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Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:00 pm

California Horseman Having Strong Presence Late In Oaklawn Meet


There was plenty of Southern California star power on display last weekend at Oaklawn, notably champion Game Winner and Grade 1 winner Improbable for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in a split $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds.

Game Winner and Improbable jetted home Tuesday, but some of that Southern California star power remained. Quietly, Tyler Baze joined the riding colony last Sunday and scored with his second mount when favored Bolita Boyz ($5.40) won the seventh race, a $92,000 allowance sprint for older horses, for trainer Robertino Diodoro and runaway leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk).

Baze, 36, won an Eclipse Award as the country’s top apprentice jockey in 2000 and has been a mainstay on the ultra-tough Southern California circuit for years. His move to Oaklawn was fallout from Santa Anita’s March 5 announcement that it was suspending racing indefinitely because of poor weather and track conditions.

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Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:32 pm

David O’Rourke named president and CEO of NYRA

David O’Rourke has been appointed president and CEO of the New York Racing Association, the company announced in a press release Tuesday morning.

O’Rourke will assume the role of president and CEO immediately. He has been serving in those roles in an interim capacity since Jan. 23.

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Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:52 am

Suffolk Downs Adds Couple of Race Dates for 2019

Suffolk Downs will expand its 2019 meet for what will be the East Boston, Mass. track's final year of live racing.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission March 28 approved the request of Sterling Suffolk Racecourse (SSR) to add two days to the racing calendar, which originally was planned for only four days of this year. Live racing will now be held on the weekends of May 18-19, June 8-9, and June 29-30. Purses will have an average daily distribution of around $500,000.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... s-for-2019
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Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:56 pm

2019 Travers to air on FOX

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports today announced that the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes will be carried live on the FOX Broadcast Network as part of a special one-hour telecast on Saturday, August 24 at 5 p.m. ET from historic Saratoga Race Course.

Always one of the biggest and most anticipated days on the racing calendar, the 150th Travers will be one of six Grade 1 stakes on Travers Day, which includes the Grade 1, $850,000 Sword Dancer, the Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign, the Grade 1, $600,000 Forego, the Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens and the Grade 1, $500,000 Ballerina. These major stakes races leading up to the Travers will air on an expanded edition of Saratoga Live on FS2.

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Fri May 17, 2019 6:05 pm

Suffolk Downs Begins Curtain Closing Race Meeting
Operator hopes to move racing to Great Barrington in 2020.
It will be homecoming weekend May 18-19 at Suffolk Downs as local horsemen who had dispersed to tracks along the East Coast and racing fans from across New England return for the first of three racing festival weekends in what is the last season of live racing at the 84-year-old landmark.

"We're excited about the opening of our final meet and we're very optimistic about continuing live racing in the commonwealth beyond this year, just not in East Boston," said Chip Tuttle, the CEO of Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which sold the property in May 2017 to a major developer but has been leasing the racing and simulcasting operations since.

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which was denied the single Boston-area full casino license in September 2014 by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and saw it granted instead to Wynn Resorts, has declared in the past that racing would be no more only to revive a live meet for the next season. But this time the curtain comes down for good.

While some may be reluctant to accept the end of Suffolk Downs is really nigh, after this weekend the last days will be June 8-9 and then June 29-30. Demolition of the property, beginning with the stable area, is on the developer's schedule for July 1.
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Fri May 24, 2019 5:46 pm

Calder Casino May Lose Slots License
Churchill Downs Inc.'s Calder Casino in South Florida is in danger of losing its slots license after an administrative law judge ruled that the operation is not compliant with state law because of the absence of a “contiguous and connected” building from which to conduct wagering on live racing.

Without compliant live racing, Calder would not have been able to maintain a slots license, which it first acquired in 2009. Live race meets at Calder are now operated by Gulfstream Park under the name Gulfstream Park West, even though the Calder grandstand was razed in 2015.

Administrative law judge John G. Van Laningham on Friday issued a recommendation that Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, enter a final order denying Calder's application for renewal of a slot machine license for the fiscal year 2018-19. The recommendation could jeopardize a renewal of the annual license, which expires July 9, 2019.

It wasn't immediately clear how the recommendation may affect Calder's scheme to eventually connect a pari-mutuel permit for a recently opened jai-alai fronton on the Calder property to the slots casino.

The 2018-19 renewal of the Calder slots license was challenged by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, even though it could cost horsemen millions of dollars in annual purses. Under the current agreement between the FHBPA and Calder, 10% of slots revenue goes to purses, about $9 million of $90 million in annual slots revenue. That agreement expires Dec. 31, 2010.

The FHBPA challenged whether the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, violated Florida statute in approving Calder's slots license when the casino was built in a separate building that was not directly adjacent to the racetrack's grandstand. The law approving slots states that a gaming facility may be located in a separate building if it is “contiguous and connected to” the facility for wagering on live races.

Van Laningham wrote that the requirement “thus guards against the slot machine operation from becoming the tail that wags the dog, by requiring at least a kind of structural parity between the live gaming area (for racing) and the slots machine building.”

Following a similar arrangement at the Pompano Park harness track and slots casino, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation said a covered walkway between the slots and live wagering buildings would suffice to remain compliant.

However, when the Calder grandstand was torn down and the live racing area moved to the apron of the racetrack, there was no covered walkway or permanent building in which to wager.
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Fri May 24, 2019 6:59 pm

Good, I hope the Calder decision sticks.
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Mon May 27, 2019 4:45 pm

The Triple Crown trophy given to Affirmed's trainer is being sold on Ebay for $500K. Apparently they tried to sell it on Pawn Stars.
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Mon May 27, 2019 6:35 pm

Mylute wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 4:45 pm
The Triple Crown trophy given to Affirmed's trainer is being sold on Ebay for $500K. Apparently they tried to sell it on Pawn Stars.
just me or is it kinda sad it's unsuccessfully trying to be passed along for a quick buck instead of going somewhere like a museum or to a horsey place? darley/jonabell would be an excellent place for it... oh well. human greed and all that.
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Mon May 27, 2019 8:56 pm

sweettalk wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 6:35 pm
Mylute wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 4:45 pm
The Triple Crown trophy given to Affirmed's trainer is being sold on Ebay for $500K. Apparently they tried to sell it on Pawn Stars.
just me or is it kinda sad it's unsuccessfully trying to be passed along for a quick buck instead of going somewhere like a museum or to a horsey place? darley/jonabell would be an excellent place for it... oh well. human greed and all that.
I saw somewhere they received it via inheritance. They may need the money, who knows.
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Tue May 28, 2019 2:57 am

CD wants to make Calder a Jai Alai fronton?
Are they smoking wacky tobacky in Kaintucky much?
Tampa's fronton bit the dust years ago. Not enough people knew what the game was, much less how to bet it. Talk about a dying sport. The site was right up the street from me. You buy lots of gardening tools and 2 x4's there now, if you can maneuver past the road construction on the north side of the parking lot. You have to hope that dump truck driver remembers what his rear view mirror is for.
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