Sportech launched several initiatives, including a Spanish-language wagering website for Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico and advance deposit wagering through Evangeline Downs & Casino in Louisiana.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority said March 1 it has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association for the lease of Monmouth Park in time for the track's 2012 racing season.
Representatives of eight advance deposit wagering companies seeking licenses to do business in Kentucky appeared before a racing commission subcommittee Feb. 29 to answer questions about their applications.
Legislation that would tax pari-mutuel wagers made by Kentucky residents through advance deposit wagering services passed the House of Representatives by a 79-15 vote Feb. 24.
Legislation that would tax pari-mutuel wagers made by Kentucky residents through advance deposit wagering services was approved in committee Feb. 21 and heads to the House of Representatives.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will tackle several issues, including governmental affairs, high volume pari-mutuel bettors, and use of furosemide on race day during its convention Jan. 12-16.
Legislation that would impose an excise tax on advance deposit wagers made by Kentucky residents was introduced in the state House of Representatives Jan. 9.
- By Ron Mitchell
In a reversal from its long-standing interpretation, the U.S. Department of Justice has determined online gambling does not violate federal laws as long as it is conducted on non-sports.
Difficulty in obtaining pari-mutuel wagering pool data and detailed player data is a major hindrance to the racing industry determining the optimal price point for takeout rates, symposium speakers said Dec. 7.
The Kentucky General Assembly probably will consider legislation in 2012 that taxes bets made by Kentucky residents through advance deposit wagering systems to bolster the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.
Charlie Hayward said putting limits on out-of-state ADWs will hurt New York racing.
Keeneland has launched its own advance deposit wagering system, which is available to residents of Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Ohio.
- By Tom LaMarra
The Jockey Club Aug. 14 announced a nine-step plan for the betterment of horse racing and breeding and expects to spend millions of dollars over the next five years to implement it.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation that increases from 32 to 50 the limit on the daily number of imported races on which a racing association or fair simulcast facility in the state can accept wagers.
Legislation that will expand advance deposit wagering in Louisiana was signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal June 30.
Churchill Downs Inc. expects continued growth in its online wagering business, and with a little help from the Illinois governor, expansion of its gaming operations.
The top horse racing regulatory agency in Kentucky has approved regulations governing the licensing of advance deposit wagering providers and totalizator companies.
Calder Casino & Race Course and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's board of directors June 3 jointly announced a 7.5% purse increase beginning with Calder's June 3 race card.
As it prepares to open its race meet April 25, Calder Casino & Race Course as of April 22 did not have a contract for Advance Deposit Wagering with the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
The Keeneland Association has announced it will launch an advanced deposit wagering system this fall.
Lawmakers in New York said they plan to put off until next year passage of a measure permitting casino gambling in the Catskills resort region of the state.
Whether gross or average figures are used, pari-mutuel handle for the Santa Anita Park winter/spring was down, according to information compiled from various sources.
Churchill Downs Inc. plans to expand beyond pari-mutuel wagering should online gambling be legalized on the state or federal levels, company officials said March 15.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings from continuing operations of $19.6 million in 2010, up from $17.7 million for 2009.
- By Tom LaMarra
Churchill Downs Inc. and Daily Racing Form are at odds over the publishing company's launch of an advance deposit wagering system powered by XpressBet.com, which is owned by CDI rival MI Developments.
Bills authorizing participation in an interstate racing compact and some oversight of advance deposit wagering companies have passed the Kentucky House and Senate.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officially released a request for proposals for the lease of Monmouth Park.
The Kentucky Senate passed a bill March 3 authorizing the licensing of advance deposit wagering companies and a requirement that they report pari-mutuel handle on Kentucky races.
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie March 3 vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the nation to legalize Internet gambling on something other than pari-mutuel horse racing.
Legislation calling for state licensing of advance deposit wagering companies advanced March 2 as Kentucky lawmakers try to get a handle on the fast-growing operations.
During an event with political overtones, Churchill Downs Inc. introduced its renovated TwinSpires.com offices in Lexington Feb. 15 with a message: We'll invest in Kentucky as long as it remains horse capital of the world.
Satisfied that owners were getting as much as possible for purses from a recent state increase in takeout, the California Horse Racing Board granted three advance deposit wagering companies one-year extensions Jan. 20.
Racetracks and OTB corporations in New York are circulating a draft agreement to permit live video streaming of races over the Internet -- a move supporters said could help pick up some business.
Gulfstream Park on Dec. 16 announced its 2011 wagering menu that will include its first Pick 5, with a 50-cent minimum bet, and a major reduction of its Pick 6 minimum bet from $2 to 10 cents.
Temporary license extensions of 30 days to the state's four advance deposit wagering companies were approved by the California Horse Racing Board Dec. 16.
A Nov. 19 discussion of proposed regulations for advance deposit wagering in Kentucky drew calls for disclosure of revenue and concerns over the impact ADW is having on purses in the state.
Long-time racing industry executive Todd Bowker has been named general manager of Premier Turf Club, which operates a wagering platform that hubs through Oregon.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings of $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2010, up considerably from a net loss of $1.2 million for the same period in 2009.
Churchill Downs Inc. will terminate about 60 employees because of what it calls "redundancies" in its online betting operations.
Del Mar reported an increase in average daily attendance and decrease in average daily handle for the first five weeks of its 2010 meet.
A 5% cap imposed by the Illinois Racing Board on account wagering fees charged by out-of-state racetracks to send their signals to customers in Illinois has led to a significant downturn in wagering from those sources.
A group of creditors involved in the NYCOTB bankruptcy proceeding has suggested a number of changes, including a 1% surcharge on wagers, according to a June document.
Sandy Downs in Idaho is experimenting with live video streaming and online wagering through IdaBet.com, the only advance deposit wagering system based in Idaho.
- By Tom LaMarra
The pari-mutuel industry is taking steps to avoid disruptions to advance deposit wagering stemming from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
- By Tom LaMarra
Churchill Downs Inc. and MI Developments said May 14 they will dissolve TrackNet Media Group, a company formed to address signal pricing and distribution.
- By Tom LaMarra
Youbet.com reported a small loss for the first three months of 2010, noting there would have been a similar gain if not for $1 million in expenses tied to its impending merger with Churchill Downs Inc.
Kentucky Senate President David Williams said April 27 issues in the horse racing and pari-mutuel industry are "complicated," but lawmakers intend to continue working on ways to strengthen the business.
Youbet.com shareholders voted to approve a merger agreement with Churchill Downs Inc., the company announced April 6.
Legislation authorizing Instant Racing, a tax on advance deposit wagering, and a reduction in the pari-mutuel excise tax sailed through the Kentucky Senate Committee on State and Local Government March 11.
Satish Sanan and Breeders' Cup backed away from statements made March 2 that indicated the organization is close to picking permanent host site.
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