After an encouraging start in terms of pari-mutuel wagering in January, handle on U.S. races plummeted in February compared with the same month in 2014, a decline that dropped 2015's handle behind last year's pace
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Racing, Triple Crown, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky
Churchill Downs Inc. officials said Thursday, Feb. 26, they aim to build on last year's highly profitable Kentucky Derby week but acknowledged they see little opportunity for racing growth outside of that week.
Ownerview announced Jan. 9 it will hold its second national Thoroughbred Owners Conference in January 2016 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
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.
Jeannine Edwards, a sports broadcaster for ESPN and ABC, will host the Eclipse Awards presentations Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
John Marshall, Calder's top racing official since 2009, has taken another management job with parent company Churchill Downs Inc.
At the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit July 9 at Keeneland, organizers of the Jockey Injury Database said added participation will help generate needed statistical information.
Thanks to a 10-year agreement reached nearly two years ago, hope has replaced uncertainty. Tom Chuckas was at the forefront of the deal.
A plan that would end the head-to-head weekend racing between Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course remained under review by the tracks and by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association as of May 12.
Gulfstream Park asked Florida horsemen April 28 to review a plan for Gulfstream to lease the racing operations of Calder and end the head-to-head weekend racing at the Miami area tracks.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course reportedly are close to an agreement under which Gulfstream would lease Calder's racing operations and the two tracks would stop their head to head weekend racing.
Advance deposit wagering provider Xpressbet will be the sponsor of the Illinois Derby, set to run April 19 at Hawthorne Race Course.
The United Kingdom's largest bookmaker, William Hill, will broadcast U.S. racing from tracks owned by The Stronach Group through a deal reached with U.K.-based broadcaster Turf TV.
Gulfstream Park had all-sources handle six times greater than Calder Casino and Race Course during the Dec. 6-8 weekend.
When the Breeders' Cup World Championships returns to Santa Anita Nov. 1-2, several key areas of the grandstand will sport new, updated looks, including the Chandelier Room in the turf club.
Calder Casino & Race Course had been host of premier state-bred juvenile racing program for 32 years.
Gulfstream Park began its first summer meet July 1. Most of the horses shipped from Calder for the card will not be welcome back.
Prominent Thoroughbred owner-breeder Halsey Minor, who also had expressed interest in becoming a track owner, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy May 24.
A New York regulatory panel has approved a new 10-year tote contract between the New York Racing Association and AmTote International. NYRA had been aligned with Churchill Downs Inc.'s United Tote.
Tom Ludt will leave his position as president of Vinery Farms, which is being sold, to become a senior vice president for Frank Stronach's racetrack and casino ownership company The Stronach Group.
Gulfstream Park is raising all purses by 10% effective March 16 for the remainder of its 90-day Thoroughbred meet which concludes April 5, the South Florida track announced March 13.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course apparently have failed to strike a deal on racing dates, meaning they could race head-to-head on all Saturdays and Sundays during the year beginning July 1.
Gulfstream Park and Calder Casino & Race Course have started the annual process of picking racing dates, with Gulfstream stirring up yet another dispute by saying it plans to expand its four-month schedule.
Gulfstream Park has set aside April-November 2013 as its timetable for a redevelopment that will add two sections of grandstand seating, two track-side hotels, and a stand-alone casino building.
Stronach Group continues promoting the concept of league horse racing with updated standings and team merchandise.
Santa Anita plans to renovate its main track next month, adding sand to the composition during a remediation that is expected to last no longer than two weeks.
Del Mar will continue the so-called "Players Pick 5" bet instituted by Hollywood Park this spring and will add a few new twists to its wagering menu for the meet that begins July 20.
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