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Sonny Leon Handed 15-Day Ban For ‘Intentionally’ Interfering Rival In Lukas Classic

Journeyman jockey Sonny Leon, whose perfectly timed winning ride aboard Rich Strike in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby brought him national fame, has been suspended 15 days for an ugly incident in deep stretch of the G2 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1. Leon was aboard Rich Strike for trainer Eric Reed and […]

Voiding A Void Claim: Arizona Track Noticed For Not Complying With National Rule

Arizona Downs was served with a notice of suspected violation by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority earlier this month after state officials prevented a void claim from going into effect. According to a notice sent to the track by Authority chair Charles Scheeler on Sept. 12, a horse called Ag Minister was claimed by […]

Chris Bosley: Laurel Park Surface ‘Heading In The Right Direction’

The Maryland Jockey Club track maintenance crew has been adding some clay to portions of the Laurel Park dirt surface—mainly from the half-mile pole to the 1/8 pole—to make the composition consistent with the rest of the surface heading into the cold-weather months. MJC Track Superintendent Chris Bosley said the goal is to have 2% […]

Christophe Soumillon Suspended 60 Days After Elbowing, Unseating Rival Mid-Race

Jockey Christophe Soumillon has been handed a 60-day ban after his elbow made contact with rival rider Rossa Ryan mid-race at Saint Cloud on Friday, according to The move caused Ryan to fall from his mount in the Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon, though Ryan escaped injury in the incident. Soumillon apologized for his actions […]

International Conference Of Horseracing Authorities’ Open Forum Will Be Live Streamed Monday

The open forum of the 56th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities, organized by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), will be available on the IFHA’s website ( beginning at approximately 10:30 CEST (GMT+1) on Monday, Oct. 3 via live stream. Additionally, a replay of the Conference will be posted in the days following the […]

Woodbine’s Overnight Purses Boosted 10 Percent

Woodbine Entertainment announced Thursday a purse increase for Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack. Effective Thursday, October 13, Woodbine will boost purses by 10 per cent for all overnight races (not including Maiden Allowance Races). The starters bonus will also rise from $400 to $500. These changes will be reflected in Condition Book 9. Live racing […]

Poll Results: Majority Of New Yorkers Support Project To Build New Belmont Park

We Are NY Horse Racing, a coalition of small businesses, labor unions, non-profits, and trade associations, has released a public opinion poll that found 68 percent of voters statewide and 75 percent of voters on Long Island support using state bonding authority to construct new horse racing facilities at Belmont Park. In addition, according to the […]

Stronach Group Creates 1/ST Racing & Gaming To Capitalize On Sports Wagering

Belinda Stronach, chairwoman, chief executive officer and president of The Stronach Group and 1/ST on Sept. 28 introduced 1/ST Racing & Gaming, an enhanced division of the company that will position the core Thoroughbred horse racing business to fully capitalize on the future of sports wagering and gaming. The 1/ST Racing & Gaming division will […]

Case Closed: Murray Rojas Conviction Vacated, Feds Will Not Seek Second Trial

The federal case against Penn National trainer Murray Rojas has been closed after the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction against her on drug misbranding charges and prosecutors opted not to pursue a second trial. The Sept. 28 order signed by federal Judge Sylvia H. Rambo called for a second superseding indictment to be dismissed […]

Pennsylvania Commission Denies Vazquez Appeal, Votes To Request Lasix Exemption From HISA

At a regularly-scheduled meeting of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on Sept. 27, commissioners voted to deny an appeal from trainer Juan Vazquez of a suspension that would run through 2025. The vote was unanimous by the commissioners present, save for one abstention. Commissioner Russell Jones abstained from the vote and also abstained from […]