A switch to night racing helped produce large business gains for Albuquerque Downs Racetrack & Casino in New Mexico for the first program of its 2016 meet June 25.
A computer glitch linked to United Tote resulted in more than $100,000 in bogus wagers pouring into a daily double pool in late April at Plainridge Park, a Massachusetts Standardbred track.
Michigan lawmakers have passed legislation designed to improve the condition of the struggling pari-mutuel horseracing industry, which is down to two racetracks in the state.
With no Triple Crown on the line this year, betting on the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (gr. I) was well off the 2015 figure when American Pharoah capped his historic run.
Minnesota officials said advance deposit wagering legislation passed recently by lawmakers will provide an estimated $1.5 million in revenue that will be re-directed to horse racing and breeding in the state.
Because of an increase in pari-mutuel revenue from Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week business, Churchill Downs June 1 said it will increase overnight purses by 4% for the remainder of its spring meet, which ends July 2.
As it waits for a decision on the future of the New York Racing Association, the organization's board of directors May 25 spent less than five minutes discussing rumors of a proposal that would keep the association under state control.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported attendance and total pari-mutuel handle records for the May 21 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) program at Pimlico Race Course.
The Stronach Group May 16 said it has entered into an agreement to purchase Rosecroft Raceway, one of two harness tracks in Maryland and a major off-track wagering outlet for Thoroughbred racing, from owner Penn National Gaming Inc.
Average daily pari-mutuel handle for the recent Laurel Park meet increased 34.6% from the comparable meet in 2015, the Maryland Jockey Club reported May 10.
Keeneland May 2 released final spring-meet numbers that show growth in on-track wagering and field size for the 16-day meet that ended April 29.
In advance of what it anticipates will be another successful Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week, Churchill Downs Inc. April 28 reported net income of $2.8 million for the first quarter of 2016.
More than $228 million was accrued for purses at six Pennsylvania racetracks in 2015 with almost 90% of the funds derived from slot machine revenue, according to an annual report that analyzes the racetrack gaming industry in the state.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $807 million for its 85-day Championship meet that concluded April 3. Average daily handle was $9.49 million.
Gulfstream Park reported record total pari-mutuel handle of $32.09 million for its 14-race Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (gr. I) program April 2.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
Racing and gambling matters are still in play in New York as the governor and lawmakers try in the coming week to put the finishing touches on a new state budget.
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
The New York Racing Association is preparing to return to private control, board chairman Michael Del Giudice said at a meeting of the association's board of directors March 10 in New York City.
Commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races in February was up 6.43% from the same month in 2015, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase March 4.
With on- and off-track pari-mutuel wagering both up at the halfway point of its 2016 meet, Oaklawn Park has again raised overnight purses, this time by up to $5,000 a race.
The impact big bettors have on pari-mutuel handle and the resulting revenue, as well as the need to recognize that horse owners are bettors, too, was the focus of a Feb. 4 forum during the National HBPA convention in Florida.
The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Jan. 24 said proposed changes in state racing regulations, as well as another rule that allows racetracks to "recapture" purse money, "threaten to crush" horse racing.
Total wagering on Standardbred races in the United States was, like betting on Thoroughbred racing, up slightly in 2015 compared with the previous year.
Despite more than 2,300 fewer races compared with 2014, commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races inched up 1.18% to $10,676,223,640 in 2015. It is the first year-over-year increase since 2012.
The Maryland Jockey Club reported a healthy increase in total live pari-mutuel handle at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2015 despite two fewer racing days compared with 2014.
On a day in which Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course posted record single-program pari-mutuel handle of $1,182,223, a record payoff of $415.20 for a $2 wager provided a trainer with her first-ever career victory.
The 2015-16 meet at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino got off to a good start, but it was sidetracked Dec. 27 when live racing was canceled because of a winter storm that dumped more than nine inches of snow on the area.
Los Alamitos Race Course ended its second winter Thoroughbred meet Dec. 20 with a 2.3% increase in all-sources pari-mutuel handle over the inaugural season in 2014.
At the end of a year that saw record-breaking wagering and attendance, the board of directors of the New York Racing Association Dec. 9 celebrated success while at the same planning conservatively for the future.
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.
Maryland racing stakeholders the evening of Nov. 20 received a status report on the state of the industry, and they were told there is great potential for growth in the state.
The $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, inaugurated in 2002, has come a long way, and a decision made several years ago to move the race to the afternoon has led to strong gains in pari-mutuel wagering.
The Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission Nov. 13 approved two companies as historic horse race wagering providers and authorized use of several game themes.
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.
The early closure of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia has had a positive impact on Hollywood Casino at Mahoning Valley Race Course, at least for the first six days of its 2015-16 meet.
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.
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.
Wagering on this year's Breeders' Cup was about even with last year, and officials said Keeneland measured up well as a first-time host site given its investment in the infrastructure needed to accommodate the event.
Breeders' Cup reported a record Friday crowd for the first day of its World Championships Oct. 30 at Keeneland and a slight drop in total pari-mutuel handle compared with 2014.
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
Churchill Downs Inc. reported a 19% increase in net earnings for the third quarter of 2015 compared with the same three months last year, and attributed a 61% spike in net revenue for the quarter to Big Fish Games.
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.
Total and average pari-mutuel handle, as well as purses, were up slightly during the 81-day meet at Delaware Park that ended Oct. 17.
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.
A strong September in terms of handle on U.S. races has helped wagering figures through the first three quarters of 2015 stay in the black.
Average daily all-sources and on-track pari-mutuel handle fell while average daily purses and field size rose during the 11-day September at Churchill Downs that ended Sept. 27.
Bettors on track and at simulcast outlets across the country will have an incentive at Suffolk Downs Oct. 3: The pari-mutuel takeout to a rate has been lowered to 15% across the board.
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