ATB’S IN UPCOMING STAKES
Texas Champion 3-Year-Old Colt Durocher (Niagara Causeway – Trench Cat) will compete in a field of 8 for the $75,000 The Vid Stakes for 3-year-olds and up going a mile and a sixteenth on the turf at Gulfstream Park today. The now 4-year-old stakes winner was bred by La Bahia Stud and runs for the partnership of Sterling Racing LLC, John Herzberg, Michelle Allan and Alan Benson. He boasts a career record of 17-5-0-4 with $410,878 in earnings, and has been given odds of 20-1.
GRADE 1 WINNER GIRVIN TO OCALA STUD
Girvin, winner of the 2017 betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), will stand the 2019 breeding season at Ocala Stud in Ocala, Fla.
Owners Brad and Misty Grady of Texas have partnered with Kentucky-based Airdrie Stud in a deal structured by West Bloodstock to co-own Girvin through his stallion career.
His stud fee has not yet been announced.
THOROUGHBRED IDEA FOUNDATION WHITE PAPER CALLS FOR PENNY BREAKAGE
The Thoroughbred Idea Foundation has released its first white paper. Titled “Penny Breakage – Returning rightful winnings to horseplayers and stimulating North America’s tote pools,” the paper details the scope of the perpetual rounding-down of dividends on winning tickets and why a shift to penny breakage would benefit the industry.
“Penny Breakage” is the first in a series of reports TIF will offer to challenge some conventional norms and encourage stakeholders to examine ways in which racing’s model should change.
“With foal crops and the number of races run at historic lows and a relative flat-lining of handle following earlier precipitous declines, all in the shadow of increased competition for wagering dollars, the industry should examine ways to change the business practices that have contributed to the downturn,” said Cummings. “This effort is about growing the pie for all, not just shifting parts of the pie between stakeholders.”
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NOTES: Effective September 10, 2018, clenbuterol shall be prohibited for use in race horses of ALL breeds. The maximum permissible concentration for the drug clenbuterol will change from 140 pg/ml of urine to level of detection. The level in serum or plasma shall remain at level of detection. Therefore, any post-race sample submitted to TVMDL for drug testing shall be reported as positive if there is any level of clenbuterol detected in the sample… The next meeting of the Texas Racing Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, October 9 in Austin.