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>>> West: Will the sport of kings learn any lessons from Saturday at Gulfstream?... More transparency needed. Stewards should explain their rulings and their decisions
>>> Cronley: "Horse race stewards are more protected than the bettors who keep the tracks open, which isn't fair."
>>> Pricci: "But, even if stewards are incompetent, there is no excuse ... the process, no matter how many times head-on and pan replays are shown, is still not transparent."
>>> Rees: Another look at Fountain of Youth
>>> Roedemeier, Fountain of Youth - "It was disappointing. It was perplexing. But it was mostly... SLOW!"
>>> Sun results: Far Right scores in G3 $300K Southwest
>>> Privman: Road to the Derby analysis - Southwest Stakes
>>> Derby Trail: Florida Derby next after Khozan crushes allowance foes
>>> Sulky side: Harness racing's best honored at Dan Patch Awards... JK She'salady, becomes first 2YO female pacer in harness racing history to be named HOTY by the US Harness Writers Assoc
>>> Timeform blog: Betting on longshots - what you see is not all there is
>>> CHRB rule would void claim if horse bleeds
>>> Jail time: Trainer David Wells sent to prison in Penn National racehorse doping case
>>> NJ: Oceanport urges revenue sharing for Monmouth Park, state casinos
>>> Md: Tim Ritvo Q&A -- three keys to state's racing success
>>> Fog may be lifting in Virginia racing dispute
>>> Watchmaker Watch: Weekly divisional ratings
>>> Haskin's Derby Dozen: Upstart #4, "I lowered him a couple of slots only because..."
>>> Va: Both chambers approve horse racing bill
>>> BBC: Singapore's bid to create a global horse race
>>> Irish comment: Making the rich richer is not the answer to racing's ills
>>> Saratoga racing coverage wins sportswriter Tim Wilkin recognition in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest
>>> US racing: From the 'sport of kings' to the 'sport of partnerships'?
>>> Turfway Park increases purses
>>> Illinois: Slots at Fairmount? State lawmaker will try again for gaming expansion
>>> Breeding: Do the best racehorses make the best sires?
>>> NYRA's 15-day entry rule rescinded
>>> Mike Luzzi named winner of Woolf Award resented by Santa Anita to a rider who has conducted himself in exemplary manner both on and off the track
>>> NY: Jock Junior Alvarado enjoys seven-win, two-stakes weekend
>>> Book Excerpt: The Prince Of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy by Pellom McDaniels III
>>> HuffPost tabs 'Seabiscuit' as horse-racing entrant among list of sports movies: "Seabiscuit is perhaps the greatest underdog story this world has ever seen (certainly the best I have ever seen)."
>>> Brit woman rescues horse from slaughterhouse -- wins first race back
>>> Trainer Gene DeRoin passes away at age 72... Made his mark on race tracks around Nebraska
>>> Whoops! Jump jock in UK gets 14-day ban for gentle ride to finish line, "I thought there was another circuit to go... What an idiot I've been."
>>> AUS: Lawyer for trainer Darren Smith has argued the absence of a cobalt threshold at the time stewards found high levels of the substance in his horses means his client has no case to answer
>>> Bergman: Are weather cancellations justified?
>>> Ky: Pending racing legislation you haven't heard (enough) about
>>> Breeding: Examining the mares behind Tapit's record-breaking year
>>> Australian Racing Board is considering a major review of the number of times a jockey is allowed to strike a horse with his/her whip during a race
>>> Woodbine schedules 102 Stakes for 2015 meet
>>> Bullet work at Golden Gate for Shared Belief on Tues
>>> HA! Larry Collmus grabs a laugh with a tweet
>>> A Trakus closer look at Main Sequence's Mac Diarmida win
>>> Seabiscuit anniversary celebration planned... Mar 7 at SA
>>> Starlight names Paquette new communications director
>>> Monmouth plans to offer fantasy sports game
>>> NY report on Asmussen probe still incomplete
>>> Handle-wise, Gulfstream had one of its best days on Sat

>>> "I compare normal feed to McDonald's, and this is more Whole Foods." ... Trainer Phil Schoenthal seeing benefits from producing his own feed
>>> VIDEO: Closer look at Schoenthal's growing process


>>> British Horseracing Authority issues new anti-doping rules
>>> Group of North American thoroughbred stakeholders Iissues statement on BHA's new anti-doping rules


Derby/Oaks Future Wager... Fri - Sun, 6pm ET [Derby], 6:30pm ET [Oaks]
>>> American Pharoah, Dortmund Kentucky Derby Future Wager favorites ... Take Charge Brandi tops Oaks wager

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Sun results: Distinctiv Passion wins off-turf $75K Hernandez

Sat results: Bettys Bambino takes $100K Sensational Star


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World Class: Aussies still top even if Ascot joy eludes them

Trainer Mark Riley banned for three years on eve of Of The Brave's Blue Diamond bid

AUS: Latest Golden Slipper order of entry

Oz: The Cleaner begins autumn assault in George Adams Plate

International results: Parranda storms away to win inaugural $3mil Singapore Cup

Sat results: Deep Field 'beaten by a better horse on the day' in G1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes... Lankan Rupee wins


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GENERAL NEWS
Courier-Journal Ky Derby Media Poll: Weekend action see Itsaknockout at #7, International Star #9

Ky Derby points leaderboard

San Diego Union-Trib inaugural 2015 Derby Watch: Dortmund #1

Betfair jumping for joy after $UK47mil acquisition of HRTV network

>>> WOW! Handicapper played $9.60 ticket to win $363,424 in Golden Pick 6 at Golden Gate on Fri

Oaklawn purses get a second boost

TVG deal could lead to coordinated post times

America's forgotten black horsemen: Finding new audiences

Hovdey: "Three and a half months after Bayern's number was left up in the Classic following an agonizing stewards' inquiry ... the California Horse Racing Board spent the better part of an hour Wednesday publicly debating the need for a change in the rules of racing that would ... well, that's not exactly clear."

Beyer: Chad Brown's patient approach both an asset, hindrance

LaMarra/Bloodhorse: Is growing this business really a priority?

Md: Tim Ritvo - Man in a methodical hurry... Exploring the Stronach Group s vision, goals and strategy with horse racing and the Maryland Jockey Club

Va: Pair of bills could breathe new life into Colonial Downs

Eleven lady jockeys will get to test their riding skills on the frozen lake in St Moritz in Switzerland Sunday when they compete in Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship

West: Eclipse Award changes... "This is wise and good and, most of all, auspicious..."

Frankie Dettori set for Toast Of New York in Dubai World Cup

Cinema: 'Seabiscuit' among sports movies that haven't fared well in Academy Awards' Best Picture race

Laminitis treatment advancements from an unlikely source - a zebra

Nebraska: Fonner Park provides strong economic benefits to Grand Island area

Four appointed to Maryland Racing Commission

Blind police horse finds new purpose at riding center

Jock Watch: Oft-injured Sheldon Russell nears riding milestone

Jocks Q&A: SoCal regulars Smith and Talamo...Q: Name five things you cannot live without... A: SMITH: My lord and savior, a good woman, a good glass of wine, a really fast horse, and a little money doesn't hurt. Not necessarily in that order!

3YO Filly Watch: Take Charge Brandi works at OP on Sat morn

NY: Legislators petition state to up Vernon Downs' cut of video lottery profits

S Africa: Legendary Horse Chestnut dies aged 19

Study: Genetic differences in racing, cutting quarter horses

Older Male and Older Female Eclipse Awards categories renamed Older Dirt Male and Older Dirt Female

Former jockey Rosie Napravnik enjoying retirement, life as expectant mother

Hayward: "Horse racing industry [still] suffering from widespread cheating"

Va: Legislation aims to restore racing to Colonial Downs

Horsemen close to reopening Suffolk Downs

Jock Watch: Kieren Fallon happy with move to SoCal, "The sun is shining on you here, you know. That's the difference."

Hovdey: Main Sequence gets back in the picture

Officials discuss TVG purchase of HRTV

Eng: TVG/HRTV merger good for racing fans

Florida Senate approves bill for uniform drug rules

California board moves closer to third-party Lasix administration

Canada begins testing for high cobalt levels

Who is the most valuable racehorse in Australia? Closer look...

Pimlico unveils $4.2mil stakes schedule

Ky: $10mil in incentives awarded to state's thoroughbred breeders

Arizona: Upgrades at Rillito Park drawing fans

Crist: Fountain of Youth's past has classic look

Haskin's Derby Dozen: American Pharoah #1

White: Latest Derby Twenty... Keeping Texas Red at #1 despite ding, "I was not as pessimistic about Texas Red's situation after I read what Desormeaux had to say to Ed Golden in last Friday's Santa Anita stable notes."

Plonk: "Forget about the points talk. Texas Red with no preps has no chance in Louisville. And I'm his biggest fan."

DRF's Derby Watch: Dortmund, Upstart 1-2

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for Feb. 18

Trainer Watch: Kiaran McLaughlin on Derby Trail with four contenders

Davidowitz: "Through most of Pletcher's remarkable career, he has won far too many major [Derby] prep races only to reach Churchill Downs with his best horses on a downward cycle."

Trainer Watch: Larry Jones shrugs off near-tragedy to resume winning ways

International Jock Watch: Andrea Atzeni - How a Sardinian farmer's son became one of the world's hottest jockeys

Mitchell/Bloodhorse: An election mulligan - The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Assoc must hold another election

Leading trainers continue support for TAA

California betting increases for January, board reports

Portland Meadows 2014-15 meet sees average daily handle increases

Mahoning Valley overnight purses get 5 percent boost

Fonner launches 62nd season with eight-race card Friday

Small purses offered at 31-date Hawthorne meet opening Fri

Arapahoe Park to give bonuses for large fields

Magna 5 wager to return with a few tweaks

Sulky side: USTA Broadcast Committee met to consider future television and other broadcast options for the harness racing industry

Sulky side: Tim Tetrick ready for World Driving Championship

Track announcer Dan Jukich is in his 25th year of calling the races at Hastings Racecourse, "After calling three races, I told my father that I didn't feel comfortable and didn't want to do it any more. But as dads will do, he told me to persevere."

Near-tragedy at Charles Town yields 'good start' for safety

Cobalt: Eroding the integrity of racing in Australia

Pimlico to host 'Ultimate Girls Day Out' on Fri May 15

Greyhound rescuer teams with Baptists, Humane Society to fight dog racing in Alabama

Florida offers ... SHARK RACING!!! Yeah. Sharks. Racing.

AP's first 2015 Derby Ten: Dortmund #1

Courier-Journal's Derby Media Poll: Dortmund #1, Lord Nelson #20

Derby Watch: Itsaknockout takes swing at Derby prep

Oaklawn re-schedules G3 Southwest for Sunday... Monday card canceled due to weather

Idaho: State Senate votes to repeal historic horse racing, sends it to House of Representatives

Idaho: Les Bois Park chief blasts Senate vote, says gambling machines are legal

Idaho: Quotes from senators... "I think the horse racing industry is in desperation right now."

Update the 1978 Interstate Horse Racing Act - survival of the US industry depends upon it

New racing economics show inadequacies of 1978 Interstate Horse Racing Act

Finley: A long, cold winter at Aqueduct... It's time to put New York winter racing out of its misery

Q&A with owner Maggi Moss: "I would absolutely make it paramount to do whatever is possible to get rid of the people that cheat and hurt horses."

>>> Betfair's TVG Buys HRTV

Jicha: 'Super Saturdays': Too much of a good thing one week, too little the next

Jock Watch: Among Homeister's legion of fans, one matters most... "The joy of my life and the love of my life is [daughter] Victoria Rose, and that's why I want to be the best I can be."

NJ: Court orders changes to NJSEA contract for horse race betting

Looking back: The lost tracks of the San Francisco Bay Area

Smart horses no guarantee of trouble-free training - study

UPI: Holiday weekend racing recap

This is Horse Racing's "Here and There" - Feb 17 edition

Photo gallery: Fritchie weekend at LRL

Charles Town cancels Wed/Thurs due to anticipated weather

Legislation could open the starting gate to the paint horse breed in Kentucky

Hoosier Park accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2015 live harness racing season

NBC Sports adds radio to it's live coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes

American Pharoah's work impresses Baffert

Bahamas: Former Bahamian hotel executive has called for the government to consider the restoration of horse racing in the country "because there's no entertainment for the tourists."

Scott: US horses look to Dubai

Ron the Greek wins in Saudi Arabia

Sat results: Metaboss grabs Derby point winning G3 $200K El Camino Real Derby at GG

Mon results: Misconnect up late in G2 $250K Gen George Hcp at LRL

>>> VIDEO: Australian investigative program does feature greyhound racing expose
>>> Make no mistake, greyhound racing in Australia is teetering on the brink of destruction
>>> Greyhound Racing NSW have dropped the ball on integrity, says Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys

AQUEDUCT
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Sun results: North Slope wins $100K Evening Attire

Sat results: Condo Commando solid in $100K Busher


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EUROPE
Paul Nicholls' horse-by-horse guide to his Cheltenham Festival runners

Jockey JT McNamara tells of his determination to forge a new way of life after a fall at Cheltenham left him paralysed

Jessica Harrington has Jezki ready for Tony McCoy in Champion Hurdle

Willie Mullins' horse-by-horse guide to his Cheltenham Festival runners

Irish racing's regulatory body the Turf Club plans to legally challenge sections of the new Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill if it gets passed into law as it currently stands

Willie Mullins calls for doubling of prize money at Cheltenham Festival

Trainers' initial reaction to the weights for Grand National at Aintree on April 11

Tony McCoy wants to retire in style with Grand National win


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