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Parx replaces stakes with $100,000 Turning for Home starter handicap

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Parx replaces stakes with $100,000 Turning for Home starter handicap

Parx Racing is changing the conditions of one of its June stakes in the hope of drawing a larger, more competitive field.

June 24 is Turning for Home Day at Parx, and is named after the track's Thoroughbred retirement and rescue program, which was founded in 2008. The day serves as a fundraising and promotional opportunity for Turning for Home and a $100,000 stakes on the card has been named for it in recent years.

This year, the stakes will be replaced with a starter handicap with a purse of $100,000, according to Sam Elliott, the track's director of racing.

NTRA adds three to board of directors

The board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association approved three new directors at a meeting Thursday, a move that expands the board by two seats, according to the organization.

Bill Mudd, the president and chief operating officer of Churchill Downs Inc., and Kip Levin, the chief executive of Betfair US/TVG, were both formally approved as new directors at the meeting, following the decisions by their companies earlier this year to rejoin the NTRA as dues-paying members. With the approvals, the NTRA board was expanded to 15 members.

Churchill Downs Inc.'s net income rises sharply in first quarter

Churchill Downs Inc. had net income of $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, up $4.5 million from the same quarter last year despite a slight drop in total revenue, according to financial statements released Wednesday.

Eclipse Sportswire named official photographer of Equestricon

New York, N.Y. – Equestricon, LLC., announced today that international sports photography agency Eclipse Sportswire has been named the Official Photographer of Equestricon 2017. The first-ever international racing convention, fan festival and trade show, Equestricon is scheduled to take place at the Saratoga Springs City Center on August 14-15, and kicks off with events around the city of Saratoga Springs on August 13.

Krone appointed to Humane Society council on racing

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Julie Krone was inducted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2000.

Julie Krone, the first woman to be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame, has been appointed to a council at the Humane Society of the United States focusing on racing, the Humane Society announced Tuesday.

Oaklawn average daily handle rises 1.3 percent

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., closed its 2017 meet with a slight uptick in average daily handle on its races and a track-record purse distribution. The meet ended April 15, with Classic Empire’s victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby.

Oaklawn handled an average of $3,325,161 per day on its races from all sources during its 57-date meet, up 1.3 percent from the average of $3,283,312 during the track’s 55-date meet in 2016. (Admission to the track, which also operates a gaming center, has been free since 2015.)

Mike Tirico to take over as host of NBC's Triple Crown broadcasts

Mike Tirico, the NBC sportscaster who hosted his first racing broadcast last year, will take over hosting of NBC’s Triple Crown broadcasts this year from longtime host Tom Hammond, the network announced on Tuesday.

This is the second move by NBC in less than a year to place Tirico in more high-profile roles. Earlier this year, the network announced that Tirico would replace longtime host Bob Costas for its primetime Olympics coverage. Tirico’s first racing broadcast was hosting the prime-time coverage of last year’s Saturday Breeders’ Cup card.

Fractured ankle will prevent Albarado from riding J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby

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Fractured ankle will prevent Albarado from riding J Boys Echo in Kentucky Derby
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Robby Albarado sustained a fractured left ankle during a spill Sunday at Keeneland.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Robby Albarado fractured his left ankle when thrown from his mount several strides out of the starting gate during the eighth race Sunday at Keeneland and will be forced to miss his upcoming ride in the Kentucky Derby with J Boys Echo.

Albarado was injured when his mount, Chiltern Street, broke awkwardly from the inside post in the 5 1/2-furlong turf allowance. Albarado fell off to the right side of his mount, landing feet first. No other horses or jockeys were involved.

Santa Anita: No racing Thursday due to insufficient entries

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Santa Anita: No racing Thursday due to insufficient entries

ARCADIA, Calif. - Santa Anita has canceled Thursday’s program because of insufficient entries.

The track attempted to draw races for Thursday on Saturday, but could not draw enough runners. The entries were postponed until Sunday, but the situation did not improve. The track announced the cancellation at lunchtime.

Racing will resume Friday with nine races, according to track vice president of racing Rick Hammerle.

“We will not race on Thursday because of a lack of entries,” Hammerle said.

Panel endorses closing loopholes for horses on vets' lists

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Panel endorses closing loopholes for horses on vets' lists

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A committee of national regulators that sets recommended rules for racing commissions on Thursday approved regulations designed to ensure that a horse placed on a vet’s list in one jurisdiction retains the designation when shipping to another jurisdiction, while passing on a proposal to more strictly regulate jockeys’ use of the whip.

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