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Article: Purses, Handle Soar at Del Mar’s 75th Meet

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Overall, a fantastic Del Mar meet!

Purses, Handle Soar at Del Mar’s 75th Meet
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72624/purses-handle-soar-at-del-mars-75th-meet

Del Mar completed its 75th season with sizable increases in purses and on-track and all-source wagering, but attendance took a slight dip during the 37-day meet at the Southern California track that ended Sept. 5.

Del Mar reported average daily purses of $687,755 per day, an increase of 23.6% over the $626,823 figure for 2011, with average field sizes increasing to 8.7 runners per race from 8.4 a year ago.

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Article: Wagering, Attendance Spike at Canterbury Park

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More good news!

Wagering, Attendance Spike at Canterbury Park
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72584/wagering-attendance-spike-at-canterbury-park

Canterbury Park reported a 25% increase in wagering and record average daily attendance during the 62-day meet that concluded Sept. 3.

Average attendance for the 62-day meet was 6,595, an increase of 7.3% compared with 2011 when average attendance was 6,143. It was a new record for the Shakopee, Minn., track.

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Article: Handle, Attendance Show Increase at Saratoga

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Handle, Attendance Show Increase at Saratoga
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72573/handle-attendance-show-increase-at-saratoga

The 144th Saratoga Race Course meet came to end Sept. 3 with the track reporting across-the-board gains in average daily handle.

Daily average attendance for the 40-day meet was 22,526, up 0.8% from 22,353 for 39 days in 2011. Total attendance was 901,033, up 3.4% from 871,772 in 2011.

On-track handle had a daily average of $3,207,356, an increase of 3.3% from $3,105,171 in 2011. Total on-track handle was $128,294,220, up 5.9% from $121,101,665 last year.

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Article: Racino expansion fuels debate over drugs in horse racing | cleveland.com

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Racino expansion fuels debate over drugs in horse racing | cleveland.com
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/09/horseracing_critics_worry_that.html

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Casino gambling at Ohio horse tracks will fatten racing purses and could rejuvenate the sport in the state, but the higher stakes also will give trainers more of a reason to cheat.

Horse racing has long faced questions about whether trainers use medication to gain an unfair edge. Controversy flared again this year after the New York Times reported that 3,600 horses — an average of 24 a week — died during racing or training in the United States from 2009 through 2011.

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Article: New York Racing Returns to Belmont Sept. 8

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New York Racing Returns to Belmont Sept. 8
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/72554/new-york-racing-returns-to-belmont-sept-8

Top Thoroughbred action in New York returns to Belmont Park for the fall meet with 21 graded stakes beginning Sept. 8…

The featured event on opening day of the fall meet is the $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) on the turf.

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Dominguez wins 6 again, breaks Saratoga record

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Remarkable!

Dominguez wins 6 again, breaks Saratoga meet record – Talking Horses – Horse Racing News – Saratoga – timesunion.com – Albany NY
http://blog.timesunion.com/horseracing/dominguez-ties-saratoga-meet-record-for-jockeys/9427/

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Jockey Ramon Dominguez won six races today, giving him 66 victories for the Saratoga meet and breaking the record of 64 set by John Velazquez in 2004.

Dominguez won on Cue the Moon (4-1 odds) in the second race, Native Wave (2-1) in the fourth, World Premier (4-1) in the sixth, Shakeira (2-1) in the seventh, Temper in Command (2-1) in the eighth and Unbridled Command (10-1) in the ninth race, the Grade III Saranac.

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Article: Churchill rejects appeal to add Illinois Derby to qualifying races

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I truly do not understand this decision…

Churchill rejects appeal to add Illinois Derby to qualifying races
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing-news/2012/08/30/churchill-rejects-appeal-to-add-illinois-derby-to-qualifying-races.aspx

Churchill Downs has rejected a bid by Hawthorne Race Course to add its signature race, the Illinois Derby (G3), to the designated prep races in the new points-based qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

“We flew down there for a meeting and it was suggested that moving the date would be of significance,” Hawthorne President Tim Carey told the Chicago Tribune. “We were willing to move (from early April) to March to be part of it, and we got back to them. About three days later we got a letter from [Churchill President Kevin Flannery] saying ‘No, we can’t do it.’ “

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Article: Horse New York racing at crossroads – ESPN

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Sobering look at the crisis that is New York racing.

Horse New York racing at crossroads – ESPN
http://m.espn.go.com/general/horse/story?storyId=8311471

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The air rushes from the Spa’s balloon suddenly and this year with the distinct sound of both finality and relief. Even the acquisition of the Travers canoe by Mike Repole, inventor of vitamin enriched water and enthusiastic owner of racehorses, met with resigned disinterest on Sunday when it was removed from the infield pond for transport to a swimming pool on Long Island. Sunday mornings after the Travers Stakes have for more than 50 years dawned on the canoe painted in the winner’s colors but, even with the problems posed by a dead heat in the 143rd Travers, tradition is impossible to besmirch when so few traditionalists remain and are so vastly outnumbered by the unaware.

If a nation can function with one vice president, so can NYRA.

Since there is no chain of authority at the New York Racing Association, a void left by the overthrow of a hapless board of trustees larded with those due political consideration and the announced intent to replace it with a hapless board almost purely composed of those due political consideration, the immediate period, post Saratoga, is critical. It is important that the inevitably inept be able to recognize and hire those who are highly capable, a difficult equation to balance. This will reveal immediately much concerning the intent of Gov. Andrew (Darth Vader) Cuomo regarding the future of racing and breeding in New York.

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Article: Ky. legislators reject horse race drug ban – UPI.com

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Ky. legislators reject horse race drug ban – UPI.com
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/08/28/Ky-legislators-reject-horse-race-drug-ban/UPI-55691346170890/

FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 28 (UPI) — A Kentucky legislative committee has overwhelmingly rejected a bill by the governor to ban giving anti-bleeding drugs to horses on the day they race.

The panel turned down the proposal Monday by a vote of 19 to 1, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal reported.

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Article: Illinois governor vetoes expanded gambling – Thoroughbred Times

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Illinois governor vetoes expanded gambling – Thoroughbred Times
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2012/08/28/illinois-governor-vetoes-expanded-gambling.aspx

The governor of Illinois vetoed a bill to expand gambling in his state on Tuesday, dealing a blow to Churchill Downs, Inc.’s (CDI) hopes of installing slot machines at Arlington Park.

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