Can Manufacturing Principles Build A Better Racetrack?

Next week in Lexington, Kentucky, The Jockey Club will hold its fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.  Inaugurated in 2006 and held bi-annually, these summits are designed to improve the safety and soundness of Thoroughbred horses and bring together racetrack operators, trainers, veterinarians, and scientists. Among those presenting at the summit, which will…

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OTTB Third Regiment Goes Home…Again

In early March, Maryland-based trainer Pat Dale was preparing Third Regiment, a Pennsylvania-bred retired Thoroughbred racehorse, for the next step in his second career: a performance in the Battle of the X’s in Texas, after which he’d be auctioned off to a buyer approved by Remember Me Rescue, which was coordinating the event. With thirty years…

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Happy Father’s Day

I’ve stopped keeping track of the number of racing fans I know who were first brought to the track by their fathers. Count me among them. I know for sure that by the time that I was six and my brother was four, my parents were taking us to the races; it might have been…

Photo credit NYRA/Adam Coglianese

Belmont Stakes: A+ for racing, but customer service fails

California Chrome didn’t win the Triple Crown, but within hours of his failed bid to make racing history, the New York Racing Association was nonetheless declaring Belmont Stakes day a success, pointing to high attendance and record-setting handle numbers. Official attendance was 102,199, lower than the announced (and oft-questioned) attendance of 120,139 in 2004, Smarty…