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Sam Houston Race Park Hoping To Build Overnight Purses, Larger Fields For 2019 Meet

Sam Houston Race Park will kick off its 2019 live racing season on Friday, January 25. The 32-day Thoroughbred meet will continue through Saturday, March 30. Officials have announced that Friday and Saturday racing will begin at 7:00 pm (Central) and the Tuesday and Wednesday matinee programs will get underway at 12 noon. Post time […]

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Thistledown Stewards Suspend Pair Over Program Training, Hidden Ownership Scheme

On June 12, 2018, at JACK Thistledown Racino at North Randall, Ohio, Emily Szczepanski put in a successful $7,500 claim for a 5-year-old Hard Spun mare named If You Believe who had won seven of her 31 career starts. The claim was made in the name of Wendy Montoney, an individual with no previous starts, […]

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Sports Betting In Kentucky? Legalization Could Come As Early As 2021

Researcher Chris Grove, with the consultant group Eilers & Krejcik, has predicted that sports betting in Kentucky could go live as early as 2021, according to insiderlouisville.com. A pair of Kentucky legislators have pre-filed sports betting bills, and a bipartisan, bicameral task force is examining the issues of oversight and additional tax revenue. “The important thing to […]

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Kentucky Commission Receives Three Applications For New Harness Track

After putting out a call for new applications for race dates, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s race dates committee announced Tuesday it has received three applications for a new harness track in the southwestern part of the state. Applications came from WKY Development LLC (a partnership between Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland), Kentucky Downs, and […]

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Protestors Light Up Their Ire Over Sydney Opera House Racing Promotion

Hundreds of protestors booed and chanted during a controversial 20-minute promotion displayed on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House Tuesday. The demonstrators also shined their cell phone lights in an attempt to block the images. The promotion was put on by Racing New South Wales to advertise the TAB Everest Stakes, billed as […]

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Kentucky Downs Files Application To ‘Fill A Void’ With Oak Grove Harness Track

The ownership of Kentucky Downs has filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a standardbred track to be named Oak Grove Meadows on 80 acres near the intersection of Interstate 24 and U.S. 41-A in close proximity to Fort Campbell and Clarksville, Tenn. Kentucky Downs is committing $45 million to the […]

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Gulfstream Reports $50 Million Handle Increase Through Spring/Summer Meetings

Gulfstream Park, which concluded its 2018 Spring/Summer Meets the weekend of Sept. 29 with the finals of the $1.1 million FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, witnessed a $50 million increase in total handle over the previous year. Total handle for the Summer Meet was $369 million compared to $345 million in 2017 while the Spring Meet […]

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Modeling The Determinants Of Handle: Analysis Of Woodbine Racing Data

On Monday, the University of Louisville College of Business Equine Industry Program released the analytics brief, “Modeling the Determinants of Handle: An Analysis of Woodbine Thoroughbred Racing Data,” by applied economist and associate professor Steven Vickner. Using data for 1,515 races over 165 race days from the 2011 Thoroughbred racing season at the Woodbine Racetrack, […]

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Betting, Jockey Safety Major Topics At Paris IFHA Conference

Topics ranging from measures to stimulate turnover to rules harmonisation to the health, welfare, and safety of jockeys were highlighted during the 52nd Conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), held today in Paris, France. The first International Conference of Horseracing Authorities was organized and hosted by the Société d’Encouragement in Paris, France, […]

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Australia: Sydney Opera House Site Of Battle Over Horse Racing Promotion

A plan to project a racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House has sparked controversy in Australia. Racing New South Wales pitched the idea to promote the upcoming world’s richest turf race, the TAB Everest. The Sydney Opera House initially rejected the proposal but a state official overruled and allowed a […]

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