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To Rebate Or Not To Rebate? That's The Question

The topic of rebates, and whether they are good for the pari-mutuel industry, headed the opening day of the International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbour, Fla. Nearly 400 individuals representing more than 200 different organizations registered for the annual meeting.

Two Indiana Tracks Must Compete for Subsidy

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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission, in close vote, has ruled that two racetracks will compete for a riverboat admissions tax subsidy rather than split the revenue 50-50.

New York City OTB Signs Deal With Del Mar

New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. will begin taking wagers on races from Del Mar in California Aug. 7 as part of a new three-year agreement. It marks the first time in two years NYCOTB is importing races from Del Mar.

National HBPA: No Evidence of Criminal Liability

A National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association task force has found no evidence of criminal liability on the part of former officers and the executive director of an affiliate in connection with Century Consultants, a company formed to help Indian casinos land simulcast signals.

Michigan in Quandary Over Purse Distribution

Michigan Thoroughbred horsemen say their industry is dying because of the unfair and illegal way purse money is being distributed. The Michigan racing commissioner counters that she is using past precedent to distribute the purses, and that it would be illegal for her to vary from that precedent without the consent of all parties.

State Questions Gulfstream-Pompano Simulcasts

A week-old agreement between Gulfstream Park and neighboring Standardbred track Pompano Park to exchange simulcast signals may be imperiled by the opinion of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering that such an agreement violates state law.

West Virginia Tracks to Send Signals to Tampa

In light of reportedly improved relations between Tampa Bay Downs horsemen and management, Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association affiliates at two West Virginia racetracks have decided to send their signals to the Oldsmar, Fla., racetrack.

Deal Leaves Horsemen Questioning Solidarity

In a deal that has put some horsemen's associations on edge, the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has agreed to reinstate signals from Kentucky racetracks to Tampa Bay Downs in exchange for dismissing its complaint for declaratory judgment against the Florida track.

Kentucky Legislation Authorizes Wagering Hubs

Legislation introduced March 4 in the Kentucky House of Representatives would permit multi-jurisdictional simulcasting and interstate wagering hubs in the state. Licenses would be available to facilities that conduct live racing in Kentucky.

Simul-castaway

By Mike Henry-- The desires of Tampa Bay bettors and a majority of horsemen are being undermined by the actions of a few local horsemen and those from other states.

NYRA: Gulfstream Product Not Worth the Effort

The New York Racing Association has ended dark-day simulcasting at Aqueduct, and its chairman, Barry Schwartz, targeted the product at Gulfstream Park as the main reason for the move. The president of Gulfstream disagrees with Schwartz's assessment of the product.

Tampa Bay, Horsemen Remain at Odds

Representatives from the Tampa Bay Downs Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association met with Tampa Bay president Peter Berube Dec. 4 in an effort to resolve a dispute over stalls that threatens the track's ability to receive out-of-state signals when the live meet begins Dec. 15.

Tampa Dispute May Impact Florida Simulcasts

In what could be a major test for control of simulcast signals, horsemen's groups from a number of states were considering withdrawing their approval for the transmission of signals into Florida beginning Nov. 12.

Legislation Targets Illegal Gambling

Congressman Robert Goodlatte on Thursday introduced the Combating Illegal Gambling Reform and Modernization Act, which he said is designed to crack down on the problem of illegal off-shore gambling. A release from Goodlatte's office said illegal off-shore gambling "sucks billions of dollars per year out of the U.S. economy, serves as a vehicle for money-laundering, undermines families, and threatens the ability of states to enact and enforce their own laws."

Simulcasting in Northern California May Expand

Recent legislation passed in California and signed by Gov. Gray Davis will allow Northern California racetracks and county fairs to expand simulcasting if the number of live racing dates is reduced. The new law also allows additional simulcasting if live racing is interrupted because of power failures that have plagued the state in recent years.

Timely Topic: 'The Cost of a Bet'

The timing couldn't be better. But it's pure coincidence the International Simulcast Conference, which begins Monday in Louisville, Ky., includes a panel discussion titled "The Cost of a Bet."

Tracks Reopen For Simulcasting

Fair Grounds and Lone Star Park, both of which closed their facilities Tuesday and Wednesday following the events in New York City and Washington D.C., will resume operations today.

Massachusetts Racing Law Granted Extension

For the fourth time since Jan. 1, the Massachusetts legislature has passed an extension to current racing law while a new bill is being ironed out. The latest extension will ensure that simulcasting continues for 45 days through Sept. 30.

Keeneland Not Immune From Simulcast Decline

Simulcast handle at most Kentucky racetracks has fallen or remained static in each of the past several years. An exception has been Keeneland, which experienced nine consecutive years of growth through 2000, when the amount wagered on simulcasts topped a record $104 million.

Simulcasting Off at Keeneland

The TV Games Network debuted on basic cable television in the Lexington market in late December of last year. And for the first six months of this year, handle on simulcast-only days at Keeneland is down more than $4.7 million from the comparable period last year.

Bay State Tracks, Horsemen Await Bill's Fate

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The future of horse racing in Massachusetts is brighter after the State House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that extends simulcasting rights to racetracks and earmarks additional revenue for purses. The state Senate is scheduled to tackle the legislation Thursday.

Long Time, No See: Racing Back at Brockton

Hoping to recapture its popularity from nearly 30 years ago, the Brockton Fair in southeastern Massachusetts will open June 30 for a 30-day meet that will extend through Aug. 18. The meet originally was scheduled for 20 days.

New England Horsemen: It's Do-Or-Die Time

Normally, the sounds of thunder cascading down the stretch of the two New England major thoroughbred tracks -- Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park emanate from horses. Now, the thunderclaps are coming from New England horsemen, who say they need a bigger share of the simulcasting pie to survive.

Massachusetts Racetracks Ink Simulcasting Pact

Suffolk Downs; Plainridge Racecourse, a Standardbred track; and two Greyhound tracks, Raynham-Taunton and Wonderland, have an agreement in place that allows for cross-breed and cross-species simulcasting, according to published reports. The racing law in Massachusetts expired last year, so the tracks are operating on an extension.

Gulfstream Bettors Shut Out on Tampa Bay Simulcasts

Patrons at Gulfstream Park can watch and bet on races from tracks as far away as Cessnock in Australia, but are unable to do the same on Tampa Bay Downs due to the lack of a simulcasting agreement between the tracks. "It just seems like it isn't the highest priority to them," said Gulfstream president Scott Savin, who indicated that the conflict was not over money, "They have just delayed it continually for no good reason I can understand."

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