NYTHA President Nominee Q&A: Chad Summers

The position of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) president is up for grabs at a time of great upheaval for horse racing in the state. Belmont Park is poised to undergo a $455-million overhaul, after which Aqueduct is set to close its doors. Within a few years, horse racing in New York will look drastically different to what it looks like today. This is also a period of tremendous existential challenge for the sport, as evidenced by a recent 60 Minutes expose on the industry's doping problems. Among the...

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KET To Air 'The Legacy of Black Horsemen' Documentary

Edited Press Release Kentucky Educational Television (KET), a state network of PBS member stations serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky, will air 'The Legacy of Black Horsemen' an hour-long documentary that details the story of Black jockeys, trainers, grooms and exercisers in the 1800s who played an important role in the Thoroughbred industry. The program documents how Black horsemen were subjected to discrimination and cruelty throughout much of their lives. During slavery, many won the faith of their white owners and were trusted with major financial and horse training decisions. In...

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Second Stab At Synthetics In California? The Trainers' View

Under the toughest of spotlights, the industry's collective eyes often turn to the stuff under foot. At least, that's what trainer Mark Casse did in a widely-shared TDN Q&A. "I think we really, seriously, need to look at more synthetic tracks," Casse said, triggering yet another cavalcade of commentary on the conceived benefits and blights of synthetic surfaces. "I believe in them. I believe they've got plenty of data to back that up." Former TDN writer Lucas Marquardt followed it up with an analysis of race-day fatality data through The...

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Final Three Goodwood Races Nixed As Card Abandoned Following Inspection

The final three races of the Qatar Goodwood Festival Saturday card were cancelled after the racecourse failed to pass inspection after the Coral Stewards' Cup. A group of officials, trainers and jockeys went to inspect the track, and paid particular attention to the bend into the home straight. After the running of the G2 Lillie Langtry S. at 3 p.m, which took place during a torrential downpour, some jockeys were concerned regarding the state of the round course. Ed Arkell, Goodwood's director of racing, told Racing TV, "The jockeys expressed...

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NYTHA Hires Abigail Klima for Membership Services

Abigail Klima has joined the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to oversee Membership Services, acting as the primary liaison for all current and prospective trainers and owners competing on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit. Klima will be assisting owners, trainers, and their staff with information and guidance on all areas related to participation in New York racing, including licensing, registration, and credentialing. Additional responsibilities will include administering and supporting the New York Trainers Health Insurance Program (NYTHIP), the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund (NYJICF), the Horseracing Integrity...

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TRM To Sponsor Six Races At Naas

Six races will be sponsored by TRM at Naas Racecourse during the 2023 Flat season. In addition, the manufacturer and distributer will also support owners, trainers, stable staff, and breeders. The winning trainer of each of the six TRM-backed races will receive TRM supplements to the value of €500, while the Best Turned Out prizes to support the hardworking stable staff will be €100 cash as well as branded clothing. TRM will also award winning breeders with €500 RRP worth of breeding supplements. In addition, there will also be a...

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ITBA Mental Fitness And Resilience Seminar Sheds Light On Mental Health Awareness, Resources

In an industry where the hours and expectations fall far outside of the typical 40-hour work week, peers are also your biggest competitors, and the fine line of balance between work and life can be nonexistent, the struggle with mental health is prevalent among the Thoroughbred industry's participants. However, growth of understanding through research, increased discussion and an expanded network of resources is hoping to change all of that, as shared in the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (ITBA)'s Mental Fitness and Resilience in the Thoroughbred Industry online seminar, held Wednesday...

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November Sale Catalogue Unveiled By Tattersalls Ascot

The Tattersalls Ascot November Sale catalogue, featuring 104 lots on the Flat and over jumps, is now online. Slated for Nov. 3, the sale comprises 35 fillies and mares in/out of training, 52 colts and geldings in/out of training, 11 stores, five yearlings and one point-to-pointer. Trainers under both codes have supported the sale, including Cullentra House Stables, Clarehaven Stables, East Everleigh Stables, Godolphin, Jane Chapple-Hyam, Lodge Hill Stables, Middleham Park Racing, Park House Stables, Urloxhey Farm, and WH Bloodstock. Supplementary lots will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 28.

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Weekly Rulings: June 21-27

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky. Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where. California Track: Los Alamitos Date: 06/24/2022 Licensee: Peter Miller, owner Penalty: $5,000 fine Violation: Disorderly conduct Explainer: Pursuant to a Stipulated Agreement and Mutual Release with the California Horse Racing Board, Owner Peter Miller is fined $5,000.00 for violation of California Horse...

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Missing July 1 HISA Deadline Could Result in Scratches

Facing a July 1 federal mandate to get all licensed personnel and actively racing Thoroughbreds registered in accordance with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), representatives from that organization's Authority team fielded questions from industry participants Friday in an online "town hall" forum, where the most pertinent query had to do with whether horses will get scratched if their online HISA registrations are incomplete by that deadline. The short answer, according to the HISA Authority's chief executive officer, Lisa Lazarus, is yes. But her slightly longer explanation tells us...

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Freddie, Martyn Meade Unite Under Manton Banner

Freddie Meade will join his father, Martyn, on the trainer's license under the umbrella of Manton Park Racing. Technique (GB) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), entered to run in the G3 Cazoo Princess Elizabeth S. Derby Day, will be the first runner for the new training partnership. Freddie has served as an assistant to his father since 2014. "I have grown up around horses and ridden from an early age. Training has always been the ultimate goal." said Freddie. "I look forward to us being able to use traditional methods of training at...

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TDN's HISA Launch Cheat Sheet

Only those living under rocks would be forgiven ignorance of the July 1 launch of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). Thanks to HISA's shifting goal posts and sometimes opaque approach to the dissemination of information, however, even those without such domiciles would be forgiven confusion as to what is expected of them between now and takeoff. The following, therefore, is aimed at providing a basic guide to help industry participants navigate the weeks ahead, from the registration process to important new rules that will be in place July...

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