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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the track's 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record nine stakes that could be worth at least $100,000 each. Purse money and supplements for Kentucky-bred horses are projected to average $330,000 a day at the 29-date meet that runs June 30 through Labor Day. That's more than double the $155,000 average-daily purses offered only four years ago.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order on May 23 permitting the use of microchips as a means to identify racehorses—Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horses—who are entered to race at any of Ohio's seven racetracks, as well as at the Buckeye State's county fairs. "This executive order will ensure that the Ohio State Racing Commission will be able to uphold the integrity of racing by identifying horses using the most updated technology," Bill Crawford, executive director of the Ohio State Racing Commission acknowledged.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The California Horse Racing Board approved its support of SB 469, a bill that would allow the CHRB to immediately suspend a license to conduct a race meeting if needed to protect equine health and welfare. It was one of several items the CHRB undertook at its May 23 meeting at Santa Anita Park to continue to improve protocols designed for the safety of horses and riders.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The return to the Turf of Peter M. Brant, a man of deep engagement with wider concerns of art and society, has not just enriched the sport’s cultural fabric. It has also now secured the future of a valuable piece of its heritage in Payson Park.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
In a rare hearing on horse racing in the California state Capitol in Sacramento Wednesday, industry leaders such as Mike Smith, Bob Baffert and The Stronach Group (TSG) Chairman and President Belinda Stronach took turns before state lawmakers to discuss the efforts the sport has taken to improve the welfare and safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes, as well as the measures that still need to be instituted.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Following the Lasix dosage reduction protocol that was approved for Santa Anita Park in March, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) on Thursday voted to approve similar agreements to allow racing secretaries at four other tracks to also establish conditions that will lower the allowable maximum race-day dosage of the drug from 500 mg to 250 mg.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Colonial Downs Group’s request to obtain a license to operate Historical Horse Racing and live simulcast wagering at its next Rosie’s Gaming Emporium site was approved today at the Virginia Racing Commission meeting. The new Rosie’s complex will be located in South Richmond at the site of a former Kmart building on Midlothian Turnpike. It is 120,000 square feet, will have 700 Historical Horse Racing (HHR) terminals, a prominent OTB/live simulcast area, a dining area, large bar, both smoking and non-smoking sections and a higher limit HHR area. It will have 840 parking spaces and a capacity of 3,000 people. The opening is scheduled for late June.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The death of race horses, particularly in the United States, has made headlines about the safety of the sport. Horse racing journalist Katie Lamb argues the thoroughbreds are being put in danger while veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage argues they are not, that safety is paramount.

Monday, May 20, 2019
Nominations for the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards open May 21 and will close July 15. The TIEAs were held in America for the first time in 2016. Godolphin, the global racing stable founded by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is the principal sponsor of the awards in association with The Jockey Club, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, and the Breeders' Cup. Godolphin also sponsors the equivalent Stud and Stable Staff Awards in Ireland, Australia, Britain, and France.

Monday, May 20, 2019
The Drug Testing Standards and Practices (DTSP) Committee of the Association of Racing Commissions International (ARCI) has released for industry and public comment Proposed Revised Penalty Guidelines for violations of the antidoping or medication rules in horse racing.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
While the 2019 Preakness Stakes (G1) field lacked any of the first four horses to reach the wire in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), horseplayers had plenty of interest in the Baltimore classic. Perhaps the debate that followed the disqualification of Maximum Security from victory in the Derby brought more interest to the Preakness May 18 at Pimlico Race Course as bettors turned up in force, wagering a record $99,852,653 on the 14-race card, up 2.8% from the record set in 2017 at $97,168,658 (also a 14-race card).

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced it will serve as the host for the inaugural American Youth Racing Experience (AYRE) this summer, a unique opportunity for young men and women to see and take part in the Thoroughbred game in "up close and personal" fashion.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
The third International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), held in conjunction with the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation's (EMHF) General Assembly at Øvrevoll Racetrack in Oslo, Norway, concluded May 16 with presentations on topics including the challenges regulators face when it comes to aftercare, the versatility of the Thoroughbred, an aftercare toolkit, and case studies of aftercare programs in France and Greece.

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Luis Saez has filed an appeal of a 15-day suspension handed down by the stewards at Churchill Downs for his ride on Maximum Security during the May 4 Kentucky Derby, according to his attorney. Saez also filed a request for a stay of the suspension until his appeal can be heard.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Facing a virtual collapse of the state breeding industry, Arlington International Racecourse is converting its "state-bred" races to "states-bred" affairs, including not only Illinois-bred horses but those hailing from Louisiana and Arkansas. In addition to providing additional horses for races that have seen dwindling fields, racing secretary Chris Polzin said the newly carded events will be considered "open-company" races, offering owners of actual Illinois-breds a chance at supplementary earnings.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Maximum Security’s owners on Tuesday sued the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and its members, staff and the stewards who disqualified the horse in the 145th Kentucky Derby. The federal lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Frankfort on Tuesday, called the disqualification process “bizarre and unconstitutional” and seeks to have the stewards’ decision reversed and the original order of finish reinstated “confirming that Maximum Security is the official winner of the Derby who remains undefeated.”

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Mike Willman still wakes up each day — or, oftentimes in the middle of the night — thinking of a number. He’s then reminded of that upon arriving to work as Santa Anita Park’s director of publicity. “It’s 23,” Willman said, referring to the total equine fatalities as a result of racing or training since the winer meet began back on Dec. 26.

Saturday, May 11, 2019
The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) has launched the Empire Racing Club, a non-profit organization designed to introduce fans to racehorse ownership. New York’s beloved retired racecaller Tom Durkin will serve as managing partner, and Eclipse Award-winner Todd Pletcher will be the Club trainer.