Horse Racing

California Handle: ‘Field Size Is The Biggest Factor, More Important Than Takeout’

The Los Angeles Daily News’ Art Wilson writes that the solution to generating handle on horse racing has been focused on takeout, ever since the advent of social media. The Stronach Group’s chief operating officer Tim Ritvo agrees that takeout is “a little bit too high” ever since the California legislature passed SB1072 in 2010, increasing the takeout […]

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Court Grants Prat Stay Of Suspension; Will Be Allowed To Ride July 1-4

Jockey Flavien Prat, who is contesting a recent suspension at Santa Anita, was granted a court stay that will allow him to ride July 1-4. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, Prat had appealed the suspension to the California Horse Racing Board, but was denied. He then took the matter to court. Prat was […]

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Asmussen Expecting ‘Sharp’ Effort From Untrapped In Ohio Derby

Third choice on the morning line at 9-2, Untrapped is one of four Kentucky Derby (G1) starters entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at JACK Thistledown. Unplaced in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Untrapped earned his way to the Run for the Roses with runner-up finishes in the LeComte (G3) and Risen Star (G2) stakes […]

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Canadian Horse Racing Industry Gearing Up To Celebrate 250th Anniversary

As Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation on July 1st, Canada’s horse racing industry is recognizing an even greater milestone, the 250th Anniversary of Horse Racing in Canada with 23 racetracks in 8 provinces taking part in a national celebration over the July 1st weekend. From British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, tracks holding races […]

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Ritvo: The Stronach Group Considering Possible New England Track

Although discussions are admittedly in the “very early” stages, there are indications that The Stronach Group is considering building a racetrack in New England. “We think Boston is a good market and we don’t want it to go away. We’re in preliminary talks with George Carney, but it’s very early,” Tim Ritvo, The Stronach Group’s chief […]

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Winter Wonderland: Dual Classic Winner Freezes Rivals In G1 Coronation Stakes

Dual Classic heroine Winter continued her fantastic season with an assured victory in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. The daughter of Galileo caused something of an upset when seeing off better-fancied stablemate Rhododendron in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, but proved that was no fluke when following up in the Irish equivalent at the […]

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Del Mar Adding Special Pick Six Wager To Betting Menu

Del Mar’s wagering menu comes with its usual full-range of betting options for 2017 and again is expected to attract some of the highest pools in racing. But additionally this year the track will include a special Pick Six bet sure to add extra buzz and further enhance one the foremost racing cards of the […]

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Caravaggio Remains Perfect With A Game Victory In Commonwealth Cup

Caravaggio maintained his unbeaten record with a superb display in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. The six-furlong contest was billed as one of the races of the week, as the Aidan O’Brien-trained Caravaggio, so impressive in the Coventry Stakes at last year’s meeting, took on a couple of major Godolphin-owned contenders in Harry Angel […]

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Pensioned Sire Stormin Fever Dies At 23

Stormin Fever, a leading sire in California prior to being pensioned in 2016, was euthanized June 22 due to the infirmities of old age, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form. He was 23. A son of Storm Cat, Stormin Fever captured the G3 Sport Page Handicap for owner-breeder Edward P. Evans. He was […]

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Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Muy Bien, Faypien

Faypien earned her first graded stakes victory when she battled to a head victory in the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. The victory provided her sire, Ghostzapper, with his fifth individual graded stakes winner this year – moving him into fourth-place on the American Graded Stakes Standings sire list. Ghostzapper, like Curlin and […]

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