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Betfair Wants to Expand U.S. Wagering

Betfair Wants to Expand U.S. Wagering

Betfair, operator of the Great Britain-based betting exchange and owner of TVG, wants to work with the United States pari-mutuel industry to expand wagering opportunities, a top official with the company said Dec. 8.

Guild Assembly Hooks Up With Symposium

The Jockeys' Guild will move its annual assembly to Arizona this year, becoming part of the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing & Gaming held in Tucson each December, Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said April 6.

NTRA to Unveil Strategic Priorities

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will discuss its priorities for 2008 during a Dec. 6 presentation at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson.

Inaugural Kentucky Equine Summit Set for 2008

The inaugural Kentucky International Equine Summit, designed to bring together an international audience to discuss opportunities and challenges faced by the global equine industry, will be held April 28-29, 2008, at the Radisson Hotel in Lexington.

Tote Company Leaders Discuss Current and Future Issues

With executives from the three largest North American tote companies sitting before them, some attendees in a panel discussion at the 33rd Racing & Gaming Symposium Dec. 6 wondered why the trio of bet-processors couldn't work together better for the convenience of the consumer.

Symposium on Racing Slates Range of Topics

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association Wagering Systems Task Force report and a look at emerging pari-mutuel markets are among the topics to be discussed at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing Dec. 7-10 in Tucson.

Small Tracks Moving Forward in New Era

For independently-owned racetracks, competing successfully with ever-expanding racetrack conglomerates such as Magna Entertainment Corp. and Churchill Downs Inc. may be difficult but can be done, track officials maintained during the "Going it Alone" panel discussion at the 29th Symposium on Racing in Tucson Thursday.

Small Tracks Moving Forward in New Era

For independently-owned racetracks, competing successfully with ever-expanding racetrack conglomerates such as Magna Entertainment Corp. and Churchill Downs Inc. may be difficult but can be done, track officials maintained during the "Going it Alone" panel discussion at the 29th Symposium on Racing in Tucson Thursday.

Notes From the NTRA Board of Directors Meeting

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors held its fourth-quarter meeting Thursday. The meeting took place at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., site of the University of Arizona's Symposium on Racing.

Summit Comes Down to Time and Money

In the aftermath of Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit, it was all about time and money. Participants said they wouldn't have much more to say until the official minutes of the meeting are released, and that the success of any proposal hinges on a funding mechanism.

Medication Summit: Consensus, But Very Few Details

Participants at Tuesday's Racehorse Medication Summit in Tucson, Ariz., reached a consensus on medication, drug-testing, security, and enforcement, but said much of any future policy depends on scientific determinations. The group of about 30 industry officials did agree on the need for a uniform medication policy and decision levels for therapeutic medications, but specifics weren't discussed.

Industry Hopes For Starting Point on Drugs

Racing industry participants expressed hope Tuesday morning that a five-hour facilitated session on medication would at least serve as a starting point toward uniformity. No one expected radical changes in current policies that vary by jurisdiction in the United States.

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