Is Horse Racing Dead? KY Derby Telecast Viewership Largest Since 1989

NBC Sports Network horse racing tvNBC Sports’ coverage of the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) posted numerous viewership milestones according to fast national data provided by The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

Source: Derby Telecast Viewership Largest Since 1989

Maryland’s Ben’s Cat was Something Very Special

Delaware Park walking ring, horses. June 2013. Photo by Art Parker for AGameofskill.com

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Through his eight-year racing career, Ben’s Cat developed a cult-like following among thoroughbred horse racing fans in the mid-Atlantic region. It got to the point that it was an event when Ben’s Cat ran. His admirers traveled to watch him in the …

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Show Us The Money? The Plight Of A Simple Pari-Mutuel Wager

Where money goes in horse racing

The modern menu of betting options in North American horse racing has reached dizzying levels. Daily Double, Pick 3, 4, 5, 6, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, Super High Five, Pick 6 jackpots, Grand Slams, Place Pick All. You get the idea.

Source: ‘Show’ Us The Money? The Plight Of A Simple Wager

August 26 Travers Stakes Set for a Great Horse Race

walking horse through Saratoga crowdSource: NYRA

Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Girvin shipped in to Barn 77 on Saratoga’s Oklahoma backstretch Monday morning after his victory by a nose over McCraken on Sunday afternoon at Monmouth Park. If all goes well in the next few weeks, the son of Tale of Ekati will make his next start in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 26, said trainer Joe Sharp.

“More than likely, we’ll run here,” Sharp said. “That is the way we are leaning, but we will also look at the Smarty Jones [at Parx, September 4] and the Pennsylvania Derby [September 23]. We always keep our options open.”

“He gives it his all every time, and he did that yesterday,” he added. “He never wins by a lot. He likes to engage other horses, he likes to be in a dogfight. It makes it fun to be around him. He is a very honest horse, he tries very, very hard. He continues to go above and beyond our expectations.”

The Louisiana Derby winner finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby before finishing as the runner-up to Irap in the Ohio Derby. The Travers would be Girvin’s eighth career start.

A Haskell rematch could be in the works in the Travers as Ian Wilkes, trainer of runner-up McCraken, who also returned to the Spa on Monday, has expressed his team’s intentions to point to the Mid-Summer Derby as well.

“Yeah, I am planning on it, the Travers,” Wilkes said. “As long as he trains well, because I’m not just going to run him just to run him. A final decision will be made in a few days after we get him back to the track.”

The son of Ghostzapper finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby, but returned to win the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs in his previous start before the Haskell.

Is Horse Racing Dead? Wagering Increased at Laurel Park Winter Meet

Usain Bolt lessonThe Maryland Jockey Club reported substantial across-the-board wagering increases during the 56-day winter meet at Laurel Park.

Source: Wagering Increased at Laurel Park Winter Meet

Does Weight-for-age Give 3-year-olds an Unfair Advantage?

Punters / Handicappers Decide for Yourself

The Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday is known as ‘the clash of the generations’ because it regularly pits the best 3-year-old colts and fillies in Europe against the cream of the older horses.

Source: Does weight-for-age give 3-year-olds an unfair advantage? Decide for yourself

Massachusetts Legislators Keep Racing Fund Intact

Massachusetts mapMassachusetts horsemen achieved a major victory when lawmakers reached compromise on the $40 billion 2018 budget bill that eliminates $400 million in spending yet leaves intact a significant portion of the money in the Race Horse Development Fund.

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Is Horse Racing Dead? Saratoga Opening Day Sees Handle Increase – 2017

Horse Racing Fans at the Saratoga Clubhouse Rail

Fans at the Saratoga Clubhouse Rail

Opening day at Saratoga Race Course saw all-sources handle of $20,332,051, a 14.47% increase over last year’s opening day total.

Source: Saratoga Opening Day Sees Handle Increase

$.20 Base Wager Results in Monster $436,076.38 Payoff

Gulfstream Park paddockThe 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot was hit for a $436,076.38 payoff Thursday at Gulfstream Park.

The popular multi-race wager went unsolved for 15 consecutive programs before the only ticket with the winning combination of 1-2-1-7-5-7 broke the jackpot. The winning ticket, played through an off-track betting facility in Lewiston, Maine, was one of a large number of 20-cent tickets played by a single bettor.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket sold, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool.

Five horses were eligible in the 10th race to take down the jackpot, including the No. 2 Little John W., No. 3 Rizwan, No. 4 Forall the Marbles, No. 7 Parmel Landing and No. 9 Zipi Zape. Parmel Landing ($10) rallied from off the pace to prevail in the final leg of the Rainbow 6 to round out the winning combination.

The Rainbow 6 will start anew on Friday’s 2:15 p.m. twilight program. The six-race sequence will span Races 4-9.

Educational Handicapping Seminars at Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs

Racing analyst Tom Amello, author of “Playing the Odds – Gateway to the Game,” will present the first of two educational seminars dedicated to Thoroughbred handicapping at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame …

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