Keyword: Dave Basler

  • Richard Skinner, vice president and general manager for ThistleDown

    ThistleDown Reaps Results of Improved Program

    This year's $500,000 Ohio Derby in retrospect can be considered a success on several levels, and management at ThistleDown Racino expects the marquee race--and the overall racing product--to only get better.

  • Ohio Tracks, Horsemen Close to VLT Agreements

    With a deadline fast approaching, Ohio racetracks and horsemen's groups indicated Dec. 19 they are close to having definite deals on the percentage of video lottery terminal revenue that will go to purses.

  • Multi-Breed Drug Uniformity No Easy Task

    Amid another call for separate medication rules for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, the Ohio State Racing Commission has indicated it's not prepared to adopt a uniform national drug policy.

  • HBPA to Present Medication Rule Suggestions

    The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association board of directors July 14 signed off on recommended changes to a proposed model rule on medication penalties but acknowledged acceptance could be hard to achieve.

  • Ohio HBPA Forces VLT Issue With Thistledown

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has informed Thistledown it won't grant the track approval to export its signal when live racing begins April 19 because it has no deal with horsemen on VLT revenue.

  • Ohio Takes Stand on Racetrack Casino Plans

    The Ohio State Racing Commission put racetrack casino developers on notice Jan. 10 when, at a hearing, members expressed strong displeasure with the racing aspects of the proposed Miami Valley Gaming and Racing facility.

  • Thistledown requested 122 live racing days.

    For Ohio Tracks, 2013 a Transitional Year

    With one exception, there could be little change in live racing dates at Ohio tracks in 2013, but significant alterations are possible for 2014 should more facilities begin operating video lottery terminals.

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy was one of the topics discussed at the meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International in Saratoga Springs.

    RCI Tightens Model Rule on Shock Wave Therapy

    Given the current climate of Thoroughbred racing, it's no surprise that health, safety, and medications were the primary topics of discussion at a meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

  • Racing Language Protected in OH Gaming Bill

    Language pertaining to the horse racing industry remained intact May 24 when the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate passed a casino cleanup bill that was sent to Republican Gov. John Kasich for his signature.

  • VLT Revenue Splits Remain Issue in Ohio

    Racetracks and horsemen's groups in Ohio continue to wrestle over how much purses and breed development programs will receive from track-based video lottery terminals, which were legalized earlier this year.

  • Simulcast Agreement Reached in Ohio

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has reached an agreement with a Cleveland-area harness track that will avoid a potential blackout of Triple Crown simulcasts in the state.

  • OH Horsemen Hope Deal Avoids Derby Blackout

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is in negotiations with a Cleveland-area harness track to avoid a situation that could lead to a statewide simulcast blackout of the May 7 Kentucky Derby.

  • Kentucky Senate President David Williams

    Williams Says Racing Issues 'Complicated'

    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.

  • River Downs

    River Downs Situation Described as 'Horrible'

    Absent an agreement with horsemen, River Downs will begin its live meet April 16 with a minimum purse of $3,200, the lowest in almost two decades, in yet another sign of a struggling Ohio horse racing industry.

  • Tracks Helping to Craft Ohio VLT Proposal

    As Ohio racetracks are busy working on a plan for racetrack gaming, horsemen's groups are lobbying the state legislature to get behind Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland's proposal for video lottery terminals at tracks.

  • River Downs

    Deal Averts 'Immediate Disaster' in Ohio

    Racetrack management and horsemen in Ohio struck an agreement Dec. 16 that will reinstate more than 160 Thoroughbred racing dates at Beulah Park and River Downs in 2009, and save more than 1,000 horses at Beulah Park from being forced out of the track's stable area by Dec. 27.

  • Crunch Time for Horsemen, Horses in Ohio

    With a little more than two weeks remaining before the scheduled shutdown of the barn area at Beulah Park, management and horsemen still have no deal to continue live racing in January. But developments on a national level could quickly turn things around.

  • River Downs

    160-Plus Race Dates Lost in Ohio Carnage

    Winter racing at Beulah Park was plowed under and the spring/summer meet at River Downs went up in flames Nov. 21 when the Ohio State Racing Commission awarded 2009 dates that represent a loss of more than 160 days of Thoroughbred racing at the two tracks.

  • Slot machine revenue has fueled purses at Fair Grounds Racetrack.

    Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

    A recent deal that allowed expanded distribution of the Fair Grounds racing signal was hailed by some as a step forward in the months-long nationwide dispute between horsemen, racetracks, and advance deposit wagering entities. But some horsemen's groups are categorizing the development as a step backwards in an overall plan to secure higher revenue shares for purses from a growing wagering segment.

  • Without ADW Deal, Horses May Get Boot

    About 1,000 Thoroughbreds could be forced to leave the grounds of Beulah Park by the end of this year if the racetrack and horsemen's association don't have a deal for advance deposit wagering revenue in place by Nov. 21, the day the Ohio State Racing Commission will award racing dates for 2009.

  • Deal Would Ensure OH Thoroughbred Dates

    Officials with two Ohio racetracks indicated they hope to offer Thoroughbred meets in 2009 and could be close to a deal with local horsemen on revenue from advance deposit wagering.

  • River Downs

    Wagering Mess Leads to River Purse Cut

    Declines in on-track wagering, a dispute with the New York Racing Association over signal fees, and horsemen's refusal to allow six major advance deposit wagering outlets to take its signal has led River Downs to cut purses 15%-18% effective May 8.

  • ThistleDown Racino

    Thistledown, Horsemen Have Dates Deal

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Thistledown have an agreement in principle for 122 days of live racing at the Cleveland-area track this year.

  • Ohio Forms KEEP-Like Coalition

    The Ohio horse industry, in an effort to make its voice heard around the Buckeye State, has formed a coalition similar to the Kentucky Equine Education Project, a horse industry advocacy group in Kentucky.