Pari-mutuel handle on U.S. races declined 2.84% in 2014, marking the seventh time in eight years that fewer dollars have been wagered.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Jerome Stakes (gr. III), the first Kentucky Derby prep race of 2015. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I). read blog
Claire Novak and special guest Ellis Starr of Equibase preview the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) featuring Dortmund, Mr. Z, and Firing Line. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos featuring Take Charge Brandi. Watch Video
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association said Dec. 11 the 2015 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Tour will offer record prize money of $250,000, up 25% from 2014.
As wagering outlets, racetracks, and other industry entities enter the mobile market, it is important they listen to customers' needs and take care to make sure new apps address those wishes.
As U.S. racing faces the challenge of shaping race days and meets and maintaining field sizes at a time when foal crops are shrinking, experts said tracks and horsemen need to remember to keep the customer in the equation.
Panel discusses field-size challenges and possible solutions on the first morning of the 2014 University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming Dec. 9 in Tucson, Ariz.
A war of words in a dispute between two cooperatives that negotiate simulcast fees continued Dec. 8 when the MidAtlantic Cooperative, which represents 23 racetracks, said Monarch Content Management misstated facts.
It appears doubtful that an impasse between the company that controls the simulcast rights for Gulfstream Park and a cooperative representing 23 tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region will be resolved in time for the Dec. 6 start.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) at Los Alamitos. read blog
Citing its mobile channel as a key driver, Betfair reports that its U.S.-based advance deposit wagering company TVG enjoyed a 15% spike in handle for the six months ended Oct. 31.
Simulcast players in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond looking forward to betting important meetings in California and Florida this week may have to wait.
Louisville Courier-Journal turf writer Jennie Rees previews the 2-year-old stakes races at Churchill Downs on November 29. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Hollywood Derby and Cigar Mile. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. read blog
As the Maryland Jockey Club moves forward under new leadership, it will place an emphasis on improving the day-to-day racing product by lowering takeout to attract new bettors and improving regional cooperation.
Churchill officials will outline their ideas for the wager at the Dec. 2 Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting in Lexington. If approved in time, the wager could be offered in advance of the 2015 Derby.
In the first 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, set to open a three-day run of betting Nov. 28, two-time grade I winner American Pharoah is the top individual morning-line choice at odds of 12-1.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs this weekend. This is a 2-year-old race that kicks off the Kentucky Derby trail. watch video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Red Smith Handicap (gr. III) and Frank De Francis Memorial Dash. read blog
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the $100,000 River City Handicap, which will be run on Saturday, November 8 at Churchill Downs. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are joined by Eric Guillot for the Breeders' Cup Classic edition of That Handicapping Show. watch video
Timeform US Breeders' Cup Preview: Will Shared Belief Remain Undefeated? read blog
TimeformUS Breeders' Cup Preview: Can Close Hatches revert to form in the Distaff? read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Breeders' Cup Friday races. read blog
Equibase Co. will offer separate handicapping tournaments on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with $10,000 in total cash prizes.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) and Fayette Stakes (gr. II). read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays: The Grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland read blog
J. Keeler Johnson shares his early thoughts on the Breeders' Cup pre-entries. read blog
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Canadian International (gr. I) and E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine. read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the G2 Raven Run at Keeneland. read blog
The New York Racing Association announced that starting Saturday, Oct. 18, visitors to NYRA.com will be offered a special, two-day sneak preview of new, HD video capabilities.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the British Champions Day races at Ascot. read blog
Gulfstream Park issued an apology to customers Oct. 10 after confusion over access to its Gulfstream Park West signal created problems at simulcast outlets on the first two days of that meeting.
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. read blog
Longtime handicapper and author Barry Meadow won the first-ever Ron Rippey Award for Handicapping Media for his piece, "Statistics and Garbage", that appeared in the Horseplayers Association of North America newsletter.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland. read blog
Santa Anita Park and the New York Racing Association announced an all-new $2 wager called the "Belmont/Santa Anita Cross-Country Double," which will link Belmont Park's final race each day to a selected race at Santa Anita.
TVG has launched what it calls "the first fully integrated horseracing betting App on the iPad," the racing network and wagering company announced Oct. 8.
The opening weekend at Keeneland, which marked a return to a dirt racing main track for the first time since the spring of 2006, saw steady attendance and on-track wagering but total handle declined 5.7%.
With sporadic rain showers throughout the day for Keeneland's fall meet opener Friday, which also marked the return to dirt for the Lexington track, attendance and handle figures were down compared with last year.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp in France. read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the G1 Shadwell Tuf Mile, featuring lifetime PPs from Wise Dan. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak at Keeneland to preview the Shadwell Turf Mile featuring Wise Dan, Optimizer, Silver Max, Kaigun, and Seek Again. Watch Video
Horseplayers now will know when a racehorse is running for the first time after having been reported as a gelding, it was announced Oct. 2 by Equibase Company president Hank Zeitlin.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six grade I races at Keeneland, Belmont, and Santa Anita. read blog
In trying to introduce customers to new technology such as track wagering apps and web-based platforms, racetracks are finding a human touch-and a little cash -- still helps.
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