The Secret World of Horse Racing

jockey riding a horse raceReferred to as the sport of kings, horse racing has been part of British society for more than 400 years. CNBC’s Tom Chitty attempts to shine a light on a sport fueled by money that for many is shrouded in mystery.

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UofL Equine Business Program Names New Director

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sean Beirne, an early graduate of the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program in the College of Business, has been named the program’s new director.

Beirne, who has worked in various capacities in the horse racing industry nationwide, has most recently been employed by industry vendor Roberts Communications Network. He was on the Colorado Racing Commission for the past eight years, serving as chairman from July 2015 to June 2017.

Beirne“On Nov. 1, I will begin what I consider to be my ‘dream job,’” Beirne said. “I am thrilled beyond words to receive the opportunity to come back to my alma mater and prepare students to become the future leaders of our great sport of horse racing.”

He replaces Tim Capps, who died following a stroke in April 2017.

Beirne earned his bachelor’s degree from the equine program in 1990. He earned his first undergraduate degree, in political science, from UofL in 1986.

Beirne and his wife, Mary, are both Louisville natives. Mary Beirne graduated from UofL’s School of Nursing.

The Equine Industry Program at UofL is an accredited business degree with an equine focus. Graduates can be found in all aspects of the industry, from training to broadcasting.  Beirne attended the UofL Equine program at the same time as AGOS Founder Rich Nilsen.

For more information, contact Terri Burch, interim director of the Equine Industry Program, at terri.burch@louisville.edu or 502-852-4859.
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When It Comes To Transparency, Horse Racing Has A Lot To Learn From The US Open

“Contrast this with an incident at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 8, when, as first reported by Daily Racing Forma race was run at the wrong distance. As the official record of the race, the Equibase chart, reads, in all caps, “THIS RACE WAS SCHEDULED FOR ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH BUT WAS RUN AT ONE MILE AND ONE FURLONG DUE TO THE GATE BEING PLACED IN THE WRONG LOCATION.”

Thus, the two-year-old horses in the race, most of which had never raced before, with the other having run only once, actually ran…”

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A Look at TV Audiences for the 2018 Triple Crown Horse Races

Triple Crown trophy

Justify won the Triple Crown this year

“Among the Kentucky Derby audience, 22% also watched the Preakness Stakes and 26% checked out the Belmont Stakes…”

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QnA with NFL Star and Racehorse Owner Jacob Tamme

From NFL to Farming: Jacob Tamme Chats Cows and Horse Racing

Q. Advice I would give to anyone considering getting into racing as an owner:

A. Start small. Heck, stay small. There’s nothing wrong with being a 5% partner on a great filly or colt. I’ll take 5% of a really good one over 50% or even 100% of an average one any day. Find the right person or people to partner with and set realistic expectations. If you are starting your own operation from scratch and have the resources to go it alone, even more important to find the right advisors and horsemen to help you get started.

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Sports betting ‘encouraging’ but don’t ignore Horse Racing, senator says

Sports betting ‘encouraging’ but don’t ignore horse racing, senator says

“It’s encouraging, but no one should assume that, ‘OK, we have sports betting now, we can ignore this industry going forward,'” O’Scanlon said.

He said that whether or not an individual person likes horse racing, there is no denying its importance to New Jersey. And there may be no more important single day than the annual Haskell Invitational, coming up on Sunday…”

 

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Early Meet Promotions at Saratoga 2018 – Part I

Early Meet Promotions – July 20 – August 11

The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced a 40-day lineup of entertainment and special events for the 2018 summer season at Saratoga Race Course. The event schedule for the annual summer meet will feature a number of new happenings alongside returning traditions and perennial favorites.

New for 2018, Coca-Cola will serve as the official sponsor of the Saratoga Pavilion, the on-track venue where NYRA hosts 40 days of special events. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion is where fans will gather to enjoy the majority of event activities during the summer meet.

“All of us at NYRA are thrilled to welcome Coca-Cola to the Saratoga Pavilion, where we orchestrate a variety of fun events and engaging activities each summer. Our event schedule offers something for everyone and perfectly complements the 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing at the Spa,” said NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca. “We look forward to welcoming fans to enjoy another season of outstanding entertainment and special events at Saratoga, and encourage them to make the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion a must-see stop during their visit.”

Among the notable enhancements to this season’s event lineup, the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will host Fashion Saturdays, designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing by creating a boutique-style shopping experience. The weekly event will feature an array of women’s and men’s fashion apparel and accessories from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry items throughout the season.

Saratoga starting gateThe 2018 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will include the following events and happenings:

OPENING DAY AT SARATOGA: Friday, July 20
The 2018 annual summer meet will kick-off with the traditional Grade III Schuylerville and Grade III Lake George.

TASTE NY: CRAFT BEER: Every Friday beginning July 20
Taste NY: Craft Beer will allow guests the opportunity to sample numerous craft beers produced exclusively by New York State breweries. The tasting will be held each Friday from noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Guests will enjoy five samples for $5. Must be 21 years or older to participate.

WOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON FRIDAYS AT THE POST: Every Friday beginning July 20
Guests will be invited to stay on-track after the day’s final race to enjoy bourbon cocktails and play trivia to win special prizes from Woodford Reserve at The Post Bar. The weekly event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

FASHION SATURDAYS: Every Saturday beginning July 21
Designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, the weekly event will feature women’s and men’s fashion apparel and accessories from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry items throughout the season. The event will be held each Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.

WOODFORD RESERVE AND JEFF BRISBIN AT THE JIM DANDY BAR:Every Saturday beginning July 21 (except Travers Day)
Guests are invited to the Jim Dandy Bar to sample Woodford Reserve Saratoga Personal Selection, crafted exclusively for racing fans at the Spa. The weekly event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

KETEL ONE SATURDAYS AT THE POST: Every Saturday beginning July 21
Fans are invited to sample the new Ketel One Botanicals from 3 to 5 p.m. and enjoy music from a live DJ and dancing under the stars following the day’s final race.

27TH ANNUAL HAT CONTEST PRESENTED BY HAT SATIONA! BY DEI: Sunday, July 22
Hundreds of contestants will don creative and fashionable head toppers to compete in what has become a staple of Opening Weekend at Saratoga Race Course: the 27th annual Hat Contest. Registration begins at noon under the grandstand for three categories. The contests for Kreative Kids, Fashionably Saratoga and Uniquely Saratoga will take place after the second, third and fourth races of the afternoon. Prizes are provided by Hat sationa! by DEI.

TASTE NY: FOOD & ARTISANS: Every Sunday beginning July 22
Taste NY: Food & Artisans is a lively on-track market of numerous food and artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about NYRA Bets.

LOW ROLLER CHALLENGE: Every Sunday and Monday beginning July 22 (except Labor Day)
Sundays and Mondays will include the Low Roller Challenge which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

BERKSHIRE BANK FAMILY MONDAYS: Every Monday beginning July 23
The Berkshire Bank Family Mondays series will feature a wide variety of family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities each Monday of the meet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. All games and activities are free with the exception of one each week designated to support a local school or PTA.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY PRESENTED BY JDOG: Wednesday, July 25
Saratoga Race Course will pay tribute to active military members and veterans in appreciation of their sacrifice and service to our nation. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities throughout the day. All veterans and active duty military will receive free Grandstand admission with military ID. Military Day is presented in partnership with JDog, owned and operated by local military veterans and family members.

walking horse through Saratoga crowdTASTE NY: CIDER, WINE & SPIRITS: Every Thursday beginning July 26
Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits will allow guests the opportunity to sample varietals of cider, wine and spirits from numerous New York State distilleries and wineries. Live music will accompany the tasting each Thursday of the meet from noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Guests will enjoy five samples for $5. Must be 21 years or older to participate.

APEROL THURSDAYS AT THE POST: Every Thursday beginning July 26
Each Thursday, guests will have the opportunity to sample Aperol Spritz cocktails at The Post Bar from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fans are also invited to stay on-track after racing to enjoy music from a live DJ and dancing under the stars.

PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS’ FUND AWARENESS DAY: Saturday, July 28
Saratoga Race Course will unite with racetracks across the country on Saturdaywith autograph signings and photo opportunities as part of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF) Day Across America.

FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY PRESENTED BY Brookview Village: Wednesday, August 1
Saratoga Race Course will honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics during First Responders Appreciation Day. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature exhibits and activities throughout the day, including free youth bicycle helmets and fittings, while supplies last. All first responders will receive free Grandstand admission with proper ID.

WHITNEY DAY AND THE FASIG-TIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING: Saturday, August 4
The Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney will pair with the Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test for 3-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares. Also on Saturday are two additional turf stakes: the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose for fillies and mares.

JOCKEY LEGENDS DAY PRESENTED BY FASIG-TIPTON: Sunday, August 5
Some of the greatest riders in the history of thoroughbred racing will gather at Saratoga Race Course for the fourth annual Jockey Legends Day. The day’s activities will feature special appearances by some of the Spa’s most accomplished riders and autograph signings with a suggested donation to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund.

ITALIAN-AMERICAN DAY, PRESENTED BY APEROL SPRITZ: Wednesday, August 8
The charm and spirit of Italy will come trackside when Saratoga Race Course hosts Italian-American Day. The day-long celebration of Italian culture and heritage will feature traditional Italian music, dance, food, entertainment and games at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The afternoon will also include an Aperol Spritz tasting at The Stretch, located inside the Grandstand at the Top of the Stretch.

FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Thursday, August 9
Saratoga Race Course will celebrate women and their contributions to the thoroughbred industry while raising funds to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation on Fabulous Fillies Day. This year’s event will for the first-time honor local breast cancer survivors during special winner’s circle presentations throughout the afternoon in partnership with To Life! The day will also feature the return of the Best in Pink fashion contest for women and men, sponsored by vineyard vines and Moet & Chandon. A highlight of the day will be the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon, presented by vineyard vines and Moet & Chandon, along with Saratoga Living. This year’s luncheon will honor Vivien Malloy, owner of Edition Farm and secretary and treasurer of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders.

SARATOGA CHALLENGES: Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11
The pair of live money challenges will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Saratoga Challenge on Friday will guarantee a first-place payout of $15,000, as well as awarding entries to the 2019 Belmont Stakes Challenge to the top finishers and the 2019 National Handicapping Championship to the top three finishers. The Fourstardave Challenge on Saturday will guarantee a first-place payout of $25,000, as well as awarding the same entries as on Friday. Both challenges will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in; Saturday is a $2,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit www.NYRA.com/Challenge.

Fashion Saturdays at Saratoga Race Course 2018

2018 Saratoga Horse Racing Meets Has a Lot to Offer with Fashion Saturdays

The 2018 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will showcase the tradition of style in Thoroughbred racing during Fashion Saturdays at the Spa. The first edition of the series will be held on Saturday, July 21.

The weekly event, held each Saturday of the meet from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will welcome guests to the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion for a boutique-style shopping experience. Guests will enjoy an array of women’s and men’s fashion apparel, accessories and beauty items from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry.

“Style and fashion are inherently a part of the racing experience and we are excited to honor this custom with Fashion Saturdays at Saratoga Race Course,” said NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca. “We encourage fans to join us each Saturday for an afternoon of shopping at the Spa where our guests can find the perfect item to complement their race day ensemble.”

Participating vendors for this year’s Fashion Saturdays series include:

Bumble Beads Boutique, offering affordable women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, bridal specialty items and giftware.
Carol Wells Collection, featuring a selection of equestrian and fashion jewelry made using freshwater cultured pearls, quartz, beach glass and sea shells.
Complexions Spa, offering wellness and beauty products such as lotions, make-up kits and massage therapy.
Lifestyles of Saratoga, featuring a collection of women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories for shoppers of all ages.
Miss Scarlett Boutique, offering a hand-picked selection of fashionable dresses, hats, fascinators, jewelry and handbags.
The National, a classic men’s clothing shop featuring quality brands.
TOGA Heritage, featuring fine goods for the home and office and celebratory gifts which incorporate the culture, tradition and memories of Saratoga.
Shoppers at Fashion Saturdays will also enjoy light music, including jazz and acoustic guitar.

“The National team could not be more excited to participate in Fashion Saturdays at Saratoga Race Course. We are also honored to have a presence in the Grandstand at The Stretch on Saturdays to support the efforts that NYRA has invested in this all-new area to provide yet another memorable guest experience for track goers,” said The National Vice-President of Retail Peter Tavares. “Our men’s sportswear and accessory options cover the spectrum from casual to business attire.”

Fashion Saturdays corresponds with the biggest race days of the season at Saratoga, including the following lineup of major stakes:

July 21: Grade 1, $500,000 Diana; Grade 3, $150,000 Sanford
July 28: Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap; Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy; Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green; Grade 3, $200,000 Amsterdam
August 4: Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney; Grade 1, $500,000 Longines Test; Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya
August 11: Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap; Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack
August 18: Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama; Grade 2, $300,000 Lake Placid
August 25: Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers; Grade 1, $1 million Sword Dancer; Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign; Grade 1, $600,000 Forego; Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina; Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial; Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa
September 1: Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward; Grade 1, $350,000 Spinaway;; Grade 3, $300,000 Saranac; Grade 3, $250,000 Glens Falls
Season ticket plans, weekly ticket plans, single-day reserved seats, premium reserved seats in The Stretch, reserved tables in the Miller Lite Picnic Paddock and the Fourstardave Sports Bar, dining and group hospitality are currently on sale and available for purchase at NYRA.com/Saratoga.

Saratoga paddock copyright Agameofskill.comSeason admission passes may be purchased online at NYRA.com/Saratoga and in-person at more than 150 Stewart’s Shops locations throughout the Capital Region. A season pass provides fans with admission to 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Race Course, including the Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, August 25 and the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 4. The cost of a 2018 Grandstand season pass is $40; a Clubhouse season pass is $65. Season passes do not include reserved seating and are valid for one admission.

Single-day Grandstand admission is $5 and Clubhouse admission is $8 for guests who purchase their tickets prior to the day of the event. Single-day Grandstand admission is $7 and Clubhouse admission is $10 when purchased at the gate.

The 2018 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.8 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 20, through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com/Saratoga.

source: NYRA

New Celebrities Ready to Promote Horse Racing

Jamie Lynn Sigler
at the Stride Gum Longest Day of the Year Party. Crown Bar, Los Angeles, CA. 06-20-08

Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international event, has announced four new Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors, a distinction awarded to celebrity racing fans and owners. The new Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors will promote and serve as spokespersons for the upcoming 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 2 and 3.

The new Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors include Chris Harrison (television host), Erik R. Johnson (NHL defenseman), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (actress), and Michael Owen (sports pundit). First launched in 2012, the Breeders’ Cup Ambassador program includes an impressive roster of talent, which mostly recently inducted Kate Upton, Gary Player, James Carville, Avery Johnson, John Ortiz, and Steven Jackson in 2013.

The newest Breeders’ Cup Ambassadors share a deep love for horse racing and boast intimate ties to the sport. Chris Harrison, most well-known for his role on the hit reality television show The Bachelor, began his career as a sportscaster and was a host for TVG Network during its launch in 1999.

Erik R. Johnson, the ice hockey defenseman for the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, first became a horse owner in 2014 and has since owned and raced winning horses in the name of his racing stable, ERJ Racing.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, an award-winning actress well known for her work on The Sopranos, grew up with horse racing as a daughter of the principal owners of the prestigious Winning Move Stable in New York.

Lastly, in addition to owning a state-of-the-art training facility and award-winning horses, former English footballer Michael Owen, who played for prestigious teams including Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Liverpool F.C., recently made his own debut as a jockey at a charity race at Ascot Racecourse in 2017.

“I am excited to join a fantastic list of individuals as a Breeders’ Cup Ambassador,” said Harrison. “I’ve attended the Breeders’ Cup, and I really enjoy watching the outstanding showcase of international Thoroughbred racing, as well as the fun and energy at the event. I look forward to supporting the Breeders’ Cup for many years to come.”

“We are excited to introduce a new group of Ambassadors to the Breeders’ Cup family,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “From actors to former football players, these new ambassadors diversify our program with their many talents and backgrounds, and their shared passion for Breeders’ Cup and horse racing enriches the fan experience. We look forward to sharing their enthusiasm with fans across the world.”

The 35th annual Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the iconic Churchill Downs racetrack. To learn more about the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit www.breederscup.com/2018. For more details on Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Ambassadors, please visit http://www.breederscup.com/experience/celebrity-ambassadors.

source: Breeders Cup

Today! Arizona Downs Opens for Simulcast Wagering

Arizona DownsPRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — Friday, July 13th will be a lucky day for those in the region wanting a new place to bet on horse racing as well as another entertainment venue.

The new Arizona Downs is bringing back wagering on racetracks across the country to the site of the old Yavapai Downs on July 13. Arizona Downs’ simulcast room is being constructed on the first floor of the grandstand, part of more than $2 million in renovations planned. The facility will be open seven days a week beginning at 9 a.m. MST. Admission and parking are free.

“The local region is booming, and we will be an entertainment option for horseplayers and sports fans,” said Arizona Downs general manager Ann McGovern. “Our customers can watch horse racing, professional and college sports and enjoy food and beverages. With more than 40 televisions, Arizona Downs will have something for everyone. And by opening in mid-July, we start accruing money toward horsemen’s purses, which will really be a boost in 11 months when live racing returns here after a decade’s absence.”

Yavapai Downs last ran in 2010. The facility was bought out of bankruptcy court in January by J&J Equine Enterprises LLC, an entity formed by brothers and Phoenix-based JACOR Partners principals Tom, Dave and Mike Auther and their partner Joe Jackson, along with longtime racing executive Corey Johnsen. Live thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing in the summer will return to Arizona in 2019, with Arizona Downs running Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

The new owners chose to change the track’s name from Yavapai Downs to Arizona Downs to reflect the restoration of a year-round circuit to the state, as well as its importance to all facets of Arizona’s racehorse industries.

The opening comes right before the start of two of the nation’s most popular tracks for handicappers, with Southern California’s Del Mar opening July 18 and Saratoga in upstate New York commencing July 20, as well as prominent summer signals such as Kentucky’s Ellis Park, Arlington Park in suburban Chicago, Florida’s Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Minnesota’s Canterbury Park, where a number of Arizona trainers have spent summers since Yavapai Downs closed. Los Alamitos’ quarter-horse racing also will be a featured signal.

Arizona Downs’ launch of its onsite off-track betting facility is the first step toward creating an in-state network of simulcasting outlets affiliated with the track in order to further strengthen purses paid out to racehorse owners.

Source: Arizona Downs