Tim Ritvo

XpressBet, Long-Time President Luniewski Parting Ways

Ron Luniewski is no longer the president of XpressBet, reports drf.com. In that position since 2002, Luniewski was one of the longest-serving members of the ADW company. The Stronach Group’s Tim Ritvo met with Luniewski at XpressBet headquarters in Pittsburgh on Friday, and XpressBet made the notification to its employees shortly thereafter. Neither Ritvo nor Luniewski […]

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‘Sensational’: All Three Of Saturday’s Derby Preps Recorded Increased Handle

Saturday saw a trio of Kentucky Derby prep races run across the United States, and each of the day’s cards at Keeneland, Aqueduct and Santa Anita demonstrated handle increases over 2017. On Blue Grass day, Keeneland set non-Breeders’ Cup single-day wagering records for all-sources handle, Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. Total all-sources handle was […]

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As Florida Lawmakers Race To Pass Gambling Bill, Churchill Downs And Calder Look Toward Jai Alai

With the clock ticking down to Friday’s conclusion of the 2018 legislative session in Florida, lawmakers are scrambling to pass a wide-ranging gambling bill. Nothing new there, since legislators have been working unsuccessfully on gambling bills for several years. What makes 2018 different is a constitutional amendment that will be on the general ballot this […]

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CHRB: Fatality Decrease In 2017, Handle Increase In January

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 22, at Santa Anita Park. Chair Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. […]

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Trainer Martin Wolfson Ruled Off At Gulfstream Park Over Financial Responsibility Issues

Martin Wolfson, a longtime leading trainer in South Florida who won the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Mile with Miesque’s Approval, has been ruled off Gulfstream Park property because of financial responsibility issues. According to Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group that owns Gulfstream Park, horses have been removed from Wolfson’s barn because his […]

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Then There Was One: Stronach Group Makes Deals For Two Of Final Three Pegasus Slots

Just nine of a possible 12 spots in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup had been sold by the deadline in mid-December, so The Stronach Group had to get creative to fill the remainder of the starting gate in the world’s richest horse race. According to drf.com, TSG marketed those three remaining spots to horse owners […]

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‘This Has To Happen’: Ritvo Discusses Planned Renovations, Future Additions To Santa Anita

Prior to the start of its 2017-2018 winter-spring race meet, Santa Anita officials announced its new ‘Ship & Stay’ incentive program to attract out-of-state horsemen and to incentivize them to keep running horses in California the remainder of the year. The ‘Ship & Stay’ program is one of many changes that are in the works for […]

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Ritvo Hoping Changes Will Turn Business Around At Santa Anita Park

“We have to see the business turn around,” Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, told John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times on the eve of the Arcadia, Calif., track’s traditional day-after-Christmas opening day on Tuesday. Ritvo has spent the better part of six months at Santa […]

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Nine Of Twelve Slots Sold For 2018 Pegasus World Cup

The Stronach Group will purchase three of the spots in the starting gate for the 2018 Pegasus World Cup; only nine were sold by the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, according to drf.com. “We still think there will be 12 in the race,” said TSG’s Tim Ritvo, adding that the plan is to continue to market the […]

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Total Handle Soars As Gulfstream Hosts First Clasico Internacional Del Caribe

Noisemakers, drum circles, fans singing anthems, wearing the colors of their countries and waving national flags. The Clasico Internacional del Caribe, the premier Thoroughbred event in Latin America and the Caribbean, arrived for the first time in 50 years in North America Saturday and it was a hit at Gulfstream Park. The highlight of the five-race Clasico […]

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