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Arlington releases 2015 stakes schedule 6:30 am

Arlington has announced a 2015 stakes schedule comprised of 18 stakes worth more than $3.5 million focused on the Summer Stakes Spectacular in July and August when the track will play host to stakes events on nine consecutive Saturdays from July 4 through August 29, including six stakes races for Illinois-breds with purses up to $75,000.The meet's centerpiece day, the world-renowned...

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Laurel to get $7 million in upgrades 3:30 am

The Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday that approximately $7 million in improvements at Laurel -- including new barns for 300 horses and a new washroom -- could be completed within the next month.Despite record low temperatures during the months of February and March, one of two 300-stall barns should be completed by the first week of April, according to Maryland Jockey Club General Manager...

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Versatile Eden Prairie headed for Jenny Wiley 3:30 am

Grade 2-placed multiple stakes queen Eden Prairie (Mizzen Mast) looks to be headed to the $300,000 Jenny Wiley S. (G1) at Keeneland on April 11, according to trainer Neil Pessin.On Thursday, the dark bay mare clocked a bullet for her connections, going five furlongs in :59 4/5 over Fair Grounds' fast main track."She was sharp today," Pessin said. "We wanted a little better work from her this...

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Violette: Upstart's in a 'very, very good spot' 3:30 am

Upstart turned in such a strong two-minute lick Wednesday, that he might not work until Sunday (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography) Holy Bull (G2) winner and Florida Derby (G1) contender Upstart (Flatter) will have his final pre-race breeze for Gulfstream's signature event this weekend, according to trainer Rick Violette Jr."I'm leaning towards Saturday, but he had a...

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Aqueduct, Penn National cancel due to snow storm 12:30 am

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct for Friday, March 20, while Penn National officials have also called off that track's live program on the first day of spring.The most reliable weather data is forecasting significant, accumulating snowfall on Friday.NYRA canceled as a proactive step to prevent the loss of two days of racing, and to prepare the track for...

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War Story sizzles bullet for Louisiana Derby 9:30 am

War Story (Northern Afleet) put the finishing touches on his preparation for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 28 with a bullet work in :58 4/5 over Fair Grounds' fast main track Wednesday morning for trainer Tom Amoss.Working early in the morning, chestnut gelding negotiated those five panels in a move that mirrored his bullet work at Oaklawn Park in :47 on February 11, which was his...

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TOBA teams with Fasig-Tipton to offer owners concierge service 6:30 am

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced a partnership with Fasig-Tipton to serve Thoroughbred owners through a new concierge service.The TOBA Owners Concierge will serve as a liaison between horse owners and participating racetracks in addition to facilitating relations with the extended racing community. It will also provide concise information in an easily accessible...

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Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens dies at 85 3:30 am

Allen Jerkens will be long-remembered for his 65-year career as a trainer (Michael J. Marten/ H. Allen Jerkens, a 1975 Hall of Fame inductee and beloved trainer for more than six decades on the backstretches of New York and Florida, died late Wednesday afternoon in South Florida while under hospice care at the age of 85. He had been hospitalized since...

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