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Jessica Paquette Named New Parx Track Announcer

Fri, 2022-10-28 11:19

Jessica Paquette, a New England native with nearly 20 years of experience in horse racing, will be the new voice of Parx Racing starting in December. In accepting the position, Paquette becomes the only full-time, year-round female track announcer in the United States.

“I am grateful for the women in the racing industry who have paved the way for my generation to work in so many different areas,” said Paquette. “My hope is that I can similarly help inspire young women who may want to be part of our sport.”

Paquette has previously called races at both Suffolk Downs and Sam Houston Race Park. Additionally, she has been a racing analyst at Colonial Downs Racetrack and Sam Houston and most recently worked as the Director of Communications for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jessica to the Parx family,” said Joe Wilson, Chief Operating Officer for Parx Racing. “The high regard with which she is held in our industry along with a tremendous work ethic makes her the perfect person to usher in this new era for Parx.”

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Plenty of Graded Action on Final Saturday Ahead of Breeders’ Cup

Fri, 2022-10-28 11:00

In the weeks leading up to the Breeders' Cup, most of the news is focused on when the stars are shipping and breezing. But, with one week left to go before World Championship Saturday, there is plenty of racing action with seven graded events from coast-to-coast.

Sophomore colts take center stage at Keeneland in the newly upgraded GIII Bryant Station S. GI Belmont Derby hero Classic Causeway (Giant's Causeway) looks to make amends after an unplaced effort in the course-and-distance GI Shadwell Turf Mile Oct. 8. His best efforts have come at longer distances, but he may just outclass most of these as he takes a step down from top-level company.

A two-time graded winner sprinting on dirt, Wit (Practical Joke) will be Classic Causeway's biggest competition. He debuted on grass in Saratoga, finishing second to Ready to Purrform (Kitten's Joy) in the Aug. 5 GII Hall of Fame S. and winning the Aug. 28 Better Talk Now S., both at a mile.

Also on tap in Lexington Saturday is the GII Hagyard Fayette S., which is led by 'TDN Rising Star' First Captain (Curlin). The GIII Pimlico Special S. winner missed by a nose in the GII Suburban S. in July and was third in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup S. last out Sept. 3. Another son of Curlin, King Fury, enters off a pair of thirds at Churchill Downs in the Aug. 13 Fort Larned S. and the Oct. 1 GII Lukas Classic S.

The Belmont at the Big A meet also plays host to a pair of graded events, starting with the GII Kelso H. Baby Yoda (Prospective) looks to secure his first black-type win in this event off a 10 3/4-length thrashing of optional claimer foes over track-and-trip Oct. 7.

Talented sophomore Morello (Classic Empire) won his first three starts at this oval, including the GIII Gotham S. in March. He failed to fire in his next two efforts, but returned to winning ways in a Laurel optional claimer Oct. 8.

His stablemate Jaxon Traveler (Munnings) appears to be the one to beat in the GIII Bold Ruler S. a few races later. Winner of the GIII Maryland Sprint S. in May, he enters off a well-beaten second in Pimlico's Lite the Fuse S. Sept. 10 on dirt. He is joined by hard-knocking GIII Runhappy S. winner Drafted (Field Commission) and GII Vosburgh S. runner-up Eastern Bay (E Dubai).

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Santa Anita offers a trio of graded races, including the GIII Autumn Miss S. for 3-year-old turf fillies. MGSW Cairo Memories (Cairo Prince) looks to get back on track after finishing fifth in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. July 9 and third in the GI Del Mar Oaks Aug. 20. Pammy's Ready (More Than Ready) enters off a close second in the local Unzip Me S. Oct. 1 and her stablemate Rhea Moon (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}) prepped with an optional claimer win at Del Mar Aug. 21.

Sophomore colts also get a chance at graded glory in the GII Twilight Derby. War at Sea (War Front) won three in a row before his streak was halted when third in the GII Del Mar Derby Sept. 3. Graham Motion ships in with Hawthorne Derby winner Speaking Scout (Mr Speaker). Also, GIII La Jolla H. winner Cabo Spirit (Pioneerof the Nile) looks to rebound off a fifth in the GII Del Mar Derby.

Last, but not least, GISW Going Global (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) is the heavy morning-line favorite in the GII Goldikova S. GII John C. Mabee S. winner Avenue de France (Fr) (Cityscape {GB}) will take a crack at the chalk yet again.

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Senor Buscador Gears Up for Dirt Mile

Thu, 2022-10-27 17:23

Joe Peacock, Jr.'s Senor Buscador (Mineshaft), who earned a berth in the field for next Saturday's GI BigAss Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile via his mild upset in the GIII Ack Ack S. at Churchill Downs Oct. 1, tuned up for that engagement with a 'solid' five-furlong work in the company of his GII Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance-bound stable companion Sheriff Brown (Curlin) beneath jockey Francisco Arrieta at Keeneland Thursday morning.

“We got what we wanted,” trainer Todd Fincher said. “Senor Buscador started about six lengths back and got to the target a little faster and caught up by the three-eighths. He waited a bit not wanting to go by too fast and really started working at the quarter pole.”

Fincher surmised that Senor Buscador, who finished three lengths clear of his company, covered his final three furlongs from the eighth pole to the three-quarter pole in :34 and change.

“Sheriff Brown is better with a target, but he was the hunted today,” said Fincher, whose GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint contestant Slammed (Marking) is set to breeze Friday morning.

Also on the Thursday morning tab was Hot Peppers (Khozan), who went five furlongs on her own in 1:02.20 in :12.60, :24.80, :38 and out three-quarters in 1:16. Family Way (Uncle Mo), pre-entered for the GI Maker's Mark Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, went five-eighths in 1:00.80, the fastest of seven at the distance Thursday morning.

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Third Time’s The Charm For Runhappy’s Half-Sister, Rarify

Thu, 2022-10-27 17:06

6th-Keeneland, $99,588, Msw, 10-27, 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 1:05.38, ft, 3 3/4 lengths.
RARIFY (f, 2, Justify–Bella Jolie, by Broken Vow) opened her account with a pair of seconds at Saratoga earlier this summer, trying both 6 and 6 1/2 furlongs. The half-sister to Runhappy (Super Saver), Ch. Sprinter, MGISW, $1,496,250, Thursday's 2-5 chalk, raced with blinkers for the first time over her shortest distance yet and settled into a stalking position early while racing in the three path into the far turn. Fanned out wider still, Rarify loomed outside of the leaders at the top of the lane, struck the front with a furlong to run, and drew away convincingly despite hanging on her left lead to win by 3 3/4 lengths. Malibu Toast (Tapwrit) checked in second. A $750,000 yearling and the 21st winner for her freshman sire (by Scat Daddy), Rarify's only younger sibling is a yearling half-brother by Speightstown. Her dam visited Charlatan for the 2023 season. Sales History: $750,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 3-1-2-0, $101,675. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
O-Jonathan Poulin, Westerberg, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith & Michael B. Tabor; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward.

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TCA to Host Bash at the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 4

Thu, 2022-10-27 16:54

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) will host Bash at the Breeders' Cup Friday, Nov. 4 at the Grand Reserve in the Distillery District of downtown Lexington, Ky. The fundraising event will feature signature cocktails, Southern cuisine, live music, and a live auction of racing memorabilia and experiences. Tickets are available here.

“Bash at the Breeders' Cup has become a can't-miss event on the Breeders' Cup week calendar,” said Erin Halliwell executive director of TCA. “We're looking forward to another fantastic event all while raising money for our 2023 approved grant recipients that work to provide Thoroughbred aftercare and offer health and human services to backstretch and farm workers.”

Bash at the Breeders' Cup will feature a live auction including a Del Mar Racing package, a halter worn by Life Is Good, a racing saddle signed by numerous jockeys including John Velazquez and Jose Ortiz, a GI Whitney S. package, a GI Blue Grass S. package, artwork by Jeaneen Barnhart and much more. Artist Robert Clark will live paint an oil on linen piece featuring top Breeders' Cup contenders. The piece will be available for bidding in the live auction. For those that cannot attend in-person, online bidding will be available beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1. Online bidding will close at 12 p.m. ET Friday, Nov. 4 and bidders wishing to continue bidding in the live auction may bid by telephone. Auction items may be previewed here.

Bash at the Breeders' Cup is generously sponsored by Churchill Downs, Herringswell Stables, Blackstone Farm, Abbondanza Racing, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Candy Meadows Farm, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Tito's Vodka, Maker's Mark, and Jackson Family Wines. Media sponsors include the BloodHorse, TDN, Paulick Report, and the Horse Racing Radio Network.

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Coach Calipari to Draw BC Classic

Thu, 2022-10-27 16:50

University of Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Calipari will draw the post positions for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at the Rood & Riddle Breeders' Cup post position draw Monday, Oct. 31 at Rupp Arena, beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET. The draw will offer free admission to the general public with no ticket required.

It will be hosted by racing broadcasters Britney Eurton and Rishi Persad and feature a special appearance by renowned University of Kentucky men's basketball head coach John Calipari. Coach Cal will draw the post positions for the $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

The post positions for all 14 World Championships races will be drawn and announced live on FanDuel TV and streamed on the Breeders' Cup website, Official Mobile App, and Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels. A special FanDuel TV preview show will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Applications Open For NYRA’s 2023 Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship

Thu, 2022-10-27 16:41

Students enrolled in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) can now apply for the 2023 Elizabeth Bracken Memorial Scholarship, which aims to support students aspiring to build careers in Thoroughbred racing, NYRA announced.

The scholarship was created in 2021 to honor the memory of Elizabeth Bracken, an RTIP graduate who spent 16 years at NYRA before returning to RTIP as Associate Coordinator and an instructor. Bracken died in November 2019; she was 52.

“We can't thank NYRA enough for their continued support of the RTIP via this scholarship and their sponsorship of the Global Symposium on Racing,” said RTIP Chair Robert Hartman. “NYRA has provided meaningful internship opportunities to RTIP students for decades, from my NYRA internship in 1992 to the present. The RTIP's unique blend of classroom and experiential learning prepares graduates to contribute to racing organizations on Day One. We are proud of our alumni that serve in leadership positions on the NYRA team to help further the organization's mission.”

The 2022 winner was Eric DeCoster, an RTIP senior from Chandler, AZ. DeCoster spent the summer interning at NYRA's racing office, at both Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course; and said he hoped to build a career in a racing office, ultimately as a racing secretary or director of racing.

The $10,000 annual scholarship will be split into two parts–with $5,000 awarded for the fall semester and $5,000 for the spring semester. Click here for more information.

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NY Commission Expresses Frustration About Endless Lasix Studies

Thu, 2022-10-27 16:39

The New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) took a unanimous voice vote on Thursday to request an exemption from the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act Authority (HISA) that will allow the continued use of Lasix in races other than those for 2-year-olds and in stakes.

Asking for the exemption also opts states into a three-year study that will be conducted by HISA that is designed to shape future federal Lasix policies, possibly as early as 2026.

The vote itself was hardly a surprise. Not applying for the exemption would have banned Lasix usage outright in all New York Thoroughbred races starting Jan. 1, 2023, as per the HISA statute.

No state racing commission in the nation has yet to vote against seeking that exemption, and none are expected to, according to discussion among the NYSGC commissioners at the Oct. 27 meeting.

But what was unexpected was the pushback from several commissioners on two fronts: 1) A desire to know when the seemingly endless, decades-long cycle of Lasix studies on racehorses would finally produce conclusive results, and 2) Why shouldn't New York, which has made a concerted effort over the past few years to cut back on Lasix usage with seemingly positive results at New York Racing Association (NYRA) tracks, leap at the chance to go Lasix-free at all levels of Thoroughbred racing statewide?

Commissioner John Crotty, in particular, expressed his frustration. He asked NYSGC equine medical director Dr. Scott Palmer, VMD, who advocated for the board to seek the HISA exemption, how many Lasix studies have been done over last several decades.

Palmer acknowledged that there have been “a number of them,” adding, “I can't give you the exact number off the top of my head. But I can tell you the most convincing one was a study done in South Africa perhaps 10 years ago that found that Lasix did mitigate the impacts of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging (EIPH) in racehorses.”

When Crotty asked this question, Palmer had just finished summing up his opinion on a study published this week in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that found that horses racing on Lasix were 62% more likely to die within three days of racing than were horses running without the diuretic.

Palmer had termed that AVMA study “very impressive and comprehensive,” with an “enormous” 4-plus million population of horse starts. But he also noted that “as well as this study was designed and conducted, there are always limitations.”

Among them, Palmer said, were that true causes of sudden deaths can be elusive, even with a complete necropsy examination, and that other drugs besides Lasix were not accounted for in the study.

But Palmer did express optimism that the AVMA study could lead to further insightful research.

Crotty then noted that when the NYSGC held a day-long Lasix summit back in 2015, several work-in-progress studies at that time were anticipated as being the breakthrough research that would give definitive answers. Now it's seven years later, those studies have arrived, new ones have begun, and the NYSGC is being told to expect yet even more studying on the topic.

“What would be, at the end of the day, a conclusive study from your point of view?” a respectfully exasperated Crotty asked Palmer. “Because no study has actually been done to prove anything, that I know of.

“Every time they look at it, they say, 'Well, it's not quite conclusive. You've got to look at this other factor,'” Crotty said. “I assume that the veterinarians and the scientists who are doing this are competent and capable people…. What would be necessary, if HISA's going to do this, to believe that they will do it right, versus all the other broad studies before this?”

Palmer replied that “no study is perfect…and that it's a standard part of the report of the study to list those limitations. So the way you get to the bottom of an issue like this is to do multiple studies with a slightly different approach.

“And I can tell you for sure that one of the most exciting possibilities of this potential research with HISA is that they are now requiring contemporary reporting of all medications given to racehorses. This has never been done before. And for that reason, all of the Lasix studies to date have never been able to list all of the medications given to the racehorse [to] determine whether or not the medications contribute to EIPH or to sudden death.

“So the advantage of a study by HISA would be that they will have a unique database that will include treatment of every single Thoroughbred racehorse in [America], and that data will be in a single database that can be mined for information about what medications racehorses are being actually given,” Palmer said.

And once that three-year study is completed, the prospect looms for–you guessed it–more research.

“With a control group and a study group to get to the bottom of these issues that we're struggling with,” Palmer said.

For the first three years of HISA, a state racing commission may request a no-Lasix exemption so long as it does not apply to 2-year old covered horses or covered horses competing in stakes races.

The NYSGC received commentary from NYRA, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Inc., the Finger Lakes Horsemen Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc., and Finger Lakes track management, all advocating for the exemption.

The stakeholders largely raised concerns that, absent the exemption, New York Thoroughbred racing would be placed at a distinct economic and competitive disadvantage with surrounding states that have sought the exemption.

Commissioner Peter Moschetti, Jr., asked Palmer if, in the nearly two years since NYRA began conducting Lasix-free races for 2-year-olds and stakes horses, there have been any negative consequences. Palmer stated that there was “no evidence” of harms to horses.

“It seems to me that's pretty good evidence, although two years might be a limited period of time,” Moschetti said.

“I would agree that's an accurate statement from what we've seen so far,” Palmer replied.

Then Moschetti asked, “So are we factoring that in in our decision to seek an exemption? We have had this discussion [for] years, going back and forth [in an effort to] remove race-day drugging of horses, right? So what an opportunity New York has now: HISA is going to implement, in January, this rule that would eliminate Lasix use…. Is your recommendation factoring in what has happened in the last two years, where New York kind of led the way [toward] racing horses without Lasix? It's a great opportunity to see what would happen. It appears that nothing bad has happened, right?

Palmer answered that “if we were operating in a vacuum, that would be accurate.” But we're not, he added, noting that if New York doesn't seek the exemption, it will be excluded from what he believes is a greater opportunity: to participate in the HISA study.

“Also there are significant issues with the business model in New York, versus the mid-Atlantic states [that have requested the exemption]. And I think that consistency in a region is really, really important. One of the goals of the entire HISA program is national uniformity,” Palmer said.

“The risk-benefit ratio of allowing Lasix versus the harm that could come from it is, to me, not significant. I think the value is great and the risk is minimal,” Palmer said. “I think the implications of what happens here in New York are profound in terms of horse racing in New York and neighboring states. And I think that all of those factors have to be taken into consideration when you're making this kind of a decision.”

At this point, NYSGC chairman Brian O'Dwyer interjected.

“Dr. Palmer, the commission is well able to determine the competitive nature and to factor that in,” O'Dwyer said. “I'm not asking you that, nor are the commissioners. We are asking you for your medical advice and medical opinion. Not your opinion on the structure of racing, and I would appreciate it if you would confine your opinion to that.”

Palmer then rephrased his argument: “Well, my medical opinion is that there are many advantages to asking for this exemption, to the benefit of the horse, that go far beyond the issue of New York racing.”

After the unanimous voice vote to seek the exemption, both O'Dwyer and Crotty expressed reservations about New York exempting itself from the no-Lasix federal rule.

O'Dwyer said he voted for the exemption with “great reluctance,” but “I've learned in my life that you have to rely on the experts, and that Dr. Palmer is our expert and has asked us to do this.”

Crotty said that from the perspective of seeing totally Lasix-free racing work in other parts of the world and on a limited basis at NYRA tracks, “it's hard to rationalize why [seeking the HISA exemption] is useful. But we're in a big system. It's a conglomeration of states and different interests. So if this is a way to achieve a better outcome, it seems like a reasonable thing to sort of more forward with.

“But,” Crotty added, “to have to exempt out of [Lasix prohibition when you're trying to achieve that goal], it seems like an odd construction.”

As Palmer put it: “The Lasix issue is an issue of competing truths. And competing truths are tough things to deal with. There's no right or wrong about this.”

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Dialed In Anchors Darby Dan Stallion Roster for 2023

Thu, 2022-10-27 15:02

Dialed In, whose half-dozen stakes winners this season include GI Awesome Again S. victor Defunded, tops a list of 14 stallions that will stand in 2023 at Darby Dan Farm. The 14-year-old son of Mineshaft will command a fee of $15,000, unchanged from 2022.

The champion freshman sire of 2016 and reliably among the top sires, Dialed In has also been represented by stakes winners Mr. Wireless, Erase and Gambling Girl as well as Grade I-placed Get Her Number. Dialed In has sired one Grade I winner in each of the last three years: Get Her Number in 2020, GI Arkansas Derby winner Super Stock in 2021 and Defunded this term.

The nursery's other five-figure stallions are Higher Power (Medaglia d'Oro), Modernist (Uncle Mo). Tapiture (Tapit), the leading fourth-crop sire by winners, will stand for $7,500.

The newest addition to the stallion barn at Darby Dan is 'TDN Rising Star' Mutasaabeq (Into Mischief). An impressive debut winner sprinting over the Saratoga main track, the son of Downside Scenario (Scat Daddy) was highly impressive in annexing Keeneland's GII Bourbon S. in his turf debut two starts later. He became a stakes winner on dirt in the 2021 Mucho Macho Man S. and is set to cover mares for the first time at a fee of $7,500.

“We are excited to announce the Darby Dan stud fees for the upcoming breeding season,” said Stuart Fitzgibbon, the newly named stallion director at Darby Dan. “Our goal is to provide breeders with a good value roster of stallions representing commercial and successful sire lines. We are delighted with the initial response to Mutasaabeq new for 2023. By Into Mischief out of a Scat Daddy mare, he has all the commercial attributes for the market. Grade 1-producing sire Dialed In continues to fly the flag for Darby Dan, and our younger stallions like Flameaway, Modernist, and Higher Power have been exceptionally well-received and should ensure memorable moments for the farm going forward.”

Darby Dan will once again be offering various incentive programs in 2023 to provide value to breeders, including Profit Protection, Share the Upside, Black-Type Bonanza, and Goldmine 20/20 Match Program.

DARBY DAN FARM — 2023 SERVICE FEES

Dialed In (Mineshaft) $15,000

Higher Power (Medaglia d'Oro) $10,000

Modernist (Uncle Mo) $10,000

Alternation (Distorted Humor) $7,500

Copper Bullet (More Than Ready) $7,500

Country House (Lookin At Lucky) $7,500

Flameaway (Scat Daddy) $7,500

Leofric (Candy Ride {Arg}), $7,500

Mutasaabeq (Into Mischief) $7,500

Tapiture (Tapit) $7,500

Bee Jersey (Jersey Town) $5,000

Tale of Ekati (Tale of the Cat) $5,000

Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) $2,000

Dolphus (Lookin At Lucky) Private

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Bidding Now Open for Kate’s Kingdom Flash Sale On Fasig-Tipton Digital

Thu, 2022-10-27 12:28

Bidding is now open on Fasig-Tipton Digital for the “Kate's Kingdom Flash Sale,” a one-horse online auction of Kate's Kingdom, winner of the GIII Ontario Matron S. at Woodbine this past weekend. Bidding on the racing/broodmare prospect will close this Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. EDT.

A 4-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom, Kate's Kingdom earned a career-best 6+ Ragozin figure in the Ontario Matron victory over Woodbine's main track. It was her second stakes win this year, increasing her earnings to $211,855. She is a winner on both turf and synthetic in her career and is out of a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winning millionaire Vicar's in Trouble, stakes winner Devine Mischief, and stakes placed Harbour Island.

“Kate's Kingdom has developed into an elite level racehorse in recent months, and at just four years old, she is just getting started,” said Leif Aaron, Fasig-Tipton Director of Digital Sales. “The 6+ Ragozin number that she earned in last weekend's graded stakes win was a lifetime best and shows that she is in the best form of her career. This auction is yet another great example of the opportunities that our digital platform offers to buyers and sellers.”

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Grade III Winner Skeptic Headlines Latest Keeneland November Supplements

Thu, 2022-10-27 11:38

GIII Monmouth Oaks winner Skeptic (Tiznow), a daughter of Tiznow who is in foal to Liam's Map, has been supplemented to Book 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale Nov. 7, Keeneland announced Thursday. In addition, 25 horses–including Grade I-placed Mackinnon (American Pharoah), 2022 graded stakes winners L'Imperator (Fr) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) and Sacred Life (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and recent Keeneland winner Trademark (Upstart)–have been supplemented to the November Horses of Racing Age Sale on Nov. 17.

Lane's End, agent, consigns Skeptic, who is from the family of Grade I winner Gemologist (Tiznow). A full-sister to stakes winner I'm Your Father, Skeptic is out of Clear Thinking, by Awesome Again.

Book 1 begins at 1 p.m. ET. Keeneland will hold the Horses of Racing Age Sale the day after the conclusion of the Breeding Stock Sale. The single-session auction for racehorses will start at noon to enable trainers and racing entities to complete their morning activities before the sale. The latest round of supplements increases the total number of horses cataloged to the sale to 320. Additional supplements will be considered until sale date. To view the latest catalog for the HORA sale including all supplements, click here.

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Munnings Paintings to Be Offered At 10th Annual Sporting Art Auction

Thu, 2022-10-27 11:25

Edited Press Release

Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, Ky., will collaborate to host the 10th annual Sporting Art Auction Friday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. ET in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. Highly important works by celebrated artist Sir Alfred Munnings headline the Sporting Art Auction. Among the works by Munnings to be offered are two of the artist's most highly sought-after subject matters in Hop Pickers, Hampshire and Going Out, Epsom.

Going Out, Epsom is perhaps the most important work by Munnings to be offered at public auction in the last several decades. The painting's massive scale and compositional complexity differentiates this work from many of his other highly coveted depictions of racehorses at the start–the crowd of racegoers anxiously awaiting the race makes this piece truly unique. Hop Pickers, Hampshire is a seminal work in Munnings's oeuvre as this stunning portrayal of gypsy life, painted in 1913, represents the artist's first trip to paint a subject which he would revisit for years to come and would play a significant role in Munnings's ascension to the height of popularity in the British art world.

The 2022 collection comprises 180 high-quality lots representing fine sporting art and American paintings and sculpture by renowned masters of their genre such as John Frederick Herring Sr., Henry Stull, Richard Stone Reeves and David Shepard as well as influential animalier sculptors Emmanuel Fremiet, Isidore Bonheur and Alfred Jacquemart. Talented contemporary artists such as Andre Pater, Quang Ho, Peter Howell and Hunt Slonem round out the collection.

The Sporting Art Auction catalog is available online at thesportingartauction.com. The Keeneland Association's portion of the auction proceeds will benefit its non-profit initiatives.

The Sporting Art collection is open to the public for viewing in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

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Upstart Tops Airdrie Stud Fees for 2023

Thu, 2022-10-27 11:17

Led by top three third-crop sire Upstart, whose fee has risen from $10,000 to $30,000 for the upcoming year, Airdrie Stud has released the stud fees for the farm's 2023 stallion roster. New stallion Happy Saver, a Grade I winner who will retire after an expected start in the Nov. 5 GI Breeders' Cup Classic, and Girvin, a top freshman sire whose three stakes winners include GII Saratoga Special S. winner Damon's Mound and who has been relocated from Ocala Stud, will stand for $12,500 and $20,000, respectively.

“These are very exciting times for our team at Airdrie as we believe we have a great future in front of us with our young stallion roster,” said Airdrie's Bret Jones. “Upstart and Girvin have been two of the most exciting young stallions of 2022, and their success is all the more impressive when considering that they both began their careers at modest stud fees. They will be hugely popular this year and the mare quality that awaits them has us extremely bullish on their futures. Cairo Prince has settled in as arguably the best proven value in his stud fee range as he is the leading sire of his crop, a top 20 active national stallion, and a perennial commercial success, and we have been so fortunate to bring in Happy Saver, Complexity, Collected, Preservationist, Beau Liam, and Divisidero in the last few years. With the past and continued support of our incredible breeders, we believe all of these stallions possess the potential to emulate Upstart and Girvin as great success stories in the coming years.”

The entire roster for Airdrie with their 2023 fees follows:

Upstart – $30,000
Girvin – $20,000
Cairo Prince – $15,000
Happy Saver – $12,500
Complexity – $12,500
Collected – $10,000
Preservationist – $10,000
Creative Cause – $7,500
Summer Front – $7,500
Beau Liam – $6,000
Divisidero – $5,000

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Bill Farish Joins the TDN Writers’ Room Podcast

Thu, 2022-10-27 11:09

It will be a busy couple of days for Flightline (Tapit), who will be the heavy favorite in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic Nov. 5. Just two days later, a 2.5% share in the future stallion will be auctioned off as part of the Keeneland November sale. The auction will be conducted with a first-of-its-kind Metaverse experience which intends to replicate the excitement of the November Sale.

To get the latest on Flightline, we called in one of his co-owners, Bill Farish, to talk about racing's most exciting horse on this week's TDN's Writers' Room podcast presented by Keeneland.

Because a share in him will be sold just two days after his race in the Breeders' Cup and potential buyers will need to know when he will begin his stallion career, Farish, who was this week's Green Group Guest of the Week, said a decision regarding the horse's future will likely be made the day after the Breeders' Cup.

“If we can make the decision on Sunday that would be helpful,” he said. “It's certainly our intention to talk on Sunday. We have all discussed that. You hate to make any big decision like this without having plenty of time to talk about it, but I think we have given all the different scenarios a lot of thought. So we hope to make that decision before the sale.”

And what will the decision be? Farish said he still doesn't know.

“There are a lot of factors that go into it and we have five different partners with an array of different interests, so it's so hard to say how we are going to feel after this race,” he said. “If he were to put in a tremendous performance like he did out in California would there be worlds left to conquer? That's one way to look at it. But there probably are other worlds to conquer and it would be a lot of fun to go out and try to do that. We are all fans of the sport, first and foremost. The experience of having something to do with a horse like this is just overwhelming and incredibly exciting. It's a tough question for me to answer because I don't know how we're all going to feel after this race and that is going to have a huge amount of influence on what we do. We have to look at myriad factors. He is a very valuable horse and it's not just a financial concern. You have to consider the health and safety of the horse.”

Whether the story will include more races or not, Farish has certainly enjoyed the ride.

“You always hope you're in a position like this,” he said. “But I don't think I could have imagined a horse like Flightline. We've all been very lucky to witness a lot of great horses but this guy keeps redefining those parameters for me, personally. I love to hear everybody else compare him to some of the great horses we all got to see run. He's just incredible. For sure, it's a dream come true.”

Elsewhere on the show, panelists Randy Moss, Zoe Cadman and Bill Finley discussed the recent report in a veterinary journal detailing the factors, including the use of Lasix, that lead to the sudden deaths of horses The podcast, which is also sponsored by Coolmore, XBTVThree Chimneys, West Point Thoroughbreds, Lane's End, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders (KTOB) and Legacy Bloodstock, also featured a look at the pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup and a look back at Steve Asmussen and Tyler Gaffalione sweeping Saturday's stakes at Keeneland. Asmussen won the Perryville S. with Gunite (Gun Runner) and the GII Raven Run S. with Wicked Halo (Gun Runner). The two will come back in just two weeks to contest Breeders' Cup races. Click here to watch; click here for the audio-only version.

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Wanamaker’s, PHBA to Hold Second PA-Bred Sale

Thu, 2022-10-27 09:52

Wanamaker's will host the second annual Pennsylvania-bred Sale in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA), with bidding scheduled from Dec. 4-8. Pennsylvania-bred weanlings, yearlings, broodmares, and horses of racing age will all be offered.

“I think the Pennsylvania-bred online auction hosted by Wanamaker's is just one more added benefit to the Pennsylvania program,” said Brian Sanfratello, executive secretary for the PHBA. “It gives some of our breeders the ability to sell their horses without all the costs involved in sending them to a regular sale.”

Entries for the sale will close Nov. 29 with the catalogue released the next day. For more information, visit wanamakers.com.

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Arrogate Filly On Top As October Sale Remains On Record-Setting Course

Wed, 2022-10-26 20:14

LEXINGTON, KY – The Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale continued its pace to another record-setting renewal with a solid day of trade during its third session Wednesday in Lexington.

Through three sessions, 804 yearlings have grossed $41,540,500. Following three sessions a year ago, the gross was $39,511,600 before the auction concluded it fourth session with an all-time high aggregate of $52,607,500.

The average of $51,667 is up 11.9% from the same point of the 2021 auction and the median is up 19% to $25,000. Still well ahead of the record figures of $45,627 and $22,000, respectively, that were set at last year's sale.

“It was a continuation of the strong market that we saw in the first two days of the sale,” said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning Wednesday night. “There was wide-spread participation from buyers across the United States and around the world. Quality horses are in great demand. And we are fortunate to be in the midst of a strong and resilient marketplace.”

Legacy Ranch manager Terry Knight made the highest bid of Wednesday's session, going to $450,000 to acquire a filly by the late Arrogate. The session topper was one of 43 to sell for $200,000 or over during the three sessions, compared to 28 who reached that figure a year ago.

Looking ahead to the final session of the October sale, Browning said, “We anticipate some fireworks tomorrow and some strong highlights. We look forward to a successful conclusion of the October sale tomorrow.”

Thursday's final session of the auction begins at 10 a.m.

Wait Pays off For Legacy Ranch

Terry Knight of Legacy Ranch waited all day for a filly by Arrogate (hip 1152) to walk into the Fasig-Tipton October sales ring and as afternoon turned to evening, he would not be denied, ultimately going to $450,000 to acquire the yearling from the Mill Ridge Sales consignment.

“We just loved her,” Knight said. “We liked everything about her. She's the one we sat here and waited all day for. Fortunately, we got her.”

The filly was the second purchase of the week for Legacy Ranch, which acquired a daughter of Into Mischief (hip 226) for $190,000 during Monday's first session of the auction.

“We bought the Into Mischief on the first day and now we have this filly and I think we are done,” Knight said.

The yearling, bred by Robert Chasanoff's Gentry Stable, is out of stakes-winner Lemon Splendor (Lemon Drop Kid) and is a half-sister to stakes winner Mo Maverick (Uncle Mo).

“We've had a great privilege of raising horses for the Chasanoff family for a number of years,” said Mill Ridge's Price Bell. “Tom Bozarth works with the Chasanoff family and they picked this mare out a number of years ago when the market was down and they have bred her well and she's produced. It's a great reward for everyone involved.”

Bozarth's Arch Bloodstock signed for Lemon Splendor as a 4-year-old for $10,000 at the 2013 Keeneland January sale. Mo Maverick, the mare's first foal, sold for $200,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September sale. She also had yearlings sell for $375,000 in 2018 and $190,000 in 2019.

“I don't know that you can ever expect anything,” Bell said of the result. “I think what's most flattering is that there were a lot of really good judges who really liked her. That's a credit to her because she came in and she showed herself well, she took it all in and she showed a ton of class. It was a most rewarding moment for the whole team at Mill Ridge. We all wake up at all hours of the night to take care of the horses and when they come and perform like that, we are just so excited and appreciative.”

Into Mischief Filly to White Birch

A filly by Into Mischief (hip 991) attracted a host of bidders before ultimately selling for $400,000 to White Birch Farm. BSW/Crow Bloodstock's Jake Memolo signed the ticket on behalf of Peter Brant's operation.

The yearling is the first foal out of stakes-placed Hayworth (Arch) and from the family of Grade I winner Critical Eye and Takeover Target. She was bred by Richard Roberts's Brinker Hill Farm and was consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck's Summerfield.

“Obviously, she's a very nice filly, very athletic,” said Francis Vanlangendonck. “And she's by the right sire. The mare could really run. Her race record got cut short with an injury and this is a really nice filly.”

Hayworth, bred and campaigned by Brinker Hill Farm, was third in the 2018 Purple Violet S. in her six-race career. Summerfield purchased her graded stakes-placed dam Glamorista (Unbridled's Song) for $200,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Liam's Map Colt Makes Up for Lost Time

A mishap forced a colt by Liam's Map out of Book 1 of the Keeneland September sale last month, but the yearling was rerouted to the Fasig-Tipton October sale and attracted a bevy of admirers before selling to the $350,000 bid of bloodstock agent David Ingordo Wednesday in Lexington.

The yearling was bred by Brereton Jones and was consigned by Airdrie Stud. He is out of Listen to Libby (Indian Charlie) and is a half-brother to graded winner Chanteline (Majesticperfection).

“He's a colt who has been beautiful from the start,” said Bret Jones. “It's a family that's been good to us by a stallion who was certainly brilliant and could get you a brilliant horse. We had some bad luck with him right before the Keeneland September sale. He was entered in Book 1 and, just by a freak occurrence, got loose and hurt himself a little bit. But he lived to tell the tale and came here a healthy and happy horse and really delivered for us. We couldn't be happier. He was bought by a group that has weekend in front of them and I think they just had a special night here because they bought a real good colt.”

Of having to reroute the yearling to the October sale, Jones said, “This is a great horse sale. And we have all seen how many great horses come out of here. It would be tough to convince me otherwise that we didn't just see one there.”

Zito on the Board with War Front Colt

Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito got in on the action at the Fasig-Tipton October sale, going to $150,000 to acquire a colt by War Front (hip 817) on behalf of Robert LaPenta. LaPenta and Zito have enjoyed plenty of success over the years, with the likes of champion War Pass and Grade I winners Dialed In and Ice Box, as well as longshot GI Belmont S. winner Da'Tara.

“I like Toby Keith,” Zito said. “I've had horses for him and I am friends with him. The song of his that I like the best the last few years, he sings, 'I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.' And all trainers, Charlie Whittingham, Allen Jerkens, they all went through slumps. Right now I don't have the horses I used to have, everyone knows that. Bob sent me a couple of horses this spring, which was nice. Unfortunately, one was claimed. And he told me to pick one out for him here.”

LaPenta at first was surprised Zito picked a yearling by traditional turf sire, War Front. But the trainer pointed out the yearling's first two dams are by Scat Daddy and Fusaichi Pegasus.

“Bob said, 'What do you want with a War Front? You're not a turf trainer,” Zito said. “But if you look at Scat Daddy, you know what he did with Justify, you look at Fusiachi Pegasus, he won the Kentucky Derby. So the War Front might be turf, but with the rest, you have a chance to run on the dirt.”

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Fair Grounds Lowers Pick 5 Takeout to 15%, Adds New Pick 6

Wed, 2022-10-26 18:25

With the approval of the Louisiana State Racing Commission, Fair Grounds is lowering the takeout on its Pick 5 from 25% to 15% and adding a new Pick 6 at the same 15% rate with a $1 minimum.

“We are very excited about both of these new wagering opportunities for horseplayers,” said Gary Palmisano Jr., the newly-appointed Executive Director of Racing for Churchill Downs Incorporated, which owns Fair Grounds. “Fair Grounds has not had a Pick 6 in many years. After monitoring the success of this same wager at the New York Racing Association, we feel this is an interesting variation of the pool to implement and worth exploring.”

Fair Grounds offers a traditional Pick 5 where the entire pool, after the 15% takeout, is paid out to winning bettors. If there are no perfect Pick 5 tickets, the entire pool, minus the takeout, will carry over to the late Pick Five the next racing day. On most racing days there will be two Pick Five opportunities for horseplayers–an early and a late–and on cards of 11 races or more, a third may be added.

The new $1 Pick 6 will be “non-jackpot” and 75% of the after-takeout pool will be paid to all tickets with six winners. The other 25% will be paid to all those with five of six winners as a consolation. If no one has six winners, 75% goes to the next day as a carryover and 25% is paid to all the consolation tickets.

“The obvious goal is that this wager will create numerous carryover opportunities and draw attention to racing in New Orleans,” Palmisano Jr. added.

The 80-day 2022-2023 Fair Grounds racing season opens Friday, Nov. 18 and runs through Sunday, Mar. 26.

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Weekly Stewards and Commissions Rulings: Oct. 18-24

Wed, 2022-10-26 16:49

Every week, the TDN publishes a roundup of key official rulings from the primary tracks within the four major racing jurisdictions of California, New York, Florida and Kentucky.

Here's a primer on how each of these jurisdictions adjudicates different offenses, what they make public (or not) and where.

With the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) having gone into effect on July 1, the TDN will also post a roundup of the relevant HISA-related rulings from the same week.

California

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 10/22/2022

Licensee: Diego Herrera, jockey

Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine

Violation: Appeal dismissed, original ruling on excessive use of whip reinstated

Explainer: Having received notice from The Horse Racing Safety and Integrity Authority (HISA) that the appeal of Ruling LAFL #18 issued on July 4, 2022, has been withdrawn and being informed that HISA has dismissed the Appellant's appeal with prejudice, pursuant to HISA Rule 8350(i). The original ruling is reinstated. Jockey Diego Herrerais suspended for one (1) racing day (October 28, 2022), fined $250.00 and assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on April 22, 2023.

Track: Santa Anita

Date: 10/22/2022

Licensee: Ryan Curatolo, jockey

Penalty: One-day suspension, $250 fine

Violation: Appeal dismissed, original ruling on excessive use of whip reinstated

Explainer: Having received notice from The Horse Racing Safety and Integrity Authority (HISA) that the appeal of Ruling LAFL #23 issued on July 10, 2022, has been withdrawn and being informed that HISA has dismissed the Appellant's appeal with prejudice, pursuant to HISA Rule 8350(i). The original ruling is reinstated. Jockey Ryan Curatolois suspended for one (1) racing day (October 28, 2022), fined $250.00 and assigned three (3) violation points that will be expunged on April 22, 2023. Pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1766 (Designated Races), the term of suspension shall not prohibit participation in designated races. Rule #1532. Fine shall be paid to the Paymaster within seven calendar days from the date of this ruling, or the license of the person upon whom the fine has been imposed shall be suspended.

New York

Track: Aqueduct

Date: 10/20/2022

Licensee: Keith Doleshel, racing official

Penalty: $2,000

Violation: Failing to conduct business in a professional manner.

Explainer: Mr. Keith Doleshel is hereby fined the sum of $2,000 dollars for failing to conduct business in a professional manner.

Track: Aqueduct

Date: 10/20/2022

Licensee: Juan Adrovar, jockey agent

Penalty: $250

Violation: Failing to tend to business in a professional manner.

Explainer: Jockey agent Mr. Juan Adrovar is fined the sum of $250 dollars for failing to tend to business in a professional manner.

The TDN has asked both the New York State Gaming Commission and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to elaborate on the details for the two rulings above. The Gaming Commission failed to respond before deadline.

NYRA spokesperson, Pat McKenna, wrote in an email: “The rules of racing in New York State require individuals to be licensed by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) and registered with The Jockey Club to be authorized to claim a horse.  Due to an unintentional administrative error, an unauthorized agent claimed a horse during the 2022 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. NYRA subsequently discovered the error and notified the NYSGC of its findings. NYRA continues to question the NYSGC rationale for issuing significant financial penalties to individual NYRA employees for inadvertent administrative or clerical errors.”

NEW HISA STEWARDS RULINGS

Note: While HISA has shared these rulings over the past week, some of them originate from prior weeks.

Violations of Crop Rule

Aqueduct

Kendrick Carmouche – ruling date October 22, 2022

Jalon Samuel – ruling date October 22, 2022

Gulfstream Park

Samuel Camacho – ruling date October 19, 2022

Emisael Jaramillo – ruling date October 19, 2022

Hawthorne

Sofia Barandela – ruling date October 22, 2022

Keeneland

Florent Geroux – ruling date October 20, 2022

Mountaineer Park

Agustin Gomez-Flores – ruling date October 17, 2022

Kevin Gonzalez – ruling date October 19, 2022

Agustin Bracho – ruling date October 23, 2022

Penn National

Ricardo Chiappe – ruling date October 18, 2022

Zia Park

Joree Scriver – ruling date October 24, 2022

Oscar Ceballos – ruling date October 25, 2022

Christian Ramos – ruling date October 25, 2022

Voided Claims

Finger Lakes

Yah Huh – ruling date October 11, 2022

Hawthorne

Get None – ruling date October 16, 2022

Ride Richie Ride – ruling date October 16, 2022

Trouble in Red – ruling date October 21, 2022

Keeneland

Sister's Ghost – ruling date October 14, 2022

Cooper Time – ruling date October 14, 2022

Almanzo – ruling date October 14, 2022

Impenetrable – ruling date October 14, 2022

Garmento – ruling date October 16, 2022

Parx Racing

Speightster Red – ruling date October 17, 2022

Origo – ruling date October 19, 2022

Crea's Bklyn Law – ruling date October 19, 2022

Appeal Request Updates

Horseshoe Indianapolis

Marion Gorham (owner of horse ridden by Eduardo Perez)

Crop rule violation

Purse redistribution

Ruling date October 11, 2022

Appeal filed October 18, 2022

Stay requested/Stay granted

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Mahoning Valley Hosting Jockey Jam PDJF Fundraiser

Wed, 2022-10-26 15:58

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course will host its third annual fundraising event for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Saturday, Oct. 29. This year's event will hold a new name, Jockey Jam, and see the addition of a karaoke dinner fundraising event, Jockey Jamboree, to be held Friday, Oct. 28.

“The mission statement behind the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund is one of importance to us and the racing community here at Mahoning Valley Race Course,” said Rob Swedinovich, Vice President and General Manager.

In the events two previous additions, the jockey colony, horsemen, Mahoning Valley's team members, and local community came together to help raise over $5,000 for the cause.

Tickets to the dinner portion of the event remain available for $50 by reservation here. For those interested in only karaoke, doors will reopen at 7 p.m. at the cost of a $20 donation to the PDJF at the door. Fundraising events will continue Saturday at 12 p.m. in conjunction with a special 10-race Best of Ohio stakes card which will see $500,000 in purse money up for grabs for Ohio-bred horses.

Racegoers will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a $500 Harley Davidson gift card, a silent auction including several horse racing and sports memorabilia items, and signing and photo opportunities with PDJF recipient Roger Blanco, Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Mike Manganello and Mahoning's local jockey colony.

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HISA Submits Prohibited Substances List to FTC

Wed, 2022-10-26 13:55

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has submitted to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a technical document listing and categorizing 1,365 Prohibited Substances covered by HISA's anti-doping and medication control (ADMC) rules and further dividing them into subcategories of Banned Substances and Controlled Medications. The document is now subject to final approval by the FTC ahead of the ADMC Program's Jan. 1, 2023 implementation date.

This technical document was developed by HISA's ADMC Standing Committee and approved by the Horseracing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU), which will administer the program. In a memorandum to racing participants, HISA ADMC Committee Chair Adolpho Birch summarized the contents of the document submitted, which underwent several modifications based on substantive feedback from racing participants and experts during a public comment period before submission to the FTC.

“The Prohibited Substances List is the result of extensive consultation with industry and subject matter experts and is informed by established research. Once approved by the FTC, it will serve as the backbone of HISA's ADMC Program set to take effect in the New Year,” said Birch. “Through our collective efforts led by the ADMC Committee, we are proud to introduce U.S. Thoroughbred racing's first-ever uniform Prohibited Substances list that will be applied on a national basis to advance integrity, transparency and accountability in the sport.”

“Effective anti-doping programs require clear guidance on prohibited substances, and we are pleased with the document that was submitted to the FTC,” said Ben Mosier, executive director of HIWU. “This list will play a key role in HIWU's assignment to enforce HISA's ADMC Program, and we are prepared to take on this critical responsibility on behalf of the Thoroughbred industry.”

In addition to listing and categorizing all prohibited substances covered by the ADMC Program, the document details detection times, screening limits and thresholds. The modified document submitted to the FTC is available on the HISA website.

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