Christopher Scherf, executive vice president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, announced his retirement, effective this October, at the TRA board of directors meeting Aug. 12 Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award honoring the racing industry's best simulcast production to be presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New Orleans.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Twenty-nine tracks will auction signed photographs of American Pharoah and Secretariat on Derby Day.
Equibase Co. announced Dec. 4 that Hank Zeitlin, who has served as president and chief operating officer of Equibase since April 2007 and guided the company to new heights in fan engagement, plans to step down.
A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.
At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) board of directors reiterated its firm commitment to the implementation of uniform medication policies with a sense of urgency throughout the U.S.
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.
Cutler Klein will enter the freshman class at Vanderbilt University as the 2015 recipient of the 57th Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Scholarship for sports journalism.
Esteemed sportsmen Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney have been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf.
- By Blood-Horse Staff
- Northeast Region, Midwest Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
A consortium of racing organizations has announced a Derby Day fund-raising campaign to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund will be held May 2 at tracks and racing venues across the U.S.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has announced Clearwater Beach, Fla., as the host city for the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference. The 2015 conference will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Oct. 5-7.
According to a Thoroughbred Racing Associations study, money from added-gaming sources now accounts for more than one-third of the purse money awarded in U.S. Thoroughbred racing.
J. Curtis Linnell was appointed vice president of wagering analysis and operations for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau at its board meeting Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Equibase Company announced July 29 the launch of a redesigned equibase.com website that features a multi-homepage concept with user-chosen pathways for new/casual fans, regular visitors, and seasoned handicappers.
More than 30 Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racetracks throughout the U.S. have been invited to participate in the first Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund's "Day Across America" July 26.
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has named Dr. Nat T. Messer IV and Christopher Scherf to its board of directors.
Racing industry organizations have greatly stepped up their call for swift adoption of national model rules on medication and drug testing in the wake of probes into allegations of mistreatment and over-medication of horses.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations announced the 22nd annual International Simulcast Conference will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Delray Beach, Fla.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau has secured widespread support for its new Tote Security System it will launch next month with plans for full implementation early next year.
Keeneland secured its sixth Simulcast Award for production excellence Oct. 8 at the International Simulcast Conference in Lexington. Keeneland director of broadcast services G. D. Hieronymous accepted the award.
The deadline for entries for the best simulcast production is Aug. 16, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations said. The winner will be announced at the International Simulcast Conference scheduled for Oct. 7-9 in Lexington.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors elected Scott Wells, president of Remington Park in Oklahoma City, the organization's 36th president at its March 5 meeting in Tampa, Fla.
Calling them the "worst deadbeats," the Jockeys' Guild has put out a list of 10 track operators it says are most insensitive to jockey health and safety issues. A track representative disputes the accusation.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau is making progress on its plan to roll out what it calls the "Tote Security System" in the fall of 2013, an official said Dec. 4.
Keeneland and Woodbine Entertainment Group were declared co-winners of this year's Simulcast Award at the International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau plans to roll out what it calls the "Tote Security System" in the fall of 2013, officials said Oct. 2.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has endorsed a policy for medication reform that has been supported by many industry stakeholders but so far acted upon piecemeal in various jurisdictions.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations will hold its 20th International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla., Oct. 1-3.
Mobile phone technology is becoming an increasingly important asset for horse racing as more applications are developed for customers who want to gather data and wager with greater convenience.
Without adding to current field size or fan base, racing secretaries can increase pari-mutuel handle immediately by paying more attention to one simple factor: Timing.
Racing on television will be the focus of the closing session during the Oct. 5 closing session of the 19th Annual Simulcast Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The award honoring the racing industry's best simulcast production will again be presented at the International Simulcast Conference this year in Scottsdale, Ariz. The deadline for all entries is Aug. 15.
Matthew Citak and Anthony Tripodoro, entering freshman at Vanderbilt University, have been selected as the 2011 co-recipients of the 53rd Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Scholarship for sports writing.
The racetrack association supports a realistic and practical approach to a proposal to ban all race-day medication in racehorses within five years.
Christopher McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, was elected the 35th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at its annual board of directors' meeting Feb. 22.
The 19th International Simulcast Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Az., the Thoroughbred Racing Associations announced Feb. 9. The event is scheduled for Oct. 3-5 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau in the next one to two years plans to launch a tote security system designed to close pools on time, eliminate shifts in odds, and display decimal rather than fractional odds.
- By Tom LaMarra
Revenue from alternative forms of gaming now accounts for almost one-third of total Thoroughbred purses in United States, but despite a decrease in handle, the percentage of handle that goes to purses has remained steady.
The Greyhound racing industry has some words of advice for the horse racing industry: Pay attention to what's going on.
Attendance has been light at this year's joint annual meeting of the Thoroughbred Racing Association and Harness Tracks of America at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, Calif.
Thoroughbred Racing Associations executive vice president Chris Scherf addresses wagering security issues at conference.
This year's International Simulcast Conference will be held Sept. 20-22 in Clearwater, Fla., the Thoroughbred Racing Associations announced Jan. 26.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau publicly acknowledged Dec. 17 its work on a "tote-enhancing initiative designed to address fan concerns with pari-mutuel wagering and improve efficiency and security in the future."
Advanced Monitoring Systems, selected by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to provide independent wagering oversight, announced Oct. 19 it has deals in place with the three tote companies that service New York betting outlets.
- By Tom LaMarra
Officials assembled for the International Simulcast Conference said Oct. 12 public perception, not integrity, is the primary problem for the industry's wagering systems.
- By Tom LaMarra
This year's International Simulcast Conference will include a panel devoted to patrons' perspective on horse racing and wagering.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol establishing industry-wide standards pertaining to the display of accurate "off time" for the start of the race.
- By Dan Liebman
Past-posting and late odds changes are major issues in racing, but more of perception than reality, Thoroughbred Racing Associations' executive vice president Chris Scherf said the morning of Aug. 22 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
A United Tote official said June 8 the company is working with Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course on tote communications failures that have led the track to stop taking wagers when the first horse is loaded into the starting gate for each race.
Simmering concerns over wagering security in the pari-mutuel industry flared up again April 21 with a strong call for independent monitoring and an end to the practice of "past-posting" -- making bets after races begin.
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