William Hill to Close 119 Betting Shops as Covid-19 Has Crushed Profits

[UK Bookmaker] William Hill are to close another 119 betting shops as profits plunged at the bookmaker due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the company is to repay £24.5 million in furlough funds to the government following what they described as a “robust recovery” in recent weeks since the return of mainstream sport and betting shops reopening.

Unveiling its financial results for the first six months of 2020, William Hill said net revenue had fallen by 32 per cent to £554.4m, while adjusted operating profit was down 85 per cent to £11.4m, although the bookmaker said that was ahead of expectations.

The People’s Horse in this Year’s Kentucky Derby?

LOUISVILLE, Ky., July, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's Kentucky Derby could feature a "People's Horse" like never before. Max Player, the Linda Rice-trained colt who currently sits 15th on the official Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, is now … [Continue reading]

West Virginia Derby Canceled, Horse Racing Commission Faces Financial Trouble

West Virginia Derby Canceled, Horse Racing Commission Faces Financial Trouble

Once again, the Mountain State is impacted by COVID-19. Recently, the West Virginia Racing Commission confirmed the cancelation of the $500,000 West Virginia Derby. The annual event is held at the Mountaineer Casino. This year’s running was … [Continue reading]

NTRA Statement on the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC)

Source: NTRA and the NHC Players Committee August 4, 2020 The health, safety and well being of our guests and employees, as well as everyone else involved, is our utmost consideration as we ponder a return to Bally’s Las Vegas for the 2021 … [Continue reading]

Del Mar Adds Make-up Day of Racing

Source: DMTC.com Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has announced it will run a make-up day of racing on Monday, August 31, 2020. It expects to present a 10-race card starting at 2 p.m. The added date means Del Mar will finish up its 2020 summer race meet … [Continue reading]

Historic Travers Stakes Set for August 8

by Art Parker The Triple Crown races and The Breeders’ Cup provide the greatest amount of historical talk when it comes to American thoroughbred racing. When Saratoga rolls around every August a treasure trove of racing history is re-opened, and … [Continue reading]

The Best Sports for Sports Betting

Gone are the days when people would Netflix and chill. Nowadays, it is all about chilling along with either betting on sport or playing on online casinos. In fact, both these gambling institutions are so intertwined that you can replace one with the … [Continue reading]

Covid-19 and Horse Racing. No Fans as Colonial Opens

Colonial Downs announces it will not allow spectators at horse track this year amid the pandemic

Colonial Downs planned to welcome folks back July 27 under Gov. Ralph Northam’s Phase 3 plan. With an extensive plan in place, Marshall said it would only allow 1,000 spectators at the track at the time and changed the regular weekend racing schedule … [Continue reading]

A Look Back at the History of Colonial Downs Racetrack

Jerry Lindquist's sports memories: A day at the races

Less than a year later, on May, 5, 2001, Scanlan had Borislow’s Talk Is Money in the Kentucky Derby. It was, to say the least, a temperamental horse that had been purchased for $2 million as a yearling. Scanlan originally referred to it as “Hanging … [Continue reading]

2020 West Virginia Derby Cancelled due to coronavirus

Mountaineer Racetrack officials had planned to run the Aug. 1 races without spectators, but concerns about bringing in owners, trainers and jockeys from out-of-state to the Chester track ultimately proved to be untenable, he said. Jim Colvin, … [Continue reading]