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.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps three of the Super Saturday races at Belmont and Santa Anita. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Awesome Again Stakes featuring Bayern, Hoppertunity, Global View, Imperative, and Point Piper. Watch Video
'Decoupling' of racing, gaming heating up
Horse Racing Radio Network has scheduled three hours of Breeders' Cup Challenge coverage from Belmont Park and Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Sept. 26.
In an Aug. 29 Blood-Horse magazine story, National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop and other industry leaders assessed the work of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance.
The Ohio HBPA, which withdrew permission for its races to be simulcast in a dispute with track management over the number of available stalls, said ThistleDown officials agreed Sept. 18 to increase the number of stalls.
For the second time in three years, the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has pulled the plug on the exporting of ThistleDown Racino's live racing signal.
Keeneland and Red Mile officially opened their jointly owned historical racing parlor Sept. 17.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) at Parx Racing. read blog
How would you handicap 'off-Lasix' horses?
Kentucky Downs, which was rebuffed last year in its attempt to add racing days to its 2015 schedule, will try again for 2016, track president Corey Johnsen said Sept. 16.
The latest chapter in the 140-year history of Lexington's Red Mile harness operation began Sept. 12, with the opening of a $42 million renovation to include historical racing and live and simulcast wagering.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. read blog
Ellis Park concluded its 93rd race meet Monday, Sept. 7, with sizable increases in handle and field sizes as the track's purses have been boosted by gaming revenues from historical racing at the Henderson, Ky., operation.
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.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. read blog
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
Get ready, everyone! Saturday is the kind of day that racing fans dream of, with seven graded stakes races on schedule at Saratoga, including the $1,600,000 Travers Stakes (gr. I). read blog
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.
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