South Sioux City horse race track to offer gambling

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – After decades of rejecting casino gambling, Nebraska voters overwhelmingly approved measures [election day] to allow it at state-licensed horse racing tracks.

There’s been some hurdles along the way for those in favor of legalizing gambling in Nebraska. Back in September, opponents fought hard to keep the issue off the ballot, filing a lawsuit that was rejected by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

“It was a big accomplishment even getting it on the ballot and then once it got on there it approved vary easily and that tells me just looking at it that people are okay with it and are approving it,” said South Sioux City Mayor Rod Koch.

In Nebraska, only limited forms of gambling are currently available like keno.

The initiative passing Tuesday night changes that. The state constitution will now allow slot machines and table gambling at horse tracks in Nebraska…

Horse Racing Hopes for a Return to Normal

Empty row of seats at racetrackLEXINGTON, Ky. — The golden sunset over Keeneland provided a picturesque and welcome wrap for horse racing after the pandemic wiped out its spring, cramped marquee stakes races into a crowded schedule and reshuffled the Triple Crown order.

No Triple Crown winner emerged as a result, though the Breeders’ Cup world championships helped make up for that. Many of its best competitors performed at the top of their games on a record-breaking weekend, sparking high expectations for 2021.

The sport just hopes that next year’s schedule returns to normal and that spectators can be in the grandstands enjoying the races.

“It’s been a different feeling, you know?” trainer Bill Mott said last week. “Being a participant, we probably get as excited as the fans when they’re there. It’s like I’ve got a bet on every race we’re participating in. So, I miss the fans.”

“I’ll be glad when everything gets back to normal and we have the fans back,” he said.

The pandemic …

Breeders’ Cup Spot Plays with Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis

Rich Nilsen 2016 BC Paddock17x NHC Qualifier Rich Nilsen Offers up Pace Scenarios, Spot Plays w/ Wagers, Top Selections and Analysis for BOTH days of the Breeders’ Cup in ONE report.

Nilsen, who has had some monster days in the past with his major race selection sheets, is back for both days of this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.   Included in his report are top selections for all 5 Breeders’ Cup stakes on Friday and all 9 stakes on Saturday (all 14 Breeders’ Cup races).  Includes commentary on all the contenders listed.

You will also receive Nilsen’s expert pace analysis, which is often the key to selecting the winner.   Nilsen has 4 Spot Plays with wagering strategies to attack these races hard.

Get every Breeders’ Cup race for BOTH days (Friday & Saturday) in one sheet!  Download instantly to any type of device. Only $17.97

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Highlights from Previous Breeders’ Cup Spot Play Winners!

$29.40 Sprint Spot Play Winner Trinniberg with Cold $203.40 Exacta!

$15.80 Turf Sprint Spot Play Winner Mizdirection, keying $1,757.65 Pick-4 wager!

$40.40 Spot Play Winner Work All Week with $1,064.70 Trifecta!

$13.00 F&M Turf Spot Play winner Dayathespa

$16.40 Turf Sprint Winner Bobby’s Kitten

$64.80 Exacta with Main Sequence over Flintshire in the Breeders’ Cup Turf

The list goes on and on!

 

About Nilsen’s Analysis

In this comprehensive yet concise report, I provide selections for all 14 Breeders’ Cup races for both days, as well as pace scenario analysis which is absolutely vital for predicting the outcomes of these events.

Spot Plays are my best bets and key wagering horses for the big weekend. Picking your spots is key to profiting on the races, especially when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup. The opportunities are plentiful but you improve your chances by selecting key spot plays and focusing most of your bets on those plays.

Set aside a budget for these two days and be sure to have plenty of ammunition for the bigger of the two days, Saturday. Best of luck!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rich Nilsen caught the horse racing bug at a young age when his father took him to the racetracks in New York. He eventually attended the University of Louisville Equine Business Program with the goal of making a career in the horse racing industry.

Nilsen has worked the past 27 years in the equine industry, serving most of those years as the Marketing Director for Brisnet.com and TwinSpires.com, the Official Wagering Site of the Kentucky Derby.

During his long tenure at the Keeneland-owned properties, Nilsen managed the successful Players’ Pool syndicate, which pooled funds from the account wagering members to go after large Pick-6 carryovers. During Nilsen’s leadership, the Players’ Pool produced a significant profit for the members over the course of seven years. One of the best hits was when the Players’ Pool took down half of the Pick-6 pool on Kentucky Derby Day 2007, with a gross return of over $500,000.  The Pool had several other hits over $250,000.

The $3 Million National Handicapping Championship (NHC) is the premier horse racing tournament in the nation. It is basically horse racing’s version of the World Series of Poker, with the main difference being that players cannot buy their way into the NHC. Players can only win their way in via tournaments held throughout the country. Nilsen is one of the top participants in the history of the event, having qualified 17 times. He is a dual qualifier for the 2021 NHC and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee. He was the first player, and one of only a handful, to finish in the top 10 at the NHC twice.

Nilsen is the founder and editor of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

 

Sudden Passing of Horse Racing Writer Art Parker, a Cornerstone of Agameofskill.com

Handicapper Art ParkerWe are so deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Art Parker, who was a great writer and friend of the sport. Art loved horse racing and for years he wrote handicapping and fan articles for agameofskill.com. The truth is that the site would likely not exist today without Art’s assistance over the years.  He provided great content when I was simply to busy to do so due to work and family obligations.
Sadly, I never got to meet Art in person as he lived in another state; in fact, one without a racetrack. But we talked numerous times on the phone, and like what happens so often in the sport of horse racing, our mutual love for the game made us friends for life.
Art Parker, who was a long-time editor of newspapers in Montgomery Alabama, passed from complications from a car accident.  Art was the epitome of a true gentleman.  He was kind, intelligent, a great family man, and I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He will be greatly missed.
Please lift up prayers for his wife and family.
God speed Art.

Latest Top 30 Melbourne Cup contenders

The top 24 horses will make the final cut for the 2020 Melbourne Cup on Nov. 3, but there will be changes over the coming week as several horses race to try and improve their standing and win a berth:

UPDATED ORDER OF ENTRY (horse, trainer, weight)

1. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ), Chris Waller, 55.5kg

2. SIR DRAGONET (IRE), Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, 55.5kg

3. OCEANEX (NZ), Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr), 51.5kg

4. PERSAN, Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, 51kg

5. ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, 58.5kg

6. VOW AND DECLARE, Danny O’Brien, 57kg

7. AVILIUS (GB), James Cummings, 57kg

8. RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE), Danny O’Brien, 53.5kg

9. MASTER OF REALITY (IRE), Joseph O’Brien, 56kg

10. TWILIGHT PAYMENT (IRE), Joseph O’Brien, 55.5kg

11. TIGER MOTH (IRE), Aidan O’Brien, 52.5kg

12. MUSTAJEER (GB), Kris Lees, 55kg

13. STRATUM ALBION (GB), Willie Mullins, 55kg

14. PRINCE OF ARRAN (GB), Charlie Fellowes, 54.5kg

15. WARNING, Anthony & Sam Freedman, 53kg

16. SURPRISE BABY (NZ), Paul Preusker, 54.5kg

17. DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB), Andrew Balding, 54.5kg

18. FINCHE (GB), Chris Waller, 54.5kg

19. ETAH JAMES (NZ), Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, 52.5kg

20. MIAMI BOUND (NZ), Danny O’Brien, 51kg

21. THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ), Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, 53.5kg

22. STEEL PRINCE (IRE), Anthony & Sam Freedman, 53.5kg

23. KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR), Danny O’Brien, 53.5kg

24. TRUE SELF (IRE), Willie Mullins, 52kg

25. ZEBROWSKI (NZ), Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes, 52kg

26. SAN HUBERTO (IRE), Matt Cumani, 53.5kg

27. NICKAJACK CAVE (IRE), Peter G Moody, 53.5kg

28. PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ), Peter G Moody, 53kg

29. ASHRUN (FR), Andreas Wohler, 53kg

30. HUSH WRITER (JPN), Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, 52.5kg

It’s an intriguing betting race already with Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish import Tiger Moth holding favouritism at $6 despite being yet to race in Australia and Sir Dragonet ($7.50) surging into second favoritism after its Cox Plate win.

Local hope Surprise Baby ($10), Caulfield Cup winner Very Elleegant ($11) and runner-up Anthony Van Dyck ($11) are also prominent in the market along with last year’s second-place getter Prince of Arran ($13) and Russian Camelot ($13).

Here are the leaders in the current betting market, via Bet365

On the cusp of greatness, Mighty Heart didn’t check off many boxes for racing success

Wager on WoodbineMighty Heart has been a mighty good story.

Not just for his connections, but for the entire Canadian thoroughbred industry.

Like every other segment of society during the COVID-19 pandemic, horse racing struggled to gain traction in 2020. The start of the season was delayed, strict health protocols were put in place and, for the most part, racing has been contested without anyone in the stands.

But the exploits of the one-eyed wonder horse Mighty Heart has given racing fans, and sports fans in general, something to cheer for, a feel-good story to rally behind. The Josie Carroll-trained bay colt won the Queen’s Plate and the Prince of Wales Stakes this year and will attempt to become the first horse since Wando in 2003 to win the OLG Canadian Triple Crown on Saturday in the 129th Running of the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.

All of which is pretty incredible, considering

A Look Back at FL-Bred Gate Dancer and a Wild 1st Breeders’ Cup

In 1984, I had the pleasure to attend the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup as a reporter for The Florida Horse. My brother in law, Bryan Howlett, was farm manager for Tartan Farms, and by coincidence John Nerud was president and trainer for Tartan Farms.

He also happened to be on the board of the Breeders’ Cup and was a very big deal in that organization. One morning before the races, I happened to run into Nerud, and he invited me to ride with him around the Santa Anta facilities.

Nerud, the trainer of Dr. Fager and many other horses for Tartan Farms, lived to be 102.

What a thrill that was, and the thrills didn’t end there. Gate Dancer was running in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gate Dancer was a Florida-bred, and an extremely good one…

Breeders’ Cup Notes: Classic or Distaff for Swiss Skydiver?

The decision will have to come, but Saturday was not the time to make it.

That doesn’t mean trainer Kenny McPeek hasn’t been thinking about what to do with his popular filly Swiss Skydiver when the Breeders’ Cup is run on the first weekend of November.

Here are the options: He could run Swiss Skydiver in the $2 million Distaff at 1 1/8 miles or take a swing at the $6 million Classic at 1 1/4 miles. Both races are on Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky.

What makes the choice more than a little difficult is how Swiss Skydiver has performed against both sexes this year.

The 3-year-old filly …

Is Horse Racing Dead? Not in Washington

Emerald Downs increases horse racing purses

Emerald Downs in Auburn has announced a 10% purse increase for all races the final three weeks of the 2020 live horse racing season.

The track runs races on Wednesday and Thursday, with the season ending Oct. 29.

Through 30 days of live racing, handle is averaging $1.87 million, up 67% over last year.

Emerald Downs President Phil Ziegler said the purse increase is a result of better than expected handle…

Gosden and O’Brien vie for supremacy on British Champions Day

The European flat-racing season reaches its climax with British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday after a season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Qatari sponsors QIPCO have ensured it is a rich payday for the owners and few will begrudge them that as they have been credited with keeping the sport going this year even though prize money has been reduced.

The two pre-eminent trainers, Englishman John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien, from Ireland, look set for a battle royal.

AFP Sport highlights the three races where 69-year-old Gosden and O’Brien, 50, are most likely to battle for supremacy:

Stradivarius aims to …