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NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance Report

Along with my fellow distaff racing bloggers Jess and Dana, I attended the NTRA’s Safety & Integrity Alliance press conference this morning. While acknowledging that the NTRA lacks centralized control over the industry in the US, Robert Elliston, the executive chairman of the NTRA (and president of Turfway Park) framed it as a ‘convening authority’ […]

An Equal and Opposite Reaction?

Most Rick Dutrow-related discussion this week is, rather unsurprisingly, related to Big Brown’s race this weekend. However, a little snippet in the TT made me wonder what else is going on behind the scenes; it would seem that Gary Contessa, who has been engaging in a minor war of words with Dutrow of late, has […]

Curlin: It’s the Woodward

Mark your calendars for August 30th – Curlin will be heading back to dirt for the Woodward although owner Jess Jackson indicated that turf is still an option down the line:

“The Arc is probably out for this year,” Jackson said. “We think he can be a turf champion but I’m not sure he has […]

Big Brown Ekes Out a Win

Big Brown’s narrow victory in the Haskell will likely not answer many questions; did he show great determination in running down Coal Play (this time actually beating the ‘other’ Nick Zito horse in the field) just at the wire or did he look like a horse without much left? On paper, he should have waltzed […]

Battleship Ballydoyle

The Ballydoyle juggernaut rolls on; Yeats cruised to victory in the Goodwood Cup (becoming a millionaire in the process — obviously, given the current exchange rate, he’s practically off the charts in dollars).

Former Horse of the Year Sergeant Cecil finished last in the race and, […]

Racing Renaissance?

The BBC asks whether racing is undergoing ‘a renaissance‘ with attendance at its highest since the second world war and two new tracks opening in the next two years.

Great Leighs opened in Essex this Spring (the first new British racetrack in over 80 years) and features summer evening racing (over Polytrack – pictured); while […]

Curlin: High on Life

Curlin is off the juice and set for his first turf test in the Man O’ War on Saturday (after a license was granted to the receiver now handling the holding company for his minority owners, rather than to the indictees or their partners). (Majority) owner Jess Jackson doesn’t mince words:

Jackson told the subcommittee […]

Dutrow’s Annual Suspension

Rick Dutrow is preparing for his annual vacation banning, this time for a horse he had running on Kentucky Oaks day in the Aegon Turf Sprint who tested positive for a rather festive amount of clenbuterol:

“I was there all week and am responsible,” Dutrow said. “I use that medication on many of my […]

No to Drugs, But Yes to Toe Grabs?

IEAH made a much-publicized announcement yesterday, saying that they’ll be weaning their horses off the juice by October (more or less, and not counting Lasix — one suspects the list of things that ‘don’t count’ may grow). They did not say a thing about toe grabs, though, which is a bit peculiar, given that not […]

Steroids: Not Just for Americans Anymore

Takeover Target is an amazing horse by any standard; the Aussie sprinter has won 17 of his 33 starts, winning in Australia, Japan, Singapore and the UK. Now the British press wants to know whether he comes by his speed entirely honestly.Two years ago, Takeover Target tested positive for steroids which his connections deemed to […]