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Zoning Board to Consider Churchill Downs Seating Improvements

According to a story by the Louisville Courier-Journal, local zoning officials are expected to endorse a $4.2 million plan by Churchill Downs to renovate its prime seating accommodations to provide better treatment for owners of Kentucky Derby and Oaks entries. … Continue reading

The 123Racing Pick6 of the Week

Each week, 123racing is providing sponsored editorial to help you handicap its new, innovative wager, the 123racing Pick6. The bet is different from the traditional Pick 6 in that a player gets points for first, second, and third-place finishes (based on pari-mutuel … Continue reading

Ohio Racetracks Working Together for Success

Two Ohio racetracks, separated by 50 miles, are cooperating rather than competing, with race schedules that complement each other with no overlaps. According to a story by The Plain Dealer, the new Mahoning Valley Race Track opened Monday with positive … Continue reading

South African Trainer Fined When Bute Detected in Out of Competition Test

South African trainer W.G. Prestage has been fined 30,000 rand (about US$2,700) after National Horseracing Authority out of competition tests detected the banned substance phenylbutazone in one of his runners. Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is a prohibited substance under the rules … Continue reading

CHRB Committee to Hold Public Meeting on Interference Rule

The Legislative, Legal, and Regulations Committee of the California Horse Racing Board will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Los Alamitos Race Course. The agenda, including the starting time for the committee meeting, will be posted on … Continue reading

USTA Column on Using Surveillance To Deter Cheating Nominated for Stan Bergstein Award

A column on the United States Trotting Association’s website about deterring cheats across horse racing is the first nominee for the 2015 Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Chris Wittstruck, an attorney and director for the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, … Continue reading

British Racing To Receive £5 Million Prize-Money Boost From Bookmakers

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), the four contributing bookmakers (William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Betfred) and the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) have today announced how the Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) Fund will be used to help deliver its mutually … Continue reading

Proud Papa: Future Wager on Derby-Winning Sire Being Considered

Officials at Churchill Downs are exploring the possibility of offering a new type Kentucky Derby future wager option…with a bit of a twist. According to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the wager would not be on who might win … Continue reading

Hong Kong Officials Struggle in Fight Against Illegal Gambling

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, perceived worldwide as running an exceptionally tight ship over the sport, is struggling to fight back against illegal off-shore betting operations, per a report in the South China Morning Post this week. Illegal online accounts … Continue reading

Report: Application To Operate Suffolk Downs Filed

The New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association filed a supplemental application Nov. 24 to run a 65-day meet at Suffolk Downs in 2015, according to a report in the Blood-Horse. The application supersedes an earlier ‘placeholder’ application for one … Continue reading