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Article: 53-Day Meet at Lone Star Park in 2012

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53-Day Meet at Lone Star Park in 2012
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65150/53-day-meet-at-lone-star-park-in-2012

The Texas Racing Commission has approved a 53-day meet for Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie for 2012. The track raced 52 days in 2011.

The 2012 spring Thoroughbred season will run from April 12 through July 8, with racing on a Thursday through Sunday schedule, with the exception of Thursday, July 5. There will also be live racing on Monday, Memorial Day, May 28, and Wednesday, July 4.

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Article: Breeders’ Cup post times announced, pick five wager added

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Breeders’ Cup post times announced, pick five wager added
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/09/22/breeders-cup-post-times.aspx

When the new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint is run for the first time, kicking off this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs, bettors will be able to try their luck at a new pick five wager.

Breeders’ Cup announced on Thursday its post times and wagering menu for this year’s World Championships, which will be conducted at Churchill for a second straight year.

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Article: Santa Anita Adds 50-Cent Player Pick 5 Wager

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I especially like the 14 percent takeout  

Santa Anita Adds 50-Cent Player Pick 5 Wager
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65135/santa-anita-adds-50-cent-player-pick-5-wager

Santa Anita Park will offer California’s newest exotic wager, the 50-cent Players’ Pick Five, at the 2011 autumn meet that begins Sept. 30, the track announced.

The wager, which was originated this spring at Hollywood Park and was also part of the betting menu during the Del Mar summer stand, features a fan-friendly low takeout of 14%. 

The Players’ Pick Five requires players to select five winners in five consecutive races and will be offered on the first five races each racing day.

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Article: Retama Extends Thoroughbred Meet

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Retama Extends Thoroughbred Meet
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65130/retama-extends-thoroughbred-meet

Retama Park received approval Sept. 21 from the Texas Racing Commission to add six nights of live racing to its 2011 Thoroughbred meeting.

The three additional weekends extend the current meet through Breeder’s Cup Day Nov. 5. Retama Park requested the extension as part of a plan to remove four Thursday nights from the current schedule while adding six nights of weekend racing.

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Article: Bill would prohibit anti-bleeding drug in NY horseracing

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Bill would prohibit anti-bleeding drug in NY horseracing
http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-c-2011-09-19-80801.113122-Bill-would-prohibit-antibleeding-drug-in-NY-horseracing.html

Sen. Thomas Duane is looking to stop the bleeding, both literally and figuratively, that has permeated the horse racing industry since the 1970s.
The senator announced last Wednesday that he will push legislation (S.5887) that will ban the use of performance-enhancing drugs on race horses, particularly the diuretic Lasix (Furosemide), which is used to staunch nosebleeds suffered by the horses.

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Article: Jockey Club’s Wilson to discuss McKinsey study at simulcast conference – Thoroughbred Times

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Jockey Club’s Wilson to discuss McKinsey study at simulcast conference – Thoroughbred Times
http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/09/16/simulcast-conference.aspx

Jason Wilson, vice president of business development for the Jockey Club, will review the recent study conducted by McKinsey and Co. on the Thoroughbred racing industry at the 19th annual International Simulcast Conference next month in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Thoroughbred Racing Associations and the Harness Tracks of America, in conjunction with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association, co-sponsor the annual conference, which is set for October 3-5 this year.

Wilson, who joined the Jockey Club a year ago after serving as a vice president in the real estate, gaming, and lodging investment banking group of Banc of America Securities, will elaborate on McKinsey’s study, including its analysis of the causes of the decline of racing, where the industry is headed over the next ten years if it follows its current course, and recommendations for not only stemming the decline but also sparking vital growth.

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Article: KY Downs Placing Judge Posted Wrong Finish | BloodHorse.com

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Imagine if you had the correct 4th place finisher for the super and lose because of this error. Horse racing cannot afford this kind of incident. 

KY Downs Placing Judge Posted Wrong Finish | BloodHorse.com
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65049/ky-downs-placing-judge-posted-wrong-finish

The president of Kentucky Downs said a placing judge’s error was responsible for an incorrect placing of the horses’ finish position in a Sept. 10 race at the Franklin, Ky., track.

Following the seventh and final race of the day Sept. 10, a placing judge incorrectly declared Heiden the fourth-place finisher, although that horse had finished a nose behind actual fourth-place finisher Night Party. After review, the race order was corrected, with Night Party fourth and Heiden fifth.

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Article: Duane Wants The Drugs Out Of Horse Racing

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Duane Wants The Drugs Out Of Horse Racing
http://www.capitaltonight.com/2011/09/duane-wants-the-drugs-out-of-horse-racing/

OK, maybe not steroids for race horses, but Sen. Tom Duane is pushing a new measure that would ban the use of performance enhancing drugs in the thoroughbred industry.

The legislation is aimed at stemming the use of the diurectic Lasix, which is meant to stop nose bleeds in horses.

But the drug, which has been in use since the 1970s, has been criticized for damaging horses in the long run and is no longer in use overseas or in some parts of Canada.

“Unil this legislation becomes law, I urge everyone ro refrain from wagering on any horse that is being does with Lasix — or worse,” Duane said in a statement. “No one in the horesracing industry should be monetarily rewarded for racing a horse which may be too sick to run without such drugs.”

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Article: River Downs Reports Gains in Ontrack Handle

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Still wondering why River Downs isn’t carried regularly in Las Vegas…

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River Downs Reports Gains in Ontrack Handle
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65006/river-downs-reports-gains-in-ontrack-handle

River Downs, where the start of the 2011 race meet was delayed because of Ohio River flooding, reported gains in live handle and daily average purses.

The Ohio racetrack purchased by Pinnacle Entertainment earlier this year raced 82 days, down from 104 in 2010. Because of flood-related conditions the meet didn’t begin until after the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)—one of the track’s biggest days for ontrack business.

Officials said total live handle was up 3.5%—19% per day—but the actual handle number wasn’t reported. River Downs raced 14 fewer days this year.

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Article: Officials Say Report Dispels Drug Criticism

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That’s 99.5 percent drug free…excellent. 

Officials Say Report Dispels Drug Criticism
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65007/officials-say-report-dispels-drug-criticism

Racing industry officials said a report that shows 99.5% of biological samples taken from racehorses and tested by laboratories in 2010 were “clean” dispels claims that horse racing is drug-ridden

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