Three of last year's winners are back for another try in the Dec. 13 Longines International Races in Hong Kong, an event enlivened this year by two U.S. runners including Breeders' Cup winner Mongolian Saturday.
While a panel of experts on daily fantasy gaming and its current legality differed on some details, they largely agreed this relatively new gaming form is here to stay and racing should work with it.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Handicapping, International, Southwest Region, West Region, Horse Health
The four finalists to present their ideas during the Innovators' Circle, which offers a $15,000 prize, offered ideas in technology to prevent breakdowns, a multi-race wager, a jackpot game, and micro-ownership in horses.
A physical education teacher outlasted 416 players to win $10,000 and a trip to the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas as the fifth annual TwinSpires.com Online Handicapping Series Championship winner.
With one more month remaining in 2015, pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. races is up less than a percentage point compared with the first 11 months of 2014 but purses are down 1.68%.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will host the Fair Grounds Championship handicapping tournament Dec. 19 that will offer two paid berths into the 17th annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.
Gulfstream Park has added a pair of new wagering options for the 2015-16 meet that begins Saturday, Dec. 5.
Equibase Co. announced Dec. 4 that Hank Zeitlin, who has served as president and chief operating officer of Equibase since April 2007 and guided the company to new heights in fan engagement, plans to step down.
Stronach Group racetracks have filed a federal lawsuit against the operators of the daily racing contest site DerbyWars, claiming that the site is operating unlawfully in using Stronach track races.
J. Keeler Johnson discusses ten up-and-coming contenders for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Claiming Crown with focus on the Claiming Crown Jewel. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Turfway Park will begin its four-month run of live racing Dec. 3 and offer its first stakes, the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural for fillies and mares, on the first Saturday program of the meet Dec. 5.
Total pari-mutuel handle during the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet was $104,626,990, up 9.9% from $95,225,065 for a 24-day fall meet in 2014. Average daily handle jumped 25.6% to $4,982,238 from $3,967,711 in 2014.
As Tampa Bay Downs prepared to begin its meet Nov. 28, Peter Berube, general manager at the Florida racetrack, discussed its model for success in the face of competition from tracks with alternative gaming.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Clark Handicap (gr. I) featuring Effinex, Race Day, Shotgun Kowboy, Hoppertunity, Protonico, and Keen Ice. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
The New Jersey Racing Commission has issued an exchange wagering license to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority through its agent Betfair US and manager Darby Development.
Three New York legislative panels are seeking answers to the impact the daily fantasy sports industry is having on other sectors of the gambling industry, including horse racing and the state's own lottery system.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Delta Downs Jackpot featuring Exaggerator, Whitmore, Forevamo, and Found Money. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park. read blog
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr of Equibase handicap the overflowing field of the Mrs. Revere Stakes November 14, 2015. Presented by Equibase. watch video
After determining that daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings are violating state law, the New York attorney general sent cease and desist letters to both websites.
The New York Racing Association reported a rebound, at least in terms of total pari-mutuel handle, for the Belmont Park fall meet that ended Nov. 1.
Turfway Park, which accounts for a third of Kentucky's year-round racing calendar, will begin its season Dec. 3 with lower purses, primarily because of less Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money.
J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts on four up-and-coming 2yos. read blog
Aided by more than $150 million in pari-mutuel handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup, commingled wagering on United States races in October was up 17.7% compared with the same month in 2014.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Classic featuring American Pharoah, Keen Ice, Frosted, Tonalist, Effinex, and Honor Code. Watch Video
HRTV, acquired by TVG earlier this year, was rebranded as TVG2 effective Oct. 28. In addition, HRTV.com is now TVG2.com.
Woodbine said Oct. 29 it will raise the pari-mutuel takeout rates on many Breeders' Cup wagers because of a new standardized revenue model, action that sparked a rebuke from the Horseplayers' Association of North America
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Distaff featuring Got Lucky, Frivolous, Wedding Toast, Sheer Drama, and I'm a Chatterbox. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps all thirteen Breeders' Cup races. read blog
Ken Kirchner, a former regulator in Pennsylvania, was hired by Breeders' Cup as a consultant in 1996, and since that time has overseen wagering formats, simulcast expansion, and elevating the product with bettors.
Kentucky Downs and Churchill Downs will have no overlapping dates next year under a schedule approved Oct. 26 by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Kentucky Downs had requested seven days, up from five this year.
J. Keeler Johnson analyzes the 2015 Breeders' Cup pre-entries. read blog
The Nevada Gaming Control Board Oct. 15 ordered daily fantasy sports sites, including DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop taking action because they can't operate in the state without a gambling license.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. I) and shares race replays for the top Breeders' Cup Juvenile contenders. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup featuring Sentiero Italia, Blond Me, Miss Temple City, Her Emmynency, and Feathered. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Although both Golden Horn and Treve posted impressive victories over the course of the past month, neither displaced Triple Crown winner American Phaorah from the top of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.
Fantasy sports, fixed odds, and broader distribution were offered as potential avenues of growth for the pari-mutuel racing industry - all with caveats - during an Oct.6 session at the International Simulcast Conference.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park. read blog
The Oct. 3 Florida Sire Stakes finale at Gulfstream Park will feature three juveniles seeking their second win in the series.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr of Equibase discuss the Shadwell Turf Mile featuring Seek Again, Grand Arch, Grand Tito, and The Pizza Man. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Horse Racing Radio Network's Breeders' Cup Challenge coverage continues over the Oct. 2-4 weekend, with broadcasts featuring "Win and You're In" races from Keeneland Race Course and Belmont Park.
Breeders' Cup and Red Mile have opened sales for the "Breeders' Cup Bash," to be held Oct. 30-31 at the simulcast facility at Red Mile.
The $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 3 attracted 11 older fillies and mares, including grade I winner Tepin, Canadian champion Solid Appeal, and three European-based runners.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah worked five furlongs in 1:00 at Santa Anita Park the morning of Sept. 27 as the Zayat Stables homebred continues to progress toward the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
The equine stars will be out at Keeneland Oct. 2-4, with three reigning Eclipse Award winners and Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner The Pizza Man expected to compete opening weekend.
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