Racing Minister Winston Peters announced a $13.9 million boost for the industry from the repeal of the country's betting levy.
Rider Stuart Higgins has a big chance of claiming a double in the Great Western Hurdles and Steeplechase tomorrow with Banbury Lad and Tai Ho.
A crew of Otago and Southland whitebaiting mates are behind the breaking of a 21-year-old national record held by one of Australasia's greatest trotting mares.
Driver Jonny Cox enjoyed a memorable moment while helping former training partner Amber Hoffman score her 200th career win with Imran Khan at Winton on Saturday.
A new stallion will stand on the Taieri Plain next spring when South Australian Derby winner Howard Be Thy Name starts his stud duties at Grassyards Farm.
Riverton mare Lil Swiss Miss saved her supporters any concern when thrashing her rivals by a huge 13 lengths in the Wairio Cup at Ascot Park yesterday.
Oamaru trotter Ultimate Stride paid back a good chunk of his sales-topping purchase price when he won the 2yr-old Yearling Sales Series Final at Addington last night.
Boom Southland pacer U May Cullect will get a bonus opportunity to impress his ever-expanding fan base at Winton today.
Prominent North Island trainers have backed claims by their South Island counterparts that the country's handicapping system is destroying the careers of young racehorses.
A big last start effort on Diamonds Day has Forbury Park pacer Parama primed for a big run on his home track tonight.
Rookie sire Ghibellines has been promoted to the top of the stallion ranks at White Robe Lodge ahead of the spring breeding season.
New Zealand-bred champion Lazarus will stand his first season at stud in the southern hemisphere in New South Wales under a landmark deal.
Riccarton galloper He Kin Fly continued his brilliant run of form when winning the Great Easter Stakes on his home track on Saturday to register his fourth consecutive win.
Ascot Park 3yr-old The Bird Dance produced a stunning finish to win and provide a highlight on his home track on Saturday.
Spankem again showed he is nearly impossible to catch in the lead when he won the New Zealand Messenger Championship at Alexandra Park last night.
The booms echoing around Southland this morning will not just be heard from duck shooters on the season's opening morning.
Harness Racing New Zealand yesterday announced it would trial minor changes to its embattled handicapping system.