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ALBANY TO BET ON OTB?

According to the Queens Courier, the New York State Assembly is considering a last-ditch effort to salvage the NYC OTB. Their plan includes trimming OTB’s mandates by 10% and cutting labor and management. “We have to do something before the middle of next week, otherwise OTB goes out of business totally,” said Assemblymember Gary […]

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HANA TRACK RATINGS: #4 GULFSTREAM PARK

HANA Exclusive Track Ratings – #4 Gulfstream ParkBy Greg Reinhart Rank: 4 HANAScore: 2.59 Located in Hallandale Beach, Florida, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino finished in the fourth spot in the Horseplayers Association of North America’s annual rankings of racetracks in North America. Opened in 1939, Gulfstream Park has become one of the […]

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HANA TRACK RATINGS: #3 TAMPA BAY DOWNS

2010 HANA Track Ratings – #3 Tampa Bay DownsBy Greg Reinhart Rank: 3 HANAScore: 2.83 Located in Tampa, Florida, is Tampa Bay Downs, which took the third position on the Horseplayers Association of North America’s rankings of the 69 racetracks in North America this year after placing 12th in HANA’s initial survey in 2009. […]

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BROADBENT: A TOUGH, BRILLIANT VISIONARY

By Ray Paulick The first time I met Richard F. “Dick” Broadbent III, I’ll have to admit that he scared the hell out of me. It was March of 1988, and I had just moved from a cozy job at Daily Racing Form in Los Angeles to Lexington, Ky., to become managing editor of the […]

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THE POPE: GIVE US A CENTRALIZATION OR GIVE US…

Okay, so it’s not THAT Pope. But racing’s very own Fred Pope, a man who has never met a subject he couldn’t write a whitepaper on, has delivered some of his best work in an article and accompanying pdf with the Blood-Horse that talks about the need for a centralized authority in American racing. […]

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HANA TRACK RATINGS: #2 CHURCHILL DOWNS

2010 HANA Track Ratings – #2 Churchill DownsBy Greg Reinhart Rank: 2 HANAScore: 2.98 Located in Louisville, Kentucky is Churchill Downs, one of the most iconic and well-known sporting venues in the world, and it took the number two spot on the Horseplayers Association of North America’s rankings of the 69 racetracks in North […]

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HANA TRACK RATINGS: #1 KEENELAND

2010 HANA Track Ratings – #1 Keeneland Race Course Rank: 1 HANAScore: 3.23 For the second consecutive year, Keeneland Race Course has earned the distinction as the top scoring track in the Horseplayers Association of North America’s rankings of 69 racetracks on the continent. The HANA ratings are a rating system not based […]

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HANA TRACK RATINGS: #5 OAKLAWN PARK

2010 HANA Track Ratings – #5 Oaklawn ParkBy Greg Reinhart Rank: 5 HANAScore: 2.47 Tucked away in Hot Springs, Arkansas, is Oaklawn Park, which took the fifth spot in the Horseplayer Association of North America’s annual rankings of racetracks in North America this year after coming in eighth in 2009. The HANA ratings […]

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LAKE: DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Attorney Alan Pincus was sitting in a racebook recently and heard someone in front of him make several disparaging remarks about Mid-Atlantic-based Scott Lake, the leading North American trainer by wins in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006 (and second in 2002 and 2005). “Lake is through,” Pincus heard the horseplayer say. “His juice is gone”…”He’s […]

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OTB: WE’LL CLOSE UNLESS ALBANY RIDES TO THE RESCUE

According to the New Daily News, the NYC OTB board voted yesterday to lay off all 1,300 employees unless they are given a lifeline from Albany. Without the deal, all 66 betting parlors will be forced to close as of April 11th. NYRA, which is owed $15 million by the OTB, obviously opposed the […]

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