This week we take a closer look at Cupid, winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) on March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
The fourth and final 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend times up well with the Florida Derby (gr. I) showdown of unbeatens in Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's 2-year-old champion Nyquist.
With the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) fast approaching, New York's off-track betting corporations and Churchill Downs Inc. have resumed negotiations to end a bitter dispute over simulcast fees.
North American Pick 6 wagering records were set March 26 at Gulfstream Park, spurred by a scheduled 20-cent Rainbow 6 mandatory payout that yielded a payoff of $89,456.54 to the 147 ticket-holders with all six winners.
A mandatory payout of the entire 20-cent Rainbow 6 pool is set for the March 26 program at Gulfstream Park, where the carryover jackpot for the popular multi-race wager swelled to $4,503,332.31 the previous day.
According to a wagering expert, the industry's embrace of computer-robotic wagering through the high rebates required to sustain these players has resulted in a less attractive game for all other horseplayers.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) featuring Greenpointcrusader, Dazzling Gem, Gun Runner, Mo Tom, and Forevamo. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
The takeaway from a session on daily fantasy gaming at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference March 23 in New Orleans? Racing regulators need to be prepared for a changing gaming landscape.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Louisiana-based owners and a Louisiana-based trainer hope the home cooking works for their Mo Tom, who hopes to turn the tables on Gun Runner in the March 26 Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds
Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. read blog
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) featuring Madtap, Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore, and Discreetness. Includes a special promotion just for THS viewers. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
Wagering on Polar River has been suspended in the upcoming Kentucky Oaks Future Wager after a representative of trainer Doug Watson confirmed to Churchill Downs officials that the Dubai-based filly would not race in the Oaks.
In the first agreement of its kind between a racetrack and racing contest site, DerbyWars will contribute revenue to Hawthorne Race Course and Illinois horsemen.
Tom LaMarra and Ellis Starr preview the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) featuring Star Hill, Rafting, Destin, Brody's Cause, and Economic Model. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
State policies on the legality of daily fantasy games continue to take shape with Virginia the first to legalize and regulate the relatively new form of gaming.
This horse named Name won the Only Race at Camarero Tuesday. Eat My Shorts
The penultimate of four pools in the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins at noon (all times Eastern) Friday.
Fox Hill Farms' unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion Songbird is the solid favorite in a strong group of 3-year-old fillies in the 2016 pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack's Kentucky Oaks Future Wager.
Commingled pari-mutuel handle on United States races in February was up 6.43% from the same month in 2015, according to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released by Equibase March 4.
Mike Battaglia, whose association with Turfway Park stretches back almost half a century, will step down from the announcer's booth to assume the role of associate vice president at the racetrack effective March 12.
Principals in Irish horse racing have extended an agreement for the distribution of live pictures and data through 2023, Horse Racing Ireland announced March 4.
With on- and off-track pari-mutuel wagering both up at the halfway point of its 2016 meet, Oaklawn Park has again raised overnight purses, this time by up to $5,000 a race.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct. read blog
If all goes as planned, Santa Anita Park will have a new turf course when the Breeders' Cup arrives later this year.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr handicap the Gotham Stakes which is a Kentucky Derby prep race worth 50 points. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the dates for the next Eclipse Awards ceremony and National Handicapping Championship.
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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association March 2 released the 2015 annual report for its bipartisan federal Political Action Committee, Horse PAC.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
The diversification of racetrack and gaming company Churchill Downs Inc. not only has improved the company's bottom line, it also has provided some expertise from one segment to another.
This week we take a closer look at Gun Runner, winner of the $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 20 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The Maryland Racing Commission Feb. 22 gave the go-ahead to the Maryland Jockey Club to operate an off-track betting parlor at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) featuring Its All Relevant, Mo Tom, Gun Runner, Dolphus, Airoforce, Tom's Ready, and Uncle Walter. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
This week we take a closer look at Suddenbreakingnews, winner of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 15 at Oaklawn Park.
Undefeated Mohaymen (15) and Nyquist (17) were the top individual horses, while the mutuel field option, or "all others" (24), was favored when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Feb. 14.
What makes these two Bernardinis (Zulu and Shagaf) so special and why would anyone gamble on a pair of horses who are unproven in stakes company and basically bucking history, with so few races? read blog
A pair of unbeaten 3-year-olds -- Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen and Reddam Racing's champion Nyquist -- are rated as the top individual horses on the morning-line for the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (gr. II) featuring Hot City Girl, Lady Sabelia, and Princess Violet. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
This week we take a closer look at Mor Spirit, winner of the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) on Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
This week we take a closer look at Mohaymen, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) on Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. III) and Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II). read blog
The impact big bettors have on pari-mutuel handle and the resulting revenue, as well as the need to recognize that horse owners are bettors, too, was the focus of a Feb. 4 forum during the National HBPA convention in Florida.
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Donn Handicap (gr. I) featuring Mexikoma, Mshawish, Valid, Madefromlucky, and Keen Ice. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Laurel Park will hold a fundraiser and silent auction benefitting jockey Fray Martinez and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland Feb. 13, featuring dozens of items during its Winter Carnival weekend.
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