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Preakness Attendance, Handle Third-Largest In History

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club announced that total handle on Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes, won by Justify, was $93,655,128. The handle, as well as the crowd of 134,487, was the third-largest in Preakness history. Despite rain showers, a sloppy track and dense fog, an energetic crowd was treated to 14 races, world-class dining, and entertainment […]

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Black-Eyed Susan Day Draws Crowd Of 48,265 To Pimlico

Despite a sloppy track and afternoon showers, a crowd of 48,265 attended Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan program at legendary Pimlico Race Course. The crowd was the second largest in the Black-Eyed Susan’s 94-year history, just shy of last year’s record of 50,339. The program was highlighted by seven stakes and Red Ruby’s victory in the […]

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Preakness, Black-Eyed Susan Programs To Be Streamed In Spanish For The First Time

For the first time, Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Saturday’s Preakness (G1) programs from legendary Pimlico Race Course will be streamed live at Pimlico.com and GulfstreamPark.com. Handicappers Alfredo Alfonzo of Videohipico.com and Juan Carlos Palma will host and provide commentary on programs from Pimlico and Gulfstream while race calls will be provided by the popular […]

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Hall Of Famer Zito Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance: ‘The Game Is Bigger Than All Of Us’

On April 25, Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), was invited by the Coalition of Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) to Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., to speak to a group of trainers interested in learning about USADA and its prospective involvement with anti-doping efforts in Thoroughbred racing. During the meeting, […]

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TVG Parent In Talks To Buy Fantasy Sports Operator FanDuel

Paddy Power Betfair, European-based parent company of the U.S. racing network and advance deposit wagering company TVG, is in negotiations to buy FanDuel, the fantasy sports site based in New York. Discussions between the two companies was first reported by LegalSportsReport.com. In a subsequent statement published by LegalSportsReport, Paddy Power Betfair said: “Paddy Power Betfair […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. Partners With Golden Nugget, Targets Online Gaming, Sports Betting In New Jersey

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (Nasdaq:CHDN) today announced an agreement with Golden Nugget Atlantic City (“Golden Nugget”) to enter into the New Jersey real money online gaming (iGaming) and sports betting markets, subject to sports wagering legislation and gaming license approvals. CDI is targeting the first quarter 2019 to begin accepting legal wagers for iGaming and sports […]

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Engelbrecht-Bresges: ‘Racing Must Be Positioned As A World Class Sport’ Around The Globe

The 37th Asian Racing Conference (ARC) commenced this morning, Tuesday, 15 May, in Seoul, South Korea, with Asian Racing Federation Chairman and Hong Kong Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges calling on the sport’s stakeholders to establish racing as a global “master brand.” As Chair of the convocation’s opening plenary session, Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges […]

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NYRA: Belmont Jockeys’ Actions ‘Unreasonable,’ ‘Relentless Focus On Safety’ A Top Priority

The following is a statement authored by NYRA director of communications Pat McKenna, regarding the incident prior to the races at Belmont Park on Saturday, and the Jockeys’ Guild’s response on Monday. In late December, NYRA and the Jockeys’ Guild negotiated and subsequently announced an agreement in principal on a new contract. Following that announcement, […]

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Pimlico Earns Reaccreditation From NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Baltimore’s historic Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. America’s second-oldest racetrack, established in 1870, opened its 12-date spring meet last week and will host the 143rd running of the Preakness, middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, on Saturday. […]

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Stronach Group Eager To Get In On Sports Gambling At Racetracks

Santa Anita Park already has a room called the Sports Book. After yesterday’s Supreme Court decision knocking down a federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting, could the room be turned into an actual sports book? You bet. The Stronach Group’s COO Tim Ritvo tells the Los Angeles Times the racetrack ownership company plans […]

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