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Opening Day Handle At Saratoga Tops $20 Million For Second Consecutive Year

Opening Day of the 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course generated all-sources handle of $20,247,319, the second consecutive season that wagering exceeded this milestone figure. On-track handle was $5,403,833, an increase of nearly eight percent over 2017. Opening day of racing was highlighted by the Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, the first stakes […]

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Interpret The Theme: NMRHOF Calls For ‘Photo Finish’ Images For Juried Exhibition

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will unveil a juried photography exhibition in 2019 called Photo Finish. The Museum is now accepting submissions of photography work by both amateur and professional photographers in relation to thoroughbred racing in America. There is no limitation to the type of photos that can be considered. […]

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Louisiana Downs Ups Purse Money For Louisiana Cup Day Stakes

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is pleased to announce that the purse for each of the six stakes for accredited Louisiana-breds on Louisiana Cup Day will increase by $10,000. The annual Louisiana Cup Day is set for Saturday, August 4 with nominations closing this Saturday, July 21. “We greatly appreciate the support from the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) […]

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Rebel Boosted to $1 Million, New Stakes Created For Expanded 2019 Oaklawn Park Meet

One of the richest Thoroughbred race meets in North America will now offer two $1,000,000 Kentucky Derby prep races and two additional signature races. Oaklawn, which earlier this year announced a significant change to its race dates, turned it up another notch Wednesday when it announced that both the Arkansas Derby (G1) and the Rebel […]

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In Advance Of Derby City Gaming Opening, Churchill Downs Gets OK For Additional Historical Racing Machines

Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq:CHDN) announced that it has received approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to increase from 600 to 900 historical racing machines for the opening of its new Derby City Gaming facility.  KHRC also conditionally approved the Ainsworth Game Technology historical racing operating system and an initial group of game themes […]

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Saratoga Earns Reaccreditation From NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Saratoga Race Course, home to one of the world’s most prestigious annual race meets, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.  Located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the 155-year-old racetrack kicks off a 40-day stand Friday, and after opening weekend, continues Wednesdays to Mondays, plus a Labor […]

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California Chrome To Be Presented With Rood & Riddle Comeback Award

Kentucky Derby winner and two time horse of the year California Chrome has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Rood & Riddle Comeback Award. This award is presented to a horse who has performed at the highest levels of competition, faced a medical/surgical issue, received veterinary care by a Rood & Riddle veterinarian, […]

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KHRC Approves Sale Of Ellis Park To Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group

At a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved transferring Ellis Park’s license to the Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group. According to The Blood-Horse‘s Eric Mitchell, the SCHG is seeking to buy 100 percent of the Henderson, Ky. track, and a deal is expected to be completed in the next few days. […]

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TVG Set For Enhanced Live, Daily Coverage Of Del Mar Summer Meet

Celebrating one of American racing’s premier race meets at one of its most iconic venues, TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network, will broadcast live, on-site from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club every day of the track’s summer racing season beginning with Opening Day on July 18th. TVG’s exclusive broadcast of the Grade I TVG Pacific Classic […]

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Nine Pennsylvania Casinos Petition Gaming Control Board For Online Gambling

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday announced that it has received nine petitions from casino license holders requesting approval to conduct Interactive Gaming (iGaming) in the Commonwealth. All of the petitions received are requesting approval to conduct: –Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates slot machines; –Non-Peer-to-Peer interactive games which simulates table games; and, –Peer-to-Peer interactive […]

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