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North Dakota Seeks to Rejuvenate Live Horse Racing

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on January 17, 2013

Officials of the North Dakota Racing Commission are lobbying for the Legislature to approve tax incentives to lure high-stakes horse racing gamblers back to the state, many of whom left almost a decade ago as a result of a federal investigation into the gambling industry...

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Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award Finalists Announced

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on December 6, 2012

When the announcement of the finalists for the Secretariat "Vox Populi" Award was made recently, the response from horse racing fans was almost immediate...

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Honoring Excellence in American Thoroughbred Racing

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on November 22, 2012

Named in honor of the 18th century British racehorse, Eclipse, the Eclipse Awards were established in 1971 to honor the champions of American thoroughbred horse racing. The Eclipse Awards are sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association...

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Hollywood Park’s Autumn Meet Underway

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on November 8, 2012

Betfair Hollywood Park's Autumn Meet is set to provide plenty of horseracing action. Starting November 8, racing will take place four days a week – Thursdays through Sundays – with first post at 12:30, with the exception of Thanksgiving when racing will begin at 11:00...

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Scientists Discover Trotting Ability is Genetic

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on September 13, 2012

A groundbreaking study in the field of genetics has revealed that some horses are not able to trot or pace, regardless of their training, while for others trotting is a breeze. The discovery could have far-reaching implications for an industry that spends huge amounts of time and resources training horses for ...

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New 2-YO Ruling for Del Mar as Season Opens

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on July 5, 2012

With the invitation to "play where the turf meets the surf", the Del Mar horseracing season starts on July 18 with the Oceanside Stakes, opening day party and the "One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest"...

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Royal Ascot Heads for the Finish Line

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on June 21, 2012

The 2012 Royal Ascot got off to a great start on Tuesday, with Frankel crossing the finish line 11-lengths ahead of the rest of the contenders in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes. Heralded as his career-best performance, the race marked his sixth straight one-mile win, confirming that he is back at the top of his game...

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Black Caviar Favorite for Diamond Jubilee Stakes

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on June 7, 2012

With 22 wins out of 22 starts in her racing career, Australian mare Black Caviar is widely considered to be the fastest horse in the world at this time – and she's heading to the Royal Ascot Race track in England to compete in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on June 23...

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Triple Crown: Smarty Jones, Real Quiet

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on May 14, 2012

33 Years of Heartbreak: The 12 Most Excruciating Near-Misses in the U.S. Thoroughbred Triple Crown Since 1978 – Part Six

2. Smarty Jones (2004)

Smarty Jones is generally the first horse that springs to most minds when it comes to recent near misses at the Belmont Stakes. Perhaps no horse since 1978 has captured the public's imagination as strongly as the little colt from Pennsylvania. Smarty’s road to the Kentucky Derby was a strange one.

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Triple Crown: Funny Cide, Spectacular Bid

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on May 14, 2012

33 Years of Heartbreak: The 12 Most Excruciating Near-Misses in the U.S. Thoroughbred Triple Crown Since 1978 - Part Five of Six

4. Funny Cide (2003)

The first gelding to win the Kentucky Derby in 74 years and the only New York-bred horse to ever win, Funny Cide was given little chance to come out on top, but it was nothing personal - Kentucky's own Empire Maker was the overwhelming favorite to win at 6-5...

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