Tim Ritvo

Baltimore Mayor, Stronach Group Knock Heads Over Future Racetrack Plans

The mayor of Baltimore isn’t going down without a fight in the effort to save Pimlico Race Course. In a letter to Maryland’s governor and state legislative leaders, Catherine Pugh takes aim at a Stronach Group plan to create one “super track” at Laurel Park and an equine training and health center at Bowie instead […]

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‘Hopefully 2022′: Laurel Park Hosting Breeders’ Cup Among Maryland Plans

The Stronach Group’s Tim Ritvo told the Maryland Senate Budget Committee Wednesday the “master plan” for Maryland racing includes trying to land a Breeders’ Cup at Laurel Park, according to a Blood-Horse report. “It’s a real option. We’re looking at hopefully 2022,” Ritvo said. The Stronach Group COO also said a critical part of the […]

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Santa Anita’s Strong Start Includes All-Time Wagering Mark For Opening Day

Santa Anita Park’s 2018-19 Winter Meeting got off to a record-breaking start on Wednesday, as the Arcadia, Calif., track posted all-sources pari-mutuel handle of $20,491,016, a 19 percent increase over a year ago and an all-time opening day record. Wednesday’s opening day crowd of 41,373 contributed to an on-track handle of $3,463,535, a five percent […]

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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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