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HANA: CHRB dominated by narrow interests

Written by HANA’s Roger Way Various conflicts of interests with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) have led to the decline of support of horse racing from the citizens of California.   The CHRB is tasked with serving the public interest, not the interests of one aspect of the industry over another. The CHRB has lacked […]

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Congressman Hal Rogers good for racing industry

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, who has represented Kentucky’s fifth Congressional District since 1981, is in line to be voted the next chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee today after being endorsed by a Republican steering committee. Rogers has been called by some in Washington, D.C., the “prince of pork” for his ability to secure […]

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Editorial: Hanson Commission dismisses effects on ancillary industries

The Hanson Commission, which released a report on gaming in New Jersey and more specifically the futures of Atlantic City and horse racing, is criticized in this editorial for not taking into account the entire racing industry. From pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicine, crop farming, equipment and other forms of agribusiness, the demise of horse racing in […]

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r2 collective: The unintended opportunity with Betfair

With Betfair setting up its headquarters in San Francisco and planning to go on a hiring spree, Dana Byerly at r2 collective points out an unintended opportunity for the racing industry. Betfair will surely be looking for the best and the brightest from the Silicon Valley area, “ground zero for smart, analytic, cmpetitive types who […]

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Evans: There is room for a lot of optimism

CDI’s President and CEO Robert Evans made the case in front of the Arizona Symposium on Racing and Gaming that the future could be bright for racing. That is if gaming becomes a key component of the equation. “We need this money desperately so we have the time to make the changes necessary,” said Evans. […]

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Mitchell two days into suspension, does anyone care?

If a leading trainer in California is fined and suspended and virtually no one writes about it, did it really happen? That’s the question we are asking ourselves two days into trainer Mike Mitchell’s 15-day suspension for a TCO2 incident at Hollywood Park. Save a mention in a notes column at the Daily Racing Form, […]

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Hayward on OTB Bill: NYRA would be forced to close

Yesterday, the New York state Senate proposed a bill that would extend the rescue package for the NYC OTB to all of the regional OTBs in the state. Below is the response of the NYRA, arguing that they would lose enough funding to go out of business if this bill passed. NOTE: We had an […]

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Editorial: Preserving OTB a bad bet for New York

An editorial in the New York Post looks at the reorganization bill for New York’s OTBs as a bad bet for the state. Questioning why the state should prop up a business that has not proved to be able to turn a profit, the writer also argues that many of the jobs trying to be […]

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Leparoux to represent US in International Jockeys’ Championship

Julien Leparoux will make his Hong Kong debut at the Happy Valley Racecourse to compete in the International Jockeys’ Championship.

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