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(Eric Althoff)

Day at the races: A Yankee journalist wages his bona fides at the South’s most colorful event

- The Washington Times

My press pass allows me access to almost anywhere, which must somehow be a mistake. I’m not a VIP, or even that knowledgable about horses, but nonetheless here I am, with my badge decreeing access to Millionaires’ Row, the winners circle, most of the floors where the high rollers wine and dine. No one stops me, waving me through as I tap the badge at every port. In my costume perhaps I look the part — a Yankee trying to fit in at the border state’s most infamous and attended festivus.

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FILE - In this May 1, 1999, file photo, jockey Chris Antley gestures aboard Charismatic after crossing the finish line to capture the 125th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky. Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky. Old Friends farm says the chestnut horse that won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 1999 was found dead in his stall Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Al Berhman, File)

Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies

- Associated Press

Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky.

Lawmakers, racing commission divided on saving industry

- Associated Press

Officials with the Idaho Racing Commission say they'll run out of money by 2018, leaving them unable to regulate the state's horse racing industry unless lawmakers help funnel funds their way.

Veterinarian charged with plot to drug horses before races

- Associated Press

A Louisiana veterinarian has been charged with engaging in a scheme to influence the outcome of horse races by illegally treating the animals with a synthetic version of a drug known as "frog juice."

Idaho House panel approves bill banning electronic pull-tabs

- Associated Press

A bill seeking to ban lucrative electronic pull-tab games in Idaho is on its way to the House floor despite objections from state lottery officials that the betting terminals are not slot machines.

Idaho racing groups seek OK of lucrative betting terminals

- Associated Press

Racing groups are urging an Idaho commission to sign off on a last-ditch effort to save their faltering industry after failing to convince the Legislature to reinstate lucrative betting machines known as instant racing terminals.

This Week in Albany: Lawmakers await budget details

- Associated Press

This week in New York state government, lawmakers await the details of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's big proposals amid tense relations between the Legislature and the Democratic governor.

Fair Grounds' equine herpes quarantine expanded

Associated Press

New Orleans Fair Grounds says it has expanded an equine herpes quarantine to all barns along the race course's backstretch and stopped permitting horses to ship in or out.

West Virginia casino expects revenue drop amid competition

- Associated Press

In days gone by, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was one of the only gambling and racing destinations for the Washington, D.C., area residents to choose from. They would come to Charles Town by the busload.

Virus found at New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack

Associated Press

State agriculture officials say they've confirmed a case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy, an often deadly neurological disease spread by horse-to-horse contact, at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack.

Study: No significant link between casino and crime uptick

Associated Press

A yearlong study of crime data around Plainridge Park concludes there's "no significant causal relationship" between a rise in certain crimes and police activity and the opening of Massachusetts's first and so far only casino.

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens to have hip replacement

Associated Press

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will undergo hip replacement surgery before Christmas, which could put a premature end to his career. The 53-year-old says he doesn't yet know whether he can return to riding next year.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, jockey Garrett Gomez reacts aboard Beholder after crossing the finish line to win the Juvenile Fillies horse race at the Breeders' Cup in Arcadia, Calif. Gomez, who won nearly 4,000 races in a 25-year career and was among the greatest jockeys of the first decade of the 21st century, has died in southern Arizona. He was 44. Authorities with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, that Gomez was found unconscious on the floor of a hotel room Wednesday and pronounced dead at the scene. They say foul play isn't suspected(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Jockey Garrett Gomez found dead at 44 in Arizona hotel room

- Associated Press

Garrett Gomez, who won nearly 4,000 horse races in a 25-year career that included 13 Breeders' Cup victories and struggles with substance abuse, has died in southern Arizona, according to authorities. He was 44.