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Handle Up During Golden Gate Fall Meet

Golden Gate Fields concluded its 2018 fall meet Dec. 9 with a 19% year-to-year gain in all sources pari-mutuel handle over the course of 30 racing days. Increases in out of state wagering and off-track betting helped contribute to a total fall meet handle of $99.7 million, well above the $83.6 million wagered in 2017. "We had another great meet," said Golden Gate Fields Vice President and General Manager David Duggan. "We, first and foremost, greatly appreciate the support of our loyal fans and horseplayers. Additionally, the horsemen have been...

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Something Awesome Possible for Pegasus

Stronach homebred Something Awesome (Awesome Again) is under consideration for Gulfstream's GI Pegasus World Cup Jan. 26. The 7-year-old gelding won this year's GIII General George S. and GII Charles Town Classic. "Something Awesome is training really well. I've got him back the way I expected him to come back. He's gone through a lot of things, but he's ready," trainer Jose Corrales said. "I don't call those shots, but I'd love to run him in the Pegasus and I think he's ready for that competition." Finishing last as the...

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Cohen Named Comeback Jockey of the Year

David Cohen--who is enjoying a banner season after resuming his promising riding career following an injury-induced hiatus spanning almost four years--is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com's Comeback Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Red Brand Fence. Cohen will receive the award during the Jockeys' Guild Assembly luncheon Tuesday at Top Golf located adjacent to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Irad Ortiz will be honored as JockeyTalk360 Turf Jockey of the Year and Drayden Van Dyke will be recognized as JockeyTalk360 Breakthrough Jockey of the Year. The JockeyTalk360 awards are...

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Who’s Horse of the Year: John Pricci

If you want to put a gun to my head, I think I am going to vote for Justify, but with reservations. There is the brevity of his career, two of the tracks that he won over were a little gimmicky and the class of the horse he beat wasn't much. I'm not one of those people who always knock the 3-year-old crop, but you couldn't help but notice how little this group, outside of Justify, accomplished. It turns out that there was no depth in the Triple Crown races....

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Bill for $10M Annual Monmouth Purse Subsidy Advances

After clearing a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Monday by a 13-0 vote, a New Jersey bill that would guarantee a five-year, $10 million annual purse subsidy for Monmouth Park could be up for a full Senate vote as early as Dec. 17. In addition, the State Assembly and Governor Phil Murphy still have to approve SB 2992 before it becomes law. The proposed bill would authorize the New Jersey Racing Commission to split a $20 million annual allocation from the state's general fund equally between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred...

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ITBOA Hosting Online Auction

The Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association is currently conducting an online auction of seasons to more than 180 stallions from 16 states. Proceeds from the online auction will fund three stakes races for all 2020 offspring of stallions whose seasons are sold at this auction: the 2022 Stallion Futurity and two 2023 Stallion Stakes races for 3-year-olds, one for colts and one for fillies. The auction began Dec. 8 and closes Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. CDT. A list of the stallions donated and details of the auction are...

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Renovations Underway at Indiana Grand

Renovation on the one-mile dirt racetrack at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino is currently underway and the $700,000 project is expected to be completed in March 2019 when the barn area opens for training. Gerry Porcelli, former track man for the New York Racing Association for more than 40 years and Butch Lehr, who served as track man for Churchill Downs for more than 45 years, are working in conjunction with Indiana Grand's track superintendent Roy Smith on the project. "We are right on schedule," said Smith. "We've been busy...

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Scat Daddy Colt Shows Promise at Golden Gate

Anothertwistafate (Scat Daddy) may have disappointed in his first racetrack appearance at Santa Anita last month, but the juvenile made amends with an effortless four-length maiden victory at his home base of Golden Gate Fields Sunday. "I was actually relieved," trainer Blaine Wright said of the win Monday. "He didn't show a whole lot the first time we ran him, but that was probably my fault. Yesterday, he showed us the kind of horse we thought he was all along." Bidding on behalf of Canadian owner Peter Redekop, bloodstock agent...

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NYSCG Updates Claim Price Rule, Advances Safety Standards

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) voted by unanimous voice vote Monday to tweak a claiming price rule enacted in 2012 that had aimed to dis-incentivize owners and trainers from entering lame or uncompetitive horses in lower-level races that had been bolstered by gaming-inflated purses. The new rule will allow for some flexibility in setting claiming prices that are below the required 2:1 standard mandated by the NYSGC. It reads as follows, with the new language that was added to the existing rule highlighted in bold: "The minimum price...

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Elser Gearing Up for Gallop Year Two

Last spring, consignor Kip Elser and a longtime client came into the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale with five horses and an old idea made new again. The five 2-year-olds bypassed the typical pre-sale breeze and instead galloped down the lane during the auction's under-tack preview show. The experiment proved enough of a success that the two men have purchased another group of yearlings this year intent on repeating the scenario at the 2019 Gulfstream sale. "We very happy with the first year," Elser said. "We were very well received--both in the...

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