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Pari-mutuel wagering on daily fantasy sports is coming to Colorado
Colorado Commission Approves Fantasy Sports Contests At Nine Locations

Mile High Racing & Entertainment (MHRE) announced today that the Colorado Racing Commission has approved the activity allowing MHRE to offer fantasy sports contests in nine Colorado locations. Operating as Mile High Fantasy Sports, the contests will include professional football, basketball, hockey, baseball and other daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. Las Vegas based USFantasy Sports […]

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Congress To Pass Spending Bill To Fund Government; Doesn’t Include H-2B Exemption

The following update is from the American Horse Council: This week Congress set to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funding for the government until April 28, 2017. The CR is an extension of last year’s omnibus appropriations bill that originally expired September 30, but was extended to December 9th. Congress normally should debate and […]

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Mobile Platforms, Wagering Talk Dominate Final Day Of Symposium On Racing And Gaming

Two days of presentations of new ideas in racing wrapped up on Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., as the 43rd annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming concluded. The event is sponsored by the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona. Innovation was showcased as speakers representing a variety of perspectives discussed how horse […]

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RMTC, NTRA Release New Test Barn, Chain Of Custody Procedures

The Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC) and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today released a new set of test barn and chain of custody recommendations designed to encourage the use of best practices at racetracks. The living document is a joint initiative of the RMTC and the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance and […]

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‘Disappointing’: Congress Poised To Sign Spending Bill – Without H-2B Visa Provision

Congress appears poised to sign an emergency spending bill that would keep the government funded through April without a provision that would renew an exemption to the H-2B visa cap. McClatchy DC reports that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated. […]

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Uniform Rules, National Replay Review Board Among Variety Of Topics Discussed During ROAP Conference

The Racing Officials Accreditation Program’s (ROAP) Conference on Officiating Horse Racing concluded yesterday in Tucson, Az. in conjunction with the University of Arizona Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. The day long conference attracted more than 75 participants including stewards, racing officials, regulators and industry professionals. The morning session […]

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Limited-edition prints of American Pharoah are being sold to benefit the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition
American Pharoah Portrait To Benefit Georgia Horse Racing Coalition

The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition unveiled today a portrait of the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic, painted by award-winning Georgia artist Len Jagoda. “Selecting Len, a Georgia artist well known for his equine portraitures of important race horses, for this project was an easy decision. We […]

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Ellis Park Joins Kentucky Downs In Using Sportech Racing As Tote Service Provider

Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC announced that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services. This agreement follows another new tote services contract signed earlier this year with Kentucky Downs. Sportech began providing totalisator services to Kentucky Downs just before commencement of […]

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Methamphetamine as a street drug
Australia: ‘Ice’ Positive Confirmed, Chief Steward Hopes To Increase Industry Worker Testing

Australian trainer Chris Waller, who oversees the training of popular racemare Winx, had a different horse in his stable, recently revealed as the maiden Betcha Thinking, test positive for methamphetamine on Oct. 5. On Tuesday, official racing laboratories Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and Racing Analytical Services Limited both confirmed the presence of “ice” and its […]

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Mike Maker
New York: Maker Fined $3,000 For ‘Claiming Jail’ Violations

Trainer Michael Maker claimed a pair of horses at Aqueduct Racetrack in early November, and reportedly violated regulation 4038.4 of the New York State Gaming Commission when he started them in the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream Park last weekend, according to the state’s rulings database. In New York, claimed horses are not allowed to race […]

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