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The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren’s song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but we’ve seen … Continue reading

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Is Back: Free To Play, Sign Up Now!

It’s time to sharpen your handicapping skills and find your Derby horse! West Point Thoroughbreds – the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships – and 123bet.com – home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6 wager – is teaming with the Paulick … Continue reading

Decoupling Advances In Florida With Provisions For ‘Purse Pools’

Legislation that would permit Florida’s horse and dog tracks to decouple those activities from their slot machines and card room licenses advanced after a House committee vote to approve three bills related to Gov. Rick Scott’s compact with the powerful … Continue reading

Deja Vu: Texas Racing On The Brink

Seventy-nine years ago, Texas Gov. James Allred decided enough was enough. There was an “unparalleled wave and mania for gambling in the state of Texas,” Allred declared in January 1937. Later that year at a special session of the Texas … Continue reading

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Surprises And Sidetrips

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France’s Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur, a multi-purpose track that offers Thoroughbred racing during a six-week … Continue reading

Las Vegas Embraces New Realities: Can Racing Do The Same?

After a few days in Sin City for the National Handicapping Championship last weekend, it became as obvious as doubling down on 11: Las Vegas is evolving — both physically and virtually — and horse racing, as a gambling industry … Continue reading

HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky put … Continue reading

Gulfstream Hedging Its Bets On Decoupling Issue

Gamblers know there’s a time and place to hedge your bets, and that’s what Gulfstream Park and the Stronach Group appear to be doing in Tallahassee, Fla., as lawmakers consider legislation that could have significant impact on the horse industry … Continue reading

‘Rome Wasn’t Built In Two Days’: Longines Measures Racing Success In Years, Not Sales

The connections of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah should have no trouble telling what time it is for the rest of their lives. Longines awarded commemorative watches to trainer Bob Baffert, owner Ahmed Zayat, and jockey Victor Espinoza when the … Continue reading

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: We’re In The Money

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France’s Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur, a multi-purpose track that offers Thoroughbred racing during a six-week … Continue reading

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