Archives for January 17, 2021

How A 40-Year-Old Horse Racing Law Helped Move Sports Betting Forward

A look back…

Forty years ago, Congress passed a comprehensive bill for horse racing that could be a model for nationwide sports betting legislation.

The federal law — the Interstate Horseracing Act — even includes a “consent to bet” clause that may cause certain US sports league executives to drool.

Related developments in sports wagering are proceeding at a rapid pace, increasing the chances that Congress will weigh in soon.

Indeed, in just the last two months, potential sports betting legalization has moved from the US Supreme Court to the Indiana statehouse. The draft bill out of Indiana even mimics the 40 year-old horse racing statute, with a clause allowing sports governing bodies to “restrict or limit wagering” on certain events…

Source: How A 40-Year-Old Horse Racing Law Can Nudge Sports Betting Forward

Big Papi Needs a Job. Horse Racing?

Future baseball Hall of Famer David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz visited Gulfstream Park on Friday, March 9, 2018 to film a segment for his reality show, Big Papi Needs a Job, which debuted Jan. 31, 2019 on Fusion TV.

In the episode, Ortiz explores the ins and outs of being a thoroughbred owner, including a visit to trainer Mark Hennig’s barn, the jockey’s room and grandstand as well as the paddock and walking ring for Race 5, where he gave the call for riders up and later made a presentation to winning jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer David Fawkes in the winner’s circle.

Ortiz, 42, retired following the 2016 season after leading the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004, 2007 and 2013, when he was named Series MVP. A 10-time all-star, he finished with 541 home runs and 1,768 runs batted in and a career batting average of .286 over 20 seasons.

The first season of Big Papi Needs a Job featured 10 half-hour episodes where the 6-foot-3 Ortiz, a native of the Dominican Republic tried his hand at various professions. Previous shows had him working as a barista, barber, brewmaster, dog groomer, firefighter trainee, food truck cook, manicurist, mechanic, musician, zookeeper and tour guide at the Red Sox home stadium of Fenway Park.

Source: Press Release