Monthly Archives: September 2011

Article: Illinois horse racing: Arlington Park making big play for better dates …

Illinois horse racing: Arlington Park making big play for better dates … http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-24/sports/ct-spt-0925-horse-racing-dates–20110925_1_arlington-chairman-dick-duchossois-arlington-general-manager-national-jockey-club
If the Illinois Racing Board approves Arlington Park’s 2012 dates request Tuesday, the February through April thoroughbred meeting at Hawthorne Race Course will be wiped off the calendar and the money from out-of-state simulcasts during the first four months of the year will [...]

Article: Hoosier Park Increases Most Purses

Promising for Indiana racing…
Hoosier Park Increases Most Purses http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65220/hoosier-park-increases-most-purses
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, citing an increase in pari-mutuel handle, raised most purses effective Sept. 27.
Officials at the Indiana racetrack said purses for non-conditioned claiming races of $10,000 or higher were increased $3,000, while races for $7,500 and above were raised [...]

Article: Casino Expansion Would be Boon to Horse Racing

More slots at racetracks
Casino Expansion Would be Boon to Horse Racing http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/casino-expansion-racetracks-130675918.html
The giant casino bill which is stuck in a legislative logjam in Illinois would create a mega-casino for Chicago. It would create four other new casinos, in southern Cook County, Lake County, Rockford, and Danville. And it would add thousands of gaming positions to [...]

Article: Police: Jockey Kent Desormeaux tried running over a cop … with his Porsche

Question:  did the officer in question say anything about Mr. Desormeaux’s riding abilities just before the incident?
Police: Jockey Kent Desormeaux tried running over a cop … with his Porsche http://www.suntimes.com/sports/horseracing/7404461-419/police-jockey-kent-desormeaux-tried-running-over-a-cop-with-his-porsche.html
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Police in New York say jockey Kent Desormeaux, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, tried to run over a traffic cop.
Saratoga [...]

Article: Casinos, Horse-racing advocates urge support of ballot question to legalize …

Should be interesting to see if the public is behind a cafeteria approach to wagering.
Casinos, Horse-racing advocates urge support of ballot question to legalize …
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/casinos-horse-racing-advocates-urge-support-of-ballot-question-to/article_92d02c04-e883-11e0-8308-001cc4c03286.html
TRENTON _ Longtime adversaries became allies Monday as advocates of the casino and horse racing industries joined Monday in support of a referendum and legislation to legalize sports betting in [...]

Article: Major Purse Increases Expected at Aqueduct

Hopefully, a positive sign for New York racing. 
Major Purse Increases Expected at Aqueduct http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65168/major-purse-increases-expected-at-aqueduct
The New York Racing Association has announced that total purses for the 2012 winter/spring meet at Aqueduct are expected to increase by approximately $8.6 million, or 36%, over this year’s meet.
The new purse structure, which will go [...]

Article: 53-Day Meet at Lone Star Park in 2012

53-Day Meet at Lone Star Park in 2012 http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65150/53-day-meet-at-lone-star-park-in-2012
The Texas Racing Commission has approved a 53-day meet for Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie for 2012. The track raced 52 days in 2011.
The 2012 spring Thoroughbred season will run from April 12 through July 8, with racing on a Thursday [...]

Article: Breeders’ Cup post times announced, pick five wager added

Breeders’ Cup post times announced, pick five wager addedhttp://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/09/22/breeders-cup-post-times.aspx
When the new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint is run for the first time, kicking off this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 4 and 5 at Churchill Downs, bettors will be able to try their luck at a new pick five wager.
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Article: Santa Anita Adds 50-Cent Player Pick 5 Wager

I especially like the 14 percent takeout  
Santa Anita Adds 50-Cent Player Pick 5 Wager http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65135/santa-anita-adds-50-cent-player-pick-5-wager
Santa Anita Park will offer California’s newest exotic wager, the 50-cent Players’ Pick Five, at the 2011 autumn meet that begins Sept. 30, the track announced.
The wager, which was originated this spring at Hollywood Park [...]

Article: Retama Extends Thoroughbred Meet

Retama Extends Thoroughbred Meet http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65130/retama-extends-thoroughbred-meet
Retama Park received approval Sept. 21 from the Texas Racing Commission to add six nights of live racing to its 2011 Thoroughbred meeting.
The three additional weekends extend the current meet through Breeder’s Cup Day Nov. 5. Retama Park requested the extension as part of a plan to remove four [...]