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Barntowiretoo is a news and discussion site focused on Illinois and midwest thoroughbred and harness horse racing. It is dedicated to the memory of long time friend of Illinois racing and race horses everywhere, and founder of Barntowire.com, Janine Starykowicz.

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  • Monday January 20

    Four horses euthanized after races at New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course

    • From: WGNO

    Four horses were euthanized after racing at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course within the last six racing days (ten calendar days).

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  • Sunday January 19

    National Horsemens Group Speaks Out Against Proposed Drug Reforms for Racing

    • From: casino.org

    In a video posted on social media, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) reiterated it opposes efforts to ban race-day medications for horses as well as an initiative that would create a private, independent panel to oversee drug testing on thoroughbreds, standardbreds, and quarter horses nationwide. Those are the main tenets of the Horseracing Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by US Reps. Paul Tonko (D-New York) and Andy Barr (R-Kentucky) in the House and US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Martha McSally in the Senate.

  • Sunday January 19

    Another racehorse dies at Santa Anita, bringing total to three horses in…

    • From: Los Angeles Times

    Santa Anita suffered its third horse death in three days when a freak accident occurred during morning training on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding, collided with an unidentified other horse while training. The second horse appeared to be uninjured. Tikkum Olam was euthanized from undisclosed injuries. So far, Santa Anita has had five deaths since Dec. 26, the scheduled start of the season.

  • Sunday January 19

    WATCH: Ever-changing Oaklawn adopts 2020 vision

    • From: The Sentinel-Record

    As anyone driving in the 2700 block of Central Avenue can attest, a lot can happen between racing seasons at Oaklawn Park. Anyone who still calls it a sleepy little track in Arkansas hasn't been keeping up. Those Rip Van Winkles are behind the times and could get left at the starting gate when the 120th season of live racing in Hot Springs begins this week. The track's longest winter-and-spring dates last year prompted the advertising slogan, "Stay Until May." One tag line this year is "A New Level of Excitement," representing the expansion of a former gaming center to become a full-fledged casino with further amenities ahead. "Pardon Our Construction" reflects all the changes in almost eight months since the last live race at the track.

  • Thursday January 16

    Live racing schedule is announced at Indiana Grand

    • From: The Shelbyville News


  • Thursday January 16

    New Racing Club Slated for Canterbury Park in 2020

    • From: Bloodhorse

    Lakeville, MN.... The first racetrack in North America to create a racing club for thoroughbred racing fans, Canterbury Park has now teamed up with the Minnesota Racehorse Engagement Project (MNREP) to introduce a new version of their successful club platform for 2020. The new club will not only offer horse lovers the opportunity to experience the pleasure, prestige, and emotional rewards of owning a thoroughbred racehorse, it will also help horses coming off the track as they transition into new careers. All net profits from the club will be going to support local equine organizations that are working with MNREP and Canterbury Park in transitioning retired racehorses.

  • Thursday January 16

    Breeders' Cup report: Mongolian Groom had pre-existing joint injuries

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    Mongolian Groom, the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner who suffered a fatal injury in the stretch of the race, had lesions on both rear fetlock joints indicative of lameness, according to a report commissioned by the Breeders’ Cup to examine the fatality, but the nature of the injury made a diagnosis of lameness difficult to detect without additional measures. While the report notes that the post-mortem examination of the horse turned up evidence of the injuries, the report also states that there were no obvious signs of lameness that would have led to a conclusive diagnosis that the horse was unsound to race.

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  • Wednesday January 15

    Horseracing Integrity Act reaches key milestone in the House

    • From: Albany News 10

    Local Congressman Paul Tonko announced Wednesday that a major milestone has been reached to help pass the Horseracing Integrity Act. Rep. Tonko says that the bill has received formal endorsement by a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives with 226 members co-sponsoring the legislation. The bipartisan bill authorizes the creation of a non-governmental anti-doping authority governed by representatives of all major constituencies of the industry and responsible for implementing a national, uniform medication program throughout the sport. The bill was introduced by Rep. Tonko and Republican Rep. Andy Barr from Kentucky.

  • Friday January 10

    Association: Churchhill Downs should sell Arlington Park to group that will build…

    • From: Daily Herald

    If Churchill Downs won't build a casino at Arlington International Racecourse, the corporate gambling giant should sell it to someone who will, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. That's the opinion of the owners and trainers of the horses that run at the historic track.

  • Thursday January 09

    Two groups interested in buying Arlington from Churchill Downs?

    • From: Chicago Sun-Times

    If Churchill Downs won’t build a casino at Arlington International Racecourse, the corporate gambling giant should sell it to someone who will. That’s the opinion of the owners and trainers of the horses that run at the historic track. And now there are two potential bidders who could vie to do just that, according to the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association.

  • Thursday January 09

    Midwest-Based Trainer Tracy Jr. Dies at age 58

    • From: Bloodhorse

    Multiple stakes-winning trainer Ray E. Tracy Jr., of Bonduant, Iowa, died Jan. 4. He was 58.

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  • Monday January 06

    Successful Fall Meet Concludes at Hawthorne

    • From: Hawthorne Race Course

    With construction on the new casino and racing facility at Hawthorne Race Course just around the corner, the fall thoroughbred meet concluded with increases in handle and field size. Additionally, a pair of new Hawthorne champions were crowned in the leading rider and trainer categories for the 32-day fall season.

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