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Zenyatta Makes Final Stroll at Hollywood Park

Zenyatta bid a final farewell to her legions of fans Dec. 5 at Hollywood Park, pricking her cotton-stuffed ears at the gaggle of cameras one more time before heading into retirement. The superstar mare who won 19 of her 20 career races and more than $7.3 million patiently walked around the paddock before taking to the track for a last stroll. Fans cheered and snapped photos as Zen

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New York Drug-Testing Lab to Move to Morrisville State

Morrisville State College instead of Cornell University will soon be testing race horses for unauthorized drugs.

New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini said the drug testing program would be a perfect fit for the college.

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Paragallo Horses Malnourished, D.A. Says

The 177 horses seized in a raid of an upstate New York farm last year were malnourished, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of the trial of the farm’s owner, prominent Thoroughbred breeder and owner Ernie Paragallo, who was banned from

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Wild-Horse Lovers Protest at Nevada Capitol

More than 130 demonstrators showed up at the Nevada Capitol to protest wild-horse roundups.

The critics were calling attention on Saturday to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s handling of the recent Reno-area roundup.

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Tampa Bay Backstretch Worker Dies in Horse Accident

An exercise rider and backstretch worker died Feb. 1 after a horse fell on top of him while exercising at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Robert Shields, 60, died after one of the horses got spooked and fell over, fatally injuring him.

Spokeswoman Vida Morgan said Shields was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where he was

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Nevada Wild Horse Roundup Deaths

Wild-horse advocates have criticized federal land managers after the deaths of 26 mustangs so far in a government roundup on the range north of Reno, Nev., up from nine deaths a week ago.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday Jan. 29 reported four more deaths stemming from its roundup in the Calico Mountain Complex.

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Miniature Horses Added to Barn Fire Death Toll

Authorities now say two miniature horses have died in a fire that consumed a southwestern Ohio raceway barn last weekend, bringing to 45 the number of horses killed along with two men.

The blaze early Dec. 5 at Lebanon Raceway is still under investigation. Authorities have ruled out arson, but they said Tuesday it could be weeks before they complete their investigation into the ca

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Harness Track Barn Fire Kills People, Horses

A Dec. 5 fire has ripped through a barn at a county fairgrounds in southwest Ohio, killing two people and about 60 horses.

The fire was reported about 5 a.m. Capt. Krista Wyatt of the Lebanon Fire Department said the barn roof had already collapsed by the time firefighters arrived at the Warren County Fairgrounds, about 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

The victims’

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Kentucky Horse Industry Losing Ground to Poultry

Kentucky’s slumping horse industry appears on pace to be overtaken by poultry farming as the king of the state’s agricultural sector, economists said Dec. 3. In a state where horses are a mainstay of the cultural and economic lifeblood, the new top perch for chickens in the pecking order of Kentucky agriculture once seemed unlikely. But the equine sector has been battered by deep recession

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Horse Racing to Return to Florida’s Historic Hialeah

For years, the fabled Hialeah Park race track has sat idle — battered, broken, and left to rot.

These days, fresh paint coats the walls, pink flamingos are practicing their familiar moves and some of the luster has been restored to Florida's grand old track. On Saturday, those famous flamingos are expected to fly again, when Hialeah reopens for its first race day in

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Chicago Mounted Police Face Budget Cuts

Four horses that are part of Waukegan's mounted police patrol need new homes after budget troubles forced the Chicago suburb to cancel its equestrian unit.

"We will be relinquishing the patrol," Waukegan police chief Artis Yancey said Wednesday. "They were an important part of our tool box but unfortunately, in these tough economic times, we had to decide

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Churchill Downs Inc. Will Buy Online Wagering Site

Churchill Downs Inc. has agreed to buy online wagering site Youbet.com Inc. for $126.8 million.

The companies said in a statement Wednesday (Nov. 11) that they expect the percentage of wagering that's done online to grow, citing recent trends toward online transactions in other industries. The statement says recent statistics show less than 14% of thoroughbred wagering in th

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Retired Racehorses Move to New Prison Farm Facility

Four retired racehorses from Suffolk Downs moved into their new home on Tuesday, stepping into sawdust-covered stalls built for them by prison inmates at a 90-acre farm not far from the rocky coastline where the Pilgrims first stepped ashore.

The horses will live at the Plymouth County Sheriff's Farm, where the prisoners converted part of an unused dairy barn into a stable

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Breeders’ Cup Drug Tests Return Clean Results

All horses that ran in the Breeders' Cup have tested negative for illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The California Horse Racing Board said testing was completed Tuesday and all the samples came back clear from the UC Davis laboratory.

All entrants underwent pre-race blood testing for TCO2, a performance-enhancing alkalizing agent known as a

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