Thursday, April 09 2009


At a press conference today at Churchill Downs, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the Louisville, Ky., racetrack has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a comprehensive review of racing operations at the facility. Churchill Downs is the first track to be so designated by the Alliance.

The accreditation of Churchill Downs was the culmination of a lengthy certification process that began with Churchill’s completion of a 48-page written application. Churchill Downs then hosted several meetings with Alliance officials and met with the Alliance’s independent monitor, The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson, a former Governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. The on-site review was led by Jennifer Durenberger, DVM; racing official Richard J. Lewis; and Mike Ziegler, executive director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. Thompson also attended and observed the on-site review.



INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 8, 2009) — General Admission will be free on Thursdays during the 65-day Spring/Summer Meet at Hollywood Park, which opens Wednesday, April 22.

The Thursday programs will also feature $1 hot dogs and sodas through the final Hollywood Park race and $1 beers from noon until 3 p.m.

Read more articles in the Hollywood Park category.


Patrick Mahony promoted to NYRA Senior Vice President

A respected expert in Pari-Mutuel operations, Patrick Mahony has been promoted to the post of Senior Vice President of Mutuels, The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today. His previous title had been Vice President of Pari-Mutuel Operations. Mahony joined NYRA in 2003 after a distinguished career at Gulfstream Park, Calder, Hialeah, Atlantic City Race Track, Garden State Race Track, and Monmouth Park.

“At NYRA, Pat has worked diligently to position our Mutuel department as one of the finest in the industry,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “He’s put a solid management team in place while establishing the highest standards of credibility and integrity. In addition, Pat has worked with the New York State Racing and Wagering Board and industry organizations on national tote strategies and protocols.”

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Autrey targets DelPark

Wilmington, Del., April 9, 2009 — Cody Autrey, a perennial top trainer in the Midwest, is among some of the new trainers targeting Delaware Park for the upcoming 72nd live race meeting. The 116-day live race season opens on Saturday, April 25 and ends on Saturday, November 7. Post time for the first race has been set at 1:15 p.m.

Since finishing third in the trainer standings at the recently concluded Fair Grounds meet, Autrey started sending horses to Delaware Park. By the beginning of the season at the Stanton-oval, Autrey should have approximately 35 horses on the grounds. In past years, the native of Waxahachie, Texas, has split his operation between Churchill Downs and Lone Star Park after the Fair Grounds. But, this year, the 29-year-old who won his first career race at Retama Park on September 14, 2000, will split his stable sending a division to Churchill Downs and for the first time in his career sending a division to the east coast.

Read more articles in the Delaware Park category.



ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 8, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be “live-money” tournaments and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2009, online at and clicking racing & handicapping and then handicapping contests.

The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will be responsible for purchasing a $500 wagering card at the time of registration, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.

Read more articles in the Arlington Park category.



ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2009)—Favored Malibu Artiste led from start to finish for her third straight victory in Wednesday’s featured $52,000 Reluctant Guest Purse at Santa Anita Park, covering 1 1/8 miles over a firm turf course in 1:48.43.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani under 119 pounds for trainer George Papaprodromou, Malibu Artiste won by 1 ½ lengths over Always Auditioning, who had three-quarters of a length on third-place Vikkilee.

Read more articles in the Santa Anita category.


War Kill Edges Selva In Beaumont

Lexington, Ky. (April 8, 2009)—War Kill scored a narrow victory over Selva in the $150,000, Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes Wednesday to give jockey Julien Leparoux his fourth win of the afternoon.

It was a two-horse race for more than half of the seven furlong, 184 feet race with no more than a half length separating the first two finishers as heavily favored Evita Argentina trailed the six-horse field.

Read more articles in the Keeneland category.


Full Field of 14 Set for Sunday’s Wide-Open South Beach

Farnsworth Stables’ 5-year-old mare Flibberjibbit finished a game third behind I Lost My Choo last out in the Honey Fox Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 7, and will be among the favorites in a field of 14 fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $50,000 South Beach Stakes.

Jockey Elvis Trujillo gets the call on Flibberjibit for trainer Marty Wolfson in the 7½-furlong turf test and will not have to face I Lost My Choo again – that rival was entered in Saturday’s Jenny Wiley Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

Read more articles in the Gulfstream category.



OLDSMAR, Fla. (April 8, 2009) Apprentice jockey Mike Straight has only been in the irons for a little over one month, but he has already made a big impression at Tampa Bay Downs. Straight has booted home seven winners in 25 days of racing at the Oldsmar oval, making him the leading apprentice rider at Tampa Bay Downs.

Straight got his first win from his first career ride on March 6, 2009 in the sixth race aboard Ready Ruler for trainer Michael Thomas and owner Leighton Evans. Straight, who is a graduate of Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy, is the twin brother of Maryland jockey Matthew Straight.

Read more articles in the Tampa Bay Downs category.



ALBANY -- The top California sire Unusual Heat had to be a proud father following the conclusion of Wednesday's racing at Golden Gate Fields.

The 4-year-old filly Mystical Heat, the 6-year-old gelding Unusual Treasure, and the 4-year-old colt Quite Unusual - all sired by Unusual Heat - won races to give their papa a three-win afternoon.

Read more articles in the Golden Gate category.


Wednesday, April 08 2009


LAUREL, MD. 04-08-09---Earlier today in the General Assembly in Annapolis, House Bill 1578 was introduced attempting to confiscate Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park, the Bowie Training Center and the Preakness® Stakes from the Maryland Jockey Club (MJC).

“We share the Governor’s interest in preserving the historic Maryland Jockey Club and the Preakness,” said MJC president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. ”But we question the government’s right to confiscate private property which will only lead to more confusion and litigation while these matters are in bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 process should be allowed to proceed.”

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NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop On New York Investigations of Jeff Mullins and Ernie Paragallo

“Two recent incidents in New York are very troubling to the hundreds of thousands of responsible individuals who derive their livelihood from Thoroughbred breeding and racing and the millions of customers who participate in our game.

“In the case of trainer Jeff Mullins, regardless of how this incident is ultimately adjudicated, there is no excuse for not knowing or abiding by the New York rules of racing.


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