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TOC TAKING OVER SANTA ANITA’S PAYMASTER ACCOUNT

By Ray PaulickSouthern California horsemen who failed to withdraw funds from the paymaster at Santa Anita Park by 1 p.m. (Pacific) Wednesday will be unable to access their money for the next three days while the funds are transferred to a new account managed by the Thoroughbred Owners of California. Horsemen were notified of that development […]

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LAWSUIT CLAIMS CHRB RULE RESTRICTS COMMERCE

By Ray PaulickResponding to complaints from racing secretaries that horses were being claimed in California races and immediately shipped out of state – often to tracks with purses enriched with slot machine revenue — the California Horse Racing Board in 2005 amended its rules to prohibit any claimed horse from racing outside of the state […]

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WILL BETFAIR BECOME A PLAYER IN THE U.S.?

By Ray Paulick Are betting exchanges a possible solution to the problems facing the U.S. Thoroughbred industry, which in 2008 saw its annual pari-mutuel handle fall for the fourth time in six years, dropping over 7% to a 10-year low? The Thoroughbred Owners of California thinks they may be, having recently signed a letter […]

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ADW DISPUTE: A LINE IN THE SAND

By Ray Paulick The dispute that’s prevented out-of-state horseplayers from betting on Hollywood Park races through account wagering or advance deposit wagering (ADW) companies is about money, of course. Isn’t it always? The same issues shut down account wagering on Churchill Downs, Calder Race Course and other tracks earlier this year. No one who’s […]

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ACCOUNT WAGERING DEAL STRUCK FOR DEL MAR

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, according to sources, TVG exercised its exclusivity and told the Thoroughbred Owners of California that it would not allow some of the other account-wagering companies to offer online betting on Del Mar. As a result, TwinSpires.com and XpressBet customers in certain states may only bet on Del Mar using their telephone, […]

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