VLT

Former NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. Passes After Battle With Lung Cancer

Trainer Rick Violette Jr., who retired in 2017 after 10 years as President of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and more than 25 years as a member of the NYTHA Board, passed away this morning at his home in Delray Beach, Florida, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Violette was born […]

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ThistleDown to add 600 jobs in anticipation of VLT installation

ThistleDown continues a job fair in Warrensville Heights, Ohio Saturday designed to fill 600 positions at the track, which is scheduled to become a racino as of April. Five other tracks are also scheduled to install video lottery terminals, leading experts to raise concerns that the state’s market will become oversaturated. Legal objections continue over […]

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Latest Ohio VLT ruling appealed

The Ohio Roundtable, a conservative public policy group, appealed the ruling by a Common Pleas Court that it didn’t have legal standing to sue the state of Ohio and other proposed defendants over the 2011 VLT law. Judge Timothy Horton said in a release the policy group and other plaintiffs on the lawsuit “have offered […]

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A New KEEP Chairman, A New Direction for KEEP

Like many in the Kentucky horse industry, I was sad to see former Gov. Brereton Jones step down as chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP). Over the years, I have had the privilege of getting to know the patriarch of Airdrie Stud and despite being from different political parties, I have always felt […]

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Pinnacle Entertainment closes on deal for River Downs

Las Vegas-based casino company Pinnacle Entertainment closed on its deal to purchase River Downs just east of Cincinnati, Ohio for $45 million cash. “We are excited to officially welcome River Downs into Pinnacle’s family of properties,” Pinnacle president and CEO Anthony Sanfilippo said. “Our intent remains to quickly move to revitalize River Downs as a […]

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HRB – Shanklin: Ohio shaking things up

At Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin looks at the developments in Ohio, where gaming companies have been gobbling up racetracks in anticipation that Ohio’s Supreme Court will rule video lottery terminals are permissible at racetracks.  Shanklin says there will be repercussions for surrounding states: “Business at three Thoroughbred racetracks not far from the Ohio border […]

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Arlington Park’s Serafin: We just need to be given the opportunity to compete and run the business as a business

It appears that the Illinois legislature may finally wrap up the more than decade-long debate over whether racetracks should be allowed to host slot machines to compete with neighboring states. “We’ll compete with anyone, anytime, anywhere,” Arlington Park spokesman Thom Serafin said. “We just need to be given the opportunity to compete and run the […]

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Developer Wilmot takes first step in building $100 million harness track in NY

Rochester businessman and shopping mall developer Thomas C. Wilmot Sr. is looking to build a $100 million harness racing track and VLT gambling facility in Onondaga County. With six other directors, Syracuse Raceway Inc.’s incorporation papers were approved by the state Racing and Wagering Board which allows for the newly formed corporation to apply for […]

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Of Turkeys, Zenyatta and VLTs

Horsewoman Liz O’Connell, who pens the Thoroughbred Confidential blog, writes in the Huffington Post of all that she is thankful for in 2010: family, friends, a racing superstar named Zenyatta, and the VLTs that she hopes will soon be helping out the horse industry in her home state.

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ENG: IF YOU ARE A FAN OF CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING, THIS WILL BE A BAD CHRISTMAS FOR YOU

Richard Eng is none too pleased with the increase in takeout passed by California legislators and scheduled to start December 26th. require_once(ABSPATH. ‘/wp-content/blogad.php’); ?> “Industry leaders are hoping to generate $30 million to $70 million going to purses in California. The numbers are a mirage, a lie to horseplayers and horsemen.” He goes […]

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