The 43rd annual Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming saw a well-attended opening session that explored racing's identity as both an entertainment option and a gambling outlet.
- By Steve Haskin
Let’s cut right to the chase. Steve Byk, the voice of Thoroughbred racing, is human in flesh and blood, but it would be difficult to convince anyone that he isn’t an android, more simply a robot with human appearance; a mental cyborg.
The University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing started in a big way when it asked five panelists to offer 45 ideas in 45 minutes on improving racing and the marketing of the sport.
Darren Rogers, with Churchill Downs, arrives at Belmont Park with the Triple Crown trophy on June 4, 2014.
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss Los Alamitos, the Belmont Stakes Day Card, react to the draw, and give their picks. Plus, an interview with Martin Panza, NYRA Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. Watch Video
"Night School," the racing industry's online fan education program, will return for a fourth season the evening of March 4.
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss filly Unlimited Budget, Orb, the post position draw, and make their picks. Plus, comments from Dallas Stewart, trainer of Golden Soul. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who saddled filly Rags to Riches to victory in the 2007 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), is considering a pair of fillies he trains for this year's 1 1/2-mile classic at Belmont Park.
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss the Belmont Stakes, including an interview with Chad Brown, trainer of Belmont contender Street Life, and the picks for the Belmont Stakes. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk report from Belmont Park about the Belmont Stakes, including thoughts about the draw, how the race will be run, and picks. Plus, a tour of Belmont Park. Watch Video
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk talk Belmont Stakes, including their picks. Plus, thoughts on Quality Road, the Hall of Fame nominees, and the site of the 2011 Breeders' Cup. Watch Video
Breeders' Cup board member Satish Sanan said March 9 he has reached out to several industry officials he may have offended with comments made on a satellite radio program, but it's time to move on.
Churchill Downs opened the 2009 spring meet April 25 with a cast of talented Derby Trial (gr. III) 3-year-olds lined up with the promise of spotlighting a potential star. And while Hull's victory was impressive, it was Richard, Bertram, and Elaine Klein's Cash Refund that drew raves 60 minutes earlier with a resounding seven-length triumph in a non-winners of two allowance race.
When Sweetnorthernsaint co-owner Ted Theos was looking to bring his and partner Joe Balsalmo's horses to a Maryland area trainer two years ago, he looked for a conditioner who embodied focus, dedication, and hard work.
A freak accident at about 10 a.m. Sunday at Howard Kaskel's Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag, N.Y., resulted in the death of New York stallion Gold Token and injuries to another stallion at the farm, A. P Jet.
Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III's multiple graded stake winner First Samurai was discovered Wednesday to have two broken ribs likely suffered when struck by the starting gate at the outset of the April 15 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
The New York Racing Association, preparing for its meet at Saratoga, will continue to face unique challenges when racing begins July 27.
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