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HISA, HIWU Open Investigation into UK Lab

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) and Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit (HIWU) have opened an investigation into the University of Kentucky’s Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory’s performance, according to a joint statement Tuesday by the agencies. On the 16th of last month, HIWU stopped sending samples to the UK Lab. Prior to that, the […]

Wagering on U.S. Races Declines in February

Wagering on U.S. races dipped 2.85% in February, with 11 fewer racing dates, in year-to-year comparisons released Tuesday by Equibase, while through two months of 2024, wagering is down 6.83% with 59 fewer race days than the same period in 2023. Wagering in February totaled $838,195,585, compared to $862,782,585 in February, 2023. Through two months, […]

Diverse Catalogue Of Juveniles For Osarus La Teste Breeze-Up Sale

A total of 83 juveniles have been entered in the Osarus La Teste Breeze-Up Sale catalogue which was released on Tuesday. Past graduates of the sale include G2 Prix de Malleret winner Rue Boissonade (Fr) (Seabhac). Set for Apr. 10 with the breezes the day prior, the sale contains 2-year-olds by 60 sires like Almanzor […]

Benefactor and Guardian: Racing’s Friend in the Levy Board

If you follow Alan Delmonte on Twitter or X, or whatever they call it these days, you will know him for his offbeat sense of humour. But as chief executive of the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) for the past 11 years, he has one of the most serious jobs in British racing, overseeing the […]

Breeding Digest: Another Week Full of Mischief

The racing year is only just doing up its laces, but already Into Mischief is on the march. Last week we examined the GI Kentucky Derby candidature of his son Timberlake and now, with a little help from the evergreen Dettori, he has a 19th Grade I scorer in Newgate. I must admit that my […]

Dean Hopes New Approach Yields Gains at OBS

Jon Dean grew up in Michigan, but moved to Central Florida as a high school senior, and now, as an Ocala-based attorney, his path seemed to inevitably lead to Thoroughbreds. But, after a series of lackluster results in the industry, he decided he needed to recalibrate his business plan three years ago. The result was […]

Letter to the Editor: The Importance of the Race Track Chaplaincy

Last week, I attended the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) national conference at the Falls Creek Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma. There were more than 100 participants including track chaplains, local council leaders, national board and staff. I am here to share a good news story about a group that is serving God, serving […]

Keeneland Trustee Louis Lee Haggin III Dies

Louis Lee Haggin III, hailing from an illustrious racing family and a longtime fixture at Keeneland, died Mar. 5, according to Keeneland Tuesday. He was 88. A lifelong Thoroughbred owner and breeder, Haggin III managed his family’s Sycamore Farm. A great, great grandson of legendary horseman James Ben Ali Haggin, who was also the founder […]

Bush Tracks, Host Of Other Investigative Topics Covered On ORI Day Two

The Organization of Racing Investigators opened the final day of its Parx conference with another set of timely presentations. Topics included the impact of bush track racing, and a variety of legal and scientific case studies, which were all geared for the investigator’s toolkit. With varied backgrounds in law enforcement and security, many attendees have […]

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