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Editor's Notes

What The Next New Racetrack Needs To Be. Bigger & Better With Three Surfaces. Dirt, Turf & Tapeta.

Aqueduct_RacetrackThoroughbred People writer Victor Ryan recently penned a "What's Happening" piece on the initiative by the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition to build a brand new racetrack, and bring thoroughbred horse racing to the state. It is always uplifting to hear of a plan to build a new racetrack, and Thoroughbred People sincerely hopes it comes off for Georgia. What we also hope is that as a new track with a "21st century race track design", it is indeed built differently to current tracks, and that a golden opportunity is capitalized on.

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Australian Trainer Bans Make a Mockary of US Trainer “Punishments” For Drug Infractions

cobalt_chlorideIn Australia the Victorian Racing and Appeals Disciplinary Board on Wednesday banned Melbourne Cup winner trainer Mark Kavanagh for three years and trainer Danny O'Brien for four years. Vet Tom Brennan pleaded guilty and was banned for five years. The length of these bans demonstrates the no nonsense approach the Australian racing authorities take to keep their country's horse racing clean and drug free.

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Ireland’s Top Jockey Ruby Walsh & Killtulagh Vic Save The Day After Near Disaster

killtulaghAcrobatics and heart came through in a Grade 2 novice steeplechase at Leopardstown in Ireland on Sunday. Ireland's leading jockey Ruby Walsh and the top steeplechaser Killultagh Vic had seemingly put the race to bed going to the last fence. But Killultagh Vic then pecked and slithered on landing, very nearly falling and losing Ruby.

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13 Year Old La Estrella Gains Record 27th Synthetic Track Win In England

LaEstrellaLa Estrella made history in the UK in the last week of 2015, with a record 27th all-weather (synthetic) win, on his 68th career start at Southwell racetrack in England. La Estrella, who is now 13 years old, stayed on strongly in the home straight to achieve victory in the two mile handicap. Trainer Don Cantillon, who also owns La Estrella and has always stressed the horse’s wellbeing is more important than rewriting the record books, was lost for words after the last-gasp victory under Tom Queally.

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Here Comes Betfair. Exciting – But Dangerous If Racing Does Not Get This Right

betfair1The New Jersey Racing Commission recently approved a plan proposed by the operators of Monmouth Park and the British exchange betting company Betfair. Exchange wagering, which has been established and hugely popular for several years now in Europe and Australia, gives the bettor the ability to secure a fixed price on a horse before the race, a price that is locked in and will not change.

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Farewell Shared Belief. Horse Racing Sadly and Cruelly Robbed Of a Star

Shared Belief04.10-29-14.BL_The news that the incredibly talented and potential all time great racehorse Shared Belief has been euthanized after a battle with colic is an extreme and sad shock for horse racing fans. Jerry Hollendorfer's star was back in full training at Golden Gate Fields and doing very well by all accounts, until today.

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