jnchapel + horseracing   2037

Team of inspecting veterinarians beefed up for Del Mar meet
"Rick Arthur, California’s equine medical director, said on Friday that veterinarians will expand their duties to include inspections on non-racing days and in the days before and after a horse has raced. Arthur said three examining vets will be active in the stable area on 'most days,' conducting inspections, out-of-competition testing, and observing workouts."
horseracing  california  del-mar  equine-safety 
23 hours ago by jnchapel
Hong Kong's gambling empire is losing horsepower
"Disinterest among many young people and an upcoming bridge link to the glittering casinos of Macau threaten the future of the money-spinning gambling monopoly. Already the amount bet on racing fell 1.7 percent in the latest season for which numbers are available, ending mid-July 2016, from the previous year. While it’s still a lot of money — that HK$106.1 billion ($13.6 billion) was almost 30 percent more than the total of the most-common type of betting on thoroughbreds in all of the U.S . — gambling on horse racing has grown an anemic 1 percent a year on average for two decades."
horseracing  international  hong-kong  wagering 
2 days ago by jnchapel
Jockey Debbie Downing
"... race-fixing seemed more light-humored to me. Perhaps because, as an apprentice, I was to be a chief beneficiary. During one race, I was able to maintain a larger lead than Secretariat enjoyed in his romp at The Belmont. I coasted to an easy victory, never uncocking my whip, while my peers in the back argued over who was going to be second. All of them received lengthy suspensions for their less than sterling performances." Her last win was at Great Barrington on a 17YO gelding.
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  fair-racing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
3 days ago by jnchapel
Veitch, Kentucky commission end long legal battle
"The settlement, which was hashed out in a mediation session several weeks ago, was approved by the commission following an executive session held at the close of a Tuesday meeting. Under the settlement, Veitch will be charged with a $5,000 fine for his role in the so-called Life At Ten incident at the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs in Louisville, but an initial one-year suspension – which Vietch served – will be stricken from his record ..."
horseracing  kentucky  breeders-cup  life-at-ten 
3 days ago by jnchapel
Linda Meech breaks her own record for most wins by female jockey
"Meech broke the record of 111 winners in a season which she had held jointly with Clare Lindop since 2008/2009 when she won the first race at Wodonga on Hulme on Saturday ... Meech said she was glad she wasn’t part of the previous generation of women riders as they did it hard."
horseracing  international  australia  jockeys  women-in-racing 
6 days ago by jnchapel
Monmouth Park bans shipping to Suffolk Downs
"I got caught in the middle last year and now I'm stuck right back there this year," said one prominent Monmouth-based trainer, who agreed to comment anonymously for fear of reprisal. "I've got horses standing in stalls here because their races don't go. They need to run. I plan to send some to Suffolk."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs 
6 days ago by jnchapel
Immigration policies creating havoc for horsemen
"I was talking to a Belmont trainer and he said there used to be people coming around the barn looking for a job all the time and now no one comes," said attorney Will Velie, who specializes in immigration issues and is the president of the company Horseman Labor Solutions. "There's nobody around anymore."
horseracing  backstretch  labor  immigration  horsemen 
10 days ago by jnchapel
Clawson finds her footing close to home
"I made the choice of where to go for the summer based on where I thought I could be top five in the standings," said Clawson, whose agent is Jimmy McNerney. "Obviously, I know people here. Being close to home, it seemed like a great place to spend my summer."
horseracing  jockeys  katie-clawson  women-in-racing 
10 days ago by jnchapel
The grandmother who is Todd Pletcher’s director of operations
"I keep thinking I'm going to retire. But I don't want to retire," she said. "I'm only going to retire when I can no longer do my job."
horseracing  trainers  todd-pletcher  ginny-depasquale  women-in-racing 
10 days ago by jnchapel
Ritvo weighs in on SoCal horse population
"Our quick first assessment is it’s not a horse population problem. It’s a utilization of the inventory we have. We have 3,100 horses within the area between the training centers and the tracks, and that number should be sufficient enough to run a good, four-day-a-week schedule. So obviously it’s a problem with inventory — either controls of exactly what’s back there or participation from the horsemen ... we’re not looking to reduce the racing schedule. Obviously, we’d like to run more, and if my reputation speaks for anything in Maryland and Florida, the only thing you do need is inventory and you need purse money. If you have those two things you can increase your race schedule."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  stronach 
12 days ago by jnchapel
Kim Hye Sun becomes first female rider to win Korean classic
"There was a thrilling finish to the Korean Oaks at Busan ... plenty of Korean racing history was made. Kim Hye Sun became the first Korean female jockey to win a Group race while Masteru Mizutani became the first foreign owner to do the same as 56/1 outsider Jejui Haneul pulled off a shock win."
horseracing  international  korea  jockeys  women-in-racing 
13 days ago by jnchapel
What’s wrong at Santa Anita Park? Canceled races signal uncertain future
“[Belinda Stronach] is a businesswoman who will try to reinvent our racetracks into multientertainment complexes,” he said. “If there isn’t a reasonable and fair return on our operation, why would the place remain open if a developer has the opportunity to get more money out of it through other uses?”
horseracing  california  santa-anita  stronach 
13 days ago by jnchapel
Race horse fund gets much-needed second look
"It’s a definite sign of progress that legislators like Karen Spilka, Mark Montigny, and Bradley Jones have broached changes to the horse-racing fund. The money in the fund isn’t huge, in the context of the state’s $39 billion budget, but unwinding the special-interest giveaway embodied in the 2011 legislation would represent a victory in its own right ... as a general matter, state aid should be aimed at helping build businesses that can eventually stand on their own, rather than keeping dying ones on artificial life support ... horse racing in Massachusetts has enjoyed a special deal from the state. The stirrings on Beacon Hill are a welcome sign that the Legislature might be ready to rethink the state’s priorities."
horseracing  massachusetts  rhdf  legislation 
13 days ago by jnchapel
Worker shortage hobbles horse racing at Canterbury Park
1. "The politicians think there’s a workforce waiting to come here if we pay them enough money," Bravo said. "But the American worker is not looking for manual labor. They don’t want these jobs."

2. "Jesus Escalante Martinez said there was concern on the other side of the border, too. A 20-year veteran of the Rhone stable, his P-1 visa — reserved for professional athletes — assured he could work at Canterbury as an exercise rider this season. But his son Alejandro is among many co-workers who needed an H-2B visa, and they had some anxious moments while waiting for their documents to be approved."

3. "Trainers and grooms said there are few undocumented workers at Canterbury Park. The track has a reputation for tough enforcement of immigration law — earned in part by raids conducted during its early years — and Minnesota’s licensing requirements for track workers are considered strict. Applicants are fingerprinted and must undergo criminal background checks."

4. "Trainers are in survival mode right now. Without a workable visa program, it’s going to challenge their ability to stay in business."
horseracing  minnesota  canterbury-park  backstretch  labor  immigration  h-2b 
14 days ago by jnchapel
Crosby: Thoroughbred racing can be saved
"It is the commission’s belief that with a reorganized regulatory structure, and empowering the Gaming Commission to strategically manage all the thoroughbred revenue streams – including the Race Horse Development Fund – that there is a legitimate chance of designing a sustainable strategy for thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts."
horseracing  massachusetts  mass-gaming-commission  rhdf  legislation 
15 days ago by jnchapel
New England horsemen fight for funding
"We went to the Statehouse and dropped off flyers and informational material for all the senators and representatives," said trainer Kevin McCarthy, a member of the New England affiliate of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. "We need to show them why this fund is vital to our industry."
horseracing  massachusetts  nehbpa  rhdf  horse-park  legislation 
16 days ago by jnchapel
Tim Ritvo tackles his biggest challenge yet: Revitalizing racing at Santa Anita
"But we can’t depend on just one person, Frank, saving everything. We need to make sure we make this a healthy industry for every person — the breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and race-track owner."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  stronach 
18 days ago by jnchapel
Hialeah presenting racing at its worst
Sham racing: "Hialeah is hosting a pair of eight-race programs each Wednesday through Sunday, one starting at noon and the other at 3 p.m. Each race has just two horses going 110 yards for a purse of $2,000. The starting gate has no doors and jockeys are given a verbal command of 'go' to start. The American Quarter Horse Association, which sanctions race meets at small fairs where the handle might be a couple hundred dollars per race, has refused to sanction Hialeah’s events. The horses have no race records and none of the trainers or jockeys are listed in records kept by Equibase."
horseracing  florida  hialeah 
21 days ago by jnchapel
Sallie Gardner: The horse behind the photograph
"Bred in Tennessee by Arthur Towles, the chestnut daughter of Vandal was foaled in 1872, out of Charlotte Thompson by the Irish import sire Mickey Free. Her record as a racehorse is sketchy at best, but according to the 1875 American Racing Record and Turf Guide, she was among the 27 nominees for a race to be held by the Louisville Jockey Club on May 19 over 12f—the very first running of the Kentucky Oaks, with a prize of $1,175. While Sallie Gardner did not end up running in the Oaks, another daughter of Vandal, Vinaigrette, was victorious that momentous day."
horseracing  racing-history  photography 
21 days ago by jnchapel
Appreciating the ‘horse in motion’ from Muybridge to the present
"Muybridge conducted his experiments with Sallie Gardner in 1878 at the Palo Alto track with the mare running at speed for a mile in 1:40, which translates into furlongs of :12 ½ seconds or quarters of :25. Sallie Gardner was described as 'one of the fastest runners on the coast, and noted for her superb form and graceful gait.' Bred in Tennessee (or Kentucky, depending on the source) by Arthur Towles, Sallie Gardner was a daughter of the distinguished stallion Vandal out of Charlotte Thompson."
horseracing  racing-history  photography 
21 days ago by jnchapel
ICE arrests 16 in Saratoga Springs
"A source close to the Saratoga Race Course backstretch workers said many grooms and other track workers are opting out of coming to the city this season. 'There is too much fear,' the source said."
horseracing  backstretch  labor  immigration  saratoga 
23 days ago by jnchapel
Leave horse race fund for the horses
"When it comes to harness racing, the Race Horse Developoment Fund is accomplishing the exact goals it set out to achieve: growing an industry, creating jobs and revenue, and preserving open space. The return on the state’s $7 million investment last year alone was substantial. In 2016, harness horsemen directly employed 566 workers and issued 1,632 occupational licenses for everything from trainers to veterinarians, jockeys to stable employees, and blacksmiths, breeders and track workers. These are the types of good paying, blue-collar jobs that have been fleeing Massachusetts in recent years and are still so desperately needed for our economy."
horseracing  massachusetts  harness-racing  standardbreds  plainridge  rhdf 
27 days ago by jnchapel
HYM is buying Suffolk Downs today. Here’s what you need to know about the deal.
"To have 161 acres that has basically been lying fallow for a long time, for decades, and not have any productive use, is a problem for those two communities."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  redevelopment 
28 days ago by jnchapel
Shortage of unskilled labor on labor on the backstretch and farm
"Thus the low-skill workforce in the horse-racing industry is predominately illegal, which is precarious, owing to ethical issues and possible fines and adverse publicity." [Two things: It is wrong to call this labor "unskilled," and what Shanklin leaves unsaid is that this precarity leads to exploitation and abuse.]
horseracing  labor  immigration  backstretch 
29 days ago by jnchapel
Pegasus World Cup 2018: What’s the latest state of play?
1. "Stronach Group officials ... have insisted that the investors sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement forbidding them from publicly discussing the terms from this year as well as those proposed for 2018 while intense discussions continue behind the scenes."

2. "Privately, some investors indicated after the Preakness party that more than half of the 11 who joined with Stronach Group founder Frank Stronach in putting up $1 million each for one slot in the Pegasus starting gate are not willing, at least so far, to re-invest in the concept since most took a financial whipping with the first running of the race. Mike Rogers, an executive board member with the Stronach Group, conceded before the Preakness party that none of the original investors had signed up by that time to invest another $1 million in next year’s Pegasus."

3. "Only Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, owner of Juddmonte Farms and its Pegasus winner Arrogate, and Stronach, whose homebred Shaman Ghost finished second, apparently made money after expenses are considered. Juddmonte bought the starting slot of original Pegasus investor Coolmore for Arrogate, who earned the $7 million winner’s share of the inaugural $12 million purse, while Shaman Ghost banked $1.75 million."

4. "One Pegasus investor privately told another recently that it was the worst business deal he had ever done in terms of revenue return. Another said he could not imagine taking that kind of gamble again, while yet another said the experience turned into a 'pretty expensive party' after counting expenditures for tickets to the race and entertainment at the track for guests."

5. "A primary goal is to lure a runner from Japan following a recruiting foray to that nation by Pegasus representatives last winter that included a meeting with Japan Racing Association executives. While that trip was not fruitful in yielding a horse for the inaugural event, it opened pathways for the future, according to Rogers, who pointed to how Japanese bettors, when allowed to wager on a foreign race that includes a Japanese runner, can have a huge impact on handle."
horseracing  stronach  pegasus-world-cup  business-of-racing 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Case analysis: City of Revere and others v. Massachusetts Gaming Commission
"The decision breathes life into Mohegan's claims that the Commission's evaluative process was flawed or biased. The SJC observed that allowing Mohegan's claim to proceed was appropriate as it would ultimately shed light on the Commission's review process."
horseracing  massachusetts  mass-gaming-commission  mohegan-sun  suffolk-downs 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Brazil’s Clawson making a name for herself as a jockey
To date, Clawson has 23 career wins heading into the early part of May. She has competed at seven different tracks so far in her career. Her talent exploded Saturday, May 6 when she guided home three winners on the card, her first triple win evening. “When I got my second win, I was excited because that was my third double win night,” said Clawson. “I thought I had a shot with my last horse of the night (Atlantic Slew) and then trainer Cipriano (Contreras) told me he thought the same. It was a lot of fun.”
horseracing  midwest  indiana  jockeys  women-in-racing  katie-clawson 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
That’s a wrap: Top 10 quotes from the Pan Am/IFAR conferences
"The last racing owner of the horse is often the person the least invested in the horse ... they’re less invested and they have fewer resources, but they’re the ones who are being told that they need to solve the problem and make sure the horse ends up in a good place, and that’s a problem in my view." — Steuart Pittman, a Maryland sport horse trainer who came up with the concept for the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover
horseracing  equine-retirement 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Cloud Computing’s trainer wins one for his mentor at Preakness
“It just seems like he’s won every race but the Derby and Preakness, really,” Brown said. “This is the only race that eluded him in his unbelievable career. I feel this is for him, at least from my viewpoint. And without his mentorship, I certainly wouldn’t be here.”
horseracing  preakness-stakes  trainers  chad-brown  bobby-frankel 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
How to bet the Preakness, according to a video game
Cummings got the idea for the simulation from a side project that has grown out of Photo Finish Racing’s cinematic. Third Time had been talking with broadcasting partners, mainly thoroughbred racing tracks themselves, to run visualizations of the field running before the race. “It's a big thing even within betting, and at the track not a lot of people know what (that day's) horses look like,” Cummings said. “So for a lot of people that's a valid way to make a bet.” That led to the kind of crude logic that informed the Kentucky Derby prediction. “It was just ‘can we make a bet happen with the past histories of these horses, their times at each split, and their speed rating?’” Cummings said.
horseracing  mobile  gaming  triple-crown 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Industry insiders promote plan for racing complex
Brad Boaz, of the Lexington, Kentucky-based architectural and engineering firm CMW, gave an overview of the “Massachusetts Horse Park” master plan, as well as presented some hard numbers, during a press conference Thursday in Boston. “Keeping the horse in mind is paramount, but also for the patron as well,” Mr. Boaz said. “We want to keep them coming back ... we don’t feel like it’s this massive structure. It’s very quaint. It’s very inviting. What we’re trying to do is take little features from some of our most favorite tracks.”
horseracing  massachusetts  nehbpa  horse-park 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Belinda Stronach expresses optimism for racing industry in speech
"Approximately half of the presentation was devoted to replaying the promotional commercials the company produced starring the mixed martial-arts star Conor McGregor and the comedian Jon Lovitz for the inaugural Pegasus World Cup." [Contrast with BH's "insightful" coverage of speech.]
horseracing  stronach 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
The Preakness has a storied past, but this woman wants to move it into the future
To start with, she wants the customer experience to be better. If all you want is betting, burgers and beer, “it’s got to be a good burger and it’s got to be a clean, fun, safe environment with a great vibe,” she says. To attract younger fans, she’s looking at wagering platforms for people who don’t know how to handicap horses and investing in technology to make betting more like a video game. “Even if you don’t like betting on horses, you want to come for the experience, the fun of it,” she says.
horseracing  stronach  pimlico  maryland  mid-atlantic 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
State senator seeks money for sex-trafficking victims from horse racing funds
"State Sen. Mark Montigny, who championed the state’s 2011 human-trafficking law, is pushing an amendment to the Senate budget that would redirect half of the funds slated for an account created to support Bay State horse racing to the Victims of Human Trafficking Trust Fund. The move, Montigny said, could mean 'millions' for the five-year-old trust, which the Herald reported last week has taken in just $16,000 and has yet to award a single grant to help survivors of sex trafficking."
horseracing  massachusetts  legislation  rhdf 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
New rein for 'Queen'
"Yes, Francine Villeneuve, 52, has accomplished much in her racing career. But even though she’s no longer in the saddle come post time, Villeneuve is still helping horses down the home stretch – in an entirely new way ... by 1991, Villeneuve was the head-turning kind of jockey who got people talking. She broke several gender barriers, becoming the first woman to place in the Queen’s Plate and the first of four women ever to compete in all three Triple Crown races."
horseracing  canada  woodbine  fort-erie  jockeys  women-in-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Pletcher continues to do Lukas proud
"I defended him (Derby) week. I jumped right in the middle of it and said 'Do you realize how hard it is to get one here? How about getting 48 of them here? That's an achievement if you never win the damn thing,'" Lukas said. "Getting them there has gotten to be a lot more difficult than it used to be 20 years ago. Just getting enough points to be in the race and satisfying your clientele ... the clientele dictates so much of what we do now. It's not like the old days, when an owner would ask if he could come look at his horse in the barn. Now they get really involved."
horseracing  triple-crown  trainers  todd-pletcher  d-wayne-lukas 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Group pitches horse park feasibility study
"The proposed horse park would feature a track for racing, equestrian venues, and an agri-tourism village complete with artisans making saddles and shoeing horses. The horse breeders, equestrian officials, and consultants at the presentation painted a picture of a bucolic, family-friendly facility patterned after the Kentucky Horse Park ... and the Saratoga Race Course. With thoroughbred racing on its last legs in Massachusetts, that vision seems like a stretch."
horseracing  massachusetts  nehbpa  horse-park 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Preakness at Laurel? The New Coke of horse racing
The editorial board is over the Stronach Group: "But as for the wisdom of investing in Pimlico, we would note that the good condition of Laurel and deteriorating one of Pimlico didn't happen by accident. It is the result of a deliberate strategy by Stronach and its predecessors to consolidate operations and investments in Laurel ... rather than warning that it would require a 'huge' commitment of state resources to keep the Preakness at Pimlico — and not acknowledging the 'huge' amount of money the state is already sending their way as a result of the legislation that legalized slots and casino gambling — Stronach officials ought to be focused on finalizing an agreement with the Stadium Authority and the Baltimore Development Corp. on a second phase of the Pimlico study."
horseracing  mid-atlantic  maryland  pimlico  preakness-stakes  stronach 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Humane Society prez to industry: ‘Get in step’ and ‘seize the issues’
“Our position is we’re not opposed to horse racing as an organization,” Pacelle continued. “If I’ve said it 10 times, I’ve said it a thousand times: If these equine athletes are cared for properly, there should not be any compromising of the welfare of the animals. These animals are built to run, in so many ways. But let’s make the tracks safe, lets make the conditions safe, let’s make the standards strict so that everyone can have confidence about what’s going on…. It seems like the most sensible course for the future.”
horseracing  equine-safety 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Women under-represented across leading roles says report
"I have to say I have done a lot of research in this area and it is the only industry I have ever worked with where women were repeatedly called girls regardless of their age, which really stood out to me."
horseracing  international  british  bha  women-in-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Bob Baffert sits this Triple Crown season out
"... not even Lukas can match Baffert’s ruthless efficiency. Both have won the Derby four times, the most of any trainers in the last 50 years. But Lukas has done it starting 48 horses, versus Baffert’s 27. Both have won the Preakness six times, but Lukas’s total comes in 41 attempts — more than twice Baffert’s 18. For the past 20 years, Baffert’s California-based operation has been a Triple Crown juggernaut. He won both the first two legs of the Triple Crown in two consecutive years in 1997 and 1998. Then after years of more big-time wins both in the U.S. and across the globe, his Triple Crown triumph with American Pharoah in 2015 sealed his legacy as one of the best ever."
horseracing  triple-crown  trainers  bob-baffert 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a stud and a gentleman
“He is different, temperament-wise,” said Scott Calder, the New Zealand-bred sales and marketing manager for Coolmore. “He is quite amazing, really, just how laid-back he is and how good he is with people. You wish every horse was this easy, as he is. That was part of why he was able to do what he did. Obviously, he has talent, but especially the Triple Crown, you’ve got the crowds and the travel, and if you put too much energy out on the training track in the morning, that’s going to catch up with you, too. So you’d have to think that was part of what got him through it, I’m sure.”
horseracing  champions  triple-crown  american-pharoah  sires 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Schmuck: Barrier-breaking Hank Allen trains sights on a pair of sports
"When Hank Allen arrived at Churchill Downs to get his horse ready for the 1989 Kentucky Derby, he had to know it wouldn't be business as usual. He would become the first African-American trainer in 78 years to run a horse in thoroughbred racing's most storied event when Northern Wolf finished sixth behind Hall of Famer Sunday Silence, but some of the questions that rang out when he was surrounded by reporters on that first day outside the stakes barn weren't quite what he expected ... there were some other indignities for Allen, including a struggle to pick up his credentials and tickets for his wife and Northern Wolf's owners, but it certainly wasn't the first time he had run into that kind of thing. When he started his professional baseball career, the black players still had to live apart from their white teammates when they went south for spring training."
horseracing  triple-crown  kentucky-derby  preakness-stakes  trainers  racing-history 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Women in horse racing under-represented in most prominent areas
BBC report on BHA survey: "It found more women are entering racing from college courses, outnumbering men by a ratio of nearly 70:30. But the report identifies what is being described as 'career stagnation' once women try to make progress." BHA press release on the survey: http://www.britishhorseracing.com/press_releases/bha-response-womens-representation-diversity-horseracing-industry-survey/
horseracing  international  british  bha  women-in-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Plainridge to host richest harness horse race in state history
"Plainridge Park Casino will hold the richest harness horse race in state history July 28 with the inaugural $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot."
horseracing  massachusetts  plainridge  standardbreds  rhdf 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Racing pulling ahead at Plainville
From March 2017, before the start of the 125-day season: "purses, or the amount paid to horse owners, has gone from a daily average of $32,700 in 2014, to $58,800 last year. Purses are expected to reach $59,200 this year when racing resumes on April 10 ... the number of horsemen and women operating at Plainridge went from 406 in 2015 to 566 last year."
horseracing  massachusetts  plainridge  standardbreds  rhdf 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Senate sweeps race horse fund to invest in DCR, DEP
Tucked into the Senate's $40.3 billion fiscal year 2018 budget proposal is an outside section that would sweep $15 million from the Race Horse Development Fund into the General Fund by June 30, 2018, availing the Senate to $15 million in new revenue that it proposes to spend other programs ... the Senate's outside section calls for the $15 million from the Race Horse Development Fund to be "expended to support programming and operations for the department of agricultural resources and the department of conservation and recreation."
horseracing  massachusetts  legislation  rhdf 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Technology that could revolutionise gambling and change the world
"Simply called Bookie, it will be the first true betting exchange run on blockchain technology and utilising digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin as payment method."
horseracing  technology  wagering  blockchain 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Will Zhukova’s victory help entice more European raiders to the U.S.?
"The prize money numbers for turf racing in the U.S. are way beyond the levels on offer on the other side of the Atlantic, particularly in Britain. Yet the standard of runners is way behind. America’s turf riches are vulnerable."
horseracing  international  turf-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Will women jockeys get a claim in Britain?
JFC: "To my way of thinking, this kind of response (significant but restrained) makes it more likely that other racing jurisdictions will follow the French lead. I’m thinking mostly of the British Horseracing Authority, which is not naturally sympathetic to the idea but might prick up its ears if it felt the change improved the situation of female jockeys without provoking outrage among the men. But I’d say Britain already has more of a culture of female success in the saddle than France, thanks in large part to Hayley Turner but also to her fellow champion apprentices Josephine Gordon and Amy Ryan. A weight allowance here probably would provoke a faster uptake by trainers and owners, not least because there are quite a few young women around who have already proved they can win, like Hollie Doyle, Jane Elliott, Shelley Birkett, Lulu Stanford and Rachel Richardson. And there seems a ready supply of others who can become like them, 7lb claimers in their late teenage years who appear unpromising at first but get the hang of it after 30, 40 or 50 rides."
horseracing  international  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Don Munger 1923-2017
"At the time of his death Munger still was producing on the racetrack, counting three wins in 21 starts at the current meet. Until recently, he still hauled horses to Emerald Downs from his 37-acre farm in Enumclaw and for many years also shoed and ponied his horses to the starting gate."
horseracing  washington  emerald-downs  trainers 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
France-Galop claims success for women’s weight allowance scheme
"A formal review of the allowance will take place at the end of May, at which point there will be three months of results to take into account. But France-Galop have already had a dip into the available figures and found that women collectively had ridden 20 winners compared to 11 at the same point of the 2016 season. François Boulard, racing director of French racing’s ruling body, said female jockeys had been given 25% more rides than last year and had been placed 130% more often. Speaking at Deauville races on Saturday, he added that the number of individual female jockeys to have had rides had gone up by more than 20%."
horseracing  international  france  jockeys  weight-allowance  women-in-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Michelle Payne: ‘People doubt female riders. There’s more to it than strength’
Payne is so composed I wonder if her “get stuffed” line might have been planned soon after she slipped off her victorious horse, Prince of Penzance, in Melbourne? “No, it was done spontaneously. It was totally off-the-cuff. But I’m really happy to have said it because there were lots of doubters and many people have said women jockeys aren’t good enough. After winning the greatest race in Australia it felt the perfect time to say it to them.”
horseracing  international  australia  jockeys  michelle-payne  women-in-racing 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
In Park Heights, a struggle to save a neighborhood
"When we run the Preakness here," Ritvo says, "we try to get everybody out before it gets too dark." ... Schleifer says the Stronach Group is standing in the way of progress. "If we found a partner to rebuild that facility, you would see private investment come in on every corner," he says. "These guys are holding Park Heights hostage." ... Losing the Preakness would be a huge blow to the neighborhood's rebirth. "If you had the Super Bowl in your backyard every year, you would never let it go," Hurley says. "I don't understand how anybody could be OK with it going to Laurel."
horseracing  triple-crown  preakness-stakes  pimlico  baltimore  maryland  mid-atlantic  stronach 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Bergman: All gamblers owe a debt of gratitude to the late Jack Cohen
"What was so impressive about Mr. Cohen to me was his ability to get around obstacles in his way. At the forefront of his effort to put out past performances in Sports Eye, his publication that had only given entries, results and selections, was an obstacle called the track program. The program printed for the tracks at Roosevelt and Yonkers was a product of Doc Robbins. That product was a monopoly of sorts and Mr. Cohen had to figure out how to get access to information in advance of race day in order to provide “his version” of past performances in a timely fashion. Ultimately what he did was pay off Robbins’ employees to provide him a minimal amount of information that would allow for his staff to connect-the-dots and provide a competitive product."
horseracing  media  data  past-performances 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
Cathy Schenck closes the book on Keeneland Library career
"Cathy has been an invaluable resource for people no matter the complexity or purpose of their questions. Perhaps they were researching material for an article or book; exploring the career of a relative involved in the industry; or seeking information about their favorite Thoroughbred – famous or otherwise. Cathy knew where to look for material, and the speed of her responses to queries was nothing short of amazing. Among those who benefited from her expertise is Laura Hillenbrand, author of the best-selling Seabscuit: An American Legend ... [in] July 2002, Cathy was among the Keeneland officials who cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Keeneland Library’s new home: a 10,000 square-foot building that today houses nearly 30,000 books, approximately 1 million photographic negatives, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles about all aspects of the equine industry ..."
horseracing  libraries  archives  keeneland 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
Bury the lede
"All gamblers know it’s not about the winning tickets but the stack of losing tickets it takes to get there. If the Player’s Pool is about entertainment for participants, there’s also been an education going by their results. By scraping what’s made available on Twinspires’ website, I was able to cobble together results of all the Player’s Pools since October of last year (for pools before that, the archives are spotty and in some cases missing). Since October 2016 and through this past weekend’s Derby, the Player’s Pool has collectively wagered $501,847.70 with a return of $251,260.24. Accounting for taxes of $40,383.00 on those returns, the Player’s Pool has lost $290,970.46, losing $3 for every $5 wagered."
horseracing  wagering  adws  twin-spires  players-pool 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
Mystery, late-race mayhem add chapter to Abel Tasman saga
"I wish that filly the best of luck," Callaghan said by phone before the Oaks. "She was good to me."
horseracing  kentucky-oaks  abel-tasman  trainers  california 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
NBC Sports recruits BuzzFeed for the Kentucky Derby
1. NBC Sports and BuzzFeed plan to produce numerous videos and articles around 10 core ideas. For instance, one idea is to cover the celebrity presence and culture around the Kentucky Derby, which will include sending BuzzFeed to the Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala to interview celebrities on the red carpet. There will be multiple Facebook Lives on the day of the Kentucky Derby, including a shoot inside the owner’s box at Churchill Downs and an interview with NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk.

2. “When we sat down with BuzzFeed, we thought a recipe video for a mint julep made the most sense,” Palla said of the unofficial Derby cocktail. “They said they understood why we’d think that and why it’s central to the Derby, but their data suggested focusing on desserts. You look at the numbers, and you can see why we’re letting them be the experts [in areas] where they are the experts.”
horseracing  media  nbc  kentucky-derby  buzzfeed  social-media 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
Could Always Dreaming be the horse of Todd Pletcher’s lifetime?
“Our Derby record has been talked about a lot,” said Pletcher, who matched the record of his mentor, trainer D. Wayne Lukas, with his 48th Derby starter. “But I felt like this week people were defending it for me for some reason. You know, when you look at it now, I think this was our 17th Derby, and we’re fortunate enough to have two wins and two seconds and I think three thirds, it looks a little better. To me, it felt like I really needed that second one, you know? One more."
horseracing  kentucky-derby  always-dreaming  trainers  todd-pletcher 
6 weeks ago by jnchapel
Kentucky Derby: Teen jockey hopes to join race
"Amelia Hauschild has ambition to ride in the Kentucky Derby one day, but she knows how tough it is to be a young woman in the sport of kings. In this short documentary, the 16-year-old has just gotten her apprentice jockey license, and competes in her first professional race at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz."
horseracing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Trump immigration policy spurs ire at Kentucky Derby: 'We can't find workers'
“It’s hypocritical,” said Jesus Ibanez. “We are glad that they are concerned for the individuals working at the horse stalls, but this has been happening throughout the city, and they say nothing.”
horseracing  immigration  visas  h-2b  labor  backstretch  kentucky  louisville  churchill-downs 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Does new Aqueduct turf course signal broader NYRA changes?
"Reached by phone Friday, Martin Panza, NYRA’s Senior Vice President of Racing Operations, said that he is not at liberty to speak on the record about detailed long-range plans involving the future of the two tracks, which are separated by 10 miles on the Belt Parkway. But he did add that an announcement having to do with that topic could be in the pipeline for later this year."
horseracing  new-york  nyra  aqueduct  belmont-park 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Women jockeys could transform the Kentucky Derby
1. If young, stereotypically-masculine strength is required to compete, somehow that didn't prevent Krone, who weighed 100 pounds "soaking wet," from winning the Belmont. It also didn't prevent 105-pound Bill Shoemaker from winning four Kentucky Derbies, the last at age 54.

2. The more likely culprit is persistent gender discrimination. The best evidence comes from a 1995 study which found that, though women won less prize money than men overall, that happened because women didn't get good horses in good races. In fact, women actually won more money than men who rode similar horses in similar races. Women outperformed men with the opportunities they got, but women didn't get the opportunities they deserved.

2. How would women respond if they saw more of their own in the saddle?
horseracing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Why running the Kentucky Derby costs some horse owners millions of dollars
“Fifty years ago, an owner ran in the Kentucky Derby because he thought his horse could win it. Now, it is more the experience of being there, without major regard for your chances.”
horseracing  kentucky-derby 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation
Baldemar Bahena's journey toward the American dream started as a teenager on the backside of tracks. When he left Mexico on a visa, he spoke a little English but had a knack with horses.

More than 30 years later, Bahena oversees dozens of workers as Romans' top assistant. Bahena and his wife became U.S. citizens and they settled into a four-bedroom home in Louisville. Their two teenage children are college bound.

"He's a great American success story," Romans said of his friend.

But Bahena, 49, worries the door of opportunity may be closing behind him for other immigrant workers toiling at racetracks in search of a better life for their families.

"They're good people," he said. "They're working hard all the time. They're kind of scared."

Bahena voted for Trump because of the Republican's business background, and said he holds out hope the new president will make things better.

"I tell everybody, just chill out a little bit and I think in another year or something, it'll be all right," he said. "I think he's going to change his mind because he's a real, real good businessman, and he's going to figure it out that these people are good people."
horseracing  immigration  visas  h-2b  labor  backstretch  racetracks  churchill-downs 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Michelle Payne: A jockey’s rise from muddy paddocks to fancy ballrooms
Payne believes that a lack of faith in female jockeys persists, despite her Cup win. “Most trainers and owners, if they have a choice to put on a jockey, they will put on a male,” she says. “If something goes wrong, they’ll blame the fact that they put a female jockey on, even though it probably would have happened with a male jockey. That’s just the mentality of how they think in racing in Australia.”
horseracing  international  australia  jockeys  michelle-payne  women-in-racing 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
Racetrack family: Bob and Shilo Johnson like ‘em fast
“That’s one of the reasons we come here. There’s quite a few horses here that aren’t going to race here. They’ll go to Canterbury Park. There’s that deep sand surface we train on at home, and you come here and it’s a tighter surface and it acclimates them to different surfaces and the grandstand,” Bob said. “Once they leave Fort Pierre, they’ve pretty much seen all of it.”
horseracing  midwest  south-dakota  fort-pierre 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
Santa Anita officials, horsemen to discuss entry issues
"Morris said there are approximately 2,800 Thoroughbreds in training in Southern California that race at Santa Anita – about 1,750 at Santa Anita, 750 at Los Alamitos, and 360 at the San Luis Rey Downs training center in San Diego County. Through Sunday, after seven days of the spring-summer meeting, fields had averaged 7.34 runner per race, slightly less than the average of 7.59 runners at the winter-spring meeting, which ran from Dec. 26 to April 9 and was plagued by wet weather in the winter."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  horse-population 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
Girvin wearing Z-bar shoes; final Derby work delayed to Saturday
"... video of the horse taken earlier this week at Keeneland and posted on the Instagram site of @takechargelady, the account of Anne Eberhardt Keogh of the Blood-Horse, clearly shows Girvin with Z-bar shoes on both front hooves. Z-bar shoes are used on horses for any number of hoof issues, ranging from a problem with the sole, the frog, to an abscess, to a quarter crack."
horseracing  kentucky-derby  girvin 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
1970s teen phenom Jane Driggers, the pioneering Portland jockey who outraced sexism
"... everywhere she went — Portland Meadows, Spokane's Playfair and beyond — fans wanted to see her. They lined up for her races. But the teen — maybe because of her gender, maybe her age, maybe her sudden success — engendered extreme reactions. The cheers seemed to be louder when she took the trophy. And when she didn't the 'verbal assaults' were also greater. Driggers tried to shrug off the response, good and bad. 'They love you when you win and hate you when you lose,' she said. 'You hear them. Spokane was really bad. Sometimes I might get mad at the people, but I won't say anything. I won't even look at them.'"
horseracing  jockeys  jane-driggers  women-in-racing 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
At Churchill Downs, immigration crackdown causes unease on the backstretch
"... backstretch workers are part of an ecosystem that for decades has operated on a 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' policy. No one at the track could recall a raid or any other enforcement action related to immigration on the grounds themselves, but all agreed the threat is increasingly acute as they prepare for the sport’s marquee race. Trainers say they would prefer to hire legally, but faced with a deficit of American applicants or legal visa-holders, they have no choice but to accept people willing to work jobs that require long hours and pay between $10 and $15 an hour."
horseracing  immigration  visas  h-2b  labor  backstretch  racetracks  churchill-downs 
8 weeks ago by jnchapel
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