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ICE arrests eight Indiana Grand backstretch workers

Eight backstretch employees at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino were arrested June 23 by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, multiple sources confirmed this week.

The arrests were restricted to allegedly undocumented workers who had outstanding legal matters such as DUI charges or failure to appear in immigration court.

The arrests were strictly targeted, sources said, and a more general sweep of the backstretch community was not undertaken. The arrested backstretch workers were transported to Chicago and are being held without bond.

Supreme Court will hear N.J. appeal to allow sports betting

The U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday that it will hear an appeal by the state of New Jersey in its bid to legalize sports betting within its borders.

Talk of partial Lasix ban in N.Y. renewed

The New York Gaming Commission on Monday approved a rule formalizing a requirement that third-party veterinarians administer the legal raceday medication furosemide, but only after 10 minutes of discussion over whether the commission should reconsider measures that would restrict the use of the anti-bleeding drug.

Breeding groups object to 2016 Parx Oaks decision

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Miss Inclusive hits the wire first in the 2016 Parx Oaks.

The top officials of The Jockey Club, the North American International Cataloging Standards Committee, and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Associations have sent letters to the head of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission raising objections to a recent decision by the commission to treat the first- and second-place finishers of a 2016 stakes race as co-winners.

Biological passports could be wave of future in drug testing

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In his lab at the University of California-Davis, Dr. Scott Stanley sorts through immense stores of data obtained from an analysis of blood samples collected from horses over the past year.

The data, he hopes, will one day give the racing industry a new way to combat illegal doping by giving racing labs the ability to compare markers in a racehorse’s blood or urine sample to the baseline data he is now collecting. Any markers that deviate substantially from the baseline could be a telltale signal that a horse has been doped.

XBTV Aftercare Film Festival launches July 1

The XBTV Aftercare Film Festival will launch July 1 as part of an ongoing industry effort to highlight the importance of aftercare in the Thoroughbred racing ecosystem.

The event, a collaboration between the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and XBTV, will be open exclusively to students taking part in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship, the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program, or Godolphin Flying Start.

Veitch, Kentucky commission end long legal battle

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday voted to accept a settlement with former chief state steward John Veitch that will remove a one-year suspension from his record and end nearly a seven-year legal battle between the two sides, according to KHRC officials.

Churchill Downs unveils plans for historical-racing parlor at Trackside

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An artist's drawing of Churchill Downs Inc.'s historical-racing parlor at Trackside in Louisville, Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Churchill Downs plans to build a new stand-alone facility at its Trackside training center in Louisville to house 650 historical horse-racing machines, with a planned opening in the late summer or fall of next year, company officials said on Tuesday after receiving preliminary approval for the plan from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Churchill Downs seeks approval for Instant Racing machines

Churchill Downs Inc. has asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for approval to add devices resembling slot machines to its flagship racetrack in Louisville, according to an agenda distributed by the commission on Monday.

Golden Gate: Attendance, ontrack handle rise during winter-spring meet

For the first time since 2011, the Golden Gate Fields winter-spring meet showed increases in both attendance and ontrack handle, the track reported.

The 99-day meet concluded Sunday with a 5.65 percent increase in attendance, led by a 13 percent increase on the popular Dollar Day Sundays, and a 3.44 percent increase in ontrack handle.

Abel Cedillo won the jockey championship with 89 victories in the first extended meeting of the post-Russell Baze era.

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