Despite an increase in race days, wagering on U.S. races in January of 2014 was similar to the amount of handle on U.S. races in January 2013.
TwinSpires.com, the official advance deposit wagering service for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is offering its players an opportunity to win $1 million by betting Kentucky Derby qualifying races.
Thoroughbred racing fans will see more major stakes on national television this year, starting with the Feb. 9 debut of the "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX," featuring champion 3-year-old Will Take Charge in the Donn Handicap.
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia ranks Cairo Prince, unbeaten champion Shared Belief, and Honor Code as the most attractive individual horses featured in this week's second pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
The old wives' tale to starve a fever doesn't work with the Kentucky Derby variety -- not because the charms of the First Saturday in May are so irresistible 13 weeks away but because sustenance is unavoidable. read blog
New Year's Day, the winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), received the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club's 2013 Experimental Free Handicap released Jan. 29.
Jose Arias of Bell Gardens near Los Angeles topped a field of 500 to win the 15th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Jan. 26 in Las Vegas.
The Holy Bull Stakes almost always serves as my Kentucky Derby Trail kick-off because it begins the separation of the contenders from the pretenders.
Singpoli Group has announced that Lou Raffetto Jr. has been named president of YUP Racing, effective immediately.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association released the rules for the 2014 Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship Tour Jan. 22. Signups for the 2014 DRF NHC Tour are being accepted here.
The United Kingdom's largest bookmaker, William Hill, will broadcast U.S. racing from tracks owned by The Stronach Group through a deal reached with U.K.-based broadcaster Turf TV.
Online wagering provider Xpressbet is giving two customers the opportunity to place a $10,000 win bet on a horse of their choosing.
Brent Sumja won five tournaments in a four-month span from May to September to help clinch the title of 2013 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour Champion and the $75,000 first-place prize that goes with it.
The New York Racing Association posted a 2.3% average daily total handle gain for 2013. The increase follows a 2012 season during which NYRA posted sizable gains in all handle categories.
Two females, Australia's Black Caviar and Treve from France, shared top rating of 130 on the final World's Best Racehorse Rankings of 2013 published Jan. 15 by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
Are you tired of Kentucky Derby prep races that don't soak up excitement and leave your appetite whet for more? Then you need the Sham, now! read blog
TVG and Oaklawn Racing and Gaming announced Jan. 6 that the network will telecast the 57-day Oaklawn Park 2014 race meet beginning January 10, with daily, on-site, live coverage hosted by TVG's Frank Mirahmadi.
Presenting a a fair odds line for the Jerome. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Frank Angst preview the Jerome Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct. Watch Video
With a spirit of optimism, we not only look forward to 2014 but try to close the books on 2013 on a positive note. read blog
Retired jockey Frank Lovato Jr. created "365 Days of Racing Terminology" to educate fans and bring them closer to the sport.
New York racetrack Finger Lakes has launched an advance deposit wagering site, FingerLakesBonusBets.com. The site will offer phone and Internet wagering powered by eBet Technologies.
Handicapping tournaments are an important growth area for horse racing, say racetrack officials and horse players. One professional handicapper urges the industry not to stop here but to push forward with exchange wagering.
The Brisnet.com Ultimate Guide To Winning 1-million Points On TwinSpires. read blog
Buoyed by an 11% increase in total commingled pari-mutul handle for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, wagering on U.S. races improved 4.37% in November compared with the same month last year.
TimeformUS Plays for Thanksgiving Weekend, including the Fall Highweight, the Clark, and the Citation. read blog
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Clark Handicap on November 29 at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Churchill Downs will add a fourth pool to its popular Kentucky Derby Future Wager to coincide with closing week of the racetrack's 25-day fall meet. The initial pool, to be conducted for the first time, will run Nov. 27-30.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Cardinal Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: Breeders' Cup Edition read blog
If you're playing the Stars of Tomorrow cards on Sunday at either Belmont Park or Churchill Downs then Brisnet.com is required. read blog
Rocket Reign, dismissed at 182-1, made his 16th time the charm, breaking his maiden in the last race at the Meadowlands Oct. 25 and paying a record $366.60 for a $2 win wager.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) will be broadcast live in primetime Nov. 2, culminating 9 1/2 hours of Breeders' Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park.
Churchill Downs will debut a 50-cent "Single 6 Jackpot," a multi-race wager with a big-payout dynamic, when racing returns to the Louisville racetrack for its 25-day fall meet Oct. 27.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a request by Churchill Downs to offer a Pick 6 that creates large carryover pools and has been successful at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
Pari-mutuel takeout rates and other issues were discussed during a lightly attended meeting of the New York State Racing Fan Advisory Council Oct. 19 at Belmont Park.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Raven Run read blog
Brisnet.com Ultimate Queen Elizabeth Preview: Fast is Fast even on turf. read blog
Regulators who believe advance deposit wagering companies are not paying their fair share to the industry squared off against ADW reps who noted that added taxation could slow the success of a growing portion of the industry.
NTRA president Alex Waldrop sees little chance of federal legislation to allow expanded Internet wagering any time soon but he does believe that states will continue to take the lead on the issue.
The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau has secured widespread support for its new Tote Security System it will launch next month with plans for full implementation early next year.
Keeneland secured its sixth Simulcast Award for production excellence Oct. 8 at the International Simulcast Conference in Lexington. Keeneland director of broadcast services G. D. Hieronymous accepted the award.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Champagne, Shadwell Turf Mile, and Sprint Championship. read blog
I've lamented before about the horseplayer compulsion to pick THE winner, and nothing upsets that need more than coupled entries. read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Jockey Club Gold Cup and The Awesome Again read blog
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Pennsylvania Derby and The Gallant Bloom read blog
Tom and Claire preview the Pennsylvania Derby and the Cotillion Stakes on September 21, 2013 at Parx. Watch Video
Scene from The Simpsons came to mind when considering whether to single Wise Dan in the $200,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on Sunday at Woodbine, or go against him in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. read blog
TimeformUS looks at the Garden City at Belmont Park, and the Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs. read blog
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