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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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Horse of the Year: Rachel or Zenyatta?

The much anticipated race between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta? Well, it's on, but only on paper. Horse racing's top two ladies will duke it out among voters for Horse of the Year honors after never meeting on the track.

Each of them have stellar credentials in trying to become the first female to win the year-end honor since Azeri in 2002.

Rachel Alexandra

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Polo Horse Drug Testing to Debut Next Year

Random drug tests will begin next year for horses in polo matches in the United States after the deaths of 21 elite horses in Florida that were injected with an incorrectly mixed supplement shortly before a championship match, the United States Polo Association said Wednesday.

The decision was made last month to begin a pilot program for testing horses starting in January, said

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Thoroughbred Trainer Jeff Mullins Barred From NYRA Tracks for Six Months

The New York Racing Association barred the trainer from Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga on Friday (Oct. 30) for violating its barn rules by giving one of his horses an unknown substance and then providing conflicting information about it.

"Racing integrity is a top priority for the New York Racing Association at all times," Neil Getnick, a lawyer for the firm that

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Racehorse Death Threat Brings Blackmail Charge

A man has been charged with blackmail over a threat to kill 4-year-old colt Conduit before his Group One victory at Ascot.

Ten days before Conduit tries to win his second Breeders Cup Turf in a row at Santa Anita, Calif., Manchester police said Wednesday the man would appear in court Dec. 1.

The police didn’t identify the man but the Guardian newspaper named him as 26-year-ol

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