Monthly Archives: October 2011

Article: Afer Long Wait, Aqueduct Opens VLT Casino

Should be interesting to watch the effect this has on purses and the quality of races and sizes of the race fields. 
 Long Wait, Aqueduct Opens VLT Casino http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65828/afer-long-wait-aqueduct-opens-vlt-casino
Just one day shy of the 10th anniversary on which former New York Gov. George Pataki signed a law approving racetrack casinos, Aqueduct the afternoon of Oct. 28 [...]

Article: And They’re Off … Horse Racing As Comedy? Seriously!

This is one I may actually go to a theatre to see…
And They’re Off … Horse Racing As Comedy? Seriously! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-o/and-theyre-off-movie_b_1023725.html
Can And They’re Off … be to horse racing movies what This Is Spinal Tap is to rock films? What Best In Show is to the dog show oeuvre? Given the [...]

Article: Fair Grounds Offers More Stakes Days, Wagers

Something to be thankful for!
Fair Grounds Offers More Stakes Days, Wagers http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65762/fair-grounds-offers-more-stakes-days-wagers
The 140th Thoroughbred racing season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots includes more major stakes days, new trainers, and an expanded wagering menu.
The New Orleans track opens Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. The 10-race card is highlighted by the [...]

Article: Lawsuit over slots may slow horse racing plans for Ohio

Lawsuit over slots may slow horse racing plans for Ohio http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/oct/22/lawsuit-over-slots-may-slow-track-plans/
The conservative American Policy Roundtable has filed suit against Gov. John Kasich over an agreement he inked with casinos that will allow lottery-controlled slots at the state’s horse-racing tracks.
The group said Kasich and lawmakers have exceeded their constitutional authority in reaching the agreement [...]

Article: Golden Gate Fields season opens amid uncertainty

Golden Gate Fields season opens amid uncertainty http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=%2Fc%2Fa%2F2011%2F10%2F20%2FSP261LJM9H.DTL
— Golden Gate Fields opens its fall season today with a new general manager and a decision due next month that could determine its future as a racetrack.
Joe Morris - named interim GM by Stronach Group, which owns the track - brings a long history of [...]

Article: Ellis Park asks for year-round simulcasting, Instant Racing machines

Year round racing at Ellis?
Ellis Park asks for year-round simulcasting, Instant Racing machines http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/oct/12/ev_13ellispark/
If the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approves, and there appear to be no reasons it would not, Ellis Park will reopen for simulcasting on Jan. 1 and stay open year-round as Instant Racing machines are installed early in 2012.
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Article: Dutrow receives ten-year suspension in New York

Racing must preserve the integrity of the rules and regulations, otherwise the bettors’ confidence in the game will dissipate, and the game would be in real trouble.
Dutrow receives ten-year suspension in New York http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/national-news/2011/10/12/Dutrow-receives-ten-year-suspension.aspx
After determining two violations occurred late last year and citing a long list of previous violations, the New York State [...]

Article: Corey Nakatani rides 6 winners at Belmont

Amazing!  I can tell you from having played golf with Corey at a charity event, he is a remarkable athlete. 

Corey Nakatani rides 6 winners at Belmont http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/10/08/2445025/corey-nakatani-rides-6-winners.html
NEW YORK — Corey Nakatani rode a record-tying six winners at Belmont Park on Saturday, including My Miss Aurelia in the Grade 1 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies.

Posted [...]

Article: Horse racing wagering down; purses, race days jump in September

Horse racing wagering down; purses, race days jump in September http://fhiers.blogs.ocala.com/11221/horse-racing-wagering-down-purses-race-days-jump-in-september/
North American wagering on horse racing continued it downward cycle in September, but purses and racing days posted healthy increases, according to figured released Tuesday by the Equibase News Service.
Wagering dropped 6.30 percent from last September to $774,455,017 from $826,554,417.
But purses [...]

Article: Turfway Park On-Track Handle Increases

This seems to be a trend this year…on-track handle up, overall handle down. 
Turfway Park On-Track Handle Increases http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/65340/turfway-park-on-track-handle-increases
Turfway Park reported a slight increase in ontrack handle and a decline in all-sources wagering during the 16-day fall meet highlighted by the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day.
Turfway officials said ontrack wagering on live races totaled $1,640,490, [...]