Tim Ritvo

Steve Lym Named VP, Racing Secretary At Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park has announced highly respected Canadian racing official Steve Lym will become the track’s Vice President and Racing Secretary as the track readies for its 82nd Winter Meet opening day this Wednesday, Dec. 26. Steeped in the Thoroughbred business from childhood, Lym served as Woodbine Racecourse’s Racing Secretary from 2003 through 2013 and as […]

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Santa Anita: Racing Secretary Hammerle Let Go, No Replacement Yet Named

The racing secretary at Santa Anita Park since 2003, Rick Hammerle has officially joined the outgoing cast of employees to lose their positions at Santa Anita Park. According to thoroughbreddailynews.com, Hammerle confirmed the news but made no additional comment on the matter. No replacement for Hammerle has been named, as of Friday afternoon. The condition book […]

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Announcer Wrona Ousted; Santa Anita ‘Going In A Different Direction’

Michael Wrona has officially been let go from his race-calling position at Santa Anita Park, according to a note he posted on Twitter on Saturday. Wrona had been employed at the Great Race Place since 2016, beating out three other announcers for the job. Mr. Ritvo has just fired me. I am no longer employed […]

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Chalk Talk: MJC’s Sinatra Speaks To Maryland Students About Horse Industry

Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra spoke to approximately 80 students Wednesday afternoon at the University of Maryland about the sport and the business of Thoroughbred Racing. Sinatra spoke to students taking the class Gambling in the New Millennium about the economic impact of Thoroughbred racing in Maryland, the improvements at Laurel Park, sports […]

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Golden Gate Fields Posts Substantial Gains In Wagering During Summer Meet

Golden Gate Fields’ Summer Meet, which concluded this past Sunday, posted significant gains in both on-track and all sources pari-mutuel handle, underscored by a 29 percent ($461,289 more a day) increase in average daily handle over the course of a 24-day meet that began Aug. 23. Although the 2017 Summer Meet consisted of 16 racing […]

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Inaugural Stronach 5 Pays Out $9,888 To 14 Bettors Friday

The inaugural running of The Stronach 5, a national Pick 5 wager with an industry-low 12 percent takeout and a guaranteed pool of $50,000, was hit by 14 bettors Friday, each winning $9,888.30. A total of $157,333 was wagered on races from Laurel Park, Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields. The minimum […]

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Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet Offers Over $29 Million In Stakes; Dec. 1 Opening Day

The 2018-2019 Championship Meet stakes schedule at Gulfstream Park will feature a record 105 stakes worth a record $29.079 million in purses, headlined by the blockbuster Jan. 26 Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, featuring the $9-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the $7-million Pegasus World Turf Cup (G1), the richest stakes on dirt […]

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Santa Anita Adding 20 Cent Rainbow Pick Six With Jackpot During Autumn Meet

In an effort to attract new players, Santa Anita Park will begin offering a 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six wager on Friday, Sept. 28, opening day of its 22-day Autumn Meet.  Patterned after the tremendously successful Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream Park, the 20 cent minimum wager enables players to cover many more horses per race […]

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Locals Express Concern Over Stronach Group’s Massachusetts Racetrack Proposal

Local residents of Lancaster, Ma. had a chance to address The Stronach Group’s Tim Ritvo at a Town Hall meeting on Monday evening, according to lowellsun.com, and several expressed concerns over the plan to build a new racetrack in the area. The basic concept of the facility off Route 70 is enveloped in a 350-acre space, […]

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Stronach Group, Fasig-Tipton To Host Sales At Santa Anita In 2019

The Stronach Group and Fasig-Tipton have reached an agreement to conduct Thoroughbred auctions at Santa Anita Park beginning in 2019. A tentative date for a 2-year-olds in training sale has been set for June 5. Tentative dates for a yearling sale are September 24 or 25. “We’re thrilled to have Fasig-Tipton back in California and to host […]

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