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Equibase Acquisition Suggests Future Is Now For GPS Technology To Time, Chart Horse Races

Equibase Company LLC today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Axcis Information Network Inc. (TrackMaster), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the timing assets of American Teletimer Corporation (ATC), a leading provider of timing, photo finish and video services for Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Greyhound racing. ATC will maintain its photo finish and television […]

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2019 Wagering Numbers: Purses Increase, Betting Down From Previous Year

Betting on horse races in the U.S. topped $11 billion for the second straight year in 2019, but year over year numbers show slight declines in most categories. Wager on U.S. races dropped 2 percent between 2018 and 2019, and there were similar drop offs in starts, average field sizes and average wagering per day. […]

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‘Sometimes I Can’t Believe It’: Apprentice Torres Enjoying The Ride At Gulfstream

When he launched his professional riding career eight months ago, Cristian Torres just wanted to win some races. His dedication and success over that time has put the 22-year-old in position to win something much more. Based year-round in South Florida, riding at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West, Torres heads into the final weeks […]

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Jockey Joe Talamo: Milestone Victories ‘Don’t Come Easy’

Jockey Joe Talamo, two shy of his 2,000th career victory, is scheduled to ride four mounts on Saturday in quest of the milestone. Records show Talamo, 29, won No. 1,000 on April 4, 2012 in the fourth race at Santa Anita aboard Splendid Fortune, an Arnold Zetcher homebred trained by Bob Baffert. The 2-5 favorite […]

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‘The Crab Is In’: Maryland-Based Trainer Smith Approaching 2,000-Win Milestone

A weathered sign hangs from twisted wire on the green-painted office door of trainer Hamilton Smith’s barn at Laurel Park, aged by years of hot sun and harsh winters. Greeting visitors is the unblinking stare of a faded crustacean, holding a message in its claws. “The Crab Is In.” Don’t be fooled by the message, […]

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Free Data Friday: What Suits ‘The Best Interests Of The Industry’ In The Era Of Big Data?

Anyone involved with the thoroughbred racing and breeding business in North America should want nothing but the best for the industry. The sustainability of the industry must be paramount, however threats from many corners exist, both direct and indirect. When it comes to data, the industry is clearly well-served by having a company such as […]

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‘Widely Respected’ Florida Trainer Monte Thomas Dies After Battle With Cancer

The horse racing world lost a good one yesterday, when long-time Florida trainer Monte Thomas passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Thomas befriended and trained for my father over the last four years, although living on across the country we were never able to all meet face to face. It doesn’t feel that […]

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Kentucky Downs Research Day Sponsorships Sold Out

Sponsorships have again been obtained for all four of the races Kentucky Downs made available for Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Day, to be held on Saturday, August 31. Equibase, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, and Starlight Partners are each sponsoring an overnight race. All sponsorship dollars go to Grayson to support […]

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Wagering On U.S. Racing Dips 7% In June; Down 3% Year To Date

Wagering on U.S. races in June 2019 declined by 6.99%, leading to a 3.01% drop in the second quarter and a 3.22% slide for the first six months of the year compared to 2018. Statistics released by Equibase show a decline of $74.5 million in June – from $1,065,526,949 in 2018 to $991,001,055 in 2019 […]

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Opening Weekend At Albuquerque Downs Sees Attendance, Handle Increases

Albuquerque Downs recorded substantial increases in on-track attendance and total handle during opening weekend of its 2019 season, June 28-30. According to figures reported to Equibase, the racing industry’s official information database, Albuquerque Downs drew a total of 9,142 fans from June 28-30, an increase of 63 percent over the 5,595 fans drew during its […]

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