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>>> From the "It's Not Just Us" Dept: British Horseracing Authority announces "a series of measures designed to address issues regarding the increasing number of uncompetitive, small-field races."
>>> Handle drops at Delaware Park
>>> Europe: Cartier Award category race-point totals
>>> Nebraska: 2015 racing schedule mirrors previous year
>>> LA Times: Doug O'Neill's suspension shows why little makes sense in horse racing
>>> Commentary: Racing's slow regulatory process
>>> Trainer David Wells reaches plea deal in race-fixing case
>>> Md: Trainer Juan Vazquez fined, suspended in odd non-appearance case
>>> La Racing Commission orders Churchill Downs Inc to put $2.7mil back into purse structure for upcoming Fair Grounds meet
>>> Keeneland, Red Mile partner on Instant Racing
>>> Ky: Keeneland proceeding on track purchase alone for now
>>> NY: New claiming rule for layoff horses
>>> British Champions Day: Did it live up to its billing?
>>> UK: Noble Mission moves up Cartier Award points ladder
>>> Trakus' Cummings: Time for a change - Why North America must stop perpetually mis-timing races
>>> Sun results: Euro-invader Hillstar takes G1 $1mil Canadian Int at Woodbine... Brown Panther scratches after dumping jock
>>> Finley: Europeans invade American turf... Toronto massacre doesn't bode well for Americans in Breeders' Cup
>>> Champion Beholder continues to recover from fever
>>> Jockeys' Guild sets up fund for Saez's family
>>> Jockeys nationwide to honor late teenage rider Juan Saez on BC weekend
>>> 'China Jockey Club' apparently launched in Beijing last month exposed as hoax
>>> Apprentice Watch: 19YO Michael Ritvo making a big impression
>>> Desormeaux set to return Sunday
>>> Breeders' Cup tickets at Keeneland will be limited to 28,000
>>> Nelson Bunker Hunt, former owner-breeder, dies at 88
>>> Raffetto signs on as consultant to New England HBPA
>>> Tears and talking in Maryland Million winner's circles
>>> Kentucky officials to meet with drug lab on testing delays
>>> Kentucky dates approved for 2015 - but not without drama
>>> The Jockey Club releases 2014 report of mares bred statistics
>>> Sun preview/international: Three winners of the Hong Kong HOTY title are set will meet in Sha Tin Trophy
>>> AUDIO: ESPN's In The Gate... Caroline and Gregory Bentley, who along with their son with Down Syndrome, Andrew, own unlikely Breeders' Cup Turf hopeful Hardest Core, share their amazing story

>>> Transparency! How about this?!? Australia's Racing Victoria stewards have a Twitter account!!!


>>> Racing becomes a college sport! Cambridge triumphed over Oxford in the inaugural Varsity Horse Race last weekend
>>> VIDEO REPLAY: The Varsity Horse Race, 10/17/14... Cambridge vs Oxford at Newmarket
>>> Cambridge Varsity Horse Race Facebook page
>>> Oxford Varsity Horse Race Facebook page


Pro-active stews?
>>> Hong Kong jockey suspended for 18 meetings... did not take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout the race to win or to obtain the best possible placing in the field
>>> You be the judge: Chart and VIDEO REPLAY [click on "Multi-Angle Race Replay"... Jun Ju #14]... runs 5th with a late run at 12-1]


AUSTRALIA/COX PLATE: G1 $3mil... Sat 5:40pm Moonee Valley [US time: Sat 2:40am ET] >>> Official Cox plate website
>>> Free PPs
>>> Moonee Valley Twitter feed
>>> The Moonee Valley Cox Plate is the horse race to love, launching scores of winners, grinners and cheeky bush jockeys
>>> Cox Plate 2014: The Cleaner cleaning up is the fairytale ending everyone wants but experts say he cannot win
>>> Horse-by-horse analysis
>>> Fri results: Lankan Rupee wins G1 Manikato at Moonee Valley - after 50min inquiry
>>> Sat preview/Australia: Fawkner favored in Cox Plate
>>> Drawing the world to the Cox Plate
>>> O'Brien's bold move in sending classy Adelaide on Cox Plate mission


>>> Photo: Whoa - hang on, jock! Kate Is a Ten jumps a shadow en route to victory at Belmont, R3 10/19/14

Kate Is a Ten jumps shadow en route to victory BEL R3 10/19/14
>>> VIDEO REPLAY: Watch Kate Is a Ten jump [go to 19:00]



Breeders' Cup

>>> Record 201 pre-entered
>>> Complete list of pre-entries with preference notes for cross-etntries
>>> BC race order, post times and wagering menu
>>> Haskin: 3YOs highlight Classic
>>> Turf contender Main Sequence enjoys break
>>> Hardest Core on target for BC Turf
>>> Breeders' Cup ground to do trick for Magician
>>> Aidan O'Brien has outlined his plans for the Breeders' Cup, headed by Magician's bid for back-to-back successes in the Turf
>>> Europeans hit the shore for BC Turf

Free PPs: Breeder's Cup[pdf]:

Friday:
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G1 $1mil Dirt Mile
G1 $1mil Juv Fillies Turf
G1 $2mil Distaff

Satruday:
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G1 $2mil F/M Turf
G1 $1mil F/M Sprint
G1 $1mil Turf Sprint
G1 $2mil Juv
G1 $3mil Turf
G1 $1.5 Sprint
G1 $2mil Mile
G1 $5mil Classic





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SANTA ANITA
Sat results: Boozer all the way in $100K California Flag Hcp

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DOWN UNDER/ASIA
Sun preview: G1 Japanese St Leger

Sat preview: Side Glance after second AUS G1 in Cox Plate

Godolphin eye top Australia's Cox Plate trophy with Sweynesse

Unlikely owner-trainer/horse duo heading to Cox Plate... Small-time trainer calls his $10K purchase 'my best friend'

Race record: The Cleaner

Weekend results/Australia: Caulfield Cup

>>> Historic win for Japan's Admire Rakti in G1 Caulfield Cup

>>> Chart: Caulfield Cup [click on race name - R9 - for chart]
>>> VIDEO replay: Caulfield Cup
>>> Jockey quotes: Caulfield Cup
>>> Sat preview/Australia: Caulfield Cup PPs and horse-by-horse comments


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GENERAL NEWS
Roanoke Times: What next for silent Colonial Downs racetrack?

Talking horse racing and Shared Belief with Jim Rome

Powell: "I have said many times that I believed that the old system of 'a foul is a foul' is the best and that all riding infractions need to be punished."

Illinois casino group exec pens opinion piece: "The [racing] industry wants to pass a large gaming expansion bill that uses thousands of slot machines to subsidize the sport that in turn would take money away from local government budgets and classrooms. This is something we simply cannot afford."

Top-class turf: Woodbine's EP Taylor Course celebrates 20 years

Britain's Channel 4 commissions Frankel documentary

Forbes values Derby brand at $99mil

For Massachusetts slots parlor, all bets could be off after Nov 4

Charismatic's Belmont cited by NY sports scribe as being among NY's worst sports injuries [along with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Patrick Ewing and Frank Gifford]

Q&A with Guy Torsilieri - the guy behind Far Hills

Sat results: Russell Road rallies to win third West Virginia Breeders' Classic

Sat results: Md Millions results at LRL

Tom Durkin paid $440K for 100 days calling races in 2014

Kentucky Downs, Churchill Downs reach dates deal

Jockey Club research takes closer look at uniform medication and testing standards

New Mexico Racing Commission announces super testing and extensive video surveillance

Colonial Downs surrenders racing license

Colonial closure to affect nearly 200 track employees

Hong Kong scribe revels in Rich Tapestry's win in Santa Anita stake... Ouch! "Part of the tapestry now is the delicious 'no lasix' aspect to the Group One win at Santa Anita last weekend, with the runner-up trained by Doug O'Neill, who has been barred from entering horses for this year's Breeders' Cup meeting as it takes place while he serves suspension for a medication-related infraction."

Bill Nader: Rich Tapestry's win "has laid the lasix debate out for everyone to see... If it was grey before, it's black and white now."

Handle, attendance down at Keeneland

Keeneland and partner maneuvering to acquire racetrack license and offer Instant Racing games

Brit's Champions Day bring debt to shareholder racecourses that is set to peak in the coming months at $6 million

UK: In light of a $6mil debt, is the Champions Series rather too liberal with its spending?

Irish Racing receives significant budget boost

Battaglia won't work Breeders' Cup broadcast for NBC

Horse racing has long interested the hockey world

Jock Watch: Kieren Fallon plans move to ride in US as he seeks to recover 'buzz'

California Chrome team feted at Big Fresno Fair

OBS fall mixed sale has a rough day two

Business declines at OBS fall mixed opener

Godolphin preparing to become 'top dogs' again

Horse care, younger generations focus of Thoroughbred Ownership conference

Racehorse owners schooled on horse health, care issues

The scary thing for the rest of racing: Aidan O'Brien is getting even stronger

West: The greatness of Wise Dan

Racing history: All Along - on top of the world in 41 days

Fair Hill hyperbaric passes 10,000 hr milestone

US owner-breeder Strawbridge relishes European success

Retired Racehorse Project proves why education is key in successful racehorse rehoming

Gelo Hall - a man who's had a front row seat to some of Maryland's most important racing history - has been named the winner of the 2014 Joe Kelly Unsung Hero Award

Weekend preview: Far Hills - The best in US jump racing

>>> Apprentice Juan Saez, 17, dies of head trauma
>>> Jockeys' Guild statement
>>> NTRA statement
>>> Equibase stats page: Juan Saez
>>> Indiana Grand press release
>>> At Indiana Grand Racing, teen jockey's death called 'worst day'... Memorial to be held Thurs
>>> Apprentice jockey Juan Saez was always smiling... Agent, "If I start crying, you'll have to bear with me."
>>> Juan Saez received proper care after spill
>>> Ellis Park officials mourn loss of young, beloved jockey
>>> Racing community mourns death of apprentice Saez

Wise Dan out of Breeders' Cup with ankle injury

Treve out of retirement to chase third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe win

Europe: Dual Derby winner Australia retires to stud but Treve is back on track

Jury is still out after Australia's early exit... Dual Derby winner's early retirement leaves his legacy incomplete

UK: Champions Day looks short of champions

UK: Ascot does not expect rain to disrupt Champions Day

Europe: Summer stars Taghrooda and Mukhadram retired

Pennsylvania op-ed: Casinos never lived up to their hype... "Casino gambling could deliver noticeably bigger tax relief if so much of the money didn't go to subsidize Pennsylvania's horse racing industry."

Trainer Doug O'Neill issues statement in response to suspension: "Some folks have been asking me why I didn't choose to fight the New York, Breeders' Cup or California decisions -- since I knew I didn't give my horse a drug I never heard of, and that my team never gave our horse a drug they never even heard of..."

Virginia op-ed: "Colonial Downs has struggled... We do not believe the present economic model can be sustained... We incline toward the track's position but would embrace legitimate alternatives. The survival of Colonial Downs is at stake."

Eugene Melnyk leaves horse racing with no regrets... After more than 20 years in the sport where his horses have won many of its top prizes, the Ottawa Senators owner says he's finished with the track

Pa TV reporter receives an Emmy for an in-depth investigative series on the drug culture within Pennsylvania's horse-racing industry

Ky: 2015 race dates decision looms... Ky Downs/Churchill await

Announcer John Imbriale finally gets Prime Time exposure

Jazil, winner of 2006 Belmont Stakes, dies after accident in paddock

Fresno woman with terminal cancer spends dream day with California Chrome

Take a tour of Bill Gates' new 228-acre ranch, complete with a horse-racing track

Trainer Chad Brown looking to dominate with European imports

Ryan Nugent Hopkins may be a NHL thoroughbred, but he has one of his own... Burnaby native and Oilers star's racehorse Zenya is based at Vancouver's Hastings Racecourse

The soccer phenom turned owner-breeder bidding to score big at Woodbine

Buyers just can't get enough of the top European bloodstock

McPeek: The time to help horse racing is NOW

Australia: German ace Protectionist new MelCup favourite

Apprentice Watch: Fray Martinez following his dream – and Victor Carrasco's footsteps

Statement by Gulfstream Park President Tim Ritvo on resolving simulcast wagering issues: "Gulfstream Park management was made aware of [difficulties]... for some bettors at simulcast facilities around North America to wager on races at Gulfstream Park West."

2YO Filly Watch: Euro trainer excited to take on US foes in BC

Photo: Fair Hill aerial view

>>> Wash Post: Bode Miller to ditch skiing to race horses with help of trainer Bob Baffert
>>> VIDEO: Bode Miller talks career change
>>> Miller teams with Leonie Seesing - They're an interesting team

>>> Sun results: Orphee Des Blins wins the 4.25m Velka Pardubicka for the third year in a row
>>> VIDEO REPLAY: 2014 Velka Pardubicka
>>> NY Times: Steeplechase's most historic jump is also its most controversial

>>> LA Daily News: Cigar grabbed sports fans like few athletes can
>>> Switch to dirt turned Cigar into a monster
>>> On Cigar: Even the greatest legends are mortal
>>> Scott: Cigar - Racing loses one of the greats

>>> The rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge has found a new arena, as the first ever Varsity Flat race has been confirmed
>>> Varsity Horseracing: 2014 preview
>>> Facebook: Oxford Varsity Horse Racing
>>> Facebook: Cambridge Varsity Horse Racing
>>> Twitter: Varsity Horserace
BELMONT
Sat results: NY Showcase Day stakes

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EUROPE
Richard Hughes will be champion jockey for a third consecutive year after it emerged Ryan Moore will not be riding in Britain again this season

2YO Watch: Belardo will have to defy history to win 2000 Guineas

Trainer Philip Fenton to appear in court on anabolic steroids charges


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