Monthly Archives: April 2012

Article: Big Purses, Sore Horses and Death - NYTimes.com

A sobering article and video from the New York Times…
Big Purses, Sore Horses and Death - NYTimes.com http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/us/casino-cash-fuels-use-of-injured-horses-at-racetracks.html?_r=1
Since a casino opened at Aqueduct late last year, offering vastly richer prizes, 30 horses have died racing there, a 100 percent increase in the fatality rate over the same period the previous year. Like Wes Vegas and [...]

Probe of NYRA Execs May be Launched

Follow. The. Money. The integrity of the thoroughbred game is at stake. 
Probe of NYRA Execs May be Launched http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69359/probe-of-nyra-execs-may-be-launched
When it was revealed last year that takeout rates on exotic wagers were not lowered as required by law, executives with the New York Racing Association said they were caught unaware of the problem and quickly moved [...]

Article: Court Rules, Hialeah to Move Ahead With Slots

Court Rules, Hialeah to Move Ahead With Slots http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69293/court-rules-hialeah-to-move-ahead-with-slots
The Florida Supreme Court April 27 upheld a decision by a lower state court that authorizes Hialeah Park to have a casino with Las Vegas-style slot machines.   In a short notice on its website, Florida’s highest court said it declined to consider an [...]

NYRA Reports Handle Gains for Aqueduct Meet

Good news for racing from the Big Apple.
NYRA Reports Handle Gains for Aqueduct Meet http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69264/nyra-reports-handle-gains-for-aqueduct-meet
Pari-mutuel handle at this year’s 78-day Aqueduct winter/spring meet was up across the board, the New York Racing Association reported April 26.
With five more racing days than the comparable meet in 2011, total handle increased 22.6% to $513.79 million [...]

Article: Horse Racing Season Starts At Prairie Meadows | WHOTV.com …

Horse Racing Season Starts At Prairie Meadows | WHOTV.com … http://whotv.com/2012/04/20/horse-racing-prairie-meadows-begins-season/
Horse racing season kicks off Friday at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.
Live thoroughbred racing gets underway Friday night but there are some changes for race fans this year.
Horse racing will run Thursday through Sunday. Prairie Meadows is trying to [...]

Article: Total Handle Increases 5% at Sunland Park

Total Handle Increases 5% at Sunland Park http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/69046/total-handle-increases-5-at-sunland-park
The 2011-12 season at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino ended with a total handle increase of nearly 5%, the track reported April 18.
The 77-day season ended April 17 with a total handle exceeding $62 million, which was up 4.92% from last year’s totals. Director of Racing [...]

Article: Derby contenders arriving at Churchill Downs

Derby contenders arriving at Churchill Downs http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/17/2754153/derby-contenders-arriving-at-churchill.html
The probable Kentucky Derby favorite is now stabled at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 5 Run for the Roses. Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister along with stablemate Secret Circle, second in the race, are both housed under the Twin Spires.

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Casino Company Buying Turfway Park Interest

Sign of the times…
Casino Company Buying Turfway Park Interest http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68906/casino-company-buying-turfway-park-interest
Rock Gaming LLC, a partner in a casino being built in Cincinnati, Ohio has requested Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approval to purchase a part interest in Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.
The exact ownership interest in Turfway, which is owned by Caesars [...]

Article: Fair Grounds’ handle dipped slightly in 2011-2012 season

Fair Grounds’ handle dipped slightly in 2011-2012 season http://www.nola.com/horseracing/index.ssf/2012/04/fair_grounds_handle_dipped_sli.html
The Fair Grounds showed a slight decrease in average daily handle during the season that ended April 1.
Betting from all sources averaged $2,917,776 per day, down 1.7 percent from the daily average of $2,967,829 attained during the 2010-2011 season, according to figures supplied by the [...]

Article: United Tote Error Leads to Incorrect Takeout

Not a good thing for promoting confidence in the game!
United Tote Error Leads to Incorrect Takeout http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/68838/united-tote-error-leads-to-incorrect-takeout
Due to an error originating with the United Tote totalisator system located in Kentucky, customers that wagered through the New York Racing Association on Keeneland’s April 6 card and the first two races April 7, were charged incorrect takeout [...]