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Monmouth-At-Meadowlands Cancels Saturday Card

Fri, 2022-09-30 16:44

Due to a forecast calling for heavy rain, live racing has been cancelled for Saturday, Oct. 1, for the all-turf Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet, the track announced on Friday. The six races scheduled for Saturday will be extras when entries are taken Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the Friday, Oct. 7, card.

The five remaining all-turf cards following tonight's program will take place Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 22 with the exception of Saturday, Oct. 15, when Far Hills will feature its 101st steeplechase meet.

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Feds Skewer Fishman’s Attempt to Avoid $13.5M Forfeiture

Fri, 2022-09-30 16:35

Federal prosecutors told a judge Friday that convicted veterinarian Seth Fishman's recent claim of illegality regarding the $13.5 million forfeiture imposed upon him “is predicated on a number of unfounded and easily disprovable presumptions.”

Fishman, who is currently imprisoned in Florida but appealing his 11-year sentence for two felony drug-supplying convictions in a decades-long international racehorse doping conspiracy, had stated in a Sept. 12 filing that the forfeiture order signed by the judge back on July 11 “is not authorized by statute and is therefore unlawful in its entirety.”

A response filing Sept. 30 by the legal team that successfully prosecuted Fishman stated that, “In arguing that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) does not authorize forfeiture, the defendant elevates form over substance, ignores past precedent, and, in so doing, deliberately misreads the FDCA and several applicable forfeiture provisions to reach the defendant's desired outcome of avoiding forfeiture altogether.”

The filing by the feds also noted that at the time of his sentencing, “then-counsel for Seth Fishman contended that he wished to contest the amount of the forfeiture money judgment, not the basis for forfeiture itself.”

But shortly after his sentencing date, Fishman hired a new lawyer who now “wishes to revisit the availability of forfeiture entirely.” That new legal tactic has no merit, prosecutors contended.

“The defendant's strained reading of the law provides no support for his view that forfeiture is 'unlawful' in this case,” the government attorneys wrote.

Forfeiture “is lawful and mandatory; consequently the Court's forfeiture order entered at Fishman's sentencing should be left undisturbed,” the prosecutors wrote.

“The defendant argues in passing that the Government has not demonstrated that Fishman 'actually acquired' any forfeitable property,” the feds wrote. “The evidence that Fishman, the owner-operator of [the drug company] Equestology, controlled the adulterated and misbranded drugs subject to the forfeiture action is undisputable. So long as the defendant had control over the forfeitable property, which he did, he has acquired that property…”

Fishman had argued otherwise, writing in the Sept. 12 filing that “Misbranding is not a forfeiture crime. The misbranding statute under which the government seeks forfeiture against Dr. Fishman…only permits the government to confiscate the misbranded or adulterated products themselves and any equipment used to manufacture those products.”

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Trainer Duane Offield Passes Away

Fri, 2022-09-30 16:30

Longtime Northern California trainer Duane Offield passed away on Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 82-years-old.

Offield began his training career in 1976 and saddled 721 winners from 8,038 starters, with lifetime purse earnings of $10,009,202. His most significant win came in the 1990 GI Haskell Invitational S. at Monmouth Park with Restless Con. Services are pending.

“Our racing community here at Golden Gate will greatly miss Duane Offield,” said Golden Gate Fields Vice President and General Manager David Duggan. “Duane was a soft-spoken man who simply loved coming to the track and training his horses. Our hearts and best wishes are with Duane's family and friends during this undoubtedly difficult time.”

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TIF Executive Director Pat Cummings Joins Bettor Things With Joe Bianca

Fri, 2022-09-30 14:32

There has never before been an effective, institutional advocate for horseplayers in North American racing, but Pat Cummings and the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation have emphatically changed that in the past several years. As the TIF's executive director, Cummings has brought to light many of the myriad issues and injustices facing horse bettors like no one has before, and Tuesday, Cummings joined Bettor Things with Joe Bianca for an illuminating conversation about the progress made on behalf of players in recent years and how much work there still is left to do. Bianca and Cummings discussed the successful push to bring penny breakage to Kentucky and what states may be next, the increasing impact of algorithmic computer wagerers on middle-class horseplayers, how bettors can put pressure on racing's decision makers to bring about change and much more.

Later in the show, in his Breeders' Cup Challenge betting series, Bianca paid tribute to his beloved Aqueduct as it prepares to host Breeders' Cup Win and You're In qualifiers for the first time before handicapping and laying out plays for Saturday's GI Champagne S. and GII Miss Grillo S.

Click here to watch the show; click here for the audio-only version or find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

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Amazonian Tops Final Phase of Todd Dispersal

Fri, 2022-09-30 13:22

Larry and Karen Doyle's KatieRich Farms gave $420,000 for the 6-year-old Amazonian (Malibu Moon–Fly the Flag, by Giant's Causeway) to top the Final Phase of the Glen Todd Dispersal on the Fasig-Tipton Digital platform.

Consigned by Carl McEntee's Ballysax Bloodstock on behalf of the Estate of Glen Todd, who passed away last March, the chestnut was acquired by Todd's North American Thoroughbred Horse Co. for $50,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and won three of her 10 career starts, including the 2019 British Columbia Oaks at Hastings Park before rallying from last to be third in the Vancouver track's GIII Ballerina S. The mare, whose GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies-winning granddam My Flag (Easy Goer) produced Juvenile Fillies heroine and Eclipse Award winner Storm Flag Flying (Storm Cat), was unplaced in two starts as a 4-year-old and was bought back on a bid of $475,000 at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. Bred to Outwork in her first year at stud, Amazonian foaled a filly by that sire this season and was offered by Todd's estate in foal to Uncle Mo's GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist.

“We are very excited about adding Amazonian to the KatieRich broodmare band,” said George Barnes of KatieRich Farms. “A stakes-winning mare from a top family, this mare's page was enough to sell her. Seeing her class on display at the open house and the fact she's in foal to one of the most exciting young stallions in Nyquist gave us confidence in pulling the trigger.”

My Kentucky Rose (Macho Uno), last year's GIII Canadian Derby winner Uncharacteristic (Texas Wildcatter), sold for $50,000 to Schiano Racing as the second-highest price of the dispersal. My Kentucky Rose has produced two winners from two starters to date and was sold in foal to Horse of the Year Knicks Go (Paynter).

“We are delighted with the result of the sale and somewhat taken aback by the results,” said McEntee. “Obviously Amazonian was the highlight of the sale, and we expected her to sell well, though even she brought above our valuations. It was bittersweet given the circumstances, but I know that Mr. Todd would have been delighted and very proud of his daughters' achievements. It was a great honor to know Mr. Todd and a privilege to have been tasked with the final phase of the dispersal. The online platform at Fasig-Tipton is exceptional and we should all be looking towards that forum as we move forward through the next decade.”

A total of 35 horses from the final phase of the dispersal made $1,024,100.

“Thank you very much to all the buyers who supported the sales of my Pop's prize possessions, his horses,” said Shelley Todd, daughter of Glen Todd.  “I know they're going to good homes and that was the most important to the both of us.  Best of luck, I look forward to following these horses into the winner's circle.

“Todd Manor is continuing operations here in Midway, Kentucky, as once it's in your blood, it's not coming out. Also to honor my late father Glen Todd and Uncle Troy Taylor, to ensure their dreams and legacies will carry on in 'The Sport of Kings'.”

Leif Aaron, director of digital sales for Fasig-Tipton, added: “I want to thank to the Todd family for entrusting Fasig-Tipton Digital with the dispersal of their late father's bloodstock. We had buyers from Washington State to Florida to Ontario and everywhere in between, which is a real testament to Mr. Todd's legacy. We had a record number of registered bidders in this sale and also had a record number of veterinarians visiting the repository for the weanlings. This sale was a great representation of what Fasig-Tipton Digital can accomplish. We had over 250 registered bidders and the bidding at the end of the sale was very spirited.”

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Alcibiades Winner Juju’s Map to KEENOV

Fri, 2022-09-30 10:37

Grade I winner Juju's Map (Liam's Map–Nagambie, by Flatter) has been consigned to Book 1 of Keeneland's November Breeding Stock sale and will sell Monday, Nov. 7. Catalogued as a racing or broodmare prospect, she will be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

Campaigned by Albaugh Family Stables and trained by Brad Cox, Juju's Map broke her maiden at second asking at two and proceeded to romp by 4 1/4 lengths in the GI Darley Alcibiades S. at Keeneland last October. Second to Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, the dark bay was a finalist for the 2-year-old filly Eclipse Award last year. She opened her sophomore season in May at Churchill Downs with an optional allowance win and has since placed in the GII Mother Goose S., the GIII Monmouth Oaks, and the GIII Remington Park Oaks, the latter on Sept. 25.

“Juju's Map is a third-generation Taylor Made Sales grad following Unbridled's Song and her sire, Liam's Map,” said Taylor Made CEO Mark Taylor. “She has lived up to the family legacy both on the track and with her absolutely gorgeous conformation.”

Bred in Kentucky by Fred Hertrich III and consigned by Woods Edge Farm, Juju's Map was originally an Albaugh Family yearling purchase for $300,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September sale. Her current record stands at 8-3-2-3 with earnings for $775,180.

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Inaugural Horse Racing Women’s Summit: Women at `Tipping Point’ in the Sport

Thu, 2022-09-29 22:33

Given the current snail's pace at which the gender gap is meaningfully shrinking, it'll take more than 250 years for women to reach professional parity with men–just two-and-a-half short centuries, for those who think in blocks.

That was the daunting statistic which set the stage at the beginning of the inaugural Horse Racing Women's Summit at Santa Anita Thursday, a two-day event designed to nurture the abilities of women already involved in the sport and engender new talent to follow after the sport's current batch of female leaders.

And what was the over-arching takeaway? Greater mutual support among the sport's female participants, and the fostering of a culture of mentorship among male leaders towards their female peers.

In a panel titled “Thriving Through Challenges,” Dora Delgado, executive vice president and chief racing officer of the Breeders' Cup, described the business that she entered in 1983 as a lot of Khaki and blue blazer-clad men sitting around the boardroom table resistant to change.

“And that hasn't changed much since,” said Delgado, adding that, despite her credentials—she was anointed last year on the Sports Business Journal's prestigious “game changer” list, for example—she still feels the need to prove her qualifications “over and over and over again.”

Part of the problem is nepotism, she and others said.

The Kentucky Blueblood aristocracy, it “runs deep,” Delgado said. “If you're not born to it, it takes a bit of work to get accepted.” That cycle needs to be disrupted, she added.

“'This guy's really great—I play golf with him. He's got a son who needs a job. Where can we fit him in?'” said Delgado, rhetorically replaying what she described as familiar conversations across racetrack boardrooms.

Dora's response? “Nowhere.”

Christa Marrillia, vice president and chief marketing officer at Keeneland, detailed the female dress code for employees at the track when she first joined in 2003, which excluded open-toed shoes and pants.

While those restrictions have since lifted, changing the work-place culture for women in the sport has proven tougher, she said.

“I would sleep with my cell-phone by my pillow,” explained Marrillia, describing herself as a workaholic who never took breaks—a common refrain among the presenters, all of whom described the challenges of maintaining a healthy work-home life balance, especially those with families and children.

What changed Marrillia's attitude, she said, was witnessing her behavior rub off on her team, some of them young mothers. “I was like, 'wow, I'm creating a bad thing here.'”

She has since altered the culture for her employees at Keeneland, she said, for the better. “I do feel like we're at a tipping point,” she added, about the role of women in the game.

“I'm still really good at my job, but I'm not going to miss the birthday parties. I'm going to sleep,” she said. “I'm not going to answer an email at two in the morning.”

Dionne Benson, chief veterinary officer at 1/ST RACING, discussed the importance of male higher-ups in the sport championing their female peers.

Benson told the story of how, when on a work call, two men proceeded to disparage her, mistakenly thinking they were muted.

“Then Aidan found out about it and called all their bosses,” she said, referring to Aidan Butler, 1/ST RACING's chief operating officer.

There's also the honey-pot approach.

“What my boss finds interesting, I find fascinating,” joked Rikki Tanenbaum, 1/ST GAMING's newly minted chief commercial officer and president.

The afternoon was broken into two panels, the latter of which turned their gaze inwards towards matters of integrity—or what Del Mar Thoroughbred Club board member, Marie Moretti, called “intentional integrity.”

A key area of focus appeared to be the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), designed to provide parity in the metering out of offenses, among many other things.

“You will know what you're going to get,” said Moretti, advocating the Act's uniform rules, if not only to improve public perception of the sport. “Perception is reality in the modern world.”

Optics was a common theme. “I couldn't even get my horsey girlfriends to the track—they thought it was a cruel sport,” said Bo Derek, saying that when she took over as a California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) commissioner, the industry was in the state of flux due to problems associated with drug misuse, whip abuse and the ill-fated switch to synthetic tracks.

“I'm really encouraged. The fanbase is up, the gaming is good,” said Derek, about the current state of California's racing industry.

“I don't think it's something we can be quiet about any more,” said Shannon Kelly, executive director of the Jockey Club's Safety Net Foundation, zeroing in on the public's growing awareness towards the vast human involvement in the sport.

“What other industry has to have a charity for its workers in times of need?” Kelly said, highlighting the number of food distribution centers that feed the nation's backstretches.

All panelists advocated for financial self-sustainability to fund each aspect of the industry, from racehorse aftercare to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

“If you're entering into the sport,” said Kelly, “you should be aware of the costs that are associated with `putting on the show.'”

The earlier panel looked outwards, each of the four speakers tasked with marketing and growing the sport to a world not forged upon racing's gristmill.

“We've all got one goal but we're all coming at it from different ways,” said Jodie Vella Gregory, director of the office of innovation at 1/ST RACING.

“Everyone in here has an idea,” she added. “We should all be taking to one another.”

Taking aim at horse racing's natural impulse to quickly bin new ideas if they fail to immediately take off, she extolled the virtues of perseverance, pointing to the evolution of the Pegasus World Cup—what originated a big-pot attraction first and foremost, but which has transformed into something of a place-holder on the social calendar.

That, and “we need to expand outside the bounds of our community,” Vella Gregory said.

Running with that theme, Lindsay Schanzer, senior producer at NBC Sports, warned of another of racing's bad habits: Leaning into its more insular, arcane traits, sometimes at the expense of new potential fans.

That's why NBC Sports has focused on the story-telling aspects of its race-day coverage, said Schanzer, pointing to its recent fond embrace of things like the jockey cam.

“We really want to put the people on the horses' backs as best we can,” said Schanzer, before making a plug. “If you ever have stories that we don't know of, please reach out to us.”

The other two panelists discussed the role of newer ventures, like FanDuel, as a means of funneling new blood towards racing.

“It's never been that way before—it's never been that easy,” said Shona Rotondo, head of marketing at My Racehorse US, about the accessibility of the racehorse ownership program, with its quick online sign-up process. “We want to sell everyone on the emotion of the game.”

Given the summit's remit, it seems only fitting the event's inaugural leadership award went to a long-time industry mainstay, Jane Goldstein.

Said Amy Zimmerman, when introducing the award, “She found an opening into the sport she loved through the publicity offices of several racetracks. She was always the first one done with her work. It wasn't that she was super quick but, you see, women weren't allowed in the press box after 12. Yes, that's also true. During racing, the press box was exclusive to men.

“After almost four decades,” Zimmerman said, “I'm still often asked the ridiculous question: `what's it like being a woman in racing?' When I was hired, I never thought about it, because Jane Goldstein was the one who hired me. Jane was the one who answered that question. The one who waged that battle to open the door. And then she held it open with class, so all of us could walk through it.”

Goldstein received a standing ovation.

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Justify’s Tres Soles Digs In To Take Determined Debut Win

Thu, 2022-09-29 20:02

6th-Churchill Downs, $121,125, Msw, 9-29, 2yo, 6f, 1:10.62, ft, neck.
TRES SOLES (c, 2, Justify–Chocolate Souffle, by Tapit), gunned right to the front from his middle gate as the 8-5 favorite, wasted no time taking command in his debut performance. With a length in hand moving into the far turn ahead of a wall of horses chasing behind, Tres Soles was confronted on his outside by Reagan (Accelerate). The pair dueled past the quarter pole and Tres Soles looked beaten with three-sixteenths to run as his rival began to pull past him but was able to re-rally in the final hundred yards, drawing even once more and then sticking a head in front on the wire for the slim victory. The front pair were another 6 1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Mackman (Union Rags). A $400,000 Keeneland September yearling, Tres Soles is the 16th winner for his freshman sire (by Scat Daddy). His dam, herself a daughter of MGISP Super Espresso (Medaglia d'Oro), produced a yearling filly by American Pharoah and a weanling filly by Violence before visiting Charlatan for the 2023 season. Sales History: $400,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $69,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC; B-Rock Brothers Breeding LLC (KY); T-Steven M. Asmussen.

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Army Mule’s Shadow Dragon Circles The Field For Debut Win

Thu, 2022-09-29 18:12

9th-Belmont The Big A, $77,000, (S), Msw, 9-29, 2yo, 6f, 1:13.75, ft, 3/4 length.
SHADOW DRAGON (c, 2, Army Mule–Fire Assay {GSP, $127,946}, by Medaglia d'Oro), dispatched at a tepid 7-1 in his first start since bringing $375,000 at OBSAPR off a :21 1/5 breeze, was forced towards the rail at the break and quickly found himself trailing the field with only one rival beat. Kept just off the rail into the far turn, he angled out at the top of the stretch and began picking off horses under a left-handed ride, closing resolutely with a furlong to run. Still sixth just past the sixteenth pole, Shadow Dragon dug in, passing tiring rivals to his inside, and cleared past pacesetter Looms Boldly (Goldencents) late for the three-quarter length win. The 17th winner for his freshman sire (by Friesan Fire), Shadow Dragon is out of a daughter of MGISW Jostle (Brocco). His dam produced a yearling colt by Liam's Map and a weanling colt by Practical Joke before being bred to Tacitus for the 2023 season. Sales History: $105,000 Ylg '21 FTKOCT; $375,000 2yo '22 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $42,350. Click for the Equibase.com chart.
O-Peachtree Stable; B-AJ Suited (NY); T-William I. Mott.

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Turfway Msw Purses Rise Again, to $70k from $62k

Thu, 2022-09-29 15:01

Turfway Park purses for maiden special weight (MSW) races are projected to rise to $70,000 for the dovetailed dual meets that will span Nov. 30, 2022, through Apr. 1, 2023.

Chip Bach, Turfway's general manager, reported the projection during the Sept. 28 Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) advisory board meeting. He also disclosed that Kentucky's recently rebuilt winter racing venue–with its new grandstand and updated stabling–will be shifting Saturday post times from early evenings to afternoons this season.

Bach said Turfway will card 24 total stakes worth $4.35 million in purses over the course of its holiday (19 dates over Nov. 30-Dec. 31) and winter/spring (48 dates over Jan. 1-Apr. 1) meets.

Turfway's signature race, the GIII Jeff Ruby Steaks S., will see a purse boost from $600,000 to $700,000, Bach said, noting that management is “not only adding stakes, but we're also putting a little bit more meat on the bone for those stakes as well.”

Night racing will remain a staple at Turfway on Wednesdays through Fridays, with an expected 6:15 p.m. first post, Bach said. The afternoon post time for Saturdays is listed as 12:45 p.m. on Turfway's website.

Rick Hiles, the president of the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, expressed a minor quibble with the timing of the first races on the evening cards. He said 5:30 p.m., which had been used in previous years, worked much better for both patrons “and the horsemen shipping, especially in inclement weather.”

Bach promised he'd look into a possible change to 5:30 p.m. But he added that “Turfway has changed. I can't base things on what happened six or seven years ago, because we had some really tough racing going on there. We used to really get killed in those first two races, going up against a lot of tracks that were going on at that time.”

However, Bach also stated that Turfway's quality of racing has evolved to a point where it might be better able to withstand the competition in that tight bridge-signal simulcast window.

“I think our product, it should be very good right now,” Bach said. “Again, that's why we're stepping into the afternoons on Saturday. We feel we can compete. It's going to take some time to win back some of the handicappers out there that aren't used to seeing us during the day. But I think we have a great opportunity to get back to where we were.”

Last season, Turfway paid out $62,000 in MSW purses. The dual meets were conducted with temporary trackside amenities as the multi-year grandstand rebuild was nearing completion.

The previous season of 2020-21, Turfway paid just $32,000 for MSW races, and the dual meets were heavily compromised by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the initial phases of the grandstand rebuild that kept the northern Kentucky oval closed to on-track spectators.

During the 2019-20 season, Turfway paid MSW purses in the $46,000-$48,000 range.

Separately, Austin Schmitt, the vice president of finance at Churchill Downs Racetrack, told KTDF board members that for his track's November meet, “Our purse levels per race type are planned to be similar as we are executing upon in September, so our [MSW races] are about $120,000.”

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FOX Sports to Present Live Coverage of Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Thu, 2022-09-29 13:39

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) is partnering with FOX Sports to present live coverage and analysis of Sunday's G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe from Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

Sunday's special broadcast will air on FS2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Eastern, with the €5 million (approximately $4.85 million) Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe for 3-year-olds & up going 1 1/2 miles on the turf featuring a bid by the 5-year-old Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) to become the ninth horse in history to win the race twice. At 72-1 odds, the German colt stunned the sports world in winning the 2021 race.

The race is part of the Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” Challenge Series with the winner earning automatic and free entry to the Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4 and 5 at Keeneland Race Course. The winner of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heads to the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

Post time for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is set for 10:05 a.m. Eastern.

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MVP and Riley Win TAKE2 Finals

Thu, 2022-09-29 12:51

A total of 35 horses from 14 states participated in the $20,000 TAKE2 Hunter and Jumper Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park Sunday during the Kentucky National Horse Show. In a repeat of last year's results, MVP took the TAKE2 Hunter Final and Riley captured the TAKE2 Jumper Final.

“It's so much fun to see the Thoroughbreds from all over the country competing,” MVP's owner/rider Tess Fortune said. “This is my third year doing the Finals, and I have a great time every year.”

MVP raced briefly without success under the name Kit's Captain before retiring through the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association's Galloping Out program. He was adopted by Fortune as a 3-year-old in 2014. The reserve champion in the TAKE2 Hunter Finals was 11-year-old gray Mo Bandit, who was retired through After the Races, a Thoroughbred rehabilitation and rehoming center in Maryland. The popular Cozmic One, son of Zenyatta, finished 11th in the jumper division with Hidden Brook's Sergio de Sousa in the irons.

Cyanea Robine and Riley also had one rail and earned the championship sash once again. Robine was also named this year's top TAKE2 Junior Rider, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, in the Jumper division. Riley, whose Jockey Club name is Pic Me First, had a couple of less-than-impressive workouts at Delta Downs before it was decided he was not cut out for a racing career.

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New Vocations Launches 13th Annual BC Pledge

Thu, 2022-09-29 12:42

New Vocations has launched its 13th annual Breeders' Cup Pledge, in which connections of Breeders' Cup contenders pledge a percentage of their earnings to support the charity. To date, the pledge has raised over $950,000 to support New Vocations.

“This year's Pledge is extra special as New Vocations is celebrating its 30-year anniversary and the Breeders' Cup is being hosted minutes away from our main facility in Lexington,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations Thoroughbred Program Director. “We are so thankful for the owners and trainers who have supported this important fundraiser and have made it so successful.  We are hopeful the pledge will continue to grow as it has in the past and welcome even more participants to help us raise the much-needed funds to support our aftercare efforts.”

Last year's pledge raised $150,000, in which over 60 Championship contenders had owners and/or trainers who pledged a percentage of their Breeders' Cup earnings.

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Poll Shows New Yorkers Support Belmont Construction

Thu, 2022-09-29 12:33

We Are NY Horse Racing, a coalition of small businesses, labor unions, non-profits, and trade associations, released a public opinion poll that found 68% of voters statewide and 75% of voters on Long Island support using state bonding authority to construct new horse racing facilities at Belmont Park. In addition, New Yorkers view horse racing favorably by a 3-to-1 margin.

In 2022, legislation was introduced for the first time that would allow the New York Racing Association to finance the modernization of Belmont Park through state-backed bonds.

“Constructing a new Belmont Park will create jobs for New Yorkers, expand economic opportunity on Long Island, and drive tourism throughout the region,” said Jack Sterne, spokesperson for the We Are NY Horse Racing Coalition. “That's why New Yorkers here on Long Island and across the state overwhelmingly support this transformative economic development project. This year, our coalition is ready to crisscross New York to make the case that a new Belmont Park is a win for our economy, for our state, and for all New Yorkers.”

The poll found that a supermajority of voters (68%) support legislation to grant this bonding authority to NYRA so it can modernize Belmont Park on Long Island. Both Democrats (70%) and Republicans (70%) support the legislation in equal amounts, and support on Long Island nearly reaches a 5-to-1 margin (75% support to 16% oppose).

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Michael Copeland and Tom Via Promoted at Woodbine

Thu, 2022-09-29 11:02

Woodbine Entertainment has made some changes to its senior leadership team, promoting Michael Copeland to President, Commercial and Tom Via to President, Operations. Both will report to CEO Jim Lawson.

“We have a tremendous amount of opportunity before us to grow our business and the horse racing industry in Ontario,” said Lawson. “I strongly believe we have the right leadership and people in place–and now we have the right structure that will enable us to maximize and fully leverage those opportunities.”

Copeland, who joined Woodbine Entertainment in 2021 as Chief Commercial Officer, will lead revenue and brand-driving functions including horse racing, wagering, technology, marketing, broadcast, customer experience, and events. He has previously run his own consulting business in the sports and entertainment sector and has been president and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts, as well as the president and COO of the Canadian Football League.

Via joined Woodbine Entertainment in 2016 as COO and will now lead operations at both Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park, while also overseeing hospitality, finance, human resources, legal, and project management. He has previously served as president and CEO of the retail chain Brookstone, been president of the Australian operations of Toys R Us, and held senior management positions at Babies R Us in both the U.S. and Canada.

Property Development at Woodbine Entertainment will continue to be led by Chief Development Officer Will Fleissig.

“While horse racing will always be at the core of everything we do, our business is becoming more and more complex and having strong leadership at the helm of operations and revenue positions us for the future growth we have in our sights,” said Lawson.

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Canada’s Assiniboia Downs Wraps Up Solid Meet

Thu, 2022-09-29 10:13

Assiniboia Downs recorded near-record wagering for the 2022 meet, which ended Sept. 28. with the second-highest wagering handle in the track's history. A total of $55,326,730 was wagered over the 50-day meet, which was second only to the amount recorded in 2020.

“To conclude this season with the positive results we achieved is a true testament to the team we have out here working for us, and the will and determination of the horse people involved at all levels,” said CEO Darren Dunn. “It seemed challenge followed us throughout 2022. We lost our Board Chair, Harvey Warner, unexpectedly during spring training and then saw a long winter and late wet spring force our hand to adjust the racing calendar. Add a lightning storm and a track lighting outage that caused further cancelled races that had to be made up and it was a live race meet that will not soon be forgotten.”

North Dakota's Jerry Gourneau captured the Assiniboia Downs training title, his fourth in the last five years. Jorge Carreno took honors as the leading jockey, making it his second consecutive title at Assiniboia.

Assiniboia Downs is open year-round for daily simulcasting. The live Thoroughbred season for 2023 will begin May 22.

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1/ST Racing & Gaming Unveiled

Wed, 2022-09-28 19:04

The Stronach Group's Belinda Stronach introduced 1/ST RACING & GAMING, an enhanced division of the company designed to position the core Thoroughbred horse racing business to fully capitalize on the future of sports wagering and gaming. According to a Wednesday evening press release from the company, the 1/ST RACING & GAMING division will continue to oversee racing operations at 1/ST tracks and training centers while working to expand the company's gaming footprint in collaboration with 1/ST TECHNOLOGY led by the divisions' Chief Executive Officer, Paul Williams.

“The shifting landscape of sports wagering, digital platforms and interest in high-quality content presents an opportunity for 1/ST to innovate to meet the demands of our modern consumers,” said Stronach. “An enhanced 1/ST RACING & GAMING business unit will enable us to move faster and more efficiently to deliver our unique, industry-leading Thoroughbred horse racing, gaming and sports entertainment content to the next generation audience.”

Stronach has appointed Aidan Butler as Chief Executive Officer and Craig Fravel as Executive Vice-Chairman of the newly formed division.

Butler has appointed Rikki Tanenbaum as Chief Commercial Officer and President of Gaming, and Stephen Screnci as President of Racing and Business Development.

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OBS October Supplements Online

Wed, 2022-09-28 14:17

The supplemental catalogue for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's October Yearling Sale is now available at www.obssales.com. Print editions of the supplement are available on the OBS sales grounds.

Twenty-two selected yearlings have been supplemented and will sell as hip numbers 186-207. Twenty-three horses have been added to the Open Yearling Sale, selling as hip numbes 661-684.

The Selected Yearling Sale begins Oct. 11 at noon with hips 1-207 offered for sale. The Open Yearling Sale, now cataloged as hip numbers 251-684, is set for Oct. 12 and will begin at 10 a.m.

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Weekly Rulings: Sept. 19-Sept. 26

Wed, 2022-09-28 14:06

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.

With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect July 1, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week.

California

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/22/2022
Licensee: Francisco Orduna-Rojas, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties–Class 3), Jockey Francisco Orduna-Rojas, who rode BOX OF CHOCOLATES in the seventh race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 18, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (September 30, 2022), and fined $250.00 for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Francisco Orduna-Rojas is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 22, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties–second offense since July 3, 2022). Jockey Francisco Orduna-Rojas has accrued a total of six (6) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/23/2022
Licensee: Erick Garcia, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties–Class 3), Jockey Erick Garcia, who rode TALKATIVE GAL in the second race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 22, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (September 30, 2022), and fined TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00)* for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Erick Garcia is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 23, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties–third offense since July 2, 2022). Jockey Erick Garcia has accrued a total of nine (9) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/23/2022
Licensee: Salvador Iniguez, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Salvador Iniguez, who rode RALLY CAT in the first race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 22, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (September 30, 2022), and fined $250.00 for three (3) strikes over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Salvador Iniguez is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 23, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – first offense). Jockey Salvador Iniguez has accrued a total of three (3) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/24/2022
Licensee: Cesar Ortega, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Cesar Ortega, who rode BEING BLESSED in the THIRD race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 23, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (October 1, 2022), and fined TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00)* for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Cesar Ortega is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 24, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – second offense since July 9, 2022). Jockey Cesar Ortega has accrued a total of six (6) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/24/2022
Licensee: Diego Herrera, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Diego Herrera, who rode WILD ARCH in the SIXTH race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 23, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (October 1, 2022), and fined TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00)* for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Diego Herrera is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 24, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – second offense since July 4, 2022. Jockey Diego Herrera has accrued a total of six (6) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/25/2022
Licensee: Diego Herrera, jockey
Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine
Violation: Excessive use of the whip
Explainer: Having violated the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2280 (Use of Riding Crop) and pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – Class 3), Jockey Diego Herrera, who rode ENSLEYS DREAM in the TENTH race at Los Alamitos Race Course on September 24, 2022, is suspended for one (1) day (October 2, 2022), and fined TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($250.00)* for one (1) strike over the limit. Furthermore, Jockey Diego Herrera is assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on March 25, 2023, six (6) months from the date of final adjudication pursuant to Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Rule #2282 (Riding Crop Violations and Penalties – third offense since July 4, 2022. Jockey Diego Herrera has accrued a total of nine (9) points.

Track: Los Alamitos
Date: 09/25/2022
Licensee: Leigh Mace, owner
Penalty: Restoration of standing
Violation: N/A
Explainer: Owner LEIGH “ED” MACE, having complied with the provisions of California Horse Racing Board rule #1876 (Financial Responsibility – $1,203.00 to K C Horse Transport) is restored to good standing. LATS ruling #95 issued at Santa Anita Park on May 22, 2021, is set aside.

NEW YORK
Track: Aqueduct
Date: 09/25/2022
Licensee: Jalon Samuel, jockey
Penalty: Three-day suspension
Violation: Careless riding
Explainer: For having waived his right to an appeal Jockey Mr. Jalon Samuel is hereby suspended three (3) NYRA racing days September 30th 2022, October 1st 2022, October 2nd 2022 inclusive. This for careless riding during the running of the fourth race at Aqueduct Racetrack on September 22nd 2022.

Track: Aqueduct
Date: 09/25/2022
Licensee: Gregg O'Donnell, owner
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Ownership transfer violation
Explainer: Mr. Gregg O' Donnell is hereby fined the sum of $500 dollars for violating rule # 4038.4 Sale, transfer restricted. This for transfering horse “Hero Tiger” to another trainer prior to the 30 days from the date of the claim.

Track: Aqueduct
Date: 09/25/2022
Licensee: Dylan Clarke, owner
Penalty: $500 fine
Violation: Ownership transfer violation
Explainer: Mr. Dylan M Clarke is hereby fined the sum of $500 dollars for violating rule #4038.4 Sale , transfer restricted. This for transfering horse “Hero Tiger” to another trainer prior to the 30 days from the date of the claim.

NEW HISA STEWARDS RULINGS

Note: While HISA has shared these rulings over the past week, some of them originate from prior weeks.

VIOLATIONS OF CROP RULE

Albuquerque Downs
Briceida Bernejo – ruling date September 18, 2022
Jose Barajas, Jr. – ruling date September 23, 2022

Arizona Downs
Jose Leon – ruling date September 19, 2022

Charles Town Races and Slots
Marshall J. Mendez – ruling date September 15, 2022
Walter Cullum – ruling date September 23, 2022

Churchill Downs
Gabriel Saez – ruling date September 16, 2022
Isaias Ayala – ruling date September 16, 2022
Reyluis Gutierrez – ruling date September 18, 2022
Tyler Gaffalione – ruling date September 21, 2022
Carlos Villasansa – ruling date September 25, 2022 (Race 2 on Sept. 18)

Carlos Villasansa – ruling date September 25, 2022 (Race 8 on Sept. 18)

Delaware Park
Jeremy Rose – ruling date August 17, 2022
Jesus Suarez – ruling date September 23, 2022
Alberto Plaza – ruling date September 23, 2022*
Martin Solis – ruling date September 23, 2022

Finger Lakes
Steven Fret – ruling date September 21, 2022
Benjamin Hernandez – ruling date September 21, 2022

Gulfstream Park
Marc Griffiths – ruling date September 22, 2022

Horseshoe Indianapolis
Bryan Rivera – ruling date September 20, 2022
Rafael Mojica – ruling date September 20, 2022
Santo Sanjur – ruling date September 22, 2022
Delcan Cannon – ruling date September 25, 2022

Laurel Park
Jeiron Barbosa – ruling date August 7, 2022
Horacio Karamanos – ruling date August 12, 2022
Jorge Ruiz – ruling date August 25, 2022
Luis Batista – ruling date September 4, 2022

Mountaineer Park
Captured by Fate – ruling date September 19, 2022
Alex Gonzalez – ruling date September 20, 2022 (Race 4)
Alex Gonzalez – ruling date September 20, 2022 (Race 6)
Jose Davila – ruling date September 20, 2022

Penn National
Jorge M. Perez – ruling date September 23, 2022 (Sept. 21 violation)
Jorge M. Perez – ruling date September 23, 2022 (Sept. 22 violation)

Presque Isle Downs
Angel Stanley – ruling date September 20, 2022

Remington Park
Weston Hamilton – ruling date September 23, 2022
Erick Madellin – ruling date September 23, 2022

VIOLATIONS RELATED TO RIDING CROP SPECIFICATIONS

Arizona Downs
Jose Leon – ruling date September 19, 2022

VOIDED CLAIMS

Belterra Park
Mulling – ruling date September 22, 2022
Out at the Speedway – ruling date September 23, 2022

Gulfstream Park
Royal Harry – ruling date September 16, 2022
Epic Run – ruling date September 17, 2022
Raison the Glass – ruling date September 18, 2022

Hawthorne Race Course
Maligator – ruling date September 23, 2022

Penn National
On Island Time – ruling date September 23, 2022

VIOLATIONS INVOLVING FORFEITURE OF PURSE

Mountaineer Park
Jason Simpson – ten strikes; $500 fine; 3-day suspension; 5 points; purse redistribution

Arizona Downs
Jose Leon – 18-23 strikes; $750 fine; 5-day suspension; 10 points; purse redistribution

Delaware Park
Alberto Plaza – ten strikes; purse redistribution (owner of horse ridden by Jesus Suarez, who received his ruling for the related event on September 23, 2022)

Albuquerque Downs
Briceida Bernejo – ten strikes; disqualified; purse redistribution (owner of horse ridden by Luis Ramon Rodriguez, who received his ruling for the related event on September 18, 2022)

APPEAL REQUEST UPDATES

Fanduel/Fairmont
Alvin Ortiz
Crop rule violation
Ruling date September 13, 2022
Appeal filed September 16, 2022
Stay requested/subsequently granted

Prairie Meadows
Alex Birzer
Crop rule violation
Ruling date September 17, 2022
Appeal filed September 20, 2022
No stay requested

Saratoga
Kendrick Carmouche
Crop rule violation
Ruling date September 17, 2022
Appeal filed September 22, 2022
No stay requested

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Chris Griffin Named New Track Announcer at Monmouth Park

Wed, 2022-09-28 12:48

Parx track announcer Chris Griffin has been named the new track announcer at Monmouth Park starting with the 2023 meet that gets underway in May.

Griffin, the back-up announcer at Monmouth Park since 2020, will replace Frank Mirahmadi, who is taking over as the track announcer at Saratoga next summer after eight years at Monmouth Park. Mirahmadi is also the track announcer at Santa Anita.

The 41-year-old Griffin was also recently named the track announcer for the Aqueduct winter meet that runs from January through April.

“We're pleased to have Chris Griffin join us as our full-time announcer. There has been a tremendous legacy in the Monmouth Park announcer's booth for the past 50 years, from Bob Weems to Larry Collmus to Travis Stone to Frank Mirahmadi, and we feel Chris will carry on that tradition,” said Dennis Drazin, Chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park.

Griffin has been the track announcer at Parx since April of 2021, filling in at Monmouth Park in Mirahmadi's absence for the past three years as well. He also serves as the track announcer for the Monmouth-at-Meadowlands meet and will continue in that role going forward.

“It's an honor. I'm humbled,” said Griffin. “It's nice when you feel like you have worked really hard to achieve your goals of what you want to do career-wise and where you want to be.

“I have gotten to know some of the people at Monmouth Park over the past three years. To be able to fill in over that time, and to do so for Frank Mirahmadi, someone I respect immensely in this industry and as an announcer, has meant a lot to me. It's a great opportunity to be able to now get to do this full-time at Monmouth Park.”

Griffin, who hails from Santa Monica, Calif., got his announcing start with the National Hot Rod Association and Harlem Globetrotters, moving on to call races at the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, Calif. He has been the announcer for a variety of California fair meets as well as Portland Meadows, Los Alamitos and Gulfstream Park West.

Griffin was named the track announcer at Sam Houston in 2018. He also filled in at the Belmont Park fall meet in 2021.

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