Russ Harris, Handicapper Extraordinaire, Dies at Age 93

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The word may get thrown around too easily, but in Russ Harris’s case, it is deserving. He was a legend. I can’t prove this, but I know it to be true: No single…

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Public in Japan Against Mindless Games of Chance

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Ditch attempts by opposition parties. The ruling coalition shut down by majority the attempts by the opposition camp, including the main opposition Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party, Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party, to stall the bill, agreeing to submit a no-confidence motion against Abe’s cabinet in the lower house earlier in the day. Were the… [Read more…]

Horse Racing – The Only Track Running Today

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Up close and personal at the Tampa Bay Downs paddock

Laurel Park will be the only game in town Christmas Eve.

Actually, the only game in North America.

Laurel Park will serve up a special live nine-race program on Christmas Eve. It is the only live card in North America.

First race post time is noon ET.

Highlighting the Christmas Eve card is a starter allowance featuring stakes-placed Flash McCaul, I Came to Party, Coltimus Prime and the Michael Dickinson-trained Scorch as well as a $42,000 allowance event over six furlongs with a field of 12.

There will be a Rainbow 6 carryover of $1,236.53 and a Super Hi 5 carryover of $644.55.

Closed on Christmas Day, Sunday Dec. 25, Laurel will host a special Monday program on Dec. 26 before concluding its 52-day fall meet on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30 and 31.

California Chrome Reaching Fans at Another Level

The Horse of the Year Inspires a Passion like No Other Horse Currently in Racing

LOS ANGELES — It was as if the lights on the front stretch of Los Alamitos Race Course needed time to wake up so they could illuminate the larger-than-usual crowd that showed up at 5:30 a.m. to see a big chestnut horse do a high-speed practice gallop around the track. In attendance were the three founding… [Read more…]

Woodbine Racecourse Reports Big 2016 Season

Woodbine via WO FB page“The clockwise turf racing concept added a fresh dimension to our racing program and attracted attention from across the world,” said Via. “We have a great gem of a racecourse in the E.P. Taylor Turf Course and turf racing at Woodbine is thriving. The Tapeta and the turf track will continue to be strong complementary offerings for our horsepeople.”


Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that wagering on Woodbine’s 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season, which concluded Sunday, December 4, rose sharply over the previous year’s meet.

The 133-day season produced an “all-sources” handle of $469,452,009, a 7.1% per cent increase over the $438,185,077 figure recorded from 133 dates in 2015.

“We saw tremendous growth in our Thoroughbred racing product,” said Sean Pinsonneault, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Wagering. “We had record handles for all of our signature race days and customers are responding to our blend of entertaining racing and great fan experiences. Unfortunately, even with the growth, the revenue from the wagering is declining in Ontario due to the increased costs of simulcast racing content and mandatory deductions. WEG remains committed to working with government and industry stakeholders to reform the model and secure the future of this industry in the province.”

Wagering was up 4.1% in the Greater Toronto area on Woodbine Thoroughbred racing.

Woodbine posted substantial wagering gains on each of its three biggest days.

The Queen’s Plate, which had its 157th running in 2015, had a record wagering total of $11.8 million for the July 3 card. The on-track experience was enhanced to present more food trucks, fashion and music, including headlining bands that played well into the evening.

The Plate, with 37,063 in attendance, was won by Sir Duddly Digges.

Ricoh Woodbine Mile day, on September 17, recorded a handle of $9.6 million, shattering the 2015 mark of $7.1 million, while the Pattison Canadian International card, on October 16, had wagering of $9.2 million, eclipsing 2015 mark of $6.4 million.

Sunday’s final programm also established a mark for a Woodbine meet finale card, with $7.4 million wagered, surpassing the 2015 record of $6.5 million. The card included the second Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout this year with over $1 million up for grabs and a payout of $39,500.65 for a 20-cent ticket.

In April, Woodbine introduced Tapeta as its new main racing surface and it was well received by many racing fans and industry participants.

“In the first year with a new racing surface, we’re quite pleased with how the Tapeta performed especially in the second half of the season after adjustments to our track maintenance protocol were performed,” said Tom Via, Senior Vice President of Operations.

Woodbine also introduced clockwise turf racing in June. Twenty-two races were conducted at five and 5 1/2-furlong distances. The track ran a record 236 grass races in 2016.

“The clockwise turf racing concept added a fresh dimension to our racing program and attracted attention from across the world,” said Via. “We have a great gem of a racecourse in the E.P. Taylor Turf Course and turf racing at Woodbine is thriving. The Tapeta and the turf track will continue to be strong complementary offerings for our horsepeople.”

Purses paid out in 2016 totalled $70.6 million, including a stakes program worth $19.5 million (101 added-money races). Field size rose to 8.4 horses per race in 2016, up from 8.1 horses per race in 2015.

Opening day for the 2017 Thoroughbred racing season, also set for 133 dates, is scheduled for April 15, 2017.

Standardbred racing continues at Woodbine through the winter, including a special Boxing Day card that features a 1:00 p.m. post-time. This Friday features a huge mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 Jackpot wager.

Internet Gambling Cafes coming to N.J. Racetracks?

TRENTON — Supporters are pitching it as the latest idea to help two of New Jersey’s struggling industries: horse-racing and casino gambling. But opponents are labeling it as a sneak move just a month after voters overwhelmingly rejected a plan to open two casinos in the northern part of the state. Under a bill recently introduced… [Read more…]

Three-time English Derby winning rider Walter Swinburn dies aged 55

WALTER SWINBURN, one of the finest jockeys of his generation who will forever be associated with brilliant Derby winner Shergar, has died at the age of 55.


Here is his win aboard Pilsudski in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Turf.

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Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs Make Upgrades for Wagering

Kentucky Downs 2015Two KY Tracks Upgrade Their Betting Services with Sportech Racing and Digital

TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO) announces that it has been selected by Ellis Park as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services. This agreement follows another new tote services contract signed earlier this year with Kentucky Downs. Sportech began providing totalisator services… [Read more…]

Atlantic City’s Darkest Days May Be in the Past

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WASHINGTON — The chief executive officer of Borgata owner MGM Resorts International said he expects Atlantic City to stop hemorrhaging casinos and begin traveling on the road to recovery. “Atlantic City’s darker days are behind it,” MGM CEO Jim Murren said at a National Press Club luncheon Friday. “We’re going to see gradual improvement.” Atlantic City… [Read more…]

Sportech Racing and Digital Secures New Contract with Tote Ireland

TORONTO, Nov., 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Sportech Racing and Digital, a division of Sportech PLC, (LSE: SPO), announces that, following a competitive bidding process, it has been awarded a new contract with Tote Ireland to strengthen and expand the suite of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services utilized by the twenty-six horse racing tracks in the Republic… [Read more…]