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.
This week we take a closer look at Discreetness, winner of the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.
This week we take a closer look at Sunny Ridge, winner of the $250,000 Withers Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
This week we take a closer look at Mo Tom, winner of the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Equibase Company announced Feb. 3 the release of the Equibase Racing Yearbook app for iPhone and Android.
With final court approval of the $7.2 billion deal in place, the merger of bookmaker Paddy Power and betting exchange Betfair became official Feb. 2.
Paul Matties of upstate New York held off Roger Cettina of New Jersey to capture three-day, $2.77 million NHC at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Duke Matties finished fourth.
Handicapping contest veteran Dave Gutfreund led the National Handicapping Championship at Treasure Island in Las Vegas after the second day Jan. 29 with a $237 bankroll.
First-time qualifier Phil Bongiovanni, a 43-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse owner from California, led the National Handicapping Championship with a $200 bankroll after the first day Jan. 28.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) featuring Mohaymen, Greenpointcrusader, and Conquest Big E. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
Illegal gambling was the topic of a business session for the Asian Racing Conference Thursday, Jan. 28 in Mumbai.
Steven Crist and Judy Wagner have been selected for induction to the National Handicapping Championship Hall of Fame.
Several tracks canceled live racing, and full-card simulcasts were suspended, because of a tote issue Jan. 26.
Wagering-related issues continue to shadow the horseracing industry as evidenced by the first business session Jan. 26 during the Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai, India.
Jonathon Kinchen will have the maximum two of more than 600 entries for the Jan. 28-30 NHC finals in Las Vegas. As a rookie last year, Kinchen finished seventh and 11th in the championship.
Churchill Downs officials have cancelled simulcast wagering and will close their offices Friday, Jan. 22 because of a looming winter storm that could produce 5 to 9 inches of snow in the Louisville area.
J. Keeler Johnson discusses two Kentucky Derby-related handicapping topics. read blog
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Santa Monica featuring Prize Exhibit, Room for Me, Tara's Tango, Ben's Duchess, and Living The Life. Sponsored by Equibase. Watch Video
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has formed a new #NHC social media team to highlight the news, personalities and culture of the $2.75 million (estimated) Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds. read blog
Claire Novak and Ellis Starr preview the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, featuring Mo Tom, Uncle Walter, Dolphus, and Tom's Ready. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Total wagering on Standardbred races in the United States was, like betting on Thoroughbred racing, up slightly in 2015 compared with the previous year.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Sham Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the San Pasqual Stakes. Learn about the implications of California Chrome's return to face Hoppertunity. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
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