Newsletter

Thursday, January 17, 2019
A well illustrated summary of important points for pasture management. Awareness of appropriate pasture management is a must among horse owners and farm managers.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association today announced that there will be a record number of sponsors and partners supporting the 48th Annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, and produced by NTRA. The Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, honoring Thoroughbred racing’s champions of 2018, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
The Nebraska State Racing Commission took no action on historical gaming at its regular meeting Jan. 16, according to the Lincoln Journal Star, but will announce a decision at its next meeting in either February or March.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Plaintiffs AmTote International and Parimax Holdings, both owned by The Stronach Group, and defendants Kentucky Downs, Exacta Systems, and Magellan Gaming have reached a resolution of their existing litigation in Kentucky and Wyoming involving patents in historical racing games, according to a release from Exacta Systems.

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Should Iowa lawmakers approve sports gaming this year, Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will be ready to launch in quick order. Sports book operator William Hill issued a Jan. 16 release that it had reached a partnership agreement with Prairie Meadows to provide sports book operations at the casino should sports betting become legal. The sports book operation would be subject to the approval of Iowa gaming regulatory authorities.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The governor of New York has rejected a bid by racetrack-based casinos, off-track betting corporations, and others to begin offering betting on pro and college sports contests.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced that tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will go on sale to the public on March 4 at Noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT. The 2019 event will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, and for a record-breaking 10th time following Breeders’ Cup’s most recent appearance at the track in 2016.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Under the threat of legal action from the state, the Nebraska Racing Commission delayed a decision on whether to permit slot-like machines that allow patrons to gamble on historical horse races.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
A Department of Justice change in how it views the Wire Act is not expected to impact pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing. In a DOJ Office of Legal Counsel opinion issued late Jan. 14, the DOJ said it replaced a 2011 opinion that the Wire Act only applied to sports betting and now sees it as applicable to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, including online gambling and online lotteries. The new opinion is similar to the DOJ's position until 2011.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Illinois Horsemen are appealing for industry-wide support of an effort to recover millions of dollars in purse money lost annually because of apparently unenforceable provisions of state law.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
A Kentucky state senator whose professional background includes media and event management positions within the Thoroughbred industry has filed a bill that would redistribute how a portion of the state’s excise tax on horse racing wagers gets used to fund equine education programs at Kentucky’s colleges.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Racecourses are pressing for action against drones being flown over British tracks which they claim are being used to stream pictures to give punters an unfair advantage. Track officials say the super-fast images provided by drones are being bought by gamblers who bet during the race.

Monday, January 14, 2019
When the 115th United States Congress ended Jan. 3, the federal bill that would have established an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program for the sport expired along with the legislative session.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Presque Isle Downs & Casino awaits regulatory approval on Churchill Downs takeover, launch of legal sports betting The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is set to consider the sale of Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie to Churchill Downs at its first meeting of this year. If the transaction receives the necessary regulatory approval, it could officially close as early as Friday morning, local news outlet Go Erie reports.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 429 entries to date for its Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5, in Lexington, Kentucky. Sessions will begin daily at 10 a.m.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
The vice chairman of Arizona's Racing Commission walked out on a meeting Thursday to block renewal of a license for the state's largest horse track, saying he is upset about safety issues. Commissioner Rory Goree said he toured the Turf Paradise grounds in Phoenix last week, after a fire burned through two tack rooms, and found glaring safety problems. Goree said some fire extinguishers were missing or outdated and smoke detectors were not functional. He said Turf Paradise has a history of safety issues and there's a lack of accountability in resolving them. "If we're not as a collective group giving a s--t about security," Goree asked, "how are we giving a s--t about racing? …We have people's lives — and horses' lives — at risk."