While the biggest wagering card of the year saw a 1% decline in handle, U.S. racing managed to register a strong month of May as pari-mutuel handle was up 3.57% compared with the same month last year.
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Arlington Classic Stakes with Brown Almighty and General Election. watch video
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park this week. Are there any Belmont Stakes contenders in this field? watch video
Churchill Downs and TwinSpires.com announced an increase in the guaranteed Pick 6 pools on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) card May 3 and the following day's card that features the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk are on location at Keeneland to handicap the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. watch video
Keeneland is unveiling a host of enhancements for the upcoming spring meeting to help make betting easier and more enjoyable for fans including "betologists" who will answer questions about wagering.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park this weekend. Is there a Kentucky Derby winner in this field? watch video
Claire Novak and Pete Denk handicap the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park this weekend. Can Super Ninety Nine repeat his efforts from his last race? watch video
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the loaded Donn Handicap field. watch video
Pete Denk and Claire Novak handicap the Withers Stakes and take a brief look at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk discuss the tough field in the Holy Bull Stakes. Can Shanghai Bobby survive the other talented 3-year-olds? watch video
Tom and Pete handicap the Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita Park. watch video
Wagering during the 21-day Churchill Downs fall meet, highlighted by Shackleford's career finale in the Clark Handicap (gr. I), totaled nearly $116.7 million, according to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Tom and Pete handicap the Delta Downs Jackpot. watch video
With the number of U.S. race days in October down 7.86% from the comparable month a year ago, wagering on U.S. races fell 8.79%, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators from Equibase Company.
Racing continues to show some growth in 2012. In September, handle on U.S. races improved 2.6% and purses were up 13.77%.
Tom and Pete handicap the Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland this weekend. watch video
You missed the worst million-dollar race I have ever seen (the Pennsylvania Derby), and one of the best races with a four-horse field that I can remember (Questing vs. My Miss Aurelia in the Cotillion). read blog
Tom and Pete handicap two races from Belmont and Santa Anita this weekend, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and FrontRunner Stakes. watch video
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom and Pete handicap the Presque Isle Masters Stakes. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Travers Stakes this weekend. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the Arlington Million and talk about Millions day. watch video
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap the Arlington Million and talk about Millions day. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Arlington Million.
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom and Pete handicap the Whitney Invitational Handicap and the West Virginia Derby this week. watch video
Claire and Pete handicap the Jim Dandy Stakes, Haskell Invitational, and Curlin Stakes. watch video
A number of initiatives, including a refocused marketeting plan and working with other Chicago area teams and companies, has led to a resurgence in business at Arlington Park, one of North America's most iconic racetracks.
After posting record wagering on this year's Kentucky Derby and Oaks, the 38-day spring meet at Churchill Downs ended with a 3.31% decline in total and average daily handle.
Tom and Pete handicap the Suburban Handicap and the Princess Rooney Handicap this weekend. watch video
Despite strong handle for the spring's first two classics, wagering on U.S. racing in May was nearly identical to the same month a year ago, according to the latest economic indicators from Equibase.
Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe Stakes. watch video
Tom, Ian and Les from Twinspires.com handicap the Malibu Stakes on opening day of the Santa Anita winter/spring meet. watch video
For the month of September, pari-mutuel handle continued to decline, but a considerable increase in purses provided a silver lining, according to the latest Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators.
Wagering on United States races declined slightly to 2.86% during the month of July, according to figures released Aug. 4 by the Equibase Company.
Bettors will have two new wagering options to consider--the 10-cent Super Hi-5, and the 10-cent Fortune 6--when Lone Star Park in Texas kicks off its Thoroughbred meet April 14.
There was good news and bad news March 4 when Equibase released its monthly report on Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators.
Thoroughbred industry marketer Fred Pope outlines a plan to reward the owners of the most popular horses with bonus purse money. Read Blog
Wagering on Thoroughbred racing in the United States fell 7.3% and purses declined 6% in 2010, continuing the trends seen in recent years as the industry remains mired in recession.
Interest in super mare Zenyatta and this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships second day Nov. 6 propelled TVG to a record day, with more than $7.8 million in wagering.
On Friday, Sept. 3 professional writer and horseplayer Pete Fornatale will attempt a day-long effort to wager on every race and every track around the world offered through TwinSpires.com to benefit the Race for Education.
Total handle for June is down 5.82% while purses and race days fall 1.21% and 3.23%, respectively.
The most money ever was wagered June 30 on a single race, $379,220, and on a single race card, $2,140,490.
Wagering on U.S. racing in 2009 declined by 9.9% to total $12.3 billion, compared with $13.7 billion the previous year, according to figures released Jan. 6 by Equibase Company.
A rainy October in Kentucky led to much lower on-track business for the Keeneland fall meet, but good racing at the track helped the simulcast wagering, and the combined off-track and on-track betting increased.
The Breeders' Cup has released the official race order and wagering menu for the 26th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
If the payoffs for the daily double involving the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness (gr. I) are any indication, the filly Rachel Alexandra will be the big favorite for the middle leg of the Triple Crown.
All-sources handle for the recently-concluded Laurel Park winter-spring meet fell 25.5%, Maryland Jockey Club officials have reported.
Here's a fact: Some domestic advance deposit wagering outlets are openly offering cash rebates to customers that wager on California racing signals.
- By Ryan Conley
Hampered by a 20.3% drop in total handle in December, wagering in the United States declined 7.2% in 2008 to record the lowest overall total in a decade.
A grassroots coalition of horseplayers is calling for an end to outstanding disputes involving Internet and telephone wagering, and is asking for the formation of a task force to help settle the differences.
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