate Horseracing Act.

“As expected, yesterday the Department of Justice issued a lengthy opinion reversing its 2011 opinion by stating that the Wire Act applies to all forms of online wagering, not just sports wagering,” Waldrop said. “This opinion does not affect our longstanding right to conduct interstate online wagering on horse racing as long as it is conducted in compliance with the Interstate Horseracing Act. We will continue to review the opinion and update the industry as this situation develops.”

The opinion issued Monday...

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Camelot Kitten (Kitten’s Joy–Celestial Woods, by Forestry) will join the 2019 stallion roster at Questroyal North in Stillwater, N. Y., where he will become the first son of perennial leading sire Kitten’s Joy to stand in the Empire State.

Camelot Kitten won four graded stakes races in his racing career, including the GII American Turf S. and GII National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame S.

He posted a record of 23-6-3-0 and earnings of $1,069,477.

The 6-year-old, a full-brother to GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Bobby’s Kitten, is owned by his breeders, Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey, and will stand as their property for $5,000, live foal.