Churchill Downs officials have cancelled simulcast wagering and will close their offices Friday, Jan. 22 because of a looming winter storm that could produce 5 to 9 inches of snow in the Louisville area.
- By Tom LaMarra
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Keeneland simulcast director Jim Goodman discusses the opening of the new Keeneland-Red Mile simulcast center. Watch Video
Keeneland simulcast director Jim Goodman discusses the opening of the new Keeneland-Red Mile simulcast center. See also: Renovated Wagers Area to Open This Weekend
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.
The New York Racing Association and Cristal Race Track (Jockey Club Rio Grande do Sul) will begin sharing reciprocal simulcast signals later this year.
Simulcast players in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond looking forward to betting important meetings in California and Florida this week may have to wait.
Gulfstream Park issued an apology to customers Oct. 10 after confusion over access to its Gulfstream Park West signal created problems at simulcast outlets on the first two days of that meeting.
Del Mar will broadcast its signal in high definition this summer, joining a select number of tracks across the country that provide fans a crystal-clear look at their racing product.
Race Caller Craig Evans gives us an exciting behind the scenes tour of all the facilities for horses, trainers, and media at the Singapore Turf Club. watch video
Ellis Park director of operations Bob Jackson said in spite of the Kentucky River flooding around the facility a week prior to the Kentucky Derby, simulcast numbers were not significantly affected.
The New England chapter of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has withdrawn its consent for races from the New York Racing Association to be simulcast at Suffolk Downs.
A rainy October in Kentucky led to much lower on-track business for the Keeneland fall meet, but good racing at the track helped the simulcast wagering, and the combined off-track and on-track betting increased.
In a short statement issued Jan. 1, New York Racing Association chief Charlie Hayward said an agreement had not been reached to send the organization's racing signal to TVG.
Mexico's Caliente Group, a veteran player in the simulcast racing industry, has improved its simulcast system with major technical upgrades.
Calder Race Course got state permission to run four days a week instead of five for an 11-week period beginning Sept. 1. The South Florida track has lost horses due to reduced purses that were caused by a lingering dispute over simulcast signal distribution.
Oaklawn Park has signed an agreement to allow TrackNet Media Group to manage the track's simulcast sales, it was announced Oct. 15.
Los Alamitos Race Course and Woodbine Entertainment Group's Thoroughbred simulcast productions were declared co-winners of this year's Simulcast Award, presented Sept. 18 by Post Time Technologies 18 at the International Simulcast Conference in Kansas City, MO.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Keeneland's director of racing, W.B. Rogers Beasley, earlier this year made an interesting case for expansion of the Eclipse Awards from 11 to 15 equine categories (including steeplechasers). Suggested additions were 3-year-old males and 3-year-old fillies on turf, filly and mare sprinters, and turf sprinters.
The 2006 International Simulcast Conference will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia on Oct. 16-18.
Lone Star Park ended its 63-date Spring meeting on July 11 with gains in average daily on-track attendance and on-track handle despite enduring the second-wettest June in Dallas-Fort Worth history.
Churchill Downs is setting up its simulcasting operations as a separate operating unit within the corporation.
Churchill Downs reported Tuesday that first quarter revenues rose 22 percent to $31.7 million, compared with $25.9 million for the same period last year. The company reported a net loss of $11.0 million, or 84 cents per share on 13.0 million average shares outstanding, compared with a net loss of $8.8 million, or 89 cents per share on 9.9 million average shares outstanding, in the first quarter of 2000. Weakness in the economy has affected the simulcasting handle, but improvements in the Churchill Downs Simulcasting Network's marketing and presentation could offset the losses.
Arlington Park will serve as the simulcast host for the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 24. The world's richest race will be one of four races with total purses of $12 million simulcast from Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse that day.
Arlington International puts the accent on international Sunday, when the Chicago-area track serves as the North American wagering hub for the simulcast of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I). Post time for the Arc is scheduled for 10:20 a.m. (EDT).
State racing regulators have begun investigating a nasty new battle between the New York City Off Track Betting Corp. and Monticello Raceway and Vernon Downs after the big betting outfit suddenly stopped simulcasting races from the two upstate Standardbred tracks.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Comapny has agreed to purchase the Ocala Jai-Alai fronton for $2.5 million.
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