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Spendthrift Farm adds stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs

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Spendthrift Farm adds stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs

The Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes at Churchill Downs will be split into two divisions for the 2017 renewal, with the addition of a race for fillies.

Spendthrift Farm will also increase its contribution to the races from the $300,000 offered during the inaugural running last year to $400,000, which will be split evenly between the male and female divisions of the race to give each one purses of $200,000.

Jessies First Down named World Champion Quarter Horse

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Jessies First Down named World Champion Quarter Horse
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Jessies First Down won 8 of 13 starts and earned $430,042 in 2016.

Jessies First Down, a winner of five stakes at five tracks in three states, was named the 2016 World Champion Quarter Horse in a ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City on Wednesday evening.

Jessies First Down won 8 of 13 starts and earned $430,042 in 2016, winning stakes at Hialeah Park, Sam Houston, Lone Star Park, Zia Park, and Sunland Park. A 5-year-old in 2016, Jessies First Down was named the champion aged horse and champion aged gelding.

Delaware Park pushes back 2017 meet opener to early June

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Delaware Park pushes back 2017 meet opener to early June

Delaware Park will hold an 81-day season in 2017 – the same number of days as last year – but has moved its opening day back two weeks on the calendar.

Instead of opening on Preakness Day, as the track did last year, Delaware will open Saturday, June 3. The season will continue deeper into the fall and conclude Oct. 21.

John Mooney, the executive director of racing at Delaware Park, said the change was made to increase field size.

State budget proposal would give NYRA control of its own board

The New York Racing Association would be able to appoint the majority of its board members under a proposal submitted to the legislature late Tuesday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The proposal, which is contained in Cuomo’s 2017 state budget, would allow NYRA to select eight members to a reconstituted 15-member board, with six members selected by the governor. The association’s chief executive would fill the final spot.

Stonestreet sponsorship boosts purse of Lexington Stakes

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The purse of the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland here has been raised to $200,000 from $150,000 due to a sponsorship agreement between the track and Stonestreet, the racing and breeding operation owned by Barbara Banke, the track announced on Tuesday.

The Lexington, which is restricted to 3-year-olds and is run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, is scheduled for April 15 this year, three weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The race has been run continuously since 1984.

Industry representatives urge lawmakers to return NYRA to private hands

Representatives of the New York racing industry and the community of Saratoga Springs urged a committee of lawmakers on Tuesday to return control of the New York Racing Association to a private board while lashing out at a recent maneuver by a casino that has reduced subsidies to the industry by millions of dollars.

Attorney for Mario Serey Jr. claims clenbuterol positives result of sabotage

An attorney for Mario Serey Jr. on Tuesday argued at a hearing in front of the stewards at Penn National Racecourse that a recent spate of positives in the trainer’s barn for the regulated medication clenbuterol was the result of sabotage, the attorney said.

Alan Pincus, who has represented several trainers in Pennsylvania in medication cases over the past several years, said that he told the stewards on Tuesday that Serey had strong reason to believe that an employee he fired late last year had administered clenbuterol to the horses without Serey’s knowledge.

Five test positive at Kentucky training center for less-virulent form of herpes

A handful of horses at a second facility in Oldham County, Ky., have tested positive for the wild-type strain of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), but none of the horses are showing symptoms of the disease, and restrictions on travel to Turfway Park have not changed as a result, according to the state’s equine programs manager.

Fair Grounds: No further horses test positive for equine herpesvirus

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Fair Grounds: No further horses test positive for equine herpesvirus

NEW ORLEANS – There were no new cases of the equine herpesvirus reported over the weekend at Fair Grounds, but the track and Louisiana state officials still were grappling with the logistics of managing the viral outbreak here.

Thirty horses that tested positive last week for the virus, known as EHV-1, still were stabled in their regular stalls as of Sunday, although the protocol put in place by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry for managing the disease event at Fair Grounds requires horses that test positive to be isolated.

Glenn DiSanto, longtime New York horseman, dies at 62

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Glenn DiSanto began training in 1991.

Glenn DiSanto, a longtime owner, breeder and trainer and one of the most well-liked horsemen on the backstretch of New York Racing Association tracks, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. He was 62.

DiSanto was a graduate of the horse management program at SUNY Cobleskill. He began working with show horses at West Creek Farm in upstate New York and eventually purchased Summit View Farm in Greenwich, N.Y., in 1984.

He had been involved in the New York breeding program since the late 1970s, according to a 2009 story in The Saratogian.

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