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CDI names Mike Ziegler Executive Director of Racing 6:00 pm

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced that Mike Ziegler has been named to its new post of Executive Director of Racing. Ziegler will assume his position on January 26 and will report directly to Bill Mudd, CDI's President and Chief Financial Officer.As CDI's Executive Director of Racing, Ziegler will focus on and support the company's commitment to the U.S. Thoroughbred racing and breeding...

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'Reynaldo' scores in Dubawi; Mubtaahij, Local Time take Guineas trials 6:00 pm

Reynaldothewizard, looking spry at the age of nine, will try to regain his title in the Golden Shaheen (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club) Nine-year-old Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown), unraced since finishing fourth as the defending champion in last March's Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1), proved that he's still got the magic with an emphatic 3 3/4-length victory in...

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Durkin joins West Point Thoroughbreds 6:00 pm

Tom Durkin has teamed up with Terry Finley's West Point Thoroughbreds (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography) Legendary race-caller Tom Durkin has joined the team at West Point Thoroughbreds, it was announced Thursday by West Point's founder and president, Terry Finley. The recently retired Durkin, a long-time Standardbred owner, will be an equity partner on horses within...

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Eaves to step down as WEG president, CEO 6:00 pm

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Thursday announced that President and CEO Nick Eaves will be leaving the company on March 31.Eaves took on the role of CEO in 2010, with a mandate to establish a new and stable foundation for WEG, its role in the horse racing industry, and its future. With this now in place, this is the right time for the company to transition to new, long-term leadership....

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Groom Elite Program looking to re-structure organization 6:00 pm

Several Groom Elite Program board members met with a number of horse racing industry representatives in Lexington, Kentucky, on January 7-8 to explore opportunities to re-structure the organization.Groom Elite, the only national horse racing workforce education program, has been in existence since 2001 when the program was started by the Texas Horsemen's Partnership and the Texas A&M...

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Sr. Quisqueyano upsets FSM Classic, Dame Dorothy takes FSM Distaff 6:00 pm

Sr. Quisqueyano proved a smart claim for his connections (Adam Coglianese Photography) Saturday's $250,000Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park was billed as a face-off between Wildcat Red (D'wildcat) and East Hall (Graeme Hall), as well as the return of Transparent (Bernardini).Loooch Racing Stables' Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality) wasn't given...

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Old Friends announces Kentucky Downs satellite facility 6:00 pm

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky, announced on Saturday a partnership that will create an Old Friends satellite facility at the historic racecourse.The horse exhibit, "Old Friends at Kentucky Downs," is expected to launch in May 2015 and will be open to the public for the summer season. It will showcase 10 retired...

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Mr. Z seeks belated breakthrough in Smarty Jones 6:00 pm

Mr. Z (white blinkers) just missed in a thrilling edition of the Los Alamitos Futurity last month (Benoit Photos) With five stakes placings to his credit, Mr. Z is still on the lookout for his first black-type victory. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee's first ship might come in Monday when he heads a field of nine in the $150,000Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. The winner of...

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