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Rich Nilsen is a 15-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

About Editor

Rich Nilsen is a 15-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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Racetrack Moving Forward on this Caribbean Island

PM Says Over 200 Locals Employed In Horse Racing Track Project

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says an impressive amount of work is continuing on the Horse Racing track which forms part of the 1st Phase of the Pearl of the Caribbean development in Vieux Fort.

The first phase of the St. Lucia track includes a world class racetrack with turf and dirt courses, quarantine facilities, a polo field, barns and a veterinary clinic.

“Over 200 Saint Lucians have been employed on the first phase of the project along with 15 local contractors,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page last week.

“More business employment opportunities will be created in the coming weeks with an estimated 500 jobs being created for locals as the Town Centre development phase of the project commences,” he disclosed.

According to Chastanet … read more about the St. Lucia racetrack

Top Trainer with 13.3% of Santa Anita Horse Deaths is Banned

Santa Anita Park kicks out trainer after a fourth horse of his diesHall of Fame Trainer No Longer Welcome

The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, has issued a statement saying in part, “We regret that Mr. Hollendorfer’s record in recent months at both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields (near Oakland, California) has become increasingly challenging and does not match the level of safety and accountability we demand.

“Effective immediately, Mr. Hollendorfer is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”

The action comes the a day after CNN aired an investigation into horse deaths at Santa Anita and other racetracks around the country.

According to horse racing website Equibase, American Currency raced five times earlier this season at Golden Gate Fields before he raced at Santa Anita, once in May. American Currency finished in the money nine times in 13 career races and won three times.

There were 10 races scheduled for Saturday’s program, the next to last day of the season …

Horse Racing Odds Explained

copyright Agameofskill.comBetting on horse racing can be very threatening for people who don’t understand how all this operates and what all of these numbers mean, But once you’ve learned the basics of horse racing chances, it couldn’t be easier. If anything, it can be even easier to understand than other forms of sports betting due to transparency.

The two formats used are decimals and fractions when looking at the odds (price) of a horse. Betting exchanges operate in decimals while betting firms with fixed odds generally operate infringements.

It can be challenging to find out how horse racing bets work with complicated, ever-changing winning rates and various types of bets. As a result, how do you decide which horse to wager on and how much to win? In this simple guide, everything is revealed to understand betting odds for horses. And if you’re looking for tips for betting on horse racing, Winners Enclosure can give you some great advice.

How Do Odds Operate?

The second number always suggests the stake when determining the returns of a fractional bet, and the first number denotes what the profit will be if the bet wins.

Take an example of 4/1. If you’re staking …

N.J. Legalized Sports Betting. Will it Challenge Nevada? Help Horse Racing?

Exactly a year ago, Gov. Phil Murphy traveled to Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport and made history by placing the first legal sports bets in New Jersey.

He wagered $20 apiece on Germany winning the World Cup and the New Jersey Devils taking the Stanley Cup. Both bets were a bust.

But a year later, elected officials, industry leaders, and gaming experts say the Garden State’s years-long gamble to fight pro sports leagues — all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court — to legalize sports betting has paid off big time.

On a national level, New Jersey’s successful court case opened the door for sports betting to become legal across the country.

On a local level, leaders say, it has helped provide a jolt to the state’s casinos and horse-racing industries, created hundreds of new jobs, provided the state with a bit more in tax revenue, and given New Yorkers a new reason to cross the Hudson River.

“I would characterize New Jersey as a success story and model for the rest of the country,” said Daniel Wallach, founder of Wallach Legal LLC, the first law firm in the country with a focus on sports betting.

Murphy took it a …

Mountaineer Racetrack Sold in $385M deal

Mountaineer racetrack

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in New Cumberland, West Virginia has been sold to another gaming company and real estate company in a deal that includes two Missouri casinos operated by Eldorado Resorts.

Eldorado announced on Monday it has agreed to sell Mountaineer, as well as Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Lady Luck Casino in Caruthersville, Missouri, for $385 million.

Century Casinos will acquire the operating assets of the three properties for approximately $107 million. VICI Properties Inc. will acquire the land and real estate assets of the three properties for approximately $278 million.

Mountaineer is a popular gaming destination for people living in the Mahoning Valley…

Royal Ascot Meeting Fit for a Queen

source: Ascot

June 17 (UPI) — It’s the event around which the Her Majesty the Queen structures her year, the week that lures Thoroughbred champions from around the world, the week that pits the best against the best and makes heroes and champions.

It evolved long before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, World Cup night in Dubai, the Turf World Championships in Hong Kong — in fact, centuries before any of those.

Yes, indeed. It’s the Royal Meeting at Ascot, a short train ride west from London and a long trip back in time. Racing was first conducted at the site in 1711 and that heritage is honored to this day.

The meeting starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday, with eight Group 1 races scattered throughout and plenty more action elsewhere on the card. Fashion counts, too, especially in the Royal Enclosure where the Queen alights from her carriage each day and pays close attention to the racing. As well she might. As keen a horsewoman as she is steadfast a monarch, Queen Elizabeth II has owned 23 Royal Ascot winners, dating back to 1952.

William Haggas, who admits to having “a lot of horses for Her Majesty the Queen,” said at the event preview, “I’ve had no luck for her at Royal Ascot yet. But to try and win a race there would be big stuff for us and we try hard to do so.” He will field the Queen’s Magnetic Charm in the Coronation Stakes and Seniority in the Royal Hunt Cup…

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes – June 15

AGOS Horses to Watch & Trip Notes for Agameofskill.com visitors

BELMONT PARK

DOUBLE ORB (Race 1 @BEL, June 7).  This first time starter from the Steve Asmussen barn had no difficulty with the tough 7 furlong distance as he crushed a field of talented prospects.  Big future for the runner from the Maktoum barn.

SEPARATIONOFPOWERS (Race 5 @BEL, June 7).   Last year’s G1 Test winner is back on her game.  She spotted weight to a good field that included Breeders’ Cup runner-up Chalon, and she destroyed them in ultra impressive fashion.  A Grade 1 stakes should be on the agenda in the near future.

BIG BELLA BROWN (Race 7 @BEL, June 1).  This son of Big Brown exited a key race but faced a difficult fast pace scenario.  Despite that the Mike Maker trainee ran a very game race to finish second to the logical closer.   Excels on wet tracks.

 

GULFSTREAM PARK 

RED CARATS (Race 2 @GP, June 1).  Sammy Camacho, who is a good jockey, absolutely butchered the ride on the most likely winner in this field.  Had the maiden in all sorts of traffic issues and never had a chance to fully run his best race.  Can rebound at the cheap $10,000 maiden claiming level.

 

MONMOUTH PARK

STANDARD DEVIATION (Race 9 at MTH, June 1).  Son of Curlin looked like a new horse on the switch to the turf.  A half to one grass winner, the 3yo easily handled a field of proven turf runners.  Awad Stakes winner Empire Of War was a no-threat 2nd to the Chad Brown trainee that went off a juicy price.

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Possible $5 Million Pool for Father’s Day at Santa Anita

SANTA ANITA TO OFFER POTENTIAL $5 MILLION FATHER’S DAY MANDATORY PAYOUT AS 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CONTINUES TO GROW

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2019)—With the prospect of a $5 million total pool at stake, Santa Anita Park will offer fans a mandatory 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot payout on Father’s Day, this Sunday, June 16.

Although Sunday’s mandatory payout provision is contingent upon there being no Single Ticket winner on Friday, the popular wager is on schedule to produce a massive pool at week’s end, as $1,161,294 in “live” money will be carried into Friday’s eight-race card, which gets underway at 1 p.m.

Sunday’s Jackpot pool is difficult to predict, but this past Sunday’s today’s total pool of $1,353,571 would indicate that a Father’s Day Jackpot of $5 million is within reach.

ADDITIONAL MANDATORY JACKPOT PAYOUT ON CLOSING DAY, JUNE 23

With Santa Anita’s closing day set for Sunday, June 23, fans will be treated to another mandatory Rainbow Six payout, as all exotic pools must be distributed.

To purchase tickets, or for more information on Santa Anita’s Father’s Day Mandatory Payout and a variety of Father’s Day events and packages, please visit Santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

ABOUT SANTA ANITA PARK
Santa Anita Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.

Pegasus statue at Gulfstream ParkABOUT THE STRONACH GROUP

The Stronach Group (TSG) is a world-class entertainment and real estate development company with Thoroughbred horse racing at the core. The company’s mission is executed through the distinct but interconnected pillars of Racing and Gaming, Entertainment, Technology and Real Estate Development. TSG is dedicated to delivering the best in class Thoroughbred horse racing content and operations. The company holds some of the greatest brands in the industry including, Southern California’s Santa Anita Park, “The Great Race Place”; South Florida’s Gulfstream Park, home to the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series and retail destination, The Village at Gulfstream Park; Pimlico Race Course, home of the legendary Preakness Stakes, Laurel Park and Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland; Oregon’s Portland Meadows; and the San Francisco Bay Area’s, Golden Gate Fields. TSG is a leader in digital and mobile wagering technology through its subsidiaries AmTote and Xpressbet and is a major distributor of horse racing content to a global audience through Monarch Content Management. The award winning Adena Springs is the breeding and training facility of The Stronach Group with stables in Kentucky, Florida and Ontario.

Hockey Legend Eddie Olczyk adds Royal Ascot horse racing to increasing list of NBC duties

Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk adds Royal Ascot horse racing to increasing list of NBC dutiesBlackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk Will be Live from Royal Ascot Next Week

Eddie Olczyk already bounces back and forth during the spring between the NHL playoffs and horse racing’s Triple Crown.

Now he’s adding a new stop on his pucks and ponies tour.

Olczyk will go from the broadcast booth at Boston’s TD Garden for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final to Ascot Racecourse in England to work his first Royal Ascot. He and fellow American Britney Eurton will join British broadcaster Nick Luck for the NBC Sports telecast of the horse racing festival, which runs from June 18-22.

“It is their biggest stage, you could argue, across the pond,” Olczyk told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “I’ll get fitted for my tails and my top hat and get to work on Friday and Saturday.”

Olczyk isn’t worried about …

Industry Profile: European Trainer John Gosden

A trainer to rulers, royals and billionaires

In the sport of kings, John Gosden is a trainer to rulers, royals and the richest in the horse-racing industry.

The 68-year-old is seen by many as the antidote to the Coolmore and Godolphin operations, breaking their hegemony to win some of the world’s biggest races from the Epsom Derby to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe — his Enable is the two-time reigning champion.

It is all a far cry from the economics graduate who tried and failed to get a job in the City of London after leaving Cambridge University in a time of economic crisis.

Instead, he turned to training against the advice of his father, John “Towser” Gosden, himself a trainer.

“That was the last thing he said to me,” recalls the Newmarket, UK-based Gosden. “That it’s seven days a week and nearly 52 weeks. That was when there was much less racing and horses. He had 40 in his yard and said that was plenty. Now we have 150 to 200.

“If he came back now, he would say we’re mad. The pace of life has moved on, everyone needs instant gratification, there’s so much tracks and channels.

“We’re in a world where people don’t stop to think, it’s just go, go, go. If you don’t compete every day, you’re like a mouse trying to get back on the wheel, you’ll just fly back off.”