Several advance deposit wagering entities posted increased handle through the Oregon hub system in the second quarter of the year, despite an overall national decline blamed primarily on a revenue-sharing dispute between horsemen's groups and various tracks.
Two advance deposit wagering companies operating through the hub system in Oregon recently had their annual license renewals tabled by the state's racing commission, but will be able to rectify the situation at an upcoming July 17 meeting.
Colonial Downs announced July 13 it received a license from the Virginia Racing Commission and immediately began its "Colonial Downs PhoneBet" account wagering operation. It is the only licensed operation in the state.
The longest running of the two British horseracing television channels, the Racing Channel, closed Jan. 31 after more than seven years on the air.
Lord Joshua, a 4-year-old son of King's Theatre with two wins from 12 starts on the Flat to his credit, was the talk of the paddock when he made his hurdling debut at Kempton on Friday, Feb. 8.
The Racing Channel, an online handicapping and odds service with links to Philadelphia Park's Phonebet service, was granted approval to operate a "multi-jurisdictional simulcasting and interactive wagering totalizator hub" in Oregon. The approval includes an international marketing service that would take wagers from the United Kingdom through legal bookmakers.
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