A foal crop that has declined 22% in five years is making it tough in Britain to maintain a strong racing product.
Britain's newest racecourse Great Leighs, which opened in April of 2008 , had its licence withdrawn by the British Horseracing Authority on Jan. 16 and later that day went into administration, the equivalent of a receivership.
Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) meeting at Longchamp.
In an agreement with Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey, England, Hollywood Park will issue an invitation to the winner of the 2007 Winter Derby (Eng-III) to participate in the 68th running of the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on June 30.
Ladbrokes, the world's biggest bookmaker, is sponsoring the final British classic of the year, the St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster, England.
Newmarket, one of Great Britain's premier racecourses, has been forced to abandon plans, at least for a year, for the construction of an all-weather (dirt) track after it was offered only three fixtures for 2005 by the British Horseracing Board's Fixture Allocation Group.
The Horse Racing Channel, one of Britain's two new planned dedicated horseracing television channels, has dropped the idea of charging subscribers a monthly fee, at least initially, and intends to launch as a free-to-air service, maybe by the end of the month.
The Horse Racing Channel, a fledgling broadcaster of daily British racing, has received a major boost following the decision to join by the 13 tracks that make up Racecourse Holdings Trust.
Attheraces, the dedicated racing broadcasting channel in Britain, is set to go off the air on Monday, March 29 and the prospect is that it will never return.
The record-breaking media deal agreed up in June 2001 by the majority of Great Britain's racecourses and broadcaster attheraces has collapsed.
Britain has just three racecourses that stage dirt racing (known as all-weather), but one of them has a surface which "rides like a velvet carpet," according to jockey Martin Dwyer.
Fair Grounds president Bryan Krantz has been appointed the United States representative for Attheraces, an ambitious new online wagering and interactive television wagering company in the United Kingdom.
The biggest media rights deal in the history of British racing apparently fell through Monday when the British Horseracing Board decided not to give a full pre-race data license to the Go Racing consortium of Arena Leisure, Channel 4 and Sky Television.
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