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.
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.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has announced Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the host city for the 18th International Simulcast Conference. The 2009 conference will be held Oct. 12-14 at the Saratoga Hilton.
Arlington Park president Roy Arnold was elected the 34th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at its annual board of directors' meeting Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol that establishes industry-wide procedures for tracks to follow in case betting fails to close promptly at the start of a race -- something commonly referred to as "past-posting."
The Equibase Management Committee announced Dec. 10 that a dividend of $1.2 million had been approved and would be distributed to the Equibase Co. partners.
Charles Town Races & Slots is the newest member of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the racetrack trade group announced Oct. 7.
Horse racing's problems, what its future could be, and a call to positive action figured prominently at the recent International Simulcast Conference in Florida.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will unveil its Safety and Integrity Initiative Oct. 15 and fully expects broad industry cooperation given progress made thus far, officials said Oct. 1.
Support for reform of the revenue model for advance deposit wagering continues to increase, but as evidenced Sept. 30 during the International Simulcast Conference, it's looking more and more like a long-term project.
Michael Konik, author of The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions, will address the subject of programmed wagering and offshore booking Sept. 29, first day of the International Simulcast Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors Aug. 15 endorsed the recommendations of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee regarding the elimination of androgenic anabolic steroids in Thoroughbreds in racing and training, as well as other equine safety measures.
The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group is calling for a meeting with the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to discuss advance deposit wagering revenue given ongoing conflict between horsemen, racetracks, and ADW providers over equitable revenue splits.
The TRA and KEEP have weighed in on the announced closure of Ellis Park in western Kentucky. They blame lack of a long-term, industry strategy on advance deposit wagering, and inability to compete with other states, respectively.
With RCI Integrity Services up and running, the Association of Racing Commissioners International has issued a strong call for the pari-mutuel industry to take advantage of something it believes is a no-brainer: an independent wagering monitoring system.
Tony J. DeMarco will leave his post as Thoroughbred Racing Associations service bureau director Dec. 14 to take a research position with the Arizona House of Representatives in Phoenix, Ariz., the TRA announced Nov. 26.
The topic of late odds changes continues to shadow the pari-mutuel industry.
An experiment by which the blended pari-mutuel takeout rate at Laurel Park was cut in half proved popular in theory but not at the betting windows. But was it a bust?
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