Newsletter

Friday, December 08, 2017
The California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation has set up the website cthfcares.org to accept donations to help people and horses affected by the Southern California fire that destroyed much of the San Luis Rey training center.

Friday, December 08, 2017
Executives from the Hong Kong Jockey Club told a group of about 70 media members from around the world that it plans on hosting a live racing program at its new Conghua Training Centre during calendar year 2019.

Thursday, December 07, 2017
Changes in the withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel proceeds is having the positive impact on the national handle that Thoroughbred industry leaders had expected.

Thursday, December 07, 2017
After a two-year standstill, Kentucky's renowned horse industry is back in the race to develop a market in China, the world's most populous country. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Monday touted a new trade accord lifting a ban on U.S equine exports to China. The deal was signed by U.S. and Chinese officials last month.

Thursday, December 07, 2017
A fast-spreading wildfire descended rapidly on the San Luis Rey Downs training facility in Bonsall, California Thursday afternoon, leaving horsemen with no choice but to turn horses loose on the property to avoid the flames. Images from local San Diego County news stations and Twitter posts from horsemen showed videos of horses running freely on the track and in the stable area as smoke and flames engulfed the surrounding areas. Early reports indicated a number of equine fatalities and destroyed barns.

Thursday, December 07, 2017
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Dec. 7 to approve a revision in the percentage split of the state's Horse Racing Development Fund that will strip money from the Thoroughbred horsemen and redirect to it to Standardbreds.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Get ready, horse racing, because sports wagering is coming your way. That was the consensus of speakers on the hottest panel discussion on the second day of the Global Symposium on Racing sponsored by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
The Ohio Legislature advanced a bill to the governor Tuesday that legalizes fantasy sports contests based on the popular entry-fees-for-prize money model, but the pending law would specifically prohibit any form of contest play that involves “horses or horse racing.”

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Fueled by the 2016 approval of advance deposit wagering in the state, the Minnesota Racing Commission has authorized the record payment of more than $590,000 in breeder awards to Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse breeders.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Have to admit, when the idea of the Pegasus World Cup was announced I thought it was a stupid idea that would last one year and be done with. I was too hasty in my judgment. For one thing, I figured there was no way you could get a competitive field. Even though 12 people would put up $1 million each to fund the purse, I worried about what would happen with a heavy favorite.

Monday, December 04, 2017
Over the past months the American Horse Council (AHC) has reached out to the equine community to determine the potential impact of the upcoming Electronic Logging Device mandate. Based on the information received, the AHC, in collaboration with the rest of the animal agriculture community, has requested that the Department of Transportation (DOT) grant a one-year enforcement delay followed by a waiver and limited exemptions from compliance with the December 18, 2017 implementation date for the Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service (HOS).

Monday, December 04, 2017
Senators scrambled Saturday, December 2, to muster the necessary 51 votes to pass its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, effectively laying down a marker to jump start negotiations with the House of Representatives on a final package. While details related to the senate bill continue to emerge, please see the below highlights of key provisions that will impact the equine industry.

Sunday, December 03, 2017
The Supreme Court appeared poised Monday to legalize sports betting by freeing states from a federal anti-gaming law. The justices gave a friendly hearing to New Jersey’s claim that states are free to control their own laws, including in the area of gambling, unless Congress has adopted a federal regulatory policy to prohibit it.