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New Casino Expansion Bills Introduced In Illinois Legislature

Several gambling expansion bills hit the Illinois legislature this week, and they could have big impacts on racing in the state. State Rep. Bob Rita introduced a bill calling for a new casino in Chicago, following up a different proposal earlier in … Continue reading

Jockey Club To Buy Controlling Interest In Blood-Horse Publications

A deal in the works since last summer is expected to close Friday with The Jockey Club purchasing a controlling 51 percent interest in Blood-Horse Publications from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the Paulick Report has learned. Terms of the … Continue reading

All-Sources Handle Rises At Tampa Bay Downs

Officials at Tampa Bay Downs report that both all-sources handle and field size have increased during this year. According to an article in the Blood-Horse, all-sources handle is up 10.3 percent year-to-date, while field size is up nine percent (from … Continue reading

Churchill Downs Inc. Reports Record Net Revenue In 2014

Powered by the acquisitions of Big Fish Games and Oxford Casino, along with a strong Kentucky Oaks and Derby week, Churchill Downs Inc. reported an increase of $33.6 million in net revenues for 2014. The company also reported an additional … Continue reading

Report: Out-Of-State Companies Involved In Opposition To Texas Instant Racing

A report in the Texas Tribune this week claims that the letter sent to the Texas Racing Commission from the state senate Republican caucus may have been more than standard conservative opposition to historic racing. The letter was drafted by a lobbying … Continue reading

Report: Racing Commission Ethics Bill Passes KY Senate Committee

A bill that would put members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission under the state executive ethics code was unanimously approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee Feb. 25. The proposal now goes to the full Senate for … Continue reading

Horse PAC Passes $3 Million In Disbursements

Horse PAC, the bipartisan political action committee of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), today announced that it has surpassed the $3 million mark in total disbursements to federal political candidates and parties since its inception in 2002. Horse PAC … Continue reading

Fasig-Tipton, Gulfstream Park Announce $1 Million Bonus For 2016 Florida Derby

Gulfstream Park and Fasig-Tipton announced today that a $1 million bonus will be paid to the owner of the 2016 Florida Derby winner if that horse is a graduate of the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale to be … Continue reading

Firefighters Respond To Second Blaze At Thoroughbred Center

Firefighters report that a hot plate was to blame for a barn fire on Tuesday afternoon at the Thoroughbred Center on Paris Pike in Lexington, Ky. WKTY reports that workers in one of the barns were using a hot plate … Continue reading

Ticketing Information Released For 2015 Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup has today released detailed ticketing information for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course on October 30-31. Bringing the world-class racing event to one of the most prestigious tracks in the country, Breeders’ Cup’s … Continue reading