Laurel Park Handle Continues to Climb

For the third consecutive year and eighth consecutive meet, Laurel Park registered an increase in average daily handle during its recently-completed summer meet.

Source: Laurel Park Handle Continues to Climb

NTRA Making Progress on Credit Card Issues in Horse Racing

Washington DCThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association expects to soon announce specific banks that will recognize credit card transactions used to deposit money at account-deposit wagering (ADW) online outlets.

Source: NTRA Making Progress on Credit Card Issues

AGOS Horses to Watch – October 12, 2017

Horses to Watch for AGameofSkill.com (AGOS) Visitors

The last big weekend is in the books and the countdown to the Breeders’ Cup has officially started. At the time of this post, there are 24 days, 4 hours and 2 minutes. You’ll want to keep tabs on final workouts, shipping schedules and the overall health reports you’ll find in many Thoroughbred publications. The summer is over and the races are in the books. Now is the time to keep on top of your reading and combing over race replays.  Best of luck!

Belmont Park

10/7/17

Race #5 – Starter Allowance – 1 1/16 on turf – #2 – King of Spades

King of Spades = Son of Street Cry who is 3/5 ITM at Belmont and cutting back from 1 1/4 to 1 1/16. He was dropping in class and had the services of Joel Rosario in the saddle. He was bumped soundly at the start and was pinched back. He got back on task and managed to finish 5th this day. – A cleaner trip has him right in the mix.

Race #8 – The G1 Champagne – 1 mile on the dirt – #4 – Enticed

Enticed = Son of Medaglia d’ Oro coming in off a strong maiden win. Kiaran McLaughlin trainee who ran green but still got the win at first asking. He owned a bullet work coming into the race and a solid work tab keeping all systems ready. He did an excellent job of tracking the pace but was shuffled into the 6 path at the top of the lane. It doesn’t take much to get a two-year-old off task and he put together a solid run finishing 3rd this day.

Race #9 – The G3 Hill Prince – 1 1/8 miles turf – #6 – Bricks and Mortar

Bricks and Mortar = Chad Brown trainee and a son of Giant’s Causeway. He was 2/2 at Belmont with wins and was a beaten favorite in the G3 Saranac at Saratoga. His late punch has been his calling card and Joel Rosario was in the saddle. – He was in tight after the break and forced to take up and steady. He made a good late run for the show dough and will be heard from next out with a little cleaner start.

Race #11 – Allowance – 1 1/16 turf – #4 – Minsky Moment

Minsky Moment = Chad Brown runner with Irad Ortiz in the saddle. This son of Flatter has been heavily bet the last 5 of 6 starts and has yet to run on the turf. His breeding suggests he should relish the sod and Ortiz win 18% on the greensward. He was bottled up around the far turn and was forced to tap on the brakes a few times. He tipped off the rail and made a strong late kick weaving in and out of traffic.

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Keeneland

10/7/17

Race #5 – The G2 Woodford – 5 1/2f on the turf – #1 – Conquest Panthera

Conquest Panthera = Robby Albarado in the saddle for Mark Casse. They were dropping in class and cutting back from 1 mile to 5 1/2f. This son of Kitten’s Joy has faced some tough runners and the sprint this day was coming off his 3rd off the layoff – 17%. He broke slowly from the gate and saved ground the entire trip. Albarado tipped off the rail and made a strong late challenge finishing a very game 4th place.

Race #7 – The G1 First Lady – 1 mile on the turf – #3 – Dona Bruja

Dona Bruja = Declan Cannon in the irons for Ignacio Correas. She exited the 1 3/16 G1 Beverly D and was a beaten favorite that day. Ever since coming in from Argentina she has looked better with every effort. She is 11/11 ITM on the turf and was turning back to a flat mile. – She kicked going 6 wide and made a strong late run. Maybe a little more ground would be to her liking and if she gets the right distance she will come rolling late in the lane.

South Dakota-Based Bet Rebate Company Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

A South Dakota-based telephone wagering and off-track betting company catering to high-end horseplayers seeking rebates has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after losing a lengthy legal battle with the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, a former business partner.

Source: South Dakota-Based Bet Rebate Company Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships Post Times

The Breeders' Cup horse racingThe Breeders’ Cup has released post times for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, which will be held on November 3-4, for the first time, at the Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif.

The official race order and wagering menu for both days of the Championships will be announced on Wednesday, October 25.

The 34th Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday, November 3 with a total of 10 races, four of them Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be five undercard races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time of the first race at 11:25 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #6 and will have a post time of 2:25 p.m. PT (5:25 p.m. ET). The $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff will be the ninth race on the program, with a post time of 4:35 p.m. PT. Post tme for the 10th race will be 5:17 p.m. PT.

All of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

There will be 12 races on the Saturday, November 4 program, featuring nine Breeders’ Cup World Championships races. There will be three undercard races preceding the first Breeders’ Cup race, with post time for the day’s first race at 10:10 a.m. PT. The first Breeders’ Cup race will be Race #4 and will have post time of 12:00 p.m. The first eight Breeders’ Cup races will be televised live on NBCSN.

Post time for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Race #12, will be 5:35 p.m. PT (8:35 p.m. ET), and will be televised live on NBC.

 2017 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS POST-TIMES

BOLD are Breeders’ Cup World Championships races (All Times Pacific)

Friday, November 3  
Race 1 11:25 AM
Race 2 12:00 PM
Race 3 12:35 PM
Race 4 1:10 PM
Race 5 1:45 PM
Race 6 2:25 PM  
Race 7 3:05 PM  
Race 8 3:50 PM  
Race 9 4:35 PM  Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Race 10  5:17 PM

 

Saturday, November 4 
Race 1 10:10 AM
Race 2 10:45 AM
Race 3 11:20 AM
Race 4 12:00 PM  
Race 5 12:37 PM  
Race 6 1:14 PM  
Race 7 2:00 PM  
Race 8 2:37 PM  
Race 9 3:19 PM  
Race 10  3:58 PM  
Race 11  4:37 PM  
Race 12  5:35 PM  Breeders’ Cup Classic 

BetKeeneland to Offer Handicapper Tips for Keeneland Meet

Keeneland Green LogoPress Release: Keeneland

Keeneland will launch a new Twitter handle for the 2017 Fall Meet, @BetKeeneland, dedicated to providing on-demand content to horseplayers and a Handicapper of the Day series featuring a unique benevolent aspect benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).

“The @BetKeeneland handle is an exciting mix of traditional and cutting edge designed to deliver real-time handicapping tips and tools directly to our wagering fans,” Keeneland Chief Marketing Officer Christa Marrillia said. “The Handicapper of the Day series will further elevate the race-day fun and, in keeping with Keeneland’s philanthropic mission, support the PDJF.”

Among the nationally prominent handicappers set to participate as a guest handicapper are NBC Sports’ Bob Neumeier, ESPN College Game Day’s Chris Fallica, Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee and Byron King, TVG and Horseplayernow.com’s Caton Bredar and SiriusXM at the Races’ Steve Byk. Keeneland will provide each Handicapper of the Day with a $200 bankroll to wager over the course of the race day, with winnings going to support PDJF.

“The PDJF appreciates the support of Keeneland and all of the handicappers in this series, which is part of the great racing program Keeneland produces,” PDJF President Nancy LaSala said.

Another feature of @BetKeeneland will be the Keeneland NOW Podcast, with noted handicapper Jeremy Plonk of Horseplayernow.com. In this podcast, lasting 60-90 seconds, Plonk will offer final thoughts 10 minutes prior to every race. Plonk also will be on call to field questions from fans in addition to providing traditional tweets and commentary throughout the race day. The 30-minute race-day Preview Podcast that airs live at Keeneland.com each race day from noon-12:30 p.m. will be available at @BetKeeneland.

The @BetKeeneland handle is a valuable resource for handicapping Keeneland’s Fall Meet. The Twitter feed also will provide scratches, changes, clocker reports, track conditions, race results, expert picks and carryover information.

Keeneland’s Fall Meet begins Friday, Oct. 6, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 28, with racing Wednesday through Sunday. Post time for the first race daily is 1:05 p.m. ET.

Is Horse Racing Dead? Louisiana Meet up 12%

Press Release

The 2017 Thoroughbred racing season at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs concluded with a nine-race card on Wednesday, September 27. The 84-day meet, which got underway on May 6, wrapped with positive gains in handle and officials were pleased with the transition to a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday racing schedule.

Louisiana Downs handled $67 million throughout the meet, an increase of 12% in handle from the 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our horsemen throughout the 2017 meet,” said Trent McIntosh, Louisiana Downs assistant general manager. “The change in our schedule was well received by horseplayers on track and by simulcast fans watching and wagering across the country.”

horses racingSunny skies graced both major racing events, the Louisiana Cup Day on Saturday, August 5 and Super Derby Day on Saturday, September 9. Flurry Racing Stables Mr. Misunderstood captured both the Prelude and $200,000 Super Derby and will make his next start in Saturday’s Jefferson Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs, according to trainer Brad Cox.

Joey Foster Repeats as Leading Trainer

Joey Foster has been firing on all cylinders this meet and defended his title in commanding fashion. The Vinton, Louisiana resident topped all conditioners with 301 starters and a record of 68 wins, 55 seconds and 48 third-place finishes. Foster was the meet’s top trainer last year with 41 wins, after finished third in the standings in 2015 with 39 wins. His stakes winners this year included Big Game Baby, in the $75,000 Elge Rasberry and Illusionofreality, who kept her four-race win streak alive in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff.

“I am very blessed to have this success,” said Foster. “This meet has been great for me and my owners. Both track surfaces are well maintained and safe. I have to commend (track superintendent) Billy McKeever for doing a super job. To me, Louisiana Downs is the prettiest track in the state and I am grateful to have won the title again this year.”

H. B. Johnson finished in second place with 27 wins. Ronnie Ward saddled 18 winners and Sarah Delany rounded out the top four conditioners with 16 wins.

Gerardo Mora Wins His First Louisiana Downs Leading Rider Title

Gerardo Mora made the most of his second year competing in Bossier City topping a very competitive jockey colony to emerge as the meet’s top rider. The 25-year-old jockey is respected for his well-timed finishes and versatility in mastering both the turf and main track and finished the meet with a record of 477 starts, 77 wins, 81 seconds and 65 thirds.

Born in Palestine, Texas, Mora had family ties to racing as his uncle, Adrian Ramos, was a veteran rider on the Louisiana and Texas circuit. He made his debut at Sam Houston Race Park as an apprentice in 2011 and earned two leading rider titles there as well as Retama Park. Mora was third in the standings last year, but had plenty of business this year and was well represented by his agent, Ronald Ardoin, who was one of the most successful jockeys in Louisiana.

“I want to thank each of the trainers, owners for believing in me,” said Mora. “Last year was a good start for me at Louisiana Downs. When I started the meet, horsemen knew me and gave me a lot of opportunities and Ronald did a great job with my book. He’s the man!”

Aubrie Green continued her strong showing, beginning the meet as an apprentice, but losing no business once she lost her bug. She finished in second place with 64 trips to the winner’s circle. Richard Eramia, who was on top for much of the season before he departed to ride at Remington Park, was third with 59 victories. Jose Guerrero rounded out the top four with 57 wins.

Next up for Mora is Delta Downs for their meet which gets underway on October 18.

Jorge Gomez Honored as Leading Owner

The very tight battle for leading owner honors concluded on the final day of the meet with Jorge Gomez finishing on top with 12 wins. Horses owned by Gomez made 114 starts, with Ty Diesel, Blue Choice and Concho posting multiple wins. This was the first leading owner title for Gomez, who resides in Bossier City, Louisiana and will head to Fair Grounds next.

“I want to thank my crew and my jockey, Alexander Castillo,” said Gomez. “They each helped me in winning my first leading owner title.”

Red Rose Racing followed closely with 11 wins and Patti Turner, Beverly Burress, Jamie C. Pastor, William K. Harris, Dream Walkin Farms, Inc., Terrell Jarret, Jr. and Anthony Faulk each won nine races each in the 2017 Thoroughbred meet.

Six Things You Didn’t Know About Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

France Chantilly France’s Biggest Horse Race

… including horse races, come with a hefty price tag to attend, tickets to the Arc start at … and the entrance fee is waived for anyone under 18. Comparatively, a general admission ticket to the Kentucky Derby costs $40 six months out …

NY Times Source: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe: 6 Facts About France’s Biggest Horse Race

Churchill Downs and Keeneland Want to Build Two Horse Racing Tracks in Kentucky

Churchill winner's circleIs Horse Racing Dead?

You may have heard … Churchill Downs and Keeneland are teaming up to propose two new “state-of-the-art” horse racing venues in Kentucky. It’s a “historic partnership” that will bring one to Corbin, Kentucky, in Knox County and another in Oak …

Source: Churchill Downs and Keeneland want to build two horse racing tracks in Kentucky

Strong Kentucky Derby results helped boost Churchill Downs’ profits – 2Q 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Despite rainy weather, a “strong” Kentucky Derby week helped Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. report net income of $78 million in the second quarter of the year, a 12 percent increase from the same period in 2016.

Source: Strong Kentucky Derby results help boost Churchill Downs’ profits