As Corey Johnsen bustled about Kentucky Downs on a steamy hot Sept. 4 afternoon, the president of the track near Franklin, Ky., mused about his expectations for the boutique meet set to begin the following day.
The people who put their money on the line wagering on horse racing would like to see an overhaul of its drug testing and enforcement, based on results of a recent survey.
Commingled wagering on Thoroughbred races in the United States was up less than 1% in August versus the same month in 2014, while purses paid dropped almost 3% in conjunction with a reduction of 56 racing days.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) featuring Wicked Strong, Liam's Map, Mylute, and Protonico. Watch Video
Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold are well-positioned to improve on their record 16 wins in the Florida Sires Stakes Series in the Affirmed and Susan's Girl divisions at Gulfstream Park Sept. 5.
American Pharoah looks to be first Triple Crown winner to take Travers since Whirlaway in 1941. read blog
New York stewards reach out to media, public
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Travers Stakes (gr. I) featuring American Pharoah, Texas Red, and Frosted. Watch Video
The Aug. 28 card at Saratoga Race Course, on the eve of Travers Stakes (gr. I) Day, will feature six New York-bred stakes worth $1.15 million, highlighted by a showdown of older turf runners in the $150,000 West Point.
Xpressbet posted on its website Aug. 24 a statement that said the online wagering site was the victim of a form of cyberterrorism Saturday, Aug. 22, the date of the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I) from Del Mar.
Woodbine Entertainment Group Aug. 24 said it will close its Turf Lounge off-track wagering facility in the Toronto financial district effective Sept. 5.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials reinforced the organization's impartial position on potential federal drug oversight in a legislative briefing with horsemen, owners, and horseplayers at Del Mar Aug. 21.
In a deep Pacific Classic at Del Mar, an East Coast shipper and a turf-to-dirt longshot have our attention. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Pacific Classic (gr. I) featuring Beholder, Bayern, Catch a Flight, Hard Aces, and Red Vine. Watch Video
Aided by an almost 9% increase in average field size and eight more turf races, pari-mutuel handle at the midway point of the 40-day Saratoga Race Course meeting is showing strong gains compared with the same period in 2014.
The 60th season of racing at Turf Paradise kicks off Oct. 17, with a new track announcer and a stakes schedule totaling $1.45 million during the 136-day stand that ends May 8, 2016.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park. read blog
Claire Novak and Frank Angst preview the Arlington Million (gr. IT) featuring Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, and Up With the Birds. Watch Video
Bettors need to believe in the product
Kitten's Joy colt won't run in Aug. 15 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park and will instead get a 60-90 day freshening, Gunpowder Farms manager Josh Stevens said Aug. 10.
Breeders' Cup and TwinSpires.com announced a multi-year agreement in which TwinSpires will be the official wagering partner of the World Championships and the title sponsor of the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Jacks or Better Farm and trainer Stanley Gold, who have teamed for a record 16 victories in the Florida Sire Stakes series, are in a good position to improve on that tally at Gulfstream Park Aug. 8.
The Blood-Horse has unveiled Blood-Horse Daily, a free app that features Thoroughbred news, analysis, and race results. The app is available on Apple and Android platforms.
Perhaps helped a bit by added attention for horse racing following American Pharoah's Triple Crown sweep, wagering on U.S. races improved 1.41% in July to $903,673,455 when compared with July 2014.
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The Maryland Jockey Club's first casino off-track betting parlor has been doing pretty good business since it opened in late April, officials said Aug. 4.
There's a good chance no races that are part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships will be simulcast to Hong Kong this year.
New York's five off-track betting corporations said they have cut ties with Churchill Downs Inc. and won't offer signals from tracks owned by the company or tracks that contract with CDI to sell their simulcast signals.
Racing stakeholders fully understand that having sports betting at tracks in West Virginia is a 90-1 shot. But other things like off-track betting are a bit more realistic as they fashion a wish list to increase revenue.
Trainer Gary Contessa will lead three racing education clinics in August covering a variety of topics, including racehorse conformation, ownership, and general information about the sport.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) featuring Tepin, Hard Not to Like, and Stephanie's Kitten. Watch Video
Tale of Verve, runner-up to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), continued to progress toward the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby with a five-furlong workout at Churchill Downs
In advance of the 2015 Saratoga Race Course meet, the New York Racing Association announced a number of upgrades to the high definition video page on NYRA.com.
Horseplayers still seeking a berth to the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will have multiple free chances online in August.
All proceeds generated as a result of Xpressbet customers wagering on Assiniboia Downs on the Saturday, July 18, card, will be donated by the online betting company to the trust of injured jockey Alyssa Selman.
A Salix-free race proved so popular at the entry box Wednesday that the over-subscribed field of 2-year-old fillies was split into two races for Saturday's program at Gulfstream Park.
In its annual report released July 15, the NTRA noted strides it made in the past fiscal year to work with horseplayers to improve horse racing.
The award honoring the racing industry's best simulcast production will be presented at the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference held this year in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The deadline for all entries is Aug. 17.
New York state regulators have modified a couple of ways in which wagering on Thoroughbred races is conducted as part of an effort to boost field size and revenues for the industry.
Three-time graded-stakes winner Merry Meadow will cut back to her ideal distance when she returns from more than a three-month layoff in the $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park July 5.
New York Racing Association supports proposals that would decouple entries in stakes races of $50,000 or more, and add superfecta wagering to the betting menu of races with coupled entries.
Breeders' Cup and RaceTech have announced they are partnering to develop a new historical horse racing game that will make its debut just prior to the Oct. 30-31 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX Sports 1 will kick off its summer schedule July 5 with live coverage of the United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) from Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
The New York Racing Association and Cristal Race Track (Jockey Club Rio Grande do Sul) will begin sharing reciprocal simulcast signals later this year.
The British Horseracing Authority will create a Horseracing Bettors Forum designed to give those who wager on racing a chance to offer "constructive suggestions" on how the industry can develop and implement changes.
The United States Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service were told June 17 that current regulations related to the tax withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel winnings are "unfair and totally burdensome."
Hipodromo de las Americas has signed a long-term agreement with Roberts Communications Network to carry the track's signal, making it available to other tracks and advance deposit wagering companies for simulcast purposes.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is pegged at 3-5 odds with Television Games Network and parent company Betfair to stand for a fee between $175,000 and $200,000 during his first season at Coolmore's Ashford Stud.
Alex Waldrop, president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, will address proposed changes to regulations on the taxing of pari-mutuel wagers at a June 17 hearing in Washington, D.C.
Horse Racing Radio Network will launch its "2015 Road to the Breeders' Cup" broadcast series with live coverage of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) and Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) from Churchill Downs June 13.
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