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Opinion: British Racing Should Pursue Pari-Mutuel Wagering System

Former New York Racing Association CEO Charles Hayward has put forth his suggestion that British racing ought to pursue a pari-mutuel wagering system when the Betfred exclusive pool wagering license expires in 2018. The situation in Britain is such at … Continue reading

The Road To Kentucky: Mor Spirit, Songbird Impressive In Sophomore Debuts

Both Mor Spirit and Songbird captured their 3-year-old debut races on Saturday, garnering 10 points each toward their respective races in Kentucky. Another sophomore, Marquee Miss, earned herself 10 points toward the Oaks in winning Oaklawn Park’s Martha Washington on … Continue reading

Hawthorne Harness Meet Handle ‘Exceeded Expectations’

Hawthorne Race Course hosted its first harness meet in eight years this winter, beginning Jan. 8 and set to end Saturday night. Director of publicity and racing analyst Jim Miller told drf.com that the meet’s handle “exceeded expectations,” due to … Continue reading

Hong Kong Officials Predict First Handle Decline In Ten Years

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges is predicting the first betting handle decline in the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s last ten years. The CEO told the South China Morning Post that uncertain economic times will likely lead the 2016 decline to be between three … Continue reading

Aussie Trainer Charged With Fraud For Training Nonexistent Horse

A trainer based in Goulburn, New South Wales, is facing a stint in jail after being convicted of fraud for billing a client for training expenses for a horse that didn’t exist. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Michael John Day pleaded … Continue reading

Florida: Decoupling Edging Closer To Becoming Reality

Florida legislators from both the House and Senate are scheduled to unveil gambling bills on Friday that would allow the Seminole Tribe to add roulette and craps at its casinos, which could eventually eliminate dog racing and most horse racing … Continue reading

Economic Indicators: U.S. Wagering Rises In January

Total wagering increased in the U.S. in January, while race days and starts were down slightly from their 2015 levels, according to economic indicators released on Thursday by Equibase. Wagering in the U.S. was up 2.21% in 2016 as compared with the same … Continue reading

Ireland: Lifetime Ban For Horses Administered Prohibited Substances

Horses found to have been administered prohibited substances, including anabolic steroids, will be banned for life in Ireland. The Irish Thoroughbred Industry Anti-Doping Task Force made the recommendation in its report, which was released Feb. 4. Horse Racing Ireland also approved expenditure … Continue reading

Safety, Health Issues To Be Focus Of Annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly

Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys from around the country will be in attendance during the annual Jockeys’ Guild Assembly February 15-17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. A welcome cocktail party is planned for Monday … Continue reading

Report: Hearing Postponed In Texas Horsemen’s Partnership Suit

A hearing that was to take place Wednesday in a lawsuit that the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership had filed regarding funding of the Texas Racing Commission was postponed. The Daily Racing Form reported that the Texas attorney general’s office had filed a motion … Continue reading

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