Churchill Downs announced June 8 it will raise overnight purses 10% effective June 12 for the final three weeks of its spring meet.
- By Tom LaMarra
Revenue from alternative forms of gaming now accounts for almost one-third of total Thoroughbred purses in United States, but despite a decrease in handle, the percentage of handle that goes to purses has remained steady.
When Indiana Downs didn't card a scheduled $75,000 stakes May 26 due to a shortage of entries, red flags were raised as to whether there was another reason the race wasn't run.
Harrah's Entertainment has ended up with Thistledown after all, but at a greatly reduced price.
MI Developments intends to offer Thistledown, the Ohio racetrack near Cleveland, for sale during a May 25 auction in New York.
Hialeah owner John Brunetti said he needs answers to questions before he starts making improvements--and spending more money--at the South Florida racetrack.
The May 13 Preakness Alibi Breakfast was for the most part lighthearted as usual.
MTR Gaming Group reported a net loss of $3.3 million for the first quarter of 2010 versus net income of $752,000 for the same period in 2009.
The Maryland Jockey Club, now operated by MI Developments, will be jointly operated by Penn National Gaming Inc. upon closure of the deal, the two entities announced May 7.
The New Mexico Gaming Control Board has revoked a gaming license for a planned racetrack casino in Raton near the Colorado border.
The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled April 30 it's not illegal for Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to try to determine the parties behind an organization that challenged a 2009 directive on racetrack gaming.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in which Delaware sought to expand its sports betting lottery beyond professional football.
Hawthorne Race Course is touting legislation that would authorize slot machines at Illinois racetracks.
Prediction from a few racing industry executives: If you're a racetrack without slot machines, you're doomed.
Kentucky Senate President David Williams said April 27 issues in the horse racing and pari-mutuel industry are "complicated," but lawmakers intend to continue working on ways to strengthen the business.
The Ohio State Racing Commission met with four representatives from Penn National Gaming Inc. April 20 to question them on the proposed purchase of Beulah Park in Grove City, Ohio.
Horse racing at Pennsylvania racetracks is helping casino companies make more money on slot machines, according to one piece of information in the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's 2009 report on racetrack gaming.
Attendees at the annual RCI meeting in Lexington had lots to say about various issues in the Thoroughbred racing industry.
West Virginia racing's "10-10-10 program," which offers purse supplements to in-state Thoroughbred owners, as well as breeders and stallion owners, will return under legislation signed into law April 2 by Gov. Joe Manchin.
If the Kentucky General Assembly ends without passing legislation that would statutorily permit Instant Racing machines at Kentucky racetracks, the state racing commission would then consider its options.
The Arundel County Board of Elections certified April 1 a petition by residents of the Maryland county to have a November referendum on slot machines.
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has ruled LetOhioVote.org submitted petitions containing more than 300,000 valid signatures, which is enough to place the issue of racetrack video lottery terminals on the ballot.
The New Hampshire Senate March 24 passed legislation authorizing video lottery terminals at six locations, including Rockingham Park.
New York Gov. David Paterson is pushing a plan with legislative leaders to re-bid the Aqueduct casino project, a proposal that could push off a final decision until the end of the year.
A bill on West Virginia's 10-10-10 program, which offers purse supplements to in-state Thoroughbred owners, as well as breeders and stallion owners, awaits action by the governor.
Republican Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer spent more than an hour March 18 in a GOP caucus in an attempt to make a case for Instant Racing via statutory approval.
Legislation to aid the horse industry in Kentucky may be dead after developments in the state capital March 17.
Philly Park has been granted a table games license, but horsemen there want improvements made to racing-related facilities on the property.
Legislation authorizing Instant Racing at Kentucky racetracks is in line for major revisions that would place approval squarely in the lap of the governor or Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The on-again-off-again Pimlico Special (gr. I) is off again for this year, according to a stakes schedule released by the Maryland Jockey Club March 16.
The Maryland Jockey Club, as well as community groups, March 5 submitted 16,702 additional signatures to the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections in a push to have citizens of the county vote on a zoning permit for slots.
West Virginia horse racing's "10-10-10" program, which offers purse supplements to in-state Thoroughbred owners, as well as breeders and stallion owners, would return under legislation passed by the state Senate March 2.
Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort is having a hard time getting its 2010 meet under way.
In a major sign the Aqueduct video lottery terminal project could be in jeopardy, Gov. David Paterson is no longer counting on the winning bidder to supply the cash-starved state with $300 million by March 31.
The Kentucky Equine Education Project Feb. 12 reiterated its calls for immediate action from the Kentucky General Assembly to assist the horse industry in the state.
Gov. Steve Beshear is urging Kentucky lawmakers to take another look at legalizing video lottery terminals to avoid cuts in the state's next budget.
After several meetings, two Michigan horsemen's groups have remained unsuccessful in convincing Dan Adkins of Hazel Park to amend the language of a petition concerning the approval of eight new casinos in the state.
A November 2010 ballot question on racetrack video lottery terminals in Ohio moved a step closer to becoming reality Feb. 8.
With the exception of Oklahoma Derby day Oct. 10, Remington Park will eliminate Sunday racing from its fall Thoroughbred schedule, track officials said.
A surprisingly good night for business on a winter evening at Turfway Park doesn't hide the fact Kentucky's year-round Thoroughbred racing industry is in serious trouble.
A transition committee has submitted a report that recommends statewide consolidation of the New Jersey horse racing industry, shorter Thoroughbred meets at Monmouth Park, and the opening of more off-track betting parlors.
Legislation calling for a constitutional amendment on any expansion of gambling in Kentucky passed a Senate committee Jan. 20 on a predictable party-line vote.
Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear called the state legislature's bluff Jan. 19 by presenting a two-year budget that relies on more than $700 million in revenue from gaming machines at racetracks.
Dennis Drazin, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder who has served as president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, has been confirmed as a member of the New Jersey Racing Commission.
The Delaware Sports and Video Lottery Commission Jan. 12 rejected the results of a study that suggests adding two casinos in the state would increase revenue and jobs.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently appointed Milton Champion director of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
As the Delaware government awaits the results of an independent study into the expansion of casino gambling in the state, a study commissioned by three racetracks concluded the addition of casinos will cannibalize the market.
NYRA president Charles Hayward said the state needs to choose a casino operator for Aqueduct or the association will run out of money in June, which puts the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at risk. As of now, the race will be run.
The Anne Arundel County Council Dec. 21 approved a zoning measure that will facilitate slot machines at the Arundel Mills Mall, but also OK'd a measure that allows slots at Laurel Park.
A new entity called Blow Horn Equity has submitted a bid for the Maryland Jockey Club assets, the company announced Dec. 18.
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