Archives for May 2018

Friday’s Investec Oaks preview and tips

Investec Oaks preview and tips – horse-by-horse guide Sportinglife.com

“WILD ILLUSION (7/2): Group One winner at two and lot to like about her fourth in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on her first run back. Along with Magical she sets the form standard but going into the unknown at this trip and in against a raft of …”

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Asmussen’s Tenfold Prepping for Belmont Stakes

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tenfold, third by a total of three-quarters of a length in the Preakness, galloped 1 1/8 miles under Angel Garcia after getting a day off Tuesday.

“The horse is doing good,” said Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

Asmussen said Tenfold is scheduled to work five-eighths of a mile Saturday and that he’s looking for a nice, relaxed move in “1:01 and change, 1:02” in preparation for running Belmont Park’s 1 ½ mile circumference.

“It’s who he is physically and the rhythm I want him in that I think will be most effective in the Belmont for him,” Asmussen, who frequently works his Saturdaystakes horses on Mondays, said of the workout design and timing. “…. He’s just going to have to be big, relaxed and cover the ground with the frame that he has.”

Tenfold and other Churchill-based Asmussen horses running at Belmont will fly to New York on Tuesday, he said.

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Florida Horse Racing: An Economic Study

“Florida has a robust equine industry with more than $6.8 billion total value added to the state’s economy,”

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Florida

The latest American Horse Council study pinpoints the Florida equine industry’s large-scale economic impact and industry officials are taking note. The $6.8 billion annual equine economic impact in Florida is up by 33% since the last study over a decade ago. The racing sector’s impact is up 47%.

“That’s significant,” said Lonny Powell, CEO of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owner’s Association. “Florida truly is a horse state. To many, the beach, sun, sand, and oranges are synonymous with Florida, but our state has been steadily adding equines to that list to hang our state’s collective hat on for some time. Equines are becoming a strong part of Florida’s brand.”

“A thriving thoroughbred industry is vital to the state’s economy and to providing world class entertainment to spectators from around the globe,” said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group.

Campo added, “It’s significant that racetrack operators in the state generate $307 million in revenue and create over 1,200 jobs with purses in excess of $105 million. Our Miami-area operation, Gulfstream Park, is one of the gems in the racing world and its right here in Florida.”

Campo is referring to the world-class racing experience for both competitors and spectators and one of the world’s richest days of horse racing with the Pegasus World Cup.

“Florida has a robust equine industry with more than $6.8 billion total value added to the state’s economy,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. “As the third largest state in terms of equine population in the United States, Florida’s horse industry is vital to the state’s economy. The export of purebred horses from the state is one of our fastest growing sectors and shows the prominence of Florida’s horses worldwide.”

The numbers also reveal jobs are up by 8% from the last study conducted 13 years ago. Florida has been a proponent of state job growth, especially in recent years, and the employment numbers are important for an overall robust state environment. The labor-intensive industry provides jobs ranging from directly working with horses – including grooms, trainers and equine health practitioners – to a significant number of jobs that exist in the restaurant, hotel and hospitality sector thanks to racetracks and equine venues.

Thoroughbred horse sales, specifically the Ocala Breeders’ Sales, contribute strongly to the hospitality sector as buyers from as many as 49 states and 38 countries flock to the two-year-olds in training sales each spring. Horse sales in the state generated $156 million in revenue in 2016.

Tom Ventura, president of Ocala Breeders’ Sales said, “Since 2010, OBS has sold over 22,000 horses for more than $1 billion dollars to buyers from every state except Alaska and 38 different countries. OBS has become the destination to buy quality two year olds, accounting for nearly 70% of juvenile sales in North America.”

In addition to the sales, Ocala, Marion county, is recognized worldwide as the hub of thoroughbred breeding and training carrying the moniker, “Horse Capital of the World™” due to the number of horses of all breeds and world class equine events that are based there. About 15,000 thoroughbreds annually receive early training in the state away from harsh winters and frozen ground. The area is strongly supported by a concentration of equine services, such as leading veterinarians, researchers, feed and tack retailers, equine dentists, and major horse transportation companies.

“Anecdotally, we’ve known locally for a long time the significant impact of equines to our county economy. Our 2015 study commissioned by the CEP provided those hard numbers – a substantive $2.6 billion economic impact to the county. Having a national study that drills down to the state level just solidifies the growth we’ve been seeing in recent years ourselves,” said Kevin T. Sheilley, president and CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.

The latest study reports Florida is home to 387,078 horses with one in four being thoroughbreds in racing, competition and recreation. Thoroughbreds make up the largest segment of the horse population in Florida. Florida nationally is third in horse population behind Texas which is over four times larger geographically and California which over two times larger.

“With over 113,000 jobs and a robust $6.8 billion in total impact, equines continue to have a notably greater economic impact than our signature spring baseball training. The study clearly supports the train of thought that the Florida thoroughbred business, along with our entire equine industry, are not only worth preserving but supporting and growing as well. Florida is most fortunate to have such an industry and agri-business already well established within its borders just as we Floridians are fortunate to live and work here,” Powell said.

With the fourth largest growth rate in the nation, land is at a premium in Florida. Agricultural operations like equine production preserve a significant amount of land. The latest report notes land owned or rented for horse-related purposes has increased to 717,000 acres. The preserved land, mostly in Central Florida, provides rural opportunities for city-bound Floridians and opportunities for diversity of tourism in the state. The report covers figures as of 2016.

Last year, two Florida-breds, Caledonia Road and World Approval won Eclipse awards, the nation’s highest honor for thoroughbreds. They join the list of 52 national champions including six Florida-bred Kentucky Derby winners. Florida has had more winners of Kentucky Derbies outside of Kentucky than any other state. Champions include 28 Breeders’ Cup winners.

“It’s clear to see why the road to the Kentucky Derby begins here in Ocala, Horse Capital of the World™,” said City of Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn, “ It is a major epi-center of the horse world and is part of our daily life here integrated into our hometown history, arts and culture. It’s not surprising the state numbers would reflect what we’ve known in Marion County for a long time, that the industry makes a significant impact.”

“The equine industry is a key driver of the local economy in Marion County,” said Kathy Bryant, Chairman of the Marion County Commission. “Ever since Needles’ triumph in the 1956 Kentucky Derby, we’ve proudly been the home to countless thoroughbreds who attract jobs and excitement to our community.”

Incentive programs offered in Florida are a key to the industry and have grown in recent years.

“Florida consistently ranks in the top two to three in foal crop annually. Incentives in the state from breeders’ and owners’ awards, to bonus money for races of all types give Florida-breds robust opportunities to earn more for their owners who have invested in them. The Florida Sire Stakes series promotes stallions standing in the state and gives FSS eligible Florida-breds going into the sales arena opportunities for their buyers to race in the prestigious series,” said Powell.

Hip 94, Pioneerof the Nile–Faith In Me, sold for $1 million at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale

Stephen W. Screnci, president of Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Inc., said: “It is very rewarding to see strong Florida numbers and with new incentive additions to racing meets, the economic impact should continue to further enhance our already strong all-year program here in Florida.”

Tampa Paddock

Up close and personal at Tampa Bay Downs paddock. Copyright AGOS

“We are continually seeking to enhance the state’s breeding and racing programs by providing incentives for horsemen to race Florida-breds at Tampa Bay Downs,” said the track’s Vice President and General Manager Peter Berube. “We also recognize the importance of Florida’s thoroughbreds and to attracting new investors in the state.”

Bob Jeffries, president of the Tampa Bay Downs HBPA, offered his enthusiasm for the study noting the cooperation of industry members to continue the growth of the industry.

“We have the largest stakes program in Tampa Bay Downs history currently. When the track, the horsemen and the Florida breeders work together as a team, good things happen for everyone. And good things are happening,” Jeffries said.

Powell added, “Our job at FTBOA is to promote, advocate for and enhance the economics of our state-wide industry at home as well as outside our state and national borders. This fresh American Horse Council study clearly demonstrates the importance of our mandate on behalf of the entire state industry. Our breeders, farms, tracks, owners, conditioners and equine professionals are top-shelf, which, along with our weather and quality of life, make Florida the greatest place to breed, sell, own and race.”

The industry is supported by Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services which creates a favorable business climate including no tax on stallion seasons, exemptions for horses purchased from original breeders and a breeding stock exemption. Feed and animal health items are exempt along with certain farm equipment. Property tax breaks are also provided to Florida’s horse farms.

New to the study was the addition of analysis of the impact and scale of equine retirement, sanctuaries, and therapy programs. These programs among other re-training programs give thoroughbreds that are no longer racehorses opportunities for second careers in horse sport competitions and recreation. These programs added multi-millions in impact, slightly over $114 million, compared to the billions in the racing sector, but their importance cannot be unscored enough in showcasing the versatility of horses in second careers.

Source: Press Release

Lottery & Live Sports Wagering – A Presentation at GiGse by EquiLottery CEO Brad Cummings

This is the type of content that makes GiGse a highlight of the conference calendar each year.

With all eyes on US sports betting at the annual GiGse conference in Miami, the assembled audience of top gaming professionals in North America and beyond will be privy to a “first-of-its-kind presentation” when the event opens this week. EquiLottery CEO Brad Cummings will, for the first time in a public or private forum, provide his full vision for lottery games of chance based on live sporting events on May 31st at 3:30 PM at the Biltmore Hotel.

CEO Brad Cummings

CEO Brad Cummings

“EquiLottery is best known in the lottery and gaming industries through our development of Win Place Show, a game of chance based on live horse racing,” said Cummings. “But the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down PASPA has allowed us to publicly expand our vision and offer new games to lotteries that will provide more money to the good causes they support. Similar to our racetrack friends and partners, we see this ruling as an opportunity to build on the platform we have already established for Win Place Show. We look forward to transferring this vision to lottery games of chance based on all live sports, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, auto racing and golf.”

Cummings’ presentation will outline a vision for this new category and discuss in detail two conceptual games, the first a parlay style game based on live football and the second a higher stakes game based on a live auto race. Complete details, including the patented play style, suggested payouts and odds structure, will be presented to conference attendees. The games will range from smaller daily game options to larger jackpot games designed for multi-state play. All games will allow for the leagues and associations involved to get a piece of the action through a licensing fee as a percentage of sales.

“We’re thrilled that EquiLottery has chosen GiGse as the platform for this first-of-its-kind presentation,” said Clarion Gaming’s Head of

Clarion Gaming¹s Head of Industry Insight and Engagement, Ewa Bakun (GiGse 2018)

Clarion’s Ewa Bakun

Content, Ewa Bakun, which organizes GiGse as well as ICE London. “This kind of forward thinking is what has made Mr. Cummings an important voice in the lottery industry specifically and the gaming industry at large. This is the type of content that makes GiGse a highlight of the conference calendar each year. ”

EquiLottery recently announced the rebranding of its live horse racing lottery game as Win Place Show: An EquiLottery Game. Details of the new game can be found at www.WinPlaceShowLotto.com. This rebranding has set the stage for other live sports lottery games of pure chance to be developed by EquiLottery based on its U.S. and Canadian IP. These games are being developed for implementation by state and provincial lotteries and will become part of the EquiLottery family of lottery games as the company evolves its mission from the development of a single product to pioneering a new game category.

Source:  Press Release

Successful 2018 Preakness Stakes Day in Maryland

The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club announced that total handle on Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes, won by Justify, was $93,655,128.

The handle, as well as the crowd of 134,487, was the third-largest in Preakness history.

Despite rain showers, a sloppy track and dense fog, an energetic crowd was treated to 14 races, world-class dining, and entertainment featuring Post Malone, 21 Savage and ODESZA.

“It’s amazing that under the conditions, the fact field size was 6.6 compared to 8.9 the year before and we lost four turf races, our handle was $93 million,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “Justify and all our equine and human athletes put on a memorable show. I want to thank all of the fans who attended and wagered on our races Saturday. They are truly remarkable. The Stronach Group is proud to be part of the history and tradition of Thoroughbred racing in Maryland. We’re committed to honoring the deep history and tradition of the Preakness while continuing to modernize the sport by offering unique entertainment and guest experiences.”

Friday Just as Successful

Despite a sloppy track and afternoon showers, a crowd of 48,265 attended Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan program at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

The crowd was the second largest in the Black-Eyed Susan’s 94-year history, just shy of last year’s record of 50,339.

The program was highlighted by seven stakes and Red Ruby’s victory in the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan (G2).

Total handle for the afternoon was $18.591 million, down six percent from last year ($19.895) on an afternoon when four races were taken off the turf on a program with 35 fewer starters.

“We witnessed some impressive performances on the track from our equine and human athletes, and we received positive feedback on the upgraded facilities in the Preakness Village and Turfside Terrace and our dining rooms,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “Despite races being taken off the turf, handle was strong and the crowd enjoyed the afternoon.

“We want to thank our dedicated fans and horsemen. We’re looking forward to showing off more of our improvements Saturday during Preakness 143, including a new stage for InfieldFest, a revamped infield layout, and five spectacular performers. The Stronach Group’s commitment to Thoroughhbred racing in Maryland and throughout the country are reflected by today’s impressive results.”

Source: Press Release

2018 KY Oaks Winner Monomoy Girl Looking Sharp

Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winner Monomoy Girl was originally scheduled to breeze Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) at Churchill Downs but when overnight rain left the track “muddy,” the multiple Grade I winning filly was permitted to work five furlongs in :59.40 over a “fast” surface at 12:15 p.m. prior to the first race.

With regular rider Florent Geroux aboard, the Brad Cox-trained daughter of Tapizar breezed in company with 5-year-old gelding and $400,940-earner Dazzling Gem through splits of :13, :25, :36.60 and :48.40 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12.80 and seven-eighths of a mile in 1:26.40.

“It was a really solid work,” Cox said. “It was exactly what we were looking for. We really wanted to keep her on a schedule with 13 days out from the race. We could’ve breezed her on the mud this morning but it would’ve been more of a maintenance work and I wanted to do something a little more with her. The track was better this afternoon and she did it the right way. If she can keep putting things together in the afternoon as she does in the morning training she’ll be tough in the Acorn.”

“The horse she breezed with is pretty nice,” Geroux said. “She did everything really well and worked easy. She got by (Dazzling Gem) with no problem and galloped out well.”

Monomoy Girl (7-6-1-0—$1,120,750), who is preparing for a start in the $700,000 Acorn (GI) on the June 9 Belmont Stakes undercard, defeated 13 rivals to win the Kentucky Oaks by a half-length over Wonder Gadot.

“I still pinch myself that we actually won the Oaks,” Louisville native Cox said. “I’m so proud of our whole team and this filly. She’s the real deal.”

Source: Press Release

Delaware Park’s opening day a unique horse racing experience

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Delaware Park Opens Thursday. Lake Gearing Up

Trainer Scott Lake gearing up for Delaware Park

Wilmington, Del., — Scott Lake, sixth on the all-time list for wins by a North American trainer with nearly 5,900 victories, has been returning to Delaware Park for nearly two decades because of the atmosphere, the people and the competition. The 52-year-old native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will have approximately 35 horses stabled at the Stanton oval for the 81st season of live racing, which begins on May 30th.

Delaware Park racing“It is one of my favorites,” said Lake, who finished first or second as the leading trainer in North America by wins from 2000 through 2009. “I love the stable area with the open barns and the long walks to the race track, and I have always gotten along with management. So for me, it is just a great place to train horses. We have also had plenty of success in Delaware, so it is a meet I look forward to every year.”

Since 2000, Lake has won more than 1,000 races and has finished first or second in the race for leading trainer 13 times at Delaware Park. Last season, he finished tied for first with fellow perennial national and Delaware Park leader Jamie Ness with 21 wins.

“It was great,” said Lake. “My crew worked hard. It was real nice to tie for the win, and I was proud of my crew and horses to get that done. Jamie and I go back a long time. I met him at Canterbury Park when he only had four or five horses. Every year, when I would go back to Canterbury for the Claiming Crown, he would have a little more and more. We would sit and talk to each other all the time about angles, the business and other things. He has done very well, and it was great to finish in a dead heat with him.”

Combined, the Lake and Ness duo have won 8,608 career races in North America through May 15th. Lake has 5,903 career victories, while Ness ranks 40th on the list with 2,705. They have won a combined 13 training titles at Delaware Park. Before last season, Lake won seven straight Delaware Park titles from 2002 through 2008, which equaled the record for most consecutive set by the legendary Grover “Buddy” Delp from 1963 through 1969. Ness has been leading trainer for five seasons—the last three and 2012 and 2013. The only person to win more training titles than Lake and Ness is Delp, who won 11. Tim Ritchey has won five, King Leatherbury has won four, and Sam Cronk, Juan Vasquez, Richard Dutrow, John Tammaro, Douglas Davis Jr. and Frank Bonsal have won three each.

Others preparing for the 2018 season at Delaware Park are Jamie Ness, Tim Ritchey, Gerald Bennett, Sam Cronk, Randy Nunley, Michael Gorham, Anthony Pecoraro, Louis Albertrani, Jonathan Sheppard, Thomas Proctor, Arnaud Delacour, Ronald Alfano, Victor Carrasco Jr., Bobby Raymond, Richard Hendriks, John Rigattieri, Wayne Potts, Richard Hendriks and Abel Castellano.

2018 LIVE RACING DATES—The 81st season of live racing at the Stanton oval will feature 81 days with the meet starting on May 30 and concluding on October 20. Live racing will be conducted Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The final week of the meet live racing will only be conducted on Wednesday and Saturday. Delaware Oaks Day is slated for July 7th and Delaware Handicap Day is July 14th. The first race post time is set for 1:15 p.m.

Source: Press Release

NJ horse racing group sues major sports leagues over bet losses

The action filed by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association claims the leagues acted in bad faith when they sought a restraining order in 2014 to block Monmouth Park Racetrack from offering sports betting, because the pro leagues were actively promoting and endorsing businesses that made millions from fantasy sports games that rely on …

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Big Carryover at Pimlico Today

horses racingBuilding on the momentum of a weekend witnessed by more than 180,000 fans on-track and where total handle surpassed $112 million, live racing returns to legendary Pimlico Race Course Thursday with a nine-race program that features a 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $216,236.59.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved on both the May 18 Black-Eyed Susan Day program, which attracted a crowd of 48,265 and saw total handle reach $18.591 million, and May 19, when Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify captured the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) before 134,487 fans – the third-largest gathering in race history – and helped generate of total handle of $93.655 million.

A total of $583,950 was wagered into the Rainbow 6 on Preakness Day, an all-stakes sequence that saw no payoff higher than Switzerland’s $7.80 in winning the Maryland Sprint (G3). Justify, favored at 2-5 in a field of eight 3-year-olds, returned $2.80 in the final leg, with multiple winning tickets returning $41.04.

Maryland’s state-record Pick 6 carryover is $345,898.33, reached heading into the April 15 program at Laurel Park. It was solved that day by a single bettor for a jackpot payout of $399,545.94.

The previous state record of $275,322 came June 6, 2015 on closing day of Pimlico’s spring meet, when a mandatory payout produced multiple winning tickets worth $12,518.28.

Thursday’s Rainbow 6 begins in Race 4 and includes turf events in Races 5 and 9 which attracted a total of 30 entries, an average of 15 starters per race. The featured Race 8 is a $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up going six furlongs on the main track, where Everlasting Secret – fifth as a 42-1 long shot in the Primonetta Stakes April 21 in her last start – is the tepid 4-1 program favorite in a field of eight.

The carryover jackpot is only paid out when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 40 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

First race post time Thursday is 1:10 p.m.

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