The Biz

Expanded gaming in Texas gets renewed life

With the Lone Star State facing a $27 billion shortfall, racing interests are proposing again that tracks should be able to own and operate their own expanded gaming facilities at Texas racetracks. Not only are they pitching the idea again to help the racing industry, but they also believe this could be part of a […]

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Pull The Pocket: Odds lines may be too difficult to set for Horse of the Year

Last year, it was relatively easy to find action betting on Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra for Horse of the Year. But with many oddsmakers getting burned by greatly favoring the California mare, it appears finding a line on Zenyatta versus Blame will be much more difficult.

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Gulfstream Park brings big gains in first week

Large fields, good racing and perfect weather saw attendance rise by 32% and total wagering on live races increase 17.2% over 2010’s opening week. “It’s been a sensational opening,” said VP of racing for MI Developments Tim Ritvo. “Our attendance is up, handle on our product is up across the country, and both the racing […]

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Unusual betting pattern under investigation at Santa Anita

A strange betting pattern emerged at Santa Anita in the sixth race on Sunday. Nearly half of the money bet on favorite Bad Boy was removed as post time neared but was put back in just before the race was run.

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Kentucky to consider joining national racing compact

Trying to avoid federal regulation of racing, state Senator Damon Thayer pre-filed a bill for the 2011 session that would allow Kentucky to join the national racing compact. Six states must sign on for the compact to take effect and is currently being introduced in Delaware, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Virginia this year. […]

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HRI – Zast: What will it take for Zenyatta to win Horse of the Year?

Looking back at the 2009 Horse of the Year tallies, Vic Zast works on finding the scenario in which Zenyatta could overcome her 43% showing finishing second in the voting behind Rachel Alexandra. Are there enough swing votes to make Zenyatta the overall champion in 2010? Zast’s analysis says yes, but it won’t be easy.

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HRI – Christine: Baseball and racing don’t mix

The recent attempt by Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos to buy a harness racing track in Maryland was stymied by Major League Baseball, once the league reminded Angelos that he couldn’t own a baseball team and a racetrack. Horse Race Insider Bill Christine looks back on the history of baseball’s rules concerning ownership and “gambling.”

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Calder moves forward with year-round plans

Calder Casino & Race Course is moving ahead with a plan to race year-round, a plan that would pit it head-to-head with neighboring South Florida track, Gulfstream Park. In an amended dates filing with Florida officials, Calder said it would hold races Fridays through Sundays every week from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.  […]

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NYRA: Mildly encouraged by recent numbers

New York Racing Association officials say they are “mildly encouraged” by recent increases in wagering on New York racing through various platforms. Still, the gains in on-track, telephone and internet betting since the closure of NYCOTB have not nearly made up for the losses incurred from the shut down of the state’s off-track betting facilities.

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