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Economic Indicators for May Show Increases; Mixed Overall for 2014

Racing showed an increase in wagering, purses, and race days during the month of May as compared with May 2013, according to the racing economic indicators released by Wednesday by Equibase. Year-to-date figures were mixed, with purses higher, but wagering and race days declined. Wagering in the U.S. was up 0.92% in 2014 as compared […]

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Is Reduced Takeout Good for Business?

In a brief Louisville Courier-Journal report, former racing secretary and head of the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program Doug Reed questions whether reduced takeout is as good for business as he once thought. Reed said he used to advocate for reduced takeout, believing that horseplayers would reinvest the money they got back. With the […]

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Horseplayer Designates Beneficiaries in Case of Triple Crown Win

Longtime fan Edward Espinoza, who along with his wife Susan, stands to win a $1 million bonus as the first-ever Santa Anita Derby Millionaire finalist should California Chrome win the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, has announced that two local churches and a leading cancer research and treatment facility will receive charitable donations if “The […]

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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Eye on the Penn Mile

The graded stakes calendar is light this weekend as the racing world awaits California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid June 7, but there are still some intriguing races on tap, including the second running of the $500,000 Penn Mile for 3-year-olds on the turf. Trainer Chad Brown sends out a speedy pair with Bobby’s Kitten and […]

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Suffolk Downs Scratches June Tuesday Cards

Suffolk Downs has cancelled racing on Tuesdays in June due to a low population of horses, according to a Daily Racing Form report. The scheduling change was approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday. The cancellation will leave the racetrack with three cards each week. There are about 600 horses on the grounds where two […]

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Greater Transparency May Be on the Horizon for New York Racing

According to a Daily Racing Form report, New York officials may soon be providing greater transparency to the public. The New York State Gaming Commission is in the process of drafting a directive to stewards in the state that would require them to reveal how they vote in the rulings process, and who they interview during […]

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British Racing Seeks to Triple International Investment

The British Horseracing Authority announced on Tuesday that it has begun efforts to stimulate international investment in British racing, and hopes to triple the funds coming in from China, Russia, Japan, and the Middle East. Racing is estimated to be worth £3.45 to the United Kingdom’s economy, and supports 17,500 jobs.  The BHA’s goals will include […]

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Horseplayer Stands to Win $1 Million if Chrome Takes Belmont

California Chrome’s immediate family aside, no one will be pulling any harder for the California-bred superstar to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978 than longtime Santa Anita fan Eddie Espinoza, who stands to bank a cool $1 million if “Chrome” wins the mile and one half Belmont Stakes on June 7. Espinoza, 71, […]

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Even Without Huge Carryover, Monday’s Rainbow 6 Still Attracts Big Handle

Even though the huge carryover was gone, Gulfstream Park’s Rainbow 6 wager, which had a mandatory payout on Monday, still did big business. Horseplayers around the country had been anxiously awaiting Memorial Day, when the Rainbow 6 – which had not been hit since Jan. 10 – had a mandatory payout set. Many thought the […]

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The Xpressbet Weekend Bankroll: Holiday Jackpot

For many years, the Metropolitan Mile was the focal point of Memorial Day weekend, but with its move to Belmont Stakes day, attention will shift elsewhere this holiday. Handicappers everywhere are anticipating Monday’s Gulfstream Park card, which is likely to feature a Rainbow 6 wager with a record-setting pool.  If there is no single winning […]

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