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Concern Runs Deep Over Florida’s ‘David Vs Goliath’ Decoupling Battle

The Florida Thoroughbred industry is on a roll. Breeding activity, severely impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, has stabilized and there are new investors in bloodstock and farms. The Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company hit a highwater mark in 2015, exceeding $150 million in gross receipts from six auctions of breeding stock, yearlings […]

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Illinois Horsemen Hope for Unity After Breeders’ Group Reverses Course

The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation (ITBOF) has backed down from an effort to become a horsemen’s group that would try to supplant existing representation for owners and trainers at Arlington Park. President Dan Sullivan filed notice with the Illinois Racing Board that the ITBOF has deferred a resolution designed to turn the organization from […]

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Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline

This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must be maintained in order to keep the money-churning slots and gambling tables going. They allow facilities used by horsemen and horseplayers […]

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Rep. Carson: Delaware Benefits From Racing Industry

In a letter to the editor in the Delaware News Journal, Representative William Carson stated his desire to keep horse racing around, citing the good that it has done for the state economy. “Today, more than 4,100 people have full- or part-time jobs in Delaware’s horse racing industry,” Carson writes. “Millions are spent in the […]

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West Virginia Horsemen Watching Legislature With Concern

West Virginia horsemen are closely following the proceedings of the state legislature with concern this week as state senators and delegates could consider serious cuts in slots funding to the racing industry. House Bill 4333, which died at the end of the regular legislature session last weekend, was the latest attempt by its chief proponent, […]

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Louisiana Breeders Call for Action Against Bills to Cut Dates, Slot Proceeds

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association released a call to action for the state’s horsemen against Louisiana House Bill 550, which would change the minimum number of dates at Louisiana Downs. Current regulations state that Louisiana Downs must run 80 days, but under the proposed legislation, the track would only have to run 30. The bill […]

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PNG Scores Massachusetts Slots License

Penn National Gaming was awarded the slots license for Massachusetts on Thursday, according to a report by The Republican. PNG will build a new facility at Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville, Mass., where it will offer 1,250 slot machines, a food court, a sports bar and a high-end restaurant. Harness racing will continue at the facility, which […]

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Updated: Illinois Governor Signs ADW Bill; Full Racing Schedule Expected

Illinois state lawmakers voted Wednesday to approve a bill that will extend Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) for three years beyond its scheduled expiration Friday. The bill, passed by both the House and Senate, was signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday afternoon. The law’s passage will provide full funding to the Illinois Racing Board […]

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Racinos Could Help Spell the End for Vegas, Alantic City

The destination casino cities of Las Vegas and Atlantic City may have seen the last of their glory days, according to a report by MyFoxNY. In recent decades, the rise of casinos on Native American reservations and of mega casinos in Macau chipped away at the profits of the two playgrounds. It’s the competition from […]

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