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Tote Protocol, Signal Pricing Debated at Conference

One day after the first public presentation of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering System Task Force report, two issues central to the report--wagering systems and signal pricing--were discussed in depth Sept. 21 on day two of the International Simulcast Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

Wagering Task Force Report Gets Public Airing

A mixed reaction greeted the first public presentation of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering System Task Force report Sept. 20, first day of the International Simulcast Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

Pricing Pits Industry Against Some High-Volume Bettors

The debate over pricing, rebating, and computer betting has put the pari-mutuel industry at odds with some of its best customers, and judging from the latest exchange of opinions and statistics, it could be some time before the situation is resolved.

Time, Money in Short Supply as Industry Tackles Drugs

Time and money are two of the major roadblocks as the horse racing industry struggles to come to terms with medication, drug testing, and security, officials said March 4 during the joint annual meeting of Harness Tracks of America and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.

Tracks Hear of Plan for Centralized Wagering Database

The boards of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America held a joint meeting March 4, in part to discuss the working relationship between The Jockey Club and Scientific Games in their in effort to upgrade technology and improve security in the national wagering system.

Tote Standard Designed to Avert Past-Posting of Wagers

The 2020 Committee of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations unanimously decided Dec. 10 to establish a model rule for totalisator systems in the event tote communications are interrupted. The decision stems from incidents in which past-posting has occurred after system failure.

Cancel Delay for Tote Tickets Still Problem at Some Tracks

More than 50 racetracks and racing associations in the United States, as well as all facilities in Canada, have eliminated cancel delays for tote tickets, but more than 20 in the U.S. have failed to comply with the request from the Thoroughbred Racing Associations.

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Horse Racing Has Good Chance...But There Are Catches

The horse racing industry should be pretty healthy 20 years from now -- if it properly embraces technology, expanded wagering opportunities, alternative gaming, and the breeding side of business remains vital, top racetrack officials said March 14.

Issues Break Through Breed Barriers for TRA, HTA

The first joint meeting of the boards of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America was considered a success, but whether the two organizations continue to meet jointly on a regular basis remains to be seen.

Without Definitive Test, Battling EPO Use Big Challenge

Officials said the classification of erythropoeitin -- the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO -- as a prohibited practice has curbed its use in some jurisdictions but a definitive test for the substance is a must if any regulation is to have teeth.

Racetrack Trade Associations Ready for Joint Confab

Racetrack officials from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries will gather in Hollywood, Fla., March 12-14 for a joint meeting of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, Harness Tracks of America, and Racetracks of Canada.

Simulcast Coordination Woes Just Won't Go Away

Simulcast television production and the problems inherent with post-time coordination were at the forefront Sept. 24 during second day of the three-day International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbor, Fla.

To Rebate Or Not To Rebate? That's The Question

The topic of rebates, and whether they are good for the pari-mutuel industry, headed the opening day of the International Simulcasting Conference in Bal Harbour, Fla. Nearly 400 individuals representing more than 200 different organizations registered for the annual meeting.

Krantz Re-Elected as President of TRA

Fair Grounds president Bryan Krantz was re-elected to a one-year term as president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations during the organization's annual meeting March 5 in New Orleans.

A Day at the Races is a Family Bargain

A day at the races for a family of four is a better bargain then the four major league team sports, according to a University of Arizona study. The study compated the fan cost index produced by Team Marketing Report for major league sporting events with a similar cost index for Harness Tracks of America (HTA) and the Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA).

Simulcasts: Price Is Right. Or Is It?

The pros and cons of reduced pari-mutuel takeout were debated during the opening session of the International Simulcast Conference. The debate figures to continue for some time.

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TRA, HTA Pursue 'Structured Relationship'

The Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America, two trade associations already linked through the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, are pursuing a "structured relationship" that would allow them to share information and work on joint projects. The relationship -- not a merger, officials said -- has been discussed at recent TRA and HTA conventions.

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