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The Jockey Club to pursue federal legislation to enhance safety, integrity and p 6:30 am

While acknowledging that the Thoroughbred racing industry has made strides in the area of medication reform, Ogden Mills Phipps, the chairman of The Jockey Club, said Sunday that the organization will broaden its efforts by developing a strategy that will include the pursuit of federal legislation to restore integrity and improve the perception of the sport.Phipps made the remarks before nearly...

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Mr Speaker posts five-furlong work in advance of possible start in Travers 6:30 am

Mr Speaker will be looking for his first win on dirt if he is entered in the Travers on August 23 (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography) A graded stakes winner on turf and synthetics, Mr Speaker tuned up for a possible start in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers with a five-furlong work over the fast main track at Saratoga on Sunday.Working in...

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TOBA confirms commitment to a uniform medication program 12:30 am

Earlier this week at the TOBA board of trustees meeting held in Saratoga Springs, New York, Dr. Dionne Benson gave a status report on the implementation of the RMTC uniform medication program. Based on Benson's report, TOBA has released the following statement: "To see that the momentum of this reform program continues, TOBA and its board of trustees pledge to commit resources in order to...

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FHBPA releases statement on Lasix debate 12:30 am

The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) releases an open statement on Friday concerning the recent renewed debate on banning race-day Lasix.The statement follows: "The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) represents well over 6,000 hard-working Florida horsemen and horsewomen. Over the past few years, on various medication issues, we have...

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Windshear aiming for St Leger 12:30 am

Windshear, trained by Richard Hannon Jr., is under consideration for the Group 1, £650,000 St Leger at Doncaster following his unlucky defeat at Glorious Goodwood last week.The three-year-old son of Hurricane Run encountered trouble in running when a fast-finishing second to Snow Sky in the Gordon Stakes on July 30, beaten a neck.The 12-furlong contest has been a good...

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NYRA unveils Belmont's Fall Championship stakes schedule 12:30 am

The New York Racing Association has announced the stakes schedule for the 2014 Fall Championship meet at Belmont Park, with 42 stakes totaling $11 million anchored by "Super Saturday" on September 27."Super Saturday" will feature six graded stakes, including five Grade 1 races, headed by the 96th edition of the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles. Also on the day are the $600,000 Joe...

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Trainers raise awareness for pancreatic cancer, honor one of their own 12:30 am

Hall of Famers D. Wayne Lukas, Shug McGaughey and Bill Mott, and all-time Saratoga win leader Todd Pletcher are among the trainers scheduled to sign autographs on Sunday at the Spa to benefit pancreatic cancer research.The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (EDT) outside the jockeys' silks room. For a $5 donation, fans can get autographs from their favorite trainers with proceeds...

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Solis greeted with standing ovation at Hall of Fame induction 12:30 am

As he walked to the podium to accept his induction into the Hall of Fame late Friday morning, jockey Alex Solis was greeted with a standing ovation from a packed house at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion.Based this summer at Saratoga, Solis has won 4,991 races, 321 graded stakes and more than $256 million in purses in a career that began when he left his native Panama for Florida in 1982. Three...

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