Keyword: TRA

  • Scherf to Retire as TRA Executive VP

    Christopher Scherf, executive vice president of Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America, announced his retirement, effective this October, at the TRA board of directors meeting Aug. 12 Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Fee for Tote Security Program Eliminated

    A tote security initiative launched by the TRPB remains on track, but in a major change, the organization said Oct. 7 there no longer is a need for outlets that receive simulcast signals to pay a monthly fee to fund it.

  • Simulcast Conference Set for Clearwater Beach

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has announced Clearwater Beach, Fla., as the host city for the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference. The 2015 conference will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Oct. 5-7.

  • Groups Step Up Call for Model Drug Rules

    Racing industry organizations have greatly stepped up their call for swift adoption of national model rules on medication and drug testing in the wake of probes into allegations of mistreatment and over-medication of horses.

  • TRPB President Fabian to Retire in March

    The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau announced Jan. 16 it will commence a search process immediately for a successor for president Frank Fabian, who will retire in March after nine years.

  • Keeneland Secures Simulcast Production Award

    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.

  • Customer Needs Focus of Simulcast Conference

    The International Simulcast Conference in Lexington will commence Monday, Oct. 7, with a series of sessions devoted to the urgent need to improve and enhance the customer experience at tracks and simulcast facilities.

  • Deadline Nears for Simulcast Video Award

    The deadline for entries for the best simulcast production is Aug. 16, the Thoroughbred Racing Associations said. The winner will be announced at the International Simulcast Conference scheduled for Oct. 7-9 in Lexington.

  • McErlean Elected TRA President

    Christopher McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, was elected the 35th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at its annual board of directors' meeting Feb. 22.

  • Simulcast Conference Set for Scottsdale

    The 19th International Simulcast Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Az., the Thoroughbred Racing Associations announced Feb. 9. The event is scheduled for Oct. 3-5 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

  • Tote Program Includes Pari-Mutuel Upgrades

    The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau in the next one to two years plans to launch a tote security system designed to close pools on time, eliminate shifts in odds, and display decimal rather than fractional odds.

  • TRA Report Reflects Purse Revenue Trends

    Revenue from alternative forms of gaming now accounts for almost one-third of total Thoroughbred purses in United States, but despite a decrease in handle, the percentage of handle that goes to purses has remained steady.

  • TRPB Developing 'Tote Security Initiative'

    The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau publicly acknowledged Dec. 17 its work on a "tote-enhancing initiative designed to address fan concerns with pari-mutuel wagering and improve efficiency and security in the future."

  • TRA Adopts Protocol for 'Off Time' Display

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol establishing industry-wide standards pertaining to the display of accurate "off time" for the start of the race.

  • TRA Adopts Wagering Protocol Measures

    Past-posting and late odds changes are major issues in racing, but more of perception than reality, Thoroughbred Racing Associations' executive vice president Chris Scherf said the morning of Aug. 22 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

  • Single Earns TRA Scholarship

    Eric Single will enter the freshman class at Vanderbilt University as the 2009 recipient of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Scholarship for sports writing.

  • Penn National Race Course

    United Tote Addressing Penn National Glitch

    A United Tote official said June 8 the company is working with Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course on tote communications failures that have led the track to stop taking wagers when the first horse is loaded into the starting gate for each race.

  • 'Integrity Void' Strikes Nerve -- Again

    Simmering concerns over wagering security in the pari-mutuel industry flared up again April 21 with a strong call for independent monitoring and an end to the practice of "past-posting" -- making bets after races begin.

  • Simulcast Confab to Saratoga Springs

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations has announced Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the host city for the 18th International Simulcast Conference. The 2009 conference will be held Oct. 12-14 at the Saratoga Hilton.

  • Arlington's Arnold New President of TRA

    Arlington Park president Roy Arnold was elected the 34th president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations at its annual board of directors' meeting Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, Nev.

  • TRA Adopts Protocol for Past-Posting

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors has adopted a protocol that establishes industry-wide procedures for tracks to follow in case betting fails to close promptly at the start of a race -- something commonly referred to as "past-posting."

  • Caliente: Clean Bill of Health from TRPB

    Mexico's Caliente Group, which for years has battled sometimes intense scrutiny of its South American bookmaking operation, has completed the comprehensive due-diligence process of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.

  • Charles Town Races & Slots

    Charles Town Newest Member of TRA

    Charles Town Races & Slots is the newest member of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, the racetrack trade group announced Oct. 7.

  • ADW Model: Who's Right, Who's Wrong?

    Support for reform of the revenue model for advance deposit wagering continues to increase, but as evidenced Sept. 30 during the International Simulcast Conference, it's looking more and more like a long-term project.

  • Rose Awarded Russell-Rice Scholarship

    Meghan Rose has entered the freshman class at Vanderbilt University as the 2008 recipient of the Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Scholarship for sports writing, it was announced by the Thoroughbred Racing Association Sept. 26.

  • Computer Bets, Bookmaking Confab Topics

    Michael Konik, author of The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions, will address the subject of programmed wagering and offshore booking Sept. 29, first day of the International Simulcast Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

  • TRA Endorses Equine Safety Measures

    The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors Aug. 15 endorsed the recommendations of The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Safety Committee regarding the elimination of androgenic anabolic steroids in Thoroughbreds in racing and training, as well as other equine safety measures.

  • THG to Racetracks: Let's Meet on ADW

    The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group is calling for a meeting with the Thoroughbred Racing Associations to discuss advance deposit wagering revenue given ongoing conflict between horsemen, racetracks, and ADW providers over equitable revenue splits.

  • Ellis Park

    Groups Say Ellis Park Closure a Symptom

    The TRA and KEEP have weighed in on the announced closure of Ellis Park in western Kentucky. They blame lack of a long-term, industry strategy on advance deposit wagering, and inability to compete with other states, respectively.