Industry Voices

Outside commentary from the people who care about and participate in Thoroughbred racing

Protecting the Breed

Marketing executive Fred Pope proposes a new way for the American Graded Stakes Committee to preserve the integrity of the graded stakes system by eliminating race-day medication.... Read More

Balance of Power

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently called a high-profile turf contest between the West Virginia Racing Commission and the Charles Town racetrack. The stakes were for the control of horse racing. ... Read More

Broken Downs, 1978

Beginning in the early 1960s, a year-long handicapping contest known as “Broken Downs” was held in the offices of The Morning Telegraph/Daily Racing Form. Conducted under the auspices of the fabled “Broken Downs Racing Association,” the competition attracted participants from the paper’s eastern region staff. ... Read More

It's Time to Draw the Line - By Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Ed Whitfield

On the first Saturday in May, many Americans will turn their attention to Churchill Downs for the most exciting two minutes in sports. The best of horse racing will be on display for the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Away from the crowds, however, horse racing finds itself facing an unattractive reality. Too many of its equine athletes are overmedicated and doped. The Sport of Kings is no place for such a drug problem.... Read More

In Light of Economic Factors, Sale Held Its Own

The August 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected sale had the lowest average purchase price since 2002. However, in view of the macroeconomic environment in the United States and Europe, that result is not as negative as it appears to be at first glance.... Read More

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