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>>> Baffert eyes Ascot as he falls in love with England
>>> Kiaran McLaughlin: the day I realized horses don't need to run on medication
>>> International Federation of Horseracing Authorities chair lauds racing integrity compared to other sports, "I think our image is changing thanks to the problems other sports are facing."
>>> Racing Post: Aerovelocity will finish 2016 as one of the best sprinters in the world
>>> Belmont spring, Saratoga stakes schedules announced
>>> White: My national Top 10... and, first Derby Ten of 2016
>>> Plonk: Three of top four NHC finalists were Night School guest instructors during the 2015 season 5 of the national online fan education program
>>> Zayat, Baffert top 368 early Triple Crown noms
>>> Haskin: A Derby road less traveled... Changes to Derby Trail "has altered the entire concept of Derby preps, and not for the better."
>>> Champions Nyquist, Songbird top Jockey Club's 2015 Experimental Free Handicap
>>> Asian Racing Conference: Recap of last week's event and panels
>>> Focus on marketing at Asian Racing Conference
>>> Wagering issues focus of Asian Conference
>>> LA Times: California can't afford to let its horses get away
>>> Florida comment: Legislators, don't vote to kill horse racing
>>> Horse racing no more as $50mil Pinnacle Race Course gets demolished
>>> Turf Paradise enacts virus quarantine
>>> Oaklawn bans horses from New Mexico, Arizona
>>> Illinois: OTB sites close after tracks go bankrupt
>>> Woodbine plans cuts to Ontario Sires Bonuses
>>> Idaho: Forget gambling devices, revive state's horse racing heritage
>>> Texas: Horse racing tracks bracing for more uncertainty
>>> Horse racing clears Georgia Senate committee
>>> Florida: Judge issues split decision in horse track regulatory fight
>>> Emerald Downs improves experience with large infield screen
>>> Horse racing to continue at Rillito
>>> NY: Belmont Park video gaming parlor plan opposed, supported in rallies
>>> Veitch: Moves could hurt New York racing... With what has been happening lately, it's hard to be bullish on the future of New York racing
>>> Day of Champions: Ocala's one day of thoroughbred horse racing
>>> Bluegrass Sports Awards: A nod to horse racing and history
>>> Jock Watch: Stew Elliott comebacking at Santa Anita
>>> Crist, Wagner to join NHC Hall of Fame
>>> California Chrome works 'like a beast' in Dubai
>>> California Chrome to run Feb 25 in Dubai
>>> Excitement builds as breeders snap up shares in California Chrome
>>> Nick Luck: the unfair burden of expectation on California Chrome
>>> Eclipse champ La Verdad retired
>>> Powell: Dubai Carnival races competitive and interesting but TV graphics package needs improvement
>>> Foal crops on the rise
>>> NY Times: As family helped build betting system, it witnessed horse racing history
>>> International results: Filly Smart Call beats the boys to take the J&B Met in S Africa

>>> Thurs preview: Frosted, Mubtaahij entered in Dubai

>>> 3YO Watch: Mohaymen scores in G2 $350K Holy Bull at GP on Sat
>>> McLaughlin: what makes Mohaymen so special
>>> 'Special' Mohaymen likely to stay on Gulfstream's road to Ky Derby
>>> 3YO Watch: Awesome Banner dominates G2 $150K Swale
>>> 3YO Watch: Shagaf two-for-two, heads to stakes
>>> 3YO Watch: Ten more names to know on the Ky Derby trail
>>> 3YO Watch: Season debut delayed for Eclipse Award finalist Airoforce
>>> 3YO Watch: How does Shagaf's allowance win measure up?
>>> 3YO Filly Watch: Cathryn Sophia proves class in G2 $200K Forward Gal


Paul Matties wins 2016 NHC

>>> Paul Matties wins NHC 17... Edges place-finisher by $10.40

>>> VIDEO: The confetti moment!

>>> Watchmaker: You got to love new NHC champ's attitude

>>> 2015 NHC Tour winner Kinchen misses the cut - and a chance at $2mil bonus: 'As a horseplayer, you have crappy days'


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Sat results: Our Boy Malachi wins G2 Expressway at Rosehill

Japan: Meydan target for Horse of the Year Maurice
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GENERAL NEWS
Industry veteran Marc Guilfoil named executive director of the Ky Horse Racing Commission

The 'New Laurel' to bid for Breeders' Cup

Genaro: The institutional sexism that plagues racing at every level

Finley: Time to show Frank Stronach some love... "I have come to appreciate him and consider him to be a great asset to the sport."

Jock Watch: Victor Espinoza ponders break, or retirement, soon

Illinois group restates opposition to rule changes... 'threaten to crush' horse racing and breeding in the state.

Idaho horsemen say instant racing fight not over

Georgia: State's racing enthusiasts back new track

Irish racing registers fall in crowds and horses in 2015

Hong Kong scribe envision "a more substantial global racing awards," and, uh, "ideally, it would be held at a time when the world's racing folk are in the one place - and potentially, that could be the night of the Hong Kong International Races."

Sunland Park suspends racing in wake of virus

Powell: Borell's Eclipse Award snub ... Plus, a hidden gem in the turf jockey ranks

Hill: Broadening understanding of Pharoah's impact at Longines Awards

Ward out as executive director of Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

3YO Watch: Nyquist works two turns at Santa Anita on Sunday

3YO Watch: Fountain of Youth next stop for exciting Zulu

Laurel quick to recover from heavy snow

The Pizza Man returns to the worktab

Owner/breeder - and former NFL'er - Jake Delhomme declares, "I love the horse racing business."

Gai Waterhouse: A magic time of year Down Under... The most interesting thing about the first yearling sale of the year, Magic Millions, was the massive influx of American buyers

Janet Rome chats racing, Shared Belief, Longines Awards

Veitch: Five 2015 Eclipse winners raced at Saratoga

Santa Anita-based connection garner nine Eclipse award trophies

Jock Watch/international: Silvestre de Sousa extends stay in Hong Kong - and then his winning reputation

Champion Storm Flag Flying dies at 16

'Irreplaceable' champion horse Gulch dies at 32

AUS: Cobalt verdict - trainer Danny O'Brien banned for four years, Mark Kavanagh three years

International: Watch out for the fastest rising racing nation on Earth - South Korea!

Oz: How the American Thoroughbred's influence keeps growing Down Under

Baffert: 'Pharoah' showed beauty of racing

Photo gallery: Snow day at the stallion farm

Maryland Racing Commission names medication policy committee

W Va: Racing Commission to evaluate Charles Town racing surface

Jock Watch: Xavier Perez, Nik Juarez suspended in Md

Md: Stewards lift jockey Nik Juarez suspension but Stronach Group has not

International: Winning horse of 2015 Velka Pardubicka tests positive, likely DQ awaits

AP: Baffert focused on 2016 Derby

Eclipse Awards Diaries: A night to remember

Davidowitz: Rooting for Jonathon Kinchen at the NHC... Has been making a name for himself on three interlocking fronts...

Very Un Stable enjoys New York success

Hmm, former Olympic cyclist continues pursuit of jump jock ambitions with sights set on Cheltenham... She is looking to go from complete novice to riding at jump racing's showpiece fixture in the space of a year

American Pharoah: Horse racing's 'sweetheart' turns super stud

Md: Meeting on controversial racing simulcast at Timonium fairgrounds postponed

Canada: Sovereign Award finalists announced

PETA submits complaint about Asmussen's vet

Laurel cancel Sat/Sun sue to impending weather

Jockeys in concussion study... Five former Brit champ jumps jocks enrolled in a ground-breaking research project examining the long-term impact of concussion

>>> American Pharoah named 2015 World's Best Racehorse, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe wins 2015 World's Best Horse Race by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities
>>> World's Best Racehorse Rankings Summary
>>> List: Top 100 G1 races of 2015 as determined by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities [pdf]

>>> Pharoah's world title: what the ratings say about the rest of the Americans


American Pharoah's Belmont victory voted NTRA Moment of Year

NY Times: With Triple Crown winner at last, sport aims to ride the momentum

Baffert 'hungrier' after Triple Crown success

"Our goal is to reinvent horse racing..."... Georgia Horse Racing Coalition unveils racetrack design

Finger Lakes: The racetrack with its future balanced on a knife edge

Hopes dim for chances of racing at Rockingham

WOW! 40-cent Rainbow 6 ticket scores for $76K at Gulfstream on Wed!!!

LA Times: Michael Wrona hopes Santa Anita is his final port of call

Portland Meadows' new wager - The National Racing Club Sweepstakes... "Way, way, way outside-of-the-box thinking"

Latest TDN Derby Dozen

Plonk: Latest edition of 'Countdown to the Crown' [pdf]

Toronto Sun: Trainer Casse has several Derby hopefuls

Japanese colt aims for UAE and Ky Derby

New Jersey breeders hoping new gaming options provide boost

Nadeau: "One single $12 million race isn't going to do a thing for racing. I'm sorry, it's not."

Husband-wife jock rivalry: Kent Desormeaux finishes ahead of wife in her first career ride

Jock Watch: Q&A with 21YO jock Jevian Toledo

Speed is certainly king in the new sire ranks for 2016

Analysis: Rule-breakers winning/placing costs other horsemen

ESPN's Kenny Mayne to call a race at Santa Anita on Sunday

VIDEO: Jim Rome's keynote on passion for racing delivered at this week's Thoroughbred Owners Conference

Radio silence: 'Trackside', the radio program featuring Sam Huff and Carol Holden, ended its 28-year run Dec 26

History: Looking back at the inaugural Eclipse Awards

Cheltenham Racecourse create spoof version of John Lewis Christmas advert ahead of this year's festival

Sat results: Sunshine Millions stakes results/Gulfstream

Sat results: Fair Grounds stakes - including Lecomte and Silverbulletday

Sat results: Frank Conversation rallies to take $100K Cal Derby at GG

>>> HOTY: American Pharoah... Triple Crown winner takes title with unanimous vote
>>> Eclipse Award winners list - with vote totals

West: American Pharoah - he restored greatness to horse racing. That, more than anything, is his legacy

Latest Vegas Derby odds... Mor Spirit, Mohaymen co-faves

Stronach proposing winner-take-all $12mil horse race, "We've got to make things exciting, things the press will write about."

Asmussen can be considered for Hall of Fame

Snafu leads to co-winners in Eclipse photography category... Michael Clevenger named co-award winner along with previously announced Scott Serio

Crist: Eclipse - does Baffert need American Pharoah's coattails?

DeRosa: Eclipse Award voters don't trust stewards

Pugh: Three categories the Eclipse Award voters got wrong

Apadula: Closer look at the Eclipse categories - who will win and some honorable mentions

AUDIO: ESPN's 'in the Gate'... Frank Mirahmadi discusses taking high school math with actor David Schwimmer and impersonating multiple track announcers to get his big break

Florida: 'Decoupling' is crazy: Why subtract from Florida's economic gains?

It's been called a 'seismic revolution' in the televising of British racing... The golden goose that put British racing in the driving seat on TV rights

"Winter by far is our toughest time of year."... NYRA readies its battle plan for the next big freeze

Colonial Downs to sell off OTB properties

Open letter: "The sport of kings died in the Old Dominion on November 17 and the people responsible for its safeguarding should be the ones taking the heat for its demise, not the owner of Colonial Downs."

Texas horse racing group sues state over 'historical racing'

California Chrome powerful in winning return... Scores in G2 $200K San Pasqual at Santa Anita on Sat

California Chrome Diaries: A limitless year ahead

American Pharoah: No.1 on the list of the most exciting new stallions for 2016

Unity top topic at racing industry forum

Derby Trail: Mark Casse lays out plans for Ky Derby prospects

Trainer Watch: Living 'fantasy,' younger [Norm] Casse looks to future

Plonk: "What percent of your horseplaying dollars are going into jackpot-type pools? This number should be based on your objective/target for winning."

Trainer Michael Dickinson suing Keeneland over payments in synthetic surface suit

Derby Trail: Which Santa Anita horses have the best chances of winning the Kentucky Derby?

Davidowitz: Early prospects for the Kentucky Derby

Privman: Road to the Derby analysis - Sham Stakes

Randy Romero: In a race for life

Bloodhorse: Lasix and the bigger picture

Jock Watch: Miguel Mena making noise at Fair Grounds

Jock Watch: Wow! Nik Juarez wins six at Laurel on Monday

Stuart Janney offers some advice for owners

Thoroughbred Owner Conference: Racehorse ownership - a different business

AUS: Record number of punters walked through the gates of the Magic Million race day at the Gold Coast Turf Club

Sunland Park racing goes for quality over quantity

Canada: Support pouring in for those involved in horse racing tragedy

...Fundraising page, tribute set to support those who lost horses in fire

AUS: Making women a force in racing

480 cataloged for F-T Winter Mixed Sale

History: Hill Prince - Meadow Stable's first star

Del Mar sticks with Saturday for PacClassic despite low numbers this year, "We wanted to be the big news in town. Last year, it backfired."

Ten horse movies that should have won Golden Globes

Haskin: California Chrome meets Mr Peabody

Oaklawn set to open on Friday

Sam Houston opens Friday

Aussie star Vancouver joins Aidan O'Brien with goal of Royal Ascot

Jumps: Steeplechase Eclipse finalists enjoy break

Taylor Made team enjoys California Chrome's comeback success, "At no point did we consider retiring the horse."

Ha! Interesting first-hand account of a Brit novice jock in her first exercise ride, "It was only a practice gallop but I couldn't have been more excited if I'd been lining up for the Gold Cup."

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