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Racing And Gaming Law Conference in Saratoga August 15-17

This year, as regulators and racing/gaming executives make their annual summer pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, N.Y., another edition of a long-running law conference will be on the agenda for many. Launched in 2001, the Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga will see its second edition under new management this…

“The conference is not intended to be a mere lecture hall, but more a salon,” he said. “A place where smart, committed people exchange ideas on topics of mutual interest; formally in the large panel sessions and informally in smaller groups in the hallway. The goal is to not only report on the latest changes in law and regulation but to inform the discussion leading to the next law or reg.

“To accomplish our goals we must find speakers who are not only capable of telling the audience what happened last year, but willing to risk an opinion on what ought to happen next year. I am very pleased with the group of speakers we have assembled for the conference this year and look forward to a robust exchange of ideas.”

This year’s agenda will include one and a half days of sessions, one of which will be focused on various forms of gaming. The half day on Aug. 17 will examine racing topics.

Why the shift towards more gaming-focused sessions?

“The conference has evolved over the past two decades,” said Brown. “When the conference began in 2001, parimutuel wagering on horse racing and the lottery were the only legal wagering opportunities available in New York…

Highlights for Week 2 of Saratoga Racing

Wednesday will feature the Grade 1, $150,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial for steeplechasers.

Additionally, Saratoga Race Course will pay tribute to the late Suzie O’Cain with a 1 1/16-mile turf event for state-bred 3-year-old fillies. The $125,000 Suzie O’Cain was previously run as the Stillwater. O’Cain, who passed away in January following a battle with breast cancer, served on the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Board of Directors; was co-chairwoman of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders’ (NYTB) Political Action Committee; and was chairwoman of the NYTB Media Committee.

Breakfast at Saratoga driven by CDTA:

Guests are invited to enjoy a breakfast buffet at The Porch every live racing day (excluding Runhappy Travers Day and Labor Day) from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The buffet is $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Fans can watch thoroughbreds train on the main track during breakfast before taking a free, 45-minute tram tour of the backstretch driven by CDTA. Breakfast is available on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted. Admission to the track is free during breakfast hours.

NYRA Bets Gift Cards:

NYRA Bets Gift Cards are now available for purchase at nearly 180 Capital Region Stewart’s Shops and can be used to deposit funds automatically into a NYRA Bets account to bet Saratoga online in addition to hundreds of racetracks nationwide. NYRA Bets Gift Cards are preloaded with $50 for immediate use with a NYRA Bets account. NYRA Bets is the official wagering platform of Saratoga Race Course, and the best way to bet every race of the summer meet. Available to horse players nationwide, the NYRA Bets app is available for download on iOS and Android at

Saratoga Live:

Saratoga Live will present daily coverage and analysis of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule, and additional programming information, visit

Community Outreach Booth:

As part of NYRA’s season-long commitment to spreading awareness of local nonprofits, NYRA will again host one organization each day in the Community Outreach Booth, located adjacent to the Jockey Silks Room, inside Gate B. The first nonprofit to be featured this week is Wesley Community, which provides a blend of maintenance-free living, supportive care services and conveniences which empower seniors to live independently with confidence and peace of mind in the heart of Saratoga Springs.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage:

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from Perennial.


New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day:

NYRA will partner with NYTHA and New York Thoroughbred Breeders (NYTB) in hosting the second annual New York Thoroughbred Aftercare Day, which will pay tribute to an array of organizations involved in finding new homes and careers for retired racehorses.

Rick Violette (NYB):

The third running of the $125,000 Rick Violette at 1 1/16-miles on turf for state-bred sophomores will honor the late NYRA horseman, former president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) and founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).

Taste NY Pavilion:

Racing fans can visit the Taste NY Pavilion, located inside Gate A at the Top of the Stretch, to enjoy New York craft beer, cider, wine and spirits products, including offerings from: Bolton Landing Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Common Roots Brewing Company, Druthers Brewing Co., Frog Alley Brewing Co., Northway Brewing Company, Paradox Brewery, Nine Pin Cider Works, Brotherhood Winery and Old Tavern Farm Winery, and spirits from Cooperstown Distillery, Great Jones and Pick Six Vodka. The pavilion will be open from noon until 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from noon until 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Community Outreach Booth:

NYRA will host TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program, Inc. and TAKE THE LEAD. Created by NYTHA, these retirement programs for thoroughbreds stabled at NYRA tracks facilitate the search for rehabilitation and retraining placements for retiring racehorses.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage:

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from Chris Carey Band.


Lake George:

Sophomore fillies will take to the turf for the Grade 3, $175,000 Lake George on Friday. The 1-mile race is named after another popular upstate New York summer destination: Lake George, located about 30 miles north of Saratoga Springs.

CDPHP Hometown Heroes:

NYRA and the Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc. (CDPHP) will launch this year’s Hometown Heroes program. Hometown Heroes are individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to improving the quality of life for residents in their communities. Nominations may be submitted at through Friday, August 5. Five Heroes will be recognized on Friday, August 26.

Trifecta of Tequila Samplings:

National Tequila Day is Sunday, July 24, and Saratoga Race Course will host a pre-celebration featuring a trifecta of tequila samplings from Volcan, Jose Cuervo Silver and Casa Noble. Sampling will take place for Volcan at the Volcan Gazebo in the backyard; for Jose Cuervo Silver at Longshots, presented by Proper No. Twelve; and for Casa Noble outside the Cutwater Stretch. Complimentary samples will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for guests 21 and over while supplies last.

NYRA Triple Play:

Offered for the first time at Saratoga Race Course, the NYRA Triple Play is a Pick 3 wager with a $3 bet minimum and a takeout rate of 19 percent. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Saratoga meet, the NYRA Triple Play will feature a trifecta of specially selected races. Each NYRA Triple Play will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool. Wagering on the NYRA Triple Play will be available on ADW platforms and at simulcast facilities across the country.

Community Outreach Booth:

Equine Advocates will be at the Community Outreach Booth on Friday. The nonprofit is dedicated to the rescue of equines from slaughter, abuse and neglect, and has saved thousands of horses in distress since its founding in 1996.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage:

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from Mark and Jill Blues.


Caress and Coaching Club American Oaks:

The Grade 1, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies headlines a card that also includes the Grade 3, $200,000 Caress, a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint for older fillies and mares. The Coaching Club American Oaks is named in honor of the Coaching Club of America, which was formed in the late 1800s to encourage four-in-hand coach driving. First run in 1917, the race was moved from Belmont Park to Saratoga Race Course in 2010.

Lustgarten Foundation Day:

Saratoga Race Course will honor the legacy of longtime NYRA trainer Dominic Galluscio with a day to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance scientific and medical research related to pancreatic cancer. The centerpiece of the day will be a trainer autograph session from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jockey Silks Room Porch to benefit the Lustgarten Foundation. One hundred percent of all donations to the Lustgarten Foundation fund life-saving pancreatic cancer research.

Treasury Wine Sampling:

Treasury Wine Estates will offer samples of its 19 Crimes Martha’s Chardonnay, Matua Sauvignon Blanc and Matua Rosé at The Starting Gate Wine Bar, located just inside the Clubhouse gates. Complimentary samples will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for guests 21 and over while supplies last.

Community Outreach Booth:

In conjunction with Lustgarten Foundation Day, the Lustgarten Foundation will be featured at the Community Outreach Booth on Saturday. The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research in the world.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage:

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from Cuba Quinto.



2021 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Malathaat is slated to make her next start in the Grade 2, $200,000 Shuvee at nine-furlongs for older fillies and mares.

Stars at the Spa Presents Charles Oakley:

Fans will have the chance to meet retired New York Knicks power forward Charles Oakley at Saratoga Race Course. Choose between a ticketed meet-and-greet for up to 50 guests in the brand-new Paddock Suite, overlooking the Saratoga paddock, featuring food, drink (beer, wine and soft drinks) and conversation with the 19-year NBA veteran who suited up for a decade with the Knicks; or a ticketed meet-and-greet at the Jockey Silks Porch that includes a photo opportunity and signed headshot. Tickets are available and can be reserved at The “Stars at the Spa” series is presented by Saratoga Living.

Brunch at The Rail at the 1863 Club:

Fans are invited to enjoy a brunch buffet while experiencing The Rail at the 1863 Club, the venue’s first-floor banquet space. Tickets are $95 and include admission, a table seat for the day, a brunch buffet, soft drinks, two mimosa or Bloody Mary drink tickets per person, the Post Parade program book, tax and gratuity. Reservations are available by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX or online at

Berkshire Bank Family Sundays:

The popular family-friendly weekly event will feature a wide variety of free activities, games, attractions and educational experiences from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, located inside Gate A near the Saratoga Race Course Box Office.

Community Outreach Booth:

NYRA will host Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, a sanctuary committed to the lifelong well-being of horses and the healing bond between humans and horses.

Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage:

The Purdy’s Summer Concert Stage will host live music from The Hawthornes.

All events and activities are subject to change at the discretion of NYRA.


$120,364 Pick-6 Carryover into Day 2 of the Saratoga Meet

copyright AGameofSkill.comFriday’s program at Saratoga Race Course will feature a $1 Pick 6 carryover of $120,364 after the multi-race wager went unsolved on Opening Day Thursday’s 10-race program. 

The $1 Pick 6 returned $115.50 for bettors who selected 5-of-6 winners correctly. 

The sequence kicked off in Race 5 when Majority Partner [No. 3, $5.30*] picked up a maiden claiming victory for trainer Jeremiah Englehart with Hall of Famer Javier Castellano in the irons. 

Trainer Marcelo Arenas saddled Winter Son [No. 3, $89] to an upset victory in Race 6 with Junior Alvarado in the irons, one race before Tarabi [No. 7, $4.40*] captured the $135,000 Wilton [Race 7] for trainer Cherie DeVaux, giving Castellano his second win on the card. 

Castellano picked up his third win on the program when guiding the Christophe Clement-trained Canisy [No. 1, $9.30] to an allowance optional claiming victory in Race 8. 

Clarkland Farm’s Just Cindy [No. 1, $6.20] captured the penultimate leg of the sequence in Race 9, the Grade 3, $175,000 Schuylerville for trainer Eddie Kenneally with Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons. 

With only 4-of-11 horses covered in the final leg, Abuse of Power [No. 6, $6.60*] triggered the carryover in Race 10 and earned her second lifetime win for a $35,000 tag. Ricardo Santana, Jr. piloted the 5-year-old mare for trainer Philip Antonacci. 

Friday’s Pick 6 sequence begins in Race 5 at 3:21 p.m. Eastern and includes the $150,000 Coronation Cup in Race 8 and the Grade 3, $175,000 Forbidden Apple in Race 9. First post is 1:05 p.m. 

Saratoga Live will present daily coverage and analysis of the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park on the networks of FOX Sports. For the complete broadcast schedule, visit

What Happened to South Florida’s Calder Race Course?

Florida Racing Prepares To Say Goodbye To CalderCalder Race Course was a beautiful facility in South Florida, which ran a healthy part of the racing calendar.  Known for its deep, sandy course, Calder featured many great horses over the years.  One of those was Lost In The Fog, the great sprinter who I got to see in my only visit to the track.  Unfortunately, for this Florida horse track, it was purchased by Churchill Downs and turned into a racino. Under their guidance, it would suffer the same fate as other racetrack purchased by the Louisville ‘horse racing company – spectacular tracks like Hollywood Park and most recently, Arlington Park.

So what is now happening to the former parcel that Calder sat on? According to Link Logistics paid $291 million for Calder’s former horse racing track and surrounding property, with plans for an industrial complex and movie studios in Miami Gardens.

A New York-based company, Link Logistics purchased the 115.7-acre site from an affiliate of Calder Casino’s parent company, Louisville, Kentucky-based Churchill Downs, according to records…

What Happened to South Florida’s Calder Race Course?

Dr. Z Passes at Age 80. The Obit for William Thomas Ziemba

William Thomas Ziemba was born in a small town in Western Massachusetts and became a world-renowned scholar of quantitative finance, risk control and management science. He died at home in Vancouver. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Schwartz and daughter, Rachel Ziemba…

Known as “Dr. Z,” Bill developed scenarios, models and studied anomalies across any market he could think of – from Jai alai, sports betting, currencies, equities, and horse racing, seeing all as forms of investment where decisions could be studied, optimised and bets appropriately scaled.

Bill’s love of horse racing was sparked at an early age at Saratoga racetrack. His books on racetrack betting were inspiring to many, and he even designed calculators that would help any bettor use his system. More recently, he achieved his dreams of owning race horses and spent more time in Saratoga, NY and in Lexington, Kentucky, the home of some of his favorite horse farms.

More on the life of Horse Racing’s Dr. Z.

Meet the NBA all-star who wants to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

He is one of the most successful sports personalities his country has ever produced and has huge popularity both in France and in Texas, where he helped the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA Championships.

Now Tony Parker has returned to a childhood love of horses and has embarked on the life of a racehorse owner.

Nothing unusual about a wealthy sportsman investing in horses, you might think. But Parker is determined to spread the gospel that racing is a sport for everybody, with his Infinity Nine Horses stable attracting widespread attention on social media, and the launch of a new fly-on-the-wall documentary, Tony Parker: The Big Bet.

And he has made himself available to racing institutions, signing ambassadorial deals with Equidia – which co-produced the Big Bet – and France Galop.

“My idea is to modernise the world of racing and make it more popular, to shine a light on the sport and to share my excitement with the community,” said Parker at a press screening of episode one at Longchamp…

Industry Profile: Brookdale Farm’s Fred Seitz

One way or another, it has been quite a journey to Versailles from his native Bronx. But [Fred Seitz] always had the right stuff in his own pedigree: his father had also been a Marine, serving on Iwo Jima; likewise an uncle, lost in a B-25. And when Seitz was five, he was blessed by a transformative change of environment—the family of six having previously squeezed into a one-bedroom apartment in the city—after his father joined the maintenance crew on a New Jersey farm belonging to the social reformer Geraldine Morgan Thompson. It was called Brookdale and, though since swamped by suburban development (for Brookdale University and a county park), Seitz would eventually preserve the name in tribute to the life-changing opportunity he found there. Because the farm, crucially, was divided between agriculture and a training track.

“All of a sudden, we’d left the streets of New York for this little hamlet in the country,” he recalls. “A wonderful place to grow up. And I became fascinated by those horses. There were all these different trainers in there, renting stalls, and the place had a great history going back. Regret had trained there—a Whitney farm was right across the road—and Colin was another that came off the place in the old days. And I was walking hots by the time I was 10. Of course, they gave me the easy horses, but I couldn’t believe they were paying me: I thought it should be the other way round. A dollar per horse! It was a wonderful opportunity to learn, and I was so lucky to be able to find out, so early in life, what I wanted to do with all my ensuing years.”

Read about the legacy of Brookdale Farm’s Fred Seitz from TDN