How Horse Racing Fans Can Plan for a Trip to New Zealand

We all needed a break from 2020 and thankfully, the calendar has turned. Of course, concerns about the current state of global health affairs are still in the back of our minds. The good news is that a light seems to be at the end of a very long tunnel thanks to the introduction of several vaccines. This is why many horse racing enthusiasts are looking forward to attending live events in the coming year. However, what if you plan on visiting New Zealand in order to simply “get away from it all’? There are several ways in which you can truly enjoy all that this country has to offer while still keeping up to date with your hobby. Let’s take a look at some useful suggestions to keep in mind.

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New Zealand is home to some of the most famous racetracks in existence. Thanks to rather agreeable weather throughout the year, the chances are high that you can plan on visiting at least one competition during your stay…

More Horse Races This Year at Royal Ascot

royal ascot paddockAscot racecourse said that it will permanently expand the schedule at its showpiece Royal meeting in June to seven races per day from this year, after what was described as a “temporary” revision to the traditional six-race daily card in 2020 proved popular with both participants and punters.

Last year’s change was made to allow for extra runners at the Royal meeting, which was staged just over a fortnight after racing returned after a two-and-a-half month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new program required the creation of three new handicaps – the Copper Horse Stakes, the Palace of Holyroodhouse Stakes and the Golden Gates Stakes – as well as the return of the Buckingham Palace Stakes, also a handicap, which had been discontinued in 2015.

These races will be retained and another new race – the Kensington Palace Stakes handicap for fillies and mares over a mile – has been added to the schedule.

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

5 Things Investors Can Learn from Betting on Horse Racing

ProfitInvesting is an art, not a science. In science, the search is for a repeatable answer under every identified condition. As strong as it may seem to many, the search is not, in the end, the largest performance number.

From an investment standpoint what I learned at the track that is useful can be summarized as follows:

1.  The objective is not to win every race but to finish the day as a winner (including expenses).

2.  Don’t bet on every race, there could even be days when no bets are made as the payoff o

Source: Lipper: 5 things investors can learn from horse racing betting

Industry Profile: Legendary Australian race horse, Phar Lap

Phar Lap movieMaybe you’ve seen the movie…

The story of Phar Lap has all the drama of a soap opera, a murder mystery and an episode of The Sopranos, all rolled into one. Let’s start with this horse and his accomplishments.

Phar Lap was a champion racehorse who was foaled in New Zealand in 1926 and mostly raced in Australia. He dominated Australian racing, winning major races such as The Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates, The Futurity Stakes and an AJC Derby. In the final race of his career, he won the Agua Caliente Stakes in Mexico and broke the track record while doing so. He was victorious in 37 of 51 races and captured the hearts of depression era people who longed for some hope and sunshine.

 

Source: The dramatic life and times of legendary Australian race horse, Phar Lap

Been Wagering on Horses Without a Cash Rebate?

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The difficult truth is that if you have been wagering on the horses without a rebate, then you have been throwing money away. As a horseplayer looking to turn a profit (aren’t we all?), it’s time for that to end…   click here to read the rest and apply for a special rewards program free.

Churchill Approved for Sports Betting in Tennessee

In the same week CDI announced that it would be rebranding its sportsbook operations from BetAmerica to the TwinSpires, the company was approved by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery to operate in the Volunteer State.

David Smith, director of communications for the Tennessee Education Lottery, confirmed Jan. 8 that multiple reports of the approval are accurate. [Churchill Downs] CDI will be the fifth sportsbook operator in Tennessee…

Industry Profile: Rivers Sportsbook Manager & Horseplayer Hal Wafer

This weekend, the action at Rivers Sportsbook is about to get hotter with one of the busiest three-day stretches of big-time football games of the year — six NFL Wild Card playoff games over the next two days, including the Buffalo Bills’ first home postseason game since 1996, followed by the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night between Ohio State and Alabama.

Rivers Casino and Resort reopened in early September — just in time for the start of the NFL season — following months of shutdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the sportsbook has been busy ever since.

Rivers Sportsbook is a luxury-styled sports lounge furnished with individual VIP club chairs and table seating, including five private booths with TV monitors – each accommodating up to six people and available to reserve. Currently COVID restrictions apply.

Though capacity in the casino is limited to 25 percent of maximum, sportsbook manager Hal Wafer — nicknamed “Harborside Hal” — said the public was enthusiastic about getting back to betting on games at Rivers, one of only eight sites in the state where sports gambling is allowed.

“We’ve been busy right along, all year, since right after we came back from COVID,” Wafer said in a phone interview earlier this week. “Like we say, ‘football is king,’ and people were very excited and wanting to wager. They love wagering on football, so ever since [reopening], it’s been very busy.”

Covid-19 and Horse Racing. Some Fans Allowed at Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn 2019 - The Inside TrackPursuant to the Arkansas Department of Health directive, Oaklawn plans to conduct the 2021 live meet with limited spectators. The 57-day season runs from Friday, Jan. 22 – Saturday, May 1.

“We’ve been working on plans covering numerous scenarios and we’re happy to announce we will be welcoming back race fans in 2021, albeit on a limited basis,” General Manager Wayne Smith said. “We know that the fans are what make Oaklawn so special, but our main concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and team members. We appreciate the support we have received from the Arkansas Department of Health in developing this plan. We will be working with them throughout the live season and will adjust as needed.”

In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health, Oaklawn has submitted a plan to allow a limited number of spectators at the races during the 2021 live race meet highlighted by the following:

• General admission into the Grandstand will not be allowed initially in 2021.
• Entrance into the Grandstand will strictly be for guests with a racing credential and/or reservation for that day’s races. Doors will open at 11 am.
• Current seasonal box seat holders and current Oaklawn Jockey Club members may enter the Grandstand with weekly reservations required. Detailed correspondence to be sent separately to these individuals.
• Restaurants inside the Grandstand, following Arkansas Department of Health directives, will be open to the public with weekly reservations required.
• Simulcast will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–8 pm to limited capacity with weekly reservations required.
• Social distancing will be enforced.
• All guests and team members will be required to have non-invasive temperature checks as they enter the facility. Anyone presenting a temp at/over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted inside the building.
• All guests and team members will be required to wear masks at all times.
• Smoking will not be allowed anywhere inside the facility, including the casino.

Restaurant reservations may be made starting January 18 by calling 501-363-4710.

Simulcast reservations may be made starting January 18 by calling 501-363-4320.

For additional details and future updates, please visit oaklawn.com.

Source: Oaklawn Park

Track Announcer Keith Jones retires from Parx Racing after 34 years

“There’s also a lot of excitement and anticipation about what lies ahead and I say thank you to everyone who has shared the journey with me,” Jones said.

Longtime Parx Racing booth announcer Keith Jones has officially retired after 34 years calling horse races at the track in Bensalem.

Jones began his announcing career as an assistant at Garden State Park before taking on full-time duties at the former Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino in 1987. His 34-year tenure is the second-longest, behind only Tampa Bay Downs’ announcer Richard Grunder.

“As much pleasure as I’ve gotten from calling the races, what I’ll always treasure most are the relationships —the friendships — that have been so rewarding over the past 34 years,” Jones said in a statement earlier this month. “From fellow staff to the many members of our PTHA to our passionate and supportive racing fans, I’ve had the good fortune to cross paths with an amazing group of people. This track, this job, these people —have been my professional life for a long time and I will miss all of it.”

Jones plans to relocate to Texas with his wife, Kelly.

Over his 34-year tenure, Jones called more than 60,000 races and 32 Pennsylvania Derbies…