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>>> West: Triple Crown 100 list... Rating the contenders
>>> Many New York faces among Eclipse winners
>>> Hong Kong scribe reacts to recent announcement of 2014 World's Best: "Finally, Asian-trained horses are getting the recognition they deserve on the world stage after being consistently underrated by those with the antiquated view that nothing can topple European horses from the summit."
>>> Photo: HBO at Gulfstream on Fri filming scenes for their upcoming primetime football series, 'Ballers'
>>> NY Times editorial blasts NY racing - again
>>> Zenyatta sib Eblouissante retired... Finishes career with 7-2-1-0 record
>>> Eblouissante: Race record via Equibase
>>> A horse named Winston Churchill appropriately won a race at Uttoxeter on the 50th anniversary of the former prime minister's death
>>> Md: MJC's Mike Gathagan to leave post
>>> Sulky side: Aaron Merriman wins 7000th career race at Northfield Park
>>> Why the Dubai Carnival is a valuable shop window for Irish trainer Michael Halford
>>> Sat: Laurel Park card canceled
>>> Sat AQU cancels
>>> More modern methods needed if World Rankings are to achieve greater credibility
>>> New York will extend control of NYRA for another year
>>> Crist: NYRA shortsighted with new runback rule
>>> White: Tweaking the Eclipse Awards - "Now, the way I see it, the time has come for the Eclipse Awards to change 'older male' and 'older female' to 'main track male' and 'main track female'."
>>> Finley: "Change the names of two categories. The Older Male becomes the Older Dirt Male and the Older Female becomes the Older Dirt Female. Problem solved."
>>> Nadeau: Eclipse ponderings
>>> Plonk: Media Eclipse omissions -- "Here's saluting two of the game's absolute media giants, Steve Byk and Jay Privman, with all of our fond appreciation for what they do."
>>> Idaho: Instant racing machines raise legal concerns for lawmakers
>>> Aussie trainer fights cobalt-postive ban... Says he asked racing authority's vet before using
>>> World watches outcome of cobalt chloride case in Australia
>>> Hello friend: Visiting Wise Dan
>>> Slots as savior... Delaware: State commission backs new $45.8 million casino bailout plan
>>> Horse racing in Georgia? "What we believe is modeling after Saratoga or Keeneland, where we're going to have a boutique meet with a smaller track..."
>>> Jump into the game! National Steeplechase Assoc will host its first annual Owner Symposium in April
>>> Apprentice Watch: 19YO Darius Thorpe gets first career win
>>> Hovdey: Fiddling with rules burns jockeys' image
>>> Betting clerks reject Churchill Downs' offer
>>> Aftercare: War horses finding homes with Barbara Luna
>>> Aussie racetrack dress code: "We have modernised our dress code to ensure it represents modern fashion whilst maintaining the distinction of our Members areas."
>>> California Chrome's story an inspiration for everyman
>>> Daley: Noms for Hall of Fame ballot
>>> NYRA horsemen, management meet after another fatal breakdown
>>> S'long Atlantic City... Eng: "Some have written that the consolidation of horse racing may actually be good for the business in the long run. I can't see how closing down three racing franchises in about a year could be anything but negative."

Sat results: Upstart takes G2 $400K Holy Bull at GP
Sat results: Barbados wins G3 $150K Hutcheson at GP

NHC

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>>> Final 50 set as O'Neil leads NHC after Day 2
>>> Day 2 Leaderboard
>>> Jarvie leads NHC after Day 1
>>> Day 1 Leaderboard

>>> Record $2.363mil purse - including $800K first-place prize - and 'Horseplayer of the Year' Eclipse Award on the line at 16th Annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship
>>> NTRA NHC Charity Challenge offering $10K in donations on behalf of celeb, media participants





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Oz: Champion trainer Peter Moody has been called to front a Racing NSW inquiry after another of his horses failed a drug test

Sun preview: Veterans out to prove a point in HK G1 Stewards' Cup

Godolphin happy with Blue Diamond Preview duo

Sat preview: It Is Written ready to take on Dissident in G2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley

Oz: Vets support racing’s new rule on Cobalt


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GENERAL NEWS
Just A Way honoured as the 2014 Longines World's Best Racehorse

Press release: Japanese horse rise to top of the world

Europeans give way to Japanese in world rankings

2014 World's Best Racehorse Rankings - Aussie sprinters on top of the world

Maryland Racing Commission to tackle rules redo


KHRC: PETA failed to cooperate during investigation

Famed announcer Tom Durkin busy in retirement

Bloodhorse: In Durkin's own words [with AUDIO]

Timeform ratings show some races in North America are not pulling their weight

HOTY Calif Chrome works at LosAl on Mon morn

3YO Watch: Far Right enters Derby picture with Smarty Jones win

Colonial Downs looks to legislature to offer solution to current problems... "It's unfortunate that we're in the situation we're in right now, but we'd like to make the right improvements to the system so that this is behind us."

NTRA safety chief Ziegler namd to new Churchill Downs dir of racing post

Oaklawn's invention, Instant Racing, runs into legal trouble in Idaho

Demand growing for incentive schemes that help reduce risk for breeders

Seabiscuit saddle sale tops $104K at auction

My favorite racehorse: Deep Impact

NY Times/Drape: "The Big A, as it is known, has never been one of the nation's most glamorous tracks, but lately it has been among its deadliest."

Pedulla: dissatisfying season that led industry members to question whether racing's highest honor might be deteriorating into a popularity contest influenced by social media

Wildcat Red has leg injury, will be sidelined

Stories from Cot Campbell: How not to buy a horse at auction

VIDEO: Eclipse Award clips from HRTV

Jockeys' Guild Assembly

>>> Track executives work to promote jockeys
>>> Advances in jockey safety hailed
>>> Helmet tests revealing for Jockeys' Guild


>>> Sam Houston Park suspends jockey Chapa over suspicion of buzzer use
>>> Texas jockey ban reignites PETA Ky beefs

>>> California Chrome captures Horse of the Year title
>>> Eclipse category winners and vote totals
>>> Full voting breakdown

>>> Kentucky commission exonerates Asmussen

Review cites strong safety stats for Asmussen

>>> NY Times/Drape: Writer makes no mention of NY Times' part in last year's PETA/Asmussen controversy
>>> Racing Post: "Credence was added to the video when it was posted on the New York Times website..."
>>> Bloodhorse: "... the issue received added attention when the New York Times ran the video on its website."
>>> Lexington Herald-Leader: "The undercover investigation was reported in the New York Times."
>>> USA Today: "...detailed March 19 by The New York Times with an accompanying PETA video..."
>>> DRF: "...publication of a story in the New York Times detailing PETA's accusations."

>>> TDN: Asmuusen's lawyer, "When the New York Times did their article, we reached out to Joe Drape and said, 'Listen, we'll show you documents and why what was said here is not true.' He just wasn't interested in having that. He was just interested in sensationalizing..."


Comment: World racing deserves its own Oscars, similar to America's Eclipse Awards

TV: The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 kicks off with Donn Hcp, San Antonio on Feb 7

California Chrome's Kentucky Derby win named NTRA Moment of the Year

>>> Innovation! Aussies experiment with 8-20 concept... Eight races with only 20 minute intervals between each... "The feedback we have received and the official attendance figures demonstrate that the trial was successful."

Tom Durkin to join West Point Thoroughbreds

West: In search of a Derby hero... Triple Crown contenders will rise and fall over the next few months

The man behind Old Friends: For former horseplayer Michael Blowen, a risky venture becomes a life's reward

From the "It's the Same All Over" Dept: Aussie comment, "For all that racing provides, politicians really don't care."

Record low for fatal thoroughbred breakdowns in Kentucky

Rich pickings go begging on the Dubai dirt as US trainer is forced to stay home... "The owners called me one by one to say they didn't want to pull the trigger."

Atlantic City Race Course taking last bets... Ends run on Friday

Take Charge Brandi to get early 2015 start ... Lukas eyes Martha Washington Jan 31 at Oaklawn

Plonk: "I firmly believe that 90 percent of what you read and hear from trainers is bunk."

Delaware Park to race 81 days in 2015

Keeneland January: Sale concludes four-day run with declines

Gulfstream poker events raises $8,500 for jockeys' fund

California expands 'Ship and Win' bonus program

Racing and the law: Who gets to collect their debt first in an equine lien situation?

Often copied, rarely equaled: Magic Millions... Magic Millions concluded trading last week with the largest-grossing yearling sale conducted in the Southern Hemisphere in almost seven years

Oz: Horse racing's insiders knew the industry was rife with cobalt

CHRB approves Galway Downs as training site

New Parx racing secretary Sam Elliott sees 'untapped potential'

Maryland's Bonita Farm on the market

Ride On Curlin returns a winner at Oaklawn

Haskin: Racing's winter of discontent

Mitchell: Awakening to aftercare

Perl new asst racing secretary at NYRA

AUDIO: ESPN's In the Gate... Charles Town Races steward Larry Dupuy on transparency & rules uniformity amongst states

Livingston PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 In Memoriam

>>> Plonk: Jan 16 edition of Countdown to the Crown

Heavy rain floods temporary stalls at Calder

Latest Vegas Derby Future oods

Ky Derby points standings

History on Chrome's side in 3YO Eclipse race, but will it be enough?

Atlantic City Race Course shutting down

Memories of Atlantic City Racecourse: From 1995 Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred - profiling the track on its 50th anniversary

Monmouth group interested in Atlantic City

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred editorial: A to-do list for region's racing industry

Ritvo looking to dig Maryland racing out of hole

Sal Sinatra/Maryland: Big events, Bowie are future keys

Australia: Champion trainer Peter Moody [Black Caviar] faces a possible three-year ban for running a doped galloper in a G1 race during the spring carnival

Horses with two more Aussie trainers test positive for cobalt

AUS: RV chairman of stewards' comments on cobalt positive samples

Mace: Summer with Tom... "No one could be more (dare I say) 'responsible' for my becoming a full-timer in the world of Thoroughbred racing (New York racing that is) than Tom Durkin."

Why do Florida track owners want to stop greyhound racing?

Trainer Watch: Chad Brown... Deliberate and dedicated, 'Team Brown' focused on the future

W Va: Cuts in subsidies to horse racing considered to address budget gap

Kentucky regulators to get Asmussen report Thursday

Finley: Asmussen should be on HOF ballot

Ky: Candidate opens race for governor by backing expanded gambling

Giauque/Ocala Star Banner: Shared Belief not a HOTY finalist??? "It is a miscarriage of justice that he is not among the three horses nominated."

Calculator connections plan next move for Sham winner

"It's a grassroots revolution to get more women involved in the business of racing."... $500K on the line for the first four all female owned horses to cross the line in Australia's Magic Millions — no matter where they finished overall

More Del Mar stabling has obstacles

Racing regulatory veterinarians support compounding rules

National Handicapping Championship tour winner crowned

Lea storms into Dubai World Cup contention

Australian racehorse wastage evaluated... Goal to keep more horses racing

International: Pair earn Breeders' Cup berths in South Africa

New racetrack in UK... Dormant Great Leighs reincarnated as Chelmsford City

Chicago harness track bets it can beat multimillion-dollar judgment

Jock Ruby Walsh questions BHA whip rules

3YO Watch: Ami's Flatter making positive strides

Jock Watch: Van Dyke ready to make jump to journeyman

Bayern bothered by quarter crack

Fasig-Tipton adjusts dates for Midlantic, Saratoga fall sales

Old Friends/NY mourns the passing of Thunder Rumble

Retired Racehorse Project, CANTER to team up

AUDIO: ESPN's In the Gate... Top 10 races of 2014, as voted by our listeners and our expert panel

VIDEO: The Stars Return: 'Movie trailer' for the 2015 racing season

>>> SoCal-based racehorse defies odds after born blind, deaf
>>> Tough Sunday race record


>>> NYRA provides update on equine safety reforms, implementation at Aqueduct
>>> NYTHA statement
>>> NYRA's Equine Safety Review Board... Can the Equine Safety Review Board play a significant role in addressing the recent surge in fatalities at Aqueduct? Perhaps not


Keeneland Jan Sale: Jan 12-15 Keeneland website
>>> Mare named Up brings $2.2 mil on Tues
>>> Restrained bidding marks start of Keeneland sale on Mon


JOCK WATCH:

>>> Unity, risk reduction to be focus of US Jockeys' Guild Assembly
>>> NTRA, insurance outfits combine their efforts to launch a new jockey accident program for racetracks
>>> Closer look at retirement funding for Australian jocks and how it affects the racing industry
>>> UK: The scheme that means retirement is no longer a dirty word for jockeys
>>> Jock agent Ron Anderson: Eternal optimist hard at work on Derby puzzle
>>> Why life is good for the rider who gave up a flourishing career in Britain for Hong Kong
>>> UK: Apprentice flat jockey Charlotte Jenner has called on owners and trainers to give more women a chance to become fully qualified
>>> 40YO q-horse jock Joe Badilla Jr in midst of comeback at Sunland


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Three stallions have put French bloodstock on a whole new trajectory


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