The Inside Rail

In a day, I might read anything from a chapter of Churchill at the Gallop by Brough Scott to a feature in the Washington Post (Why did you do This?) to the overnight at Tampa Bay Downs in search of an extra race for a certain horse. Some days, the overnights are the best reading.

On any given day, the overnights from around the country cover the major to the mundane. Here’s a sampling of the announcements made to horsemen from California to Florida.

Turf Paradise:

A fundraiser for Martin Bourdieu will be held on Wednesday, February 20th, after the races. Barros Pizza and Turf Paradise will provide food. Auction items are needed. Please bring any auction items to the Bookkeepers office. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Turfway Park:

Horsemen: Reminder, you are responsible for getting the trash cans out for pick up on Mon, Wed and Fri.

Attn. Horsemen: The Triple Crown closes Saturday January 26th. Please nominate at thetriplecrown.com or call 502-638-3825.

Portland Meadows:

*** Congratulations Steve Dickinson, OHBPA $100 trainer of the day!!!***

Penn National:

"IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, REPORT IT. THOROUGHBRED RACING PROTECTIVE BUREAU. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Integrity Hotline 410-398-3647

Oaklawn Park:

WHISTLE BLOWER PROGRAM: With full support of the Commission an HBPA, Oaklawn has implemented a "Whistle Blower" program. Any owner, trainer, jockey or stable area employee can call any of the persons listed below in the strictest of confidence to report any questionable activity or concerns. The following are numbers to contact: Senior Vice President Eric Jackson (501 844-6382, General Manager Wayne Smith (914) 260-6512, Director of Racing Jed Doro (612) 816-8114, Integrity Office Hal Wiggins (502) 649-2756

Louisiana Downs:

BAN ON HORSE SLAUGHTER.......ANY OWNER OR TRAINER BASED AT HARRAH'S LOUISIANA DOWNS WHO SELLS A HORSE FOR SLAUGHTER THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY OR CURRENTLY STABLED AT HARRAH'S LOUISIANA DOWNS WILL HAVE THEIR STALLS PERMANENTLY REVOKED.

Los Alamitos:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE ARE DOGS AND CHILDREN PERMITTED TO BE LIVING ON THE BACKSIDE.

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WATERING DOWN OF THE BARN AREA. VIOLATORS WILL BE REPORTED TO THE STEWARDS AND A FINE WILL BE ASSESSED.

Laurel Park:

KARMA IS KING

Charles Town:

LOOKING FOR A PART TIME NIGHT JOB? Charles Town is seeking Qualified Individuals for Valet and Assistant Starter Positions. If you are interested contact Duane Sowers for Valet opportunities and Fran DiAmario for Assistant Starter opportunities.

CHAPLAIN OFFICE SEEKING WINTER COAT DONATIONS.
The Charles Town Chaplain Office is seeking donations of winter coats to their coat closet. If you have an extra winter coat that you can donate please take it the the Chaplain Office.

REMINDER: ROUND BALES ARE NOT PERMITTED in the barn area per section 5.8 of the Charles Town Horse Racing Guide. Anyone who has a Round Bale must remove it from the property immediately.

Gulfstream Park:

ENTRIES WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED FROM AGENTS

Golden Gate:

ATTENTION ALL PONY RIDERS: PRE-RACE PONY EXAMS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 12:00PM - 12:15PM AT THE "ON-GAP", FOR PONIES WORKING THAT DAY.

Fair Grounds:

ATTENTION HORSEMEN: CHAPEL SERVICES WILL BE AT 6:30 ON TUESDAY NIGHTS IN THE HORSEMENS CHAPEL.

SUNDAY MORNING MASS WILL BE HELD EVERY SUNDAY IN THE BLACK/ GOLD ROOM FROM 10:00-10:30 A.M

Delta Downs:               

National TB Welfare Organization (NTWO)
Boyd Gaming partnered with NTWO to find homes for retired racehorses. If you need to rehome a horse (free of charge) contacts to call: Victoria Keith 859-382-7779, Patricia West 337-308-3728, Jared Balthzar 337-351-7350 or Lora PItre 225-921-5205.

And our favorite…

Tampa Bay Downs:

Stop by Papa Jim’s Kitchen next door to the racing office. Daily specials - The food is delicious and the price is right!