Archives for September 2018

$7M Turf Race Added. Pegasus Tickets Open Today

The Stronach Group, owners of the Pegasus World Cup, announced an exciting new element to what has become, in just two short years, one of the premier events on the Thoroughbred racing calendar. The Pegasus World Cup 2019, to be held on January 26, will be adding a Grade 1 turf stakes to this year’s race-day festivities.

The addition of the turf race, which will be run at 1 3/16 miles, aims to attract and showcase twelve of the best older turf horses from around the world turning the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational into a Championship Invitational Series. The total purse for the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational will sit at $7 million with $3 million awarded to the winner. The Pegasus World Cup Invitational, to be contested on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles, will offer a $9 million purse with a $4 million prize waiting for the winner of the twelve-horse field.

“The appetite for a turf race is strong and the decision to include a premier turf race is part of the ongoing evolution of the Pegasus World Cup,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group. “We are excited to expand this event for both horse owners and fans, adding to what is already an incredible day of entertainment and world-class racing at Gulfstream Park.”

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Any horse owner who purchases a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be given preference to purchase a spot in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The cost to secure an entry spot and enter a horse is $500,000 per race.

“As an international owner I am thrilled that the Pegasus World Cup will include a turf race,” said John Magnier, Founder, Coolmore. “Coolmore, like The Stronach Group, believes in growing our sport and there is no better way to do that than to provide a new platform to showcase the world’s best Thoroughbreds.”

pegasus world cup logoAs an added incentive and as part of the commitment to provide new, lucrative opportunities for horse owners, The Stronach Group will offer a $1 million bonus to the owner who wins both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.
The Stronach Group will also introduce a new wager, the Pegasus Pick 24. The Pegasus Pick 24 will offer up the chance to bet on the exact finish order for both the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, adding another layer to the race-day excitement. A whopping $5 million bonus awaits the lucky fan who hits on the Pegasus Pick 24.

Blending entertainment, innovation and Thoroughbred horse racing like no other event of its kind, the Pegasus World Cup has captured the attention of the racing industry, celebrities and fans from around the world. Past winners include Arrogate, the Horse of the Year for 2017 and the top earning Thoroughbred of all time, and 2018 Horse of the Year, Gun Runner.

Tickets for the 2019 Pegasus World Cup will be available at starting today October 1.

Marylou Whitney accepts Racing Hall of Fame honor for 3 generations

William Collins Whitney, grandfather of Marylou’s late husband, Cornelius C.V. “Sonny” Whitney, purchased the Saratoga Race Course in 1900 and resuscitated the expiring Victorian lady, and, with August Belmont II, created Belmont Park.

Sonny’s father, Harry Payne Whitney, won the Kentucky Derby twice as well as the Preakness and Belmont four times each. He was the top breeder in the country by earnings 11 times and the nation’s top owner by earnings eight times.

Marylou Whitney accepts Racing Hall of Fame honor for 3 generations…

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Amazing Rooftop Experience Planned for 2019 Kentucky Derby

Churchill winner's circleLOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept., 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), one of the world’s most renowned sports and entertainment venues, will create an elevated experience for guests of the 2019 Kentucky Derby and beyond. The legendary Louisville, Ky. racetrack has announced plans for a $5 million capital investment that will expand the Starting Gate Suites through the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot rooftop garden which will deliver a unique hospitality experience with exclusive sightlines and access for more than 500 ticketed guests.

The innovative and picturesque rooftop space, located high atop the Starting Gate Suites on the north end of the 190-acre facility, will provide covered reserved seating for more than 250 guests and approximately 250 additional Standing Room Only access tickets. More information on the individual tickets to the new space for the 2019 Kentucky Derby will be made available during the online ticket sale later this year.

Guests on the rooftop will be able to gaze at an authentic panoramic view of Louisville while enjoying access to several upscale bars and various food offerings in a cozy yet party-like atmosphere. There also will be a tiered balcony for spectacular viewing of Churchill Downs’ races, including a prime observation that overlooks the start of the Kentucky Derby at the top of the famed homestretch.

“Rooftop bars are a hot trend in the hospitality industry, and the addition of this sensational new space atop our Starting Gate Suites will be a great benefit to our facility and deliver another unique guest experience at Churchill Downs,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack.

The Starting Gate Suites debuted for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. It was constructed for $37 million and provided more than 1,800 new seats through the addition of 32 luxury suites, interior dining tables and third-floor Grandstand seats.

Construction on the Starting Gate Suites Rooftop project will begin after the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and be completed prior to the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, which will be staged for the 145th consecutive year on Saturday, May 4th. Populous is the architect and Calhoun Construction will serve as the project manager.

Guests interested in purchasing tickets to the Starting Gate Suites Rooftop or more information may contact the Churchill Downs sales department at (502) 636-4450 or

About Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 4, 2019. The track’s 2018 September Meet is set for Sept. 14-30 and its Fall Meet will run from Oct. 28-Nov. 25. An eight-time host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Churchill Downs will again be the site of that event on Nov. 2-3, 2018. Information is available at

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 8,000 gaming positions in six states. We have launched our BetAmerica Sportsbook at our two Mississippi casino properties and have announced our plans to enter additional U.S. real money online gaming and sports betting markets. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

Study States that Sports Betting Could Help Sports Attract Younger Fans

Las Vegas sportsbook contestSports-betting adults are more affluent, younger, more diverse and better educated adults than the general population, according to an American Gaming Association (AGA) commissioned study from Nielsen Sports.

The research identifies groundbreaking demographic and behavioral characteristics of self-identified bettors who the AGA believes will populate the future legal U.S. betting landscape. A second, forthcoming element of the project will estimate the amount of revenue this demographic can help unlock for the major U.S. sports leagues….

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5 Big Handicapping Contests from Santa Anita During the Autumn Meet

Contests are held both at Santa Anita and on their wagering site.

In addition to world class racing, Santa Anita Park and XpressBet have teamed to offer players a total of five big handicapping contests over the course of Santa Anita’s upcoming 22-day Autumn Meet. The contest series will begin on the second day of the meet, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” day Saturday, Sept. 29.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29: The Opening Weekend $500 Challenge

–$500 Buy-in ($300 Bankroll & $200 prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet


–One Entry to the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Handicapping Championship

–Two Entries to Day One of the DOUBLEHEADER on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Santa Anita

–$10,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Four Finishers

SATURDAY, OCT. 6: The Doubleheader–Day One

–$3,000 Buy-In ($2,000 Bankroll & $1,000 Prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet


–One Entry to the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship

–One Entry to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–Two Entries to Day Two of the Doubleheader on Oct. 7 at Santa Anita

–$55,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Five Finishers

SUNDAY, OCT. 7: The Doubleheader–Day Two

–$3,000 Buy-In ($2,000 Bankroll & $1,000 Prizes

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet


–Two entries to the 2019 Pegasus WCBC

–One Entry to the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–$50,000 Cash Prize Pool to the Top Five Finishers

SATURDAY, OCT. 20: The $500 Autumn Challenge

–$500 Buy-In ($300 Bankroll & $200 Prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet


–One Entry to the 2019 Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–$20,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Four Finishers

SUNDAY, NOV. 4: The Closing Day Challenge

–$3,000 Buy-In ($2,000 Bankroll & $1,000 Prizes)

–Play on-track or online with XpressBet


–Three Entries to the 2019 World Cup Betting Championship

–Two Entries to the 2019 National Horseplayers Championship

–$50,000 Cash Prize Pool to Top Five Finishers

For additional information on Santa Anita’s 2018 Autumn Meet Handicapping Contests, please visit, or call, at (626) 574-6384.

‘The horse racing industry is vital to the national economy’

‘The horse racing industry is vital to the national economy’ in Ireland

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Placing a winning bet on horse racing

PA Horse Racing – winning bet on horse racing?

“The system is broken, and needs to be fixed,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at the equine/agricultural site  Country Folks. “This problem has persisted for years. There has been a 71 percent decline in wagers placed on live horse racing in the state [of Pennsylvania] since 2001. This means there has been less revenue for the oversight of the industry.”

To the rescue comes the recently-formed Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA) who wants to get Pennsylvanians  back to the tracks, millennials, in particular, who have never been anywhere near a horse, and couldn’t tell a trifecta from a trip or a tag. To that end…

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Breeders’ Cup 2018: Diversify On Target for Saturday’s Jockey Club Gold Cup

Lauren Evans and Ralph M. Evans’ multiple Grade 1 winner Diversify wrapped up his major preparations for his title defense in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park with a five-furlong breeze Friday morning (9/21), covering the distance in 58.97 seconds, his second bullet work in as many weeks.

Diversify worked solo under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. over the main track shortly after the renovation break. The breeze was the fastest of 16 at the distance. NYRA clockers caught the 5-year-old New York-bred gelding by Bellamy Road galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 4/5.

Friday’s move was the fourth work for Diversify, the expected favorite for the 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic qualifier on Super Saturday, September 29, since recording a 3 ½-length victory in the Grade 1 Whitney on August 4 at Saratoga Race Course. Last Friday, Diversify breezed five furlongs in a bullet 58.88 seconds, his first appearance on the Belmont work tab since shipping from Saratoga earlier this month for trainer Rick Violette, Jr.

“It was another great breeze,” said Violette’s assistant Melissa Cohen. “We were planning on going a little slower, but he was very happy to do what he did and he couldn’t have done it any easier. We’re happy, he came back happy, barely blowing a match. He’s happy, relaxed.

“It was almost an exact replica of last week, so I think he’s telling us he’s ready,” she added. “All systems go.”

Diversify is coming into the Gold Cup off three straight wins, including the one-mile Commentator for New York-breds in May and the Grade 2 Suburban at 1 ¼ miles on July 7 prior to the Whitney. Last year, he won a pair of New York-bred stakes, capped by an 11 ½-length romp in the Evan Shipman at Saratoga, and successfully stretched out to 1 ¼ miles for the first time with a gutsy one-length victory in the 2017 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Cohen said Diversify will jog Saturday morning and walk Sunday as part of his normal post-work routine.

Source: NYRA

Ohio sports wagering could open ‘floodgates,’ Ohio Lottery director says

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September 29 Features Big Money for Florida-bred Racehorses

Florida-bred Racehorses Have Their Day at Gulfstream

Florida-breds will be bringing home the big purse money on Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park with $1 million dollars in purses ($950,000) and bonuses ($50,000) offered across five stakes races on the day’s card.

Powered by the two finals of the nationally acclaimed Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Florida Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds in the $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl and the $400,000 FSS In Reality, the day will also feature the inaugural running of the $150,000 FTBOA FSS Wildcat Heir for 3-year-olds and older going a mile. Additionally, the $75,000 Monroe Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on grass and the $75,000 Hollywood Beach for 2-year-old sprinters on grass will both offer for the first time $25,000 in Florida-bred bonus money paid over the top three places.

Post Parade Gulfstream Park maiden race


“We are really excited to put together and offer such a major day of Florida-bred racing at Gulfstream this year. To put on such a big day of racing at one of North America’s most popular tracks is a big win for our breeders, stallion operations, owners, the track, trainers and fans,” said FTBOA CEO Lonny Powell. “We also want to thank Gulfstream and the FHBPA for their all-important partnership with us on our signature FSS races for our 2-year-olds. Two-year-olds are the backbone of our industry in the Sunshine State as well as during the Summer meet at Gulfstream. Over the past several years, our FSS finals on this day have been so popular as to rank as the top, or near the very top, for this meet. With the new race and economic additions to this day this year, it should be an outstanding day for everyone involved. For those who are in Ocala from all over the racing world, this week for the [Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company] sale, you will want to heavily consider purchasing FSS-eligible 2 year-olds in order to compete for the big money this Summer at Gulfstream as well as 3-year-old racing at Tampa during their next race meet.”

The five stakes with Florida-bred money on the day are:
1. The $400,000 FSS In Reality for 2-year-old registered Florida-bred colts or gelding who are sired by FSS eligible stallions at 1 1/16 miles.
2. The $400,000 FSS My Dear Girl for 2-year-old registered Florida-bred fillies who are sired by FSS eligible stallions at 1 1/16 miles.
3. The $150,000 FTBOA FSS Wildcat Heir Stakes for 3-year-olds and older registered Florida-breds who are sired by FSS eligible stallion at one mile.
4. The $75,000 (Plus $25,000 Florida-bred bonus) Monroe Stakes for 3-year-olds and older going 1 1/16 miles on turf.
5. The $75,000 (Plus $25,000 Florida-bred bonus) Hollywood Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds going five furlongs on turf.

The FSS series for 2-year-olds begins Aug. 4 with the running of the $100,000 Dr. Fager for colts and geldings at six furlongs and the $100,000 Desert Vixen for fillies at six furlongs. They are followed by the Sept. 1 running of the $200,000 Affirmed for colts and geldings at seven furlongs and the $200,000 Susan’s Girl for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. The meet also offers $5,000 bonuses for FSS-eligible, 2-year-old winners in designated maiden special weight races throughout the meet.

Additionally, $25,000 FSS “Win” bonuses will be offered on the $75,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs and the $75,000 Azalea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, both during the Summit of Speed on June 30.

Two other stakes restricted to Florida-breds recently received $25,000 FSS “Win” bonuses in the $100,000 Benny the Bull Stakes on Aug. 25 and the $100,000 Sheer Drama Stakes on Sept. 8. The Benny the Bull will be open to Florida-bred 3-year-olds and older at seven furlongs while the Sheer Drama is for Florida-bred fillies and mares, 3-years old and older at seven furlongs.