Fantasy sports, fixed odds, and broader distribution were offered as potential avenues of growth for the pari-mutuel racing industry - all with caveats - during an Oct.6 session at the International Simulcast Conference.
All-sources and live wagering and purses increased substantially during Gulfstream Park's 55-day summer meet that concluded Oct. 3 with the $1.3 million Florida Sire Stakes.
An Oct. 5 panel discussion on how a shortage of Thoroughbred owners is largely responsible for reductions in field size in recent years generate a more serious assessment of the state of owner recruitment.
Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement with Lambholm South to sponsor the 36th renewal of the Tampa Bay Derby, the track's grade II Triple Crown prep race scheduled for March 12, 2016.
Multiple graded stakes winner Senor Swinger will relocate to La Mancha Farm in Ocala, Fla,. for the 2016 breeding season, as property of Michael V. Laurato.
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Crossed Sabres Farm's Valid gamely put away an onslaught of closers to win the $75,000 Groomstick Stakes Sept. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
Gene Sipus and Julia Moya each pinhooked weanlings to the September yearling sale and sold them profitably for six figures in Book 3 of the sale.
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The registered foal crop for 2015 is expected to reach 22,000. The number of stallions covering mares in 2014 dropped 5.7%, while the number of mares bred increased 1.6%.
In a survey designed to combat claims that the leaders of horsemen's groups don't represent their membership, the Florida HBPA Sept. 16 released the results of a poll that said most respondents support use of Lasix.
Stephen Foster (gr. I) winner Noble Bird will sit out the rest of the year after emerging from the Aug. 8 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course with a hip injury, trainer Mark Casse said Sept. 12.
Donald R. Dizney's grade II-winning homebred Bahamian Squall will retire to Dizney's Double Diamond Farm near Ocala, Fla., to stand for the 2016 breeding season.
There are 811 horses cataloged for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. August yearling sale, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Grade III winner Fury Kapcori has been retired from racing and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud in Ocala, Fla.
Ramiro Restrepo is opening doors for Fasig-Tipton with horsemen in the Caribbean and South America.
It's a Factum aced the second race at Hastings Racecourse Aug. 9, going gate to wire while becoming the first winner for young Florida stallion Factum, a half brother to prominent sire War Front.
Sagamore Farn and Mel Paikoff's Happy My Way, a grade III-winning gelding by Wilko, was put down following a slab fracture that could not be repaired. The 5-year-old ran fifth Aug. 1 in a stakes race at Mountaineer.
Rebounding from an eighth-place finish in the Smile Sprint (gr. II), Newtown Anner Stud and Joseph Bulger's Falling Sky captured the $75,000 Trinniberg Stakes at Gulfstream Park Aug. 1.
Record adjusted earnings for Kentucky Derby week, up more than $6 million compared with last year, helped Churchill Downs Inc. register record adjusted second-quarter earnings of $157.2 million.
Calder Casino & Race Course is said to be planning to demolish its seven-story grandstand/clubhouse building beginning in December after a two-month meet operated by Gulfstream Park.
When Andy and Harry Hernandez suited up for the third race July 16 at Gulfstream Park, the five-furlong turf event became more about family and less about competition.
There are 812 yearlings cataloged for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2015 August yearling sale. An online catalog is available via the OBS website at www.obssales.com.
Trainer Kristin Mulhall, who notably saddled Imperialism to a third-place finish in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at just 21 years old, will send a string of horses to South Florida for the first time.
Gulfstream Park announced July 10 it will raise purses an average of 10 percent, beginning with the next condition book on Thursday, July 23.
Jockey Edgard J. Zayas and Favorite Tale got a quick jump out of the gate and never looked back to upset reigning champion sprinter Work All Week by 4 1/4 lengths in the Smile Sprint Stakes
Hutcheson Stakes (gr. III) winner Barbados will waste no time getting back to business July 5, when he makes his first start off the layup in the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Work All Week is the most accomplished performer in the July 5 Summit of Speed program, and the champion male sprinter of 2014 looks to get his revenge on season debut spoiler Alsvid.
Jim Rome, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and the host of "The Jim Rome Show" on CBS Sports Radio and "Jim Rome On Showtime," will deliver the keynote address at the second Thoroughbred Owner Conference in January 2016.
Tampa Bay Downs June 30-July 1 will hold its Summer Festival of Racing, which marks the end of its 2014-15 racing season and the beginning of its 2015-16 meet.
Shesthewinner became the first winner for grade I winner and classic-placed Paddy O'Prado when the 2-year-old filly won the fifth race at Gulfstream Park June 25.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s record-setting juvenile sales season continued at the opening session of the June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age June 16 in Ocala, Fla.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age June 16-19 in Ocala, Fla., will bring the curtain down on what has been yet another strong season of 2-year-olds in training sales.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age begins a four-day run June 16.
The fastest horse of the day and of the entire preview at three furlongs was Hip 1114, an unraced 3-year-old colt named Altar Boy, who sped the distance in a lively :32 flat. The sale is June 16-19 at Ocala Training Center.
Gulfstream Park in July plans to experiment with at least two 2-year-old races that will be written for horses that don't compete on race-day furosemide, officials said June 11.
Honors Stable's Wildcat Red, unraced since suffering a hind end injury in the Sunshine Million Classic Stakes in January, is doing well following his first recorded workout in more than four months, according to his trainer.
The under tack shows for the OBS June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age begin June 8 at 7:30 a.m. EDT. The four-day auction runs June 16-19.
Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud is relocating its stallion station from the original location near Ocala, Fla., to a property near Reddick.
Once fully enacted, Florida will join a growing number of leading racing states that have adopted or are in the process of adopting and implementing medication and drug-testing reforms.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott June 2 signed into law legislation that will revamp equine medication and drug testing as part of a national movement.
The supplemental catalog to the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2015 June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age is available online at www.obssales.com.
Average fields of just over eight horses per race might be enough for right now, but Gulfstream Park has the potential for fields larger than that during future summer meets, officials said.
Gulfstream Park will offer horsemen a $250 starter bonus tied to field size beginning July 1.
Average field size at Gulfstream Park for its Dec. 6, 2014-April 5 race meet grew 13.1% from 8.4 to 9.5 horses per race, while average daily all-sources pari-mutuel handle slipped 1.7% but was still a solid $8.1 million.
Social Inclusion finished second in his 2015 debut and first start for trainer Chad Brown April 26, as front-runner Big Looie stole a $46,000 allowance event going one mile at Gulfstream Park.
Triple Crown contenders Upstart and Frosted took to the track just after 8:00 a.m. ET April 25 at Palm Meadows to record their final pre-race breezes for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Reading, twice the leading trainer at Tampa Bay Downs, worked for both George Steinbrenner and Stella Thayer, the racetrack's former co-owner and current owner.
Rontos Racing Stable's Social Inclusion, third in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his highly-anticipated 4-year-old debut April 25 in the third race at Gulfstream Park.
Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, took over as chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International April 23 during the organization's annual convention in Tampa, Fla.
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