While wagering on U.S. races in 2016 was flat--up less than 1% compared with 2015--bettors continue to support a reduced Thoroughbred racing product.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby will continue this Saturday with a competitive renewal of the LeComte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds.
As was the case last Saturday, the graded-stakes action is on either side of the Divided States of America, at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park
Cheryl McIntyre of Massillon, Ohio, won three National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifying contests this year and earned 19,898 points overall to win the 2016 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour, which ended Jan. 1.
Mother Nature may exert an influence in the marquee races on both coasts Saturday, as there is a good chance for rain at Santa Anita and at Gulfstream Park.
On-track payouts for winning show wagers will carry a bonus.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) and recaps Irish War Cry's win in the Marylander Stakes.
"To set another record for wagering volume per race in the face of some obstacles speaks volumes about the quality and dedication of our entire team here at Charles Town," said vice president of racing operations Erich Zimny.
The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service have all but enacted new rules on withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings that experts believe will pump tens of millions of dollars back into pari-mutuel pools.
This week's Litfin at Large looks at Saturday's American Oaks (gr. IT) and Sunday's San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), both at Santa Anita Park.
To celebrate the arrival of another year and another Kentucky Derby season, let's take a look at J. Keeler Johnson's Kentucky Derby Top 10 list for 2017.
The Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service took a big step toward changing rules on withholding and reporting in respect to pari-mutuel winnings Dec. 29.
Buoyed by near ideal weather conditions, full competitive fields, and the holiday season, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course recorded an all-time record handle for a day's program Dec. 27.
For horse players, the best holiday gift comes the day after Christmas, which is the traditional opening day of the winter meet at Santa Anita Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the La Brea Stakes, Malibu Stakes, and Mathis Brothers Mile
Andrew Beyer and Steven Crist will each receive the Eclipse Award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing. This marks the fifth time that multiple Eclipse Awards of Merit have been presented in the same year.
While a turf horse might have turned in some seemingly good efforts on dirt in the past, those races might deserve an asterisk if they were off-the-turf events.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps two stakes races and shares thoughts on some up-and-coming 2yos
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and Starlet Stakes (gr. I).
Mile High Racing & Entertainment announced Dec. 8 that the Colorado Racing Commission has approved the company to offer daily fantasy sports contests based on a pari-mutuel formula in nine Colorado locations.
Executives from around the world documented how new, fan-friendly wagers are helping them find new customers and keep them engaged in horse racing.
Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech, announces that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services.
In late November, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a rule that would require ADWs that operate in the state acquire a bond of up to $500,000 as a condition of licensing.
According to numbers released Dec. 4 by Equibase, handle through November is similar to the first 11 months of 2015 and purses are down slightly.
AmWager, the online account wagering platform owned and operated by AmWest Entertainment, has joined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.
J. Keeler Johnson shares thoughts on four up-and-coming contenders for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
The pari-mutuel field of "all other 3-year-olds" closed as the 6-5 favorite in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Classic Empire was the 6-1 second choice.
The old saying, "If it ain't broke don't fix it," would seem to fit Tampa Bay Downs' position perfectly as the picturesque track located just outside Tampa in Oldsmar, Fla. begins its 91-date meeting Saturday, Nov. 26.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
The holiday weekend marks the final stretch of important racing in Kentucky and New York, as Churchill Downs and Aqueduct conclude their respective grade I schedules with the Clark and Cigar Mile Handicaps.
Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge winner eligible for lucrative bonus.
In a special meeting Nov. 22 in Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) approved a rule that will require advance-deposit wagering (ADW) companies that operate in the state acquire a bond of up to $500,000 as a condition of licensing.
While the ever-popular "all others" is the morning-line favorite for the first of four 2017 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) pools, Classic Empire is the favorite among individual choices in the wager that opens its four-day run Thanksgiving Day.
Offspring sired by Tapit, North America's clear-cut leading stallion with 2016 earnings of more than $18.25 million, are 10-1 odds on the morning line for the second annual Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs.
The new rate comes following approval and consent from the Charles Town HBPA and West Virginia Racing Commission given Nov. 15.
Joe Appelbaum of New York City zoomed from 47th place to first with a big exacta score in the Breeders' Cup Classic to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at last week's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Discovery Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
While Breeders' Cup scheduling accounts for most of the wagering declines in October 2016 compared with last year, handle still declined even when last year's Breeders' Cup is not considered.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the thirteen Breeders' Cup races.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
Handicapper Dave LItfin's analysis of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita
Friday’s card provides a little bit of everything, with a pair of tough, 2-year-old turf events, Dortmund getting away from California Chrome, Songbird’s attempt to remain unbeaten, and the continuing rivalry between Beholder and Stellar Wind.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some thoughts on the Breeders' Cup pre-entries.
At this relatively early stage, before the final make-up of the fields and post positions are known, it's best to merely formulate a rough draft of potential wagering strategies, and avoid getting "married" to any particular horse(s).
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 26 the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools for the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Two weeks out from the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, state-bred runners have their day in the sun, as Saturday is Maryland Million Day at Laurel Park and also Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies
Important turf stakes are a hallmark of fall racing, and along with peak foliage this weekend, handicappers are treated to three top-tier grass races.
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