The Biz

The crowd at Oaklawn for the Rebel Stakes card
Non-Derby Wagering Record Set On Rebel Day; Oaklawn Handled $10.7 Million

Total pari-mutuel wagering handle on Saturday’s races at Oaklawn was a record for March and a non-Arkansas Derby Day, Bobby Geiger, the track’s director of gaming and wagering, said Thursday morning. Oaklawn handled $10,752,313.15 –  $8,544,041.15 was bet off track – on the 11-race card that featured three stakes, including the $900,000 Rebel (G2), a […]

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Workers are installing a safety rail at Indiana Grand
Indiana Grand: New Safety Rail One Of Many Upgrades For 2017 Racing Season

The 15th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing is less than one month away and horsemen have returned to prepare for opening day Tuesday, April 18. The racetrack opened for training Monday, March 20 and includes a new safety rail, installed during the off-season to boost safety measures at the track. The new rail, […]

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North Dakota Horse Park
Opinion: No Place For Historical Horse Racing In North Dakota

Lawmakers in North Dakota recently rejected a proposal that would allow up to six additional casinos to be built, joining the five already operating in the state. According to the Bismarck Tribune, members of the North Dakota House voted against the measure, 63-28. However, according to businessman Don Santer, there is another piece of gambling legislation that is making […]

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Britain: BHA Set To Increase Frequency Of Drug Testing On Horses, Jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority has announced that it will double the amount of drug tests it conducts away from racecourses this year, in an effort to “combat the sophistication of modern doping methods.” According to a report in The Guardian, the BHA also plans to take more race-day samples than in the past. Brant Dunshea, the BHA’s new director […]

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Suffolk Downs
Suffolk Downs Sold, Racing To Continue Through 2018

The owners of Suffolk Downs filed paperwork this week asking the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to approve the sale of the property to a real estate development firm. The Daily Racing Form reports that the owners of the racetrack plan to continue to conduct live racing and simulcasting, at least through the end of 2018. According to the article, the McClellan […]

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On the turf at Del Mar
Surf’s Up: Del Mar Unveils Lucrative $7.3M Summer Stakes Schedule

The summer of 2017 will see Del Mar offer 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million for its horsemen during a 36-day season that will be the 78th for the iconic track founded in 1937 by Bing Crosby and a crew of his Hollywood pals. Racing alongside the blue Pacific will begin on Wednesday, July 19 […]

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North Dakota: State Insurance Fund Won’t Cover Amount Owed To Bankrupt ADW

A North Dakota state senator has indicated that the state will not cover a claim from the founder of a now-bankrupt advance deposit wagering company. Just last week, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled that North Dakota must pay Susan Bala, founder of Racing Services Inc. (RSI), $13.5 million that it had collected in taxes on her company. Bala had […]

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EquiLottery Promo Photo
Mountaineer Signs Broadcast Agreement With EquiLottery

EquiLottery has come to an agreement with Mountaineer Park in New Cumberland, West Virginia that will allow its lottery game based on the results of live horse racing to use video feeds from Mountaineer’s annual racing calendar. This agreement provides for over a hundred days of racing in West Virginia and opens the door for […]

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Rillito Park Racetrack in Tucson, Arizona
Record-Breaking Season Has Rillito Park Officials Looking Forward To The Future

After concluding a record-breaking season on Sunday, officials at Rillito Park are excited about the future of horse racing at the facility. According to a report at KGUN9, the Rillito Park Foundation will begin work on upgrades to the plant after receiving a $1 million grant. “Immediately after the close, the work starts for next year,” Jaye […]

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Trainer Eduardo Ramirez
Delta Downs Stewards Find No ‘Intent’ To Deceive In Wrong Horse Case

The Delta Downs stewards, in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police, recently concluded an investigation into the case of two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez who were found to have raced in each other’s name at Delta in December and January. The investigation was predicated by the finding that a horse running under […]

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