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Lasix Clouding Drug Issue

Ten years ago, in an Op-Ed written for The Blood-Horse, I strongly suggested that only by installing USADA to oversee drugs in American racing could our game hope to restore its lost credibility as a sport played on a level playing field, thereby giving our industry its best chance to regain alienated horseplayers and a [...]

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Corey Johnsen Op/Ed: My Trip to Colombia

Last week, I made a presentation on the Dynamics of the Horse Industry in the United States to a group of horsemen at the Equine Congress in Bogota, Colombia. It was sponsored by UNAGA, a division of the Department of Agriculture which oversees the cattle, horse and goat industries in Colombia. The Equine Congress was [...]

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USADA is Scary
USADA is Scary

This week, Federal legislation–the Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015 (THIA)–was introduced by a coalition of industry groups headed by The Jockey Club that, if enacted by Congress, will install USADA as the entity to oversee drug policy, testing and enforcement in Thoroughbred racing. The prospect of having USADA in charge of drugs, both legal [...]

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Dean Towers Op/Ed: Converting the New Viewer and Fan

Sunday’s Women’s World Cup soccer final between the United States and Japan was a roaring success. 25.4 million people watched the event, making it the 5th most (non-NFL) watched sporting event in 2015. The game’s rating was up 88% from the same match-up on ESPN in 2011 and up 41% from United States-China on ABC [...]

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Op/Ed: The Time for Change is Now

by Hal Handel Over the course of the past 40 years, I have seen the sport of Thoroughbred racing encounter significant challenges and I’ve witnessed them from a couple of different perspectives. As a deputy attorney general in New Jersey in 1975-77, I supervised the Tony Ciulla race-fixing case. (For those of you too young [...]

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Slot Revenue is Falling Due to Decreased Demand, So It’s Time to Tack Back the Skill-Game Gambling Market

Back in 2009, I was presenting on a panel at the Canadian Gaming Summit. Along with me on the panel was Mark Davies, one of the original founders of British betting giant Betfair, and a friend who is a professional gambler. After the panel concluded (which tackled the topic of new ways to bet and [...]

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Stopping Cheaters

In the Olympic annals of Track and Field, for every Jesse Owens and Babe Didrikson there has been a Ben Johnson and Marion Jones. Every hero seemingly can be counterbalanced by an athlete who tested positive for a banned substance or who was suspected to have done so. [...]

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My Belief: Crops Should Not be Banned

The new TDN Topics feature (click here to read TDN Topics: Should the Crop Be Banned?) creates a great opportunity for those of us who care about the long-range health of racing to stand up and be counted. Therefore, I am moved to write one last time, despite being “retired” from 40 years of handicapping, [...]

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When the Sideshow Trumps the Headliner, the Sport of Horse Racing Loses Out

I watched Golf Channel’s Feherty the other day when the host, David Feherty, was interviewing the CEO of the PGA Tour, Tim Finchem. I found one segment of the show particularly interesting. [...]

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We Must Dream

About two-and-a-half hours after American Pharoah won the 2015 Kentucky Derby, a mare we own in partnership lay down and foaled a colt. Another dream began. [...]

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