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Bernick: Horse Race Betting, Data Need Far More Industry Attention

At some point the horse racing industry – owners, racetracks, and industry organizations – stopped caring about gambling on live horse racing. If gambling on horse racing was any sort of priority, distributing free data would be one of the first things the industry would do. Get data into the hands of customers. Despite their […]

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Kentucky Committee Propels Forward Bill To Allow Sports Betting At Racetracks

A bill that would allow sports betting in Kentucky was amended Wednesday and advanced in the State House by the Licensing and Occupations Committee. The legislation, House Bill 137, would permit sports gambling at racetracks, the Kentucky Speedway and online in Kentucky. In Wednesday’s action, the bill was changed to allow betting on the sports […]

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Ahead Of Casino, Renovations, Hawthorne Sees Handle Increase, Bigger Field Sizes

With construction on the new casino and racing facility at Hawthorne Race Course just around the corner, the fall Thoroughbred meet concluded with increases in handle and field size. Additionally, a pair of new Hawthorne champions were crowned in the leading rider and trainer categories for the 32-day fall season. Removing two partial cards from […]

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Kentucky Downs Set For Three-Phase Expansion, Will Double Gaming Operation

With preliminary approval from the Franklin-Simpson Planning and Zoning Commission, Kentucky Downs this fall will embark on its largest construction project since the track opened in 1990. The first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of approximately $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well as more […]

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Rebirth Of Virginia’s Colonial Downs A ‘Feel-Good Story’

It’s a rarity in horse racing to find a place, be it physical or conceptual, where people can agree. It’s also unusual to hear about a track opening in 2019, which has already seen the closure of Portland Meadows and a likely mortal blow to Arlington Park. Colonial Downs, which is preparing to wrap up […]

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Indiana Grand Ready To Officially Open State’s First Sports Book

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will make history Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019 as it becomes the first Sports Book in the state. A special pep rally will lead into the commemorative ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of Winner’s Circle Race, Sports, Pub.  “We are extremely excited and honored to open the first Sports Book […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Arlington’s Future, Sophomore Class?

The announcement this week from Churchill Downs Incorporated, owner of Arlington Park, that it would not seek a casino license for the racetrack under a new gaming law, rocked the Illinois horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the decision and the potential ramifications going forward. […]

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‘Stunned And Profoundly Disappointed’: Illinois Horsemen Respond To Churchill Downs’ Decision On Arlington Park

The Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Churchill Downs Incorporated’s announcement that it is not seeking a casino gaming license for Arlington Park under the recently enacted Illinois Gaming Act: We are stunned and profoundly disappointed by Churchill Downs’ decision not to pursue supplemental gaming at Arlington Park in […]

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Payroll, Drug Testing, Oversight Are Concerns As Illinois Horse Racing Heads Into New Era

With the announcement earlier this summer that expanded gaming legislation had been signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, many horsemen breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they thought, a state which had struggled to be competitive with neighboring Indiana and Kentucky would finally be able to hold its own. It remains unclear when and […]

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‘It’s Really Going To Save The Place’: Fairmount Park Outlines Gambling Expansion; Hawthorne To Cancel Spring Meet To Build Casino

The recent bill passed in Illinois to grow casino gambling and introduce sports betting is essentially going to save horse racing at Fairmount Park, the president of the track said this week. Brian Zander joined Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker at a Fairmount Park event to unveil tentative plans and provide more details about the racetrack’s […]

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