jnchapel + horseracing   2303

From hot walker to rocker, Lauper still is unusual
"That was a part of my life that shaped who I am," she said. "The people at the track were the underbelly of society. There were all kinds of interesting characters; they had an alternative lifestyle and they couldn't fit into a mold. And this group of people wound up in a net that caught them all." [2003]
horseracing  belmont  backstretch  hotwalking  cyndi-lauper 
18 days ago by jnchapel
Great Barrington horse racing on hold until state gambling, racing laws change
"The state, he said, would have to allow a racing license to extend beyond the current year-to-year renewal, and to allow for the company to have its license registered in Suffolk and Berkshire counties so it can take bets in one place and hold live racing in another. A state bill to shift the rules for the entire industry is on hold in the Legislature. Tuttle said a five- to 10-year license would help the company pump money into the Fairgrounds property."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  great-barrington 
23 days ago by jnchapel
Gaming Commission debates benefit of Suffolk Downs racing
"The traditional bargain in the horse racing industry was that the track gets to simulcast, which is the profitable piece of the operation, but in return they have to conduct a number of races because that's what really brings economic development," Zuniga said. "This has been really, in my view, not worth it. They continue to simulcast year round, and that's fine for them. But the economic impact is marginal at best. And this year is even more so."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs 
29 days ago by jnchapel
Stronach family rift revealed in bombshell lawsuit
"Belinda and Alon were confrontational, disrespectful and insubordinate," the suit alleges. "They demanded that Frank take steps to rein in or terminate all expenditures and investments being made by him on behalf of TSG ... Belinda and Alon also took the position, for the first time, that Frank had no authority to act in the name of any of the businesses owned or operated by TSG ... They asserted that Frank had no signing authority or ability to access corporate funds."
horseracing  stronach  family  lawsuit 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
Longchamp had an opportunity, it delivered a shambles
"It is heartbreaking to learn that, after £110m being splurged on a new stand, the old issues persist. I can’t help thinking that the problem may be one of attitude."
horseracing  international  france  longchamp  arc 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
Calls for financial incentives to boost chances for female jockeys
1. "I feel people have got to know the history because it shows how long it's been and that women should have progressed a lot more than they have."

2. "Wiltshire recalls that, at Wightman's insistence, she cut her hair short, wore no make-up and generally avoided calling attention to herself as different from her male rivals. When making entries, he declared her as 'K Wiltshire' rather than using her full first name. She says the former commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan referred to her as a boy when she was second in a televised race at Epsom."
horseracing  international  british  jockeys  women-in-racing 
september 2018 by jnchapel
Female trainers find room to work, prosper on the backstretch
"If you don't want to make it difficult, it won't be," says Vicki Oliver, who, though based year-round in the Kentucky Bluegrass, has made her mark at Del Mar with victories in four stakes races. "Just go on and do your thing and believe you can do it as well as a man,” she says. “Just do it the way you want to do it and get respect for the way you do it."
horseracing  california  del-mar  trainers  women-in-racing 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Nanako Fujita sets record for wins by female jockey
"First of all, I'm happy to have achieved this," Fujita said. "But it's still just 35 wins, and I will not be satisfied with that figure. Rather, it is just a milestone on my journey as I look to win my next race."
horseracing  international  japan  jockeys  women-in-racing 
august 2018 by jnchapel
When the billionaires come to Saratoga Springs for Fasig-Tipton auctions
"People are spending money at my expense and they are making other businesses grow," [Charlotte Weber, Campbell's Soup heiress] said.
horseracing  new-york  saratoga  auctions 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Cup of Coffee: Dave
"Dave and I would stroll for an hour, sometimes longer. Each day, he got fresher, tormenting the pony, biting his withers, kicking at him, leaping in the air, bucking. On the last day I ponied him, we walked onto the Oklahoma. I figured I had to let him do something, he grabbed the pony by the withers, shaking him like a piggy bank. The pony finally had enough. He went left, kicked out and Dave went right, the leather shank sliding through my hand until I was holding only the tip. Dave looked me dead in the eye and tossed his head, the shank hit the ground. He was loose. But, he didn't run. I squeezed the pony, sidling next to Dave and reaching for the shank, he jogged four steps and stopped, staring at me. We did this four, five, six times. Each time as I had the shank at my fingertips, Dave would scoot off, then stop and do it again. Jim Bond, at least I'm pretty sure it was Jim Bond, watched it all from the gap. He and I finally made eye contact. He knew what I was thinking and I knew what he was thinking. As I inched closer and reached for the shank, Dave spun right and right into Bond’s awaiting hands. I had never felt such relief. I took the shank and Dave didn't make a wrong move the rest of the ride. It was just a game. He won. He knew it. I knew it."
horseracing  saratoga  great-horses  fourstardave 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Accidental Agent can help Eve Johnson Houghton bridge gender gap
"When Eve Johnson Houghton’s grandmother, Helen, trained the winner of the 2,000 Guineas in 1956, the credit went to Charles Jerdein, her assistant, because the Jockey Club refused to issue training licences to women until the mid-60s. Even then, it was only the threat of a legal action the Club knew it would lose that forced the change to its rules. Much has changed in racing since then, though not, perhaps, quite as much as we sometimes like to think. There are still three male trainers in Britain for every female with a licence, while at Group One level, the bias towards male trainers is even more pronounced."
horseracing  international  british  trainers  women-in-racing 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Racing: Women jockeys have had long, rough ride
Jones first applied for the right to be licensed in 1976 soon after coming back from competing in an international women's jockeys' comp in Brazil. "There were 18 of us from around the world and the Australian girl and I were the only ones who were not licensed to ride against the males in their home country." The conference reply was short. "No." The Jones' asked for reasons and that reply is now a cliche: "Not strong enough, you're married, too old (24), you'll take earnings of male jockeys and no appropriate changing rooms."
horseracing  international  new-zealand  jockeys  women-in-racing 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Is Pavel best of blah field for Del Mar's Pacific Classic?
Would this be said about bigger trainers? "Bolt d'Oro got eaten up in the Triple Crown by possibly bad management from trainer/owner Mick Ruis ..." 👀
horseracing  california  del-mar 
august 2018 by jnchapel
The 20-year-old woman who took American horseracing by storm
"Clawson racked up 71 racing wins in 2017 — the all-time high for an apprentice jockey in a single season. And then she called her career quits after just a little more than a year on the track."
horseracing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Curators of Leonard Photography Collection preserve racing history
"The catalogue process includes a digital scan of the image, plus indexing the photo in three different ways by location, date, and subjects. Although she has gotten to know the particulars of many famous racehorses and stallions, Lossen sometimes runs across a horse she's not sure about, or finds places where the film suddenly shifts to a different, unidentified farm. That's when she goes down the rabbit hole of research, digging through the American Racing Manuals piled in the corner of her workspace or emailing out questions to the collection's owners or racing historians for advice. She's even queried Facebook followers on the Collection's page when she's stumped ..."
horseracing  racing-history  photography  archives  tony-leonard 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Getting from 'cease and desist' to 'come work with us'
"Historically, Equibase and [its parent] The Jockey Club have been aggressive in any sort of control over the information that they have produced," Howlett said. "I knew [a request to shut down] was possible. I guess I just wanted to see how people would react, and what would Equibase’s issue be, and would anyone like to learn from my experience."
horseracing  technology  data  handycapper 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Horsemen's group downplays public safety concerns on proposed racetrack for Lancaster
"Another big difference is the proposed Lancaster racetrack would be built with private money, no state money, with Stronach Group putting up an estimated $30-$40 million toward the project, Lagorio said."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Residents skeptical of new stronach track plan
"To build a new track you would need almost a 10-year guarantee and a 10-year horsemen's agreement so at least you know when you build your pro-forma you feel secure for the period of time you've invested in," [Ritvo said]. "We've had 10-year agreements in Maryland, and they've been very successful. There have been amendments and changes to them but, as long as all parties agree, you can make adjustments on the fly. It's always good to have that framework and get the stability so you know for sure that when you forecast your budgets you know what you should hit."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
august 2018 by jnchapel
Ritvo acknowledges community concerns about Massachusetts racetrack proposal
"There were concerns from the local community about the impact, the traffic impact and environmental impact, the things you would expect," said Ritvo. "Hopefully we sent the message to them that we are willing to work with them."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Horse-racing track plans out of the gate
"Much of the community's response Monday night ran a spectrum of concerns covering the stability of the horse-racing industry, increases in traffic, possible environmental impacts, and effects on surrounding residences."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
The Green Monkey was a striking animal, as well as a sales icon
"... the best offspring by Forestry was 2011 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford. The latter was a highly talented athlete who campaigned three seasons for earnings of slightly more than $3 million, plus two additional Grade 1 victories: the Metropolitan Handicap and Clark Handicap. Interestingly, Shackleford probably exists because of The Green Monkey. The latter is out of a good-looking mare by leading sire Unbridled (by Fappiano), and The Green Monkey sold as Fasig-Tipton’s February auction of 2-year-olds in training in 2006. The Green Monkey, bred on the cross of Forestry mated to an Unbridled mare, made owners of Unbridled mares believe that great things might lie in store for those bred in similar fashion. Shackelford’s dam, the Unbridled mare Oatsee, was sent to Forestry in 2007 ..."
horseracing  breeding  pedigrees 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Stronach Group provides more information on Massachusetts racetrack proposal
"In a question-and-answer document, The Stronach Group said that it expected approximately 500 horses to be stabled on the track's backside, and that racing seasons 'in a typical year' run from 'late spring until late fall.' The company said it planned to offer a 'minimum of 30 live race days' and expected an average attendance of 1,000 on weekdays and 2,500 on weekends, a number that suggests the construction of a small grandstand."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Stronach Group exploring construction of track in Massachusetts
"This is a business model that works if everything aligns," Ritvo said. "There has to be favorable legislation, a long-term agreement with the horsemen, and money from the slots fund."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Stronach Group zeroes in on property for possible Massachusetts racetrack
"We're dead serious about this," Stronach Group COO Tim Ritvo said. "This is an important market for us. There have been orders from the top to make sure we give every effort and take a hard look at this. We are in a step-by-step process. The first step is securing lands and it looks like we have a really good partner there."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Bizarre circumstances for trainer's first win
"Randolph could not be reached to discuss the story behind Hero's Wager's extended layoff. The TDN could not locate a working phone number for him, and messages that Mountaineer backstretch officials agreed to pass along did not yield a callback prior to deadline for this story."
horseracing  trainers 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Lancaster: Major player comes calling
It's still only preliminary, but how exciting is the news that The Stronach Group is kicking the tires on several hundred acres of land in Lancaster for the possible construction of a major thoroughbred race track? While it sounds far-fetched, a look at the tracks developed by The Stronach Group — with all the modern-day amenities — have two things in common: They are profitable and classy in every way."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Horse racing's digital historian
"For the last three years, my racetrack friends and I have talked about Partymanners with reverence and awe. Partymanners is the YouTube handle of an anonymous person who, as of February 2006, has posted nearly 1,400 races, some recent but mostly older. His output averages to more than one race per day, but his pace has accelerated in the last year. Partymanners has become the de facto digital historian of horse racing, a modern Thucydides for the turf. For a sport whose greatest gift is its past, but which has done little to carry that into the new century, his efforts have bridged that gap, setting down a rich history for new and old fans to access." [From 2009]
horseracing  replays  youtube  partymanners 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Fitzgerald's career has earned her 'ultimate respect'
"She's a prototypical assistant trainer – natural horse ability, plenty of experience, and a killer work ethic," Stall said. "She could hang her shingle out and train 50 on her own, but she's smarter than that!"
horseracing  women-in-racing 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Saddle up for Lancaster horse racing?
"The selectmen, Planning Board and Conservation Commission plan to come together to talk about the potential for a racetrack, Grasso said. Discussion will help the town and Stronach decide whether a horse racing track is what is best for both groups, he said."
horseracing  massachusetts  stronach  lancaster 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Horse racing's 'bad boy' Patrick Valenzuela yearns to return
So you ask Valenzuela, are you a Hall of Famer — wins, warts and all? "I should be, right? C'mon. My credentials?" Valenzuela said. "Ask the Hall, why isn't Patrick Valenzuela in the Hall of Fame? That's a good question, right? I've won the Derby, won the Preakness, seven Breeders' Cups, all those riding titles. What more do I have to do?"
horseracing  california  del-mar  jockeys 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Belinda Stronach wants to bring horse racing into the modern world
"First of all, I don't believe things will flatten out because we are very thoughtful, very proactive management team. We're very committed to horse racing. I truly believe it's the last great sports legacy platform that hasn't modernized ... the industry didn't evolve and stay competitive and other sporting events and properties started to take away market share. Television wasn't embraced at the time because they felt it would impact on-track attendance. Any time you ignore technology and don't embrace what the customer would like, then that's a real risk. The industry hasn't been innovative enough, embraced technology and created those compelling, creative experiences that customers wish to have today."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  stronach 
july 2018 by jnchapel
For first time, gamblers bet on sports at Meadowlands Racetrack
"Saturday ... the track featured the biggest harness race of the year, the Meadowlands Pace, and a new attraction: sports betting. So the vast parking lots surrounding the track were nearly full. By the end of the night, not only did [Gural's] horse, Six Pack, win the sixth race, but gamblers had put down a total of $560,000 in bets, more in a single day than at New Jersey’s other newly opened sports betting parlors. By Sunday noon, the Meadowlands sports book had taken in another $220,000."
sports-betting  horseracing  new-jersey  meadowlands 
july 2018 by jnchapel
First month of New Jersey sports betting: $16 million in wagers, $3.5 million in revenue
"NJ data is separated by operator, of which there are currently three. The revenue numbers break down like this, bearing in mind that the Ocean Resort Casino just opened on June 28: Monmouth Park: $2,279,166; Borgata: $986,831; Ocean Resort Casino: $192,671."
sports-betting  horseracing  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Delaware sports betting numbers for first 20 days: $1 million revenue, $7 million handle
"The state’s racinos keep 40 percent of the remaining revenue; here’s how the three tracks made out in June: Delaware Park – $263,924; Dover Downs – $57,293; Harrington – $31,039. About ten percent of remaining revenue — $85,353 this month — is allocated to horse racing purses."
sports-betting  horseracing  mid-atlantic  delaware-park 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Condoning the cheats: What racing is doing by not supporting out-of-competition testing
"There is a substantial threat to the integrity and future of our sport from the use of blood doping drugs, a broad spectrum of anabolic steroids, peptide hormones, etc. The very serious threat of the current poor management of OOCT is reason enough for the industry to support the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017. We must demand transparency and performance ..."
horseracing  drugs-in-racing  testing 
july 2018 by jnchapel
The transformation of Bob Baffert
"He was once so hungry for success that he tried too hard to impress people, to be the center of attention, to throw out the wisecrack that the reporters would eat up and put in their copy in the next day's paper. Now, he doesn't need that. He doesn't need to steal the spotlight at all times to get good horses. They come to him no matter what. He's one of only two trainers in history to win the Triple Crown twice and his 15 wins in Triple Crown races is the best of all time." [What a puff piece.]
horseracing  trainers  bob-baffert 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Parkin: Improved reporting of non-fatal injuries needed
"From the 3.1 million starts examined since 2009, Parkin said about 12,500 non-fatal injuries have been reported. Of that group, 54% never started again. For those 46% of horses who did race again, the fatal breakdown rate is 3.1%, much higher than the 0.18% for all starters. Those numbers certainly trigger a red flag, and Parkin said enhanced initial information would provide superior predictive data ... Parkin said consistency in receiving information on non-fatal injuries—and how they are characterized and reported—would be key to improving the predictive abilities of the model. It's a challenge because the fatality rate is so low, less than two per 1,000 starts."
horseracing  equine-safety  injuries  data 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Preserving the morgue
"This preservation effort turns out to be a more daunting task than one might imagine. We are hoping to develop an index of all of the materials taken from handwritten notes of the content on the envelopes. Possibly at the same time we will also transfer the contents of each envelope to envelopes designed to slow the deterioration of the fragile, decades-old paper. The next step is to determine the feasibility of digitizing the content. This will be a significant undertaking, as each item will need to be carefully unfolded without tearing the dried out paper, which are all of varying sizes, background, and color type; and capture them in a usable digital format. If we are able to digitize the content, we can provide efficient access to this massive amount of history."
horseracing  archives  media  turf-writing  racing-history  blood-horse 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Hovdey: In the starting gate, a whisper preferred to a scream
"But hitting a horse four times on the side of the head? Without consequence? Good grief. Even in California a rider can only whip a horse three times before crossing the line."
horseracing  animal-welfare  starting-gate 
july 2018 by jnchapel
Kentucky horse industry hit by migrant workforce decline
"But as unemployment numbers decrease across the country, companies are desperately seeking workers, competing against one another for the 81,000 H2-B visas that the Department of Homeland Security doles out. That means that the horse industry cannot rely on its usual stream of workers who arrive in Kentucky on migrant worker visas and must turn to developing a new entry-level talent pool in its own backyard."
horseracing  farms  backstretch  labor  kentucky 
june 2018 by jnchapel
The sport goes to Congress
"Although it was unlikely part of anyone's intentional game plan, the constant circling back to the Lasix issue (by both sides) probably ended up helping the anti-legislation camp because the complex topic was bound to befuddle the legislators. Even if you're deeply ingrained in the Thoroughbred industry, the pro-vs.-con nuances of medication reform can be difficult to fully understand. The sense I got from listening to the dizzying, often conflicting Lasix testimony (again, trying to approach this from the perspective of the politicians) is that the whole thing might be too bewildering and murky for Congress to want to confidently dive in and impose changes."
horseracing  drugs-in-racing  legislation 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Rare hantavirus may have caused Belmont racetrack worker's death
"Drawn by the feasts of horse oats and refuse, rats often pass unimpeded from the barns through holes visible in the sides of the cinder-block dorms and small clapboard shacks where the workers live, according to workers who reside there. Rooms are often shared, and many are squalid, with mattresses or pallets on the floor, some with punched-out windows covered by cardboard. The workers asked not to be named because they feared reprisal for criticizing the facility, which is state-owned and operated by the racing association." [Post-mortem testing led to a sepsis diagnosis.]
horseracing  new-york  nyra  belmont-park  backstretch  labor  living-conditions 
june 2018 by jnchapel
'Races are won in training': Arthur expresses frustration after OOCT measure delayed
"Nearly 60 percent of all anti-doping tests in human sport are OOCT. Why is OOCT so important? Humans sport testing does a very good job of detecting relatively short-acting, small molecule drugs, and so does horse racing. Everyone knows that. Everyone also knows when we are going to test the horses—right after the race. That is pretty easy to plan around if you are bent on cheating. Many of the most effective PEDs are gone well before race day when horses are tested but the performance enhancing effects are still present. The effects of many drugs can last well past the time the drug is still present, or present at detectable levels. Anabolic steroids, beta-2 agonists, and blood doping agents are good examples. And this should be clear to everyone: Races are won in training. That is true in human sport; it is true in horse racing. Just as in human sport, we need to pay more attention to PEDs being used in training and we can only do that by OOCT."
horseracing  california  regulations  drugs-in-racing  testing 
june 2018 by jnchapel
CHRB delays out-of-competition testing proposal
Re: CTT and TOC opposition: "The document from the law offices of Yoka & Smith, LLP lays out several bullet points to explain the groups' opposition, including that the board has not provided 'evidence of necessity' for the proposed changes, issues with liability to owners and trainers with horses outside of racing facilities, lack of evidence 'that any of the extensive list of (proposed) substances ... to ban in out-of-competition testing could affect racing performance if administered in an out-of-competition setting,' and that the CHRB proposal would 'improperly restrict or prohibit outright the veterinary use of legally compounded medications.'"
horseracing  california  regulations  drugs-in-racing  testing 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Time for Preakness to move on — and out
"Let's start with the obvious: In a city where schoolchildren shiver because we can't afford furnace upgrades or sweat because there’s no money for AC, where crumbling streets go unpaved, traffic crawls because we can't afford timed stoplights, and the rest of our under-funded needs could fill this page, we are seriously considering spending upwards of $300 million on a racetrack?!? We really want to squander a huge chunk of precious capital on a facility that will make money one day a year? ... the less obvious, but more important, problem with wasting resources on this track: It actually hurts rather than helps the local economy. We have it backward: The neighborhood surrounding Pimlico is not decaying and poor in spite of the track, but at least partly because of it."
horseracing  maryland  pimlico  preakness-stakes 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Prisoner of history no longer
"Justify exhibited recuperative powers we had never seen before. To be put through such a rigorous grind and show no ill effects, bouncing out of each race like a fresh horse, was truly remarkable."
horseracing  triple-crown  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Are super trainers good or bad for the sport?
"You can't tell successful business people who are in this sport either as a business or a hobby what to do," Brown said. "That's not going to work. I deal with these people every day. You cannot restrict their free trade. You cannot pick up horses from one trainer and hand them to another guy."
horseracing  trainers  business-of-racing 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Monmouth Park racing not 'cannibalized' on first weekend
"For the weekend, on-track handle for the two days was up 18 percent, while attendance jumped 21 percent, which equates to more money spent on concessions. 'I attribute the numbers to two things,' Drazin said. 'I think the bundled stakes program (on Sunday) is well received by the public, and I think sports betting really brought a lot more people in and they were the kind of people wo were wager on racing, too. Frankly, it's not even football season. There's not even that much going on. There's World Cup, there's baseball and there are futures, but this is probably a fraction of what we will see in football season' ... the question now is how much money the track made on sports betting."

See @o_crunk thread: https://twitter.com/o_crunk/status/1008696521536212992
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Justify parades beneath twin spires
"Fans packed three-to-four-deep around the Churchill Downs paddock between the second and third races under the beating sun of a 95-degree day in Louisville, Kentucky. The group showed enthusiasm in anticipation for Justify's arrival, but it was hard to find revelers who threw themselves into the event enough to display their enthusiasm visually. Just one sign was visible around the walking ring, belonging to Shaun Basch, who drove seven hours from Muskegon, Michigan to attend the event. She did the same for American Pharoah three years earlier ... Starlight Racing owns a 15% stake in Justify, but their members made up the vast majority of the population in the winner's circle photo."
horseracing  triple-crown  churchill-downs  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
You can't bet on Rutgers: The first day of sports gambling in New Jersey
"That guy who tweets in all caps was there, just like in Delaware, screaming at the top of his lungs and placing a $5,000 bet on the White Sox. They lost, 5-2; he said he also lost $4,000 in Delaware. He sells picks, too, if you'd like to share in that success."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
NJ sports betting: The case for Justify running in the Haskell
"And as I stood in the north end of the grandstand on Thursday morning, where the Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill was the epicenter of the state's new sports betting industry, it was apparent why it's so important the track land Triple Crown winner Justify for Haskell Day on July 29. The stakes have been raised, and introducing sports betting to a broader audience, thus taking full advantage of a potentially game-changing alternative revenue stream for the financially troubled racetrack, is the single-most important function of the current meet. If horsemen want more racing days and higher purses in the future, it starts with bringing the sport's latest superstar to the area."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Two $20 bets, and they're off to sports betting in New Jersey
"Our goal is to increase purses and add more racing dates," Drazin said. Drazin estimates that once the New Jersey sports betting market stabilizes, Monmouth could handle $1 billion a year. "We think the illegal sports betting market nationally, offshore and books, is around $40 billion," he said. "Because of the demographics in New Jersey, we think total betting will reach $10 billion annually. In a mature market, we think Monmouth will take in 10 percent of the state's total handle."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
You can now place sports bets (legally) in New Jersey
"The Borgata and Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport were the only places prepared to accept gamblers as sports betting started in New Jersey, and both were inundated with people apparently delighted to have the chance to part ways with their money. At both venues, officials described the moment in soaring terms — as the dawn of a 'new era' in New Jersey, and a significant opportunity to invigorate lagging Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetracks."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Legalized sports betting is already a big hit in Delaware
One bettor: "With the bookie, you've got to wait," he says. "You don't get paid till the following week." And another: "I love sports," she says. "I love that sports betting is legal."
horseracing  sports-betting  mid-atlantic  delaware-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Ride on: Newburyport native tramples gender barriers as jockey
"Piermarini, 51, walks off the track, weighs in and then heads for the jockey club room covered in mud from head to toe. The first thing she does is to take off her uniform before then going to a mop bucket to wash her face off. There is no sink. Then she goes into the male jockey room to wash her boots off in a tub. Now she has to wait for her next race in the club room."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  jockeys  tammi-piermarini  women-in-racing 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Sports betting bill written to include site that won't host horse racing
"Anything that would go there would be a multimillion-dollar investment. They'd have to build a structure and spend a lot of money," Sweeney said in a phone interview. "They qualified. They’re a former racetrack. Once the voters passed the initiative, Cherry Hill was in, just like Atlantic City." [Cherry Hill is the former Garden State Park site.]
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey 
june 2018 by jnchapel
New Jersey legalizes sports betting
"Mr. Murphy's office would not divulge which team the governor might bet on Thursday at Monmouth Park, or even which sport. He could bet the lone New Jersey team — the Devils — to win the Stanley Cup in 2019 at odds that are about 80 to 1, or wager on the Jets or Giants, who play in New Jersey, as underdogs to win the Super Bowl. But if he bets the World Cup, which the United States failed to qualify for, Germany, where Mr. Murphy served as ambassador under President Barack Obama, is a 4-to-1 favorite."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
NJ governor: 'Dream of legalized sports betting' begins Thursday
Betting opens at Monmouth Park on Thursday. "To start, all bets must be placed in person. Mobile sports betting is legal under the new legislation and will be available in the future."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Byerley Turk reaching the end of the line
"The question, of course, is quite what is at stake in the effacement of the Byerley Turk’s line. The science is still exploratory. The Y chromosome, distributed through the paternal line, represents less than 1 percent of the equine genome and contains genes mostly associated with sperm production and fertility. But it does contain ancestry “information”, and studies are underway to establish whether the genetic sequencing of the Byerley Turk line shows diversity from those of the Darley Arabian crowd. Pending more certainty, it boils down to instinct. Even to a sense of decency. What right do we have, in our avarice and myopia, to kill off such a colourful part of the Thoroughbred’s heritage?"
horseracing  racing-history  breeding  pedigrees 
june 2018 by jnchapel
A day at the Belmont Stakes
"If you want to find the sport under all of this, you have to get away from the crowds. There is a cool, dark underpass through which the horses .... walk from the stables out to the track. Down there, you will see practitioners taking postgame stock. I couldn’t get there to see Justify and Smith either before or after the Stakes, but I watched as some of the earlier races disbanded. It was a sunny day and the track wasn’t sloppy but all the horses and jockeys were covered in mud up to their faces; in 15 years of riding I never came away looking like that. If you’ve watched a horse race on television, you know that this happens. But up close, it’s startling. Everyone looks both keyed-up and tired; the work of the race feels real and dangerous and effortful. It was surprising both because of how transformed they were and because, from where I was sitting, the whole thing had looked so easy."
horseracing  belmont-park  belmont-stakes 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Justify's Triple Crown win called into question
"Restoring Hope never had a chance and had no business being entered in the race if the object was to win. He was 30-1 in the morning line Belmont odds and has won just one career race. Perhaps most importantly, Baffert isn't the kind of trainer to take a flyer with an overmatched horse in a big race – especially when he's saddling the favorite with a chance to make history. So from the moment Restoring Hope was entered, there was speculation about an ulterior motive involving race strategy. When the draw put Justify in the No. 1 hole, susceptible to being trapped along the rail and having his early speed squelched, race strategy took on added importance. And when Restoring Hope sped into the first turn like a quarter horse, it seemed pretty clear what happened."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Belmont controversy erupts: Did alliance ensure a Justify victory?
1. "I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was," [Restoring Hope owner Gary West] said in an email response to a request for an interview. "Had I known better, the first eighth of a mile I would have thought it was a quarter-horse race, not the mile-and-a-half Belmont. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice. I will never know."

2. D. Wayne Lukas, who trained sixth-place Bravazo, does not believe Restoring Hope’s presence mattered. But he acknowledged: “That was strange the way they sent him up there. I mean, he compromised a few horses with blocking and so forth.”
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  jockeys  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Horsemen question Geroux's ride on Restoring Hope
"Why would you send a horse that breaks bad and take everybody out, then come back in?" Velazquez, a Hall of Fame rider, said. "That's his job, to protect the other horse and it worked for them. You have to give it to them."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  jockeys  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Horsing around with sports-betting, Murphy swallows his own poison pill
"There is no basis in law for this threat," said Ray Lesniak, the former state senator who sponsored the 2014 repeal bill. "It's an abuse of government power and should be withdrawn. It's frightening that a state government agency can threaten a legitimate business like this."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Justify 13th Triple Crown winner after Belmont victory
"As Justify hit the top of the lane with history within his grasp, Gronkowksi — who was last in the early going, several lengths behind the field after breaking slowly from post 6 — indeed tried to do what his stablemate Good Magic had done before him and inject some drama into the outcome. The son of Lonhro whipped up the inside rail in his first Stateside start and first try on dirt and came with a rally that in most years would have been good enough to make him a stunner of a classic hero. This was no ordinary season, however. And Justify reaffirmed in the stretch he was no ordinary athlete."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Simply perfect: Justify wins the Triple Crown
"With a white blaze, a sweeping stride and an unblemished record, Justify came to the site where Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought and, guided by the same trainer, took his own shot at history. Ridden by the 52-year-old ironman Mike Smith, Justify did not disappoint the crowd of about 90,000 as he quickly went to the lead and stayed there, despite a pack of contenders closing in behind him, to capture the 150th Belmont Stakes by a length and three-quarters ..."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  justify 
june 2018 by jnchapel
For all the Gronkowskis, the day was quite a ride
"... a conga line of Gronkowskis made its way down and out of Belmont Park and went back to Boston having taken the horse racing world by storm in the span of about three hours. They'd rolled in at around 4 p.m., and settled into a far-back table in the Garden Terrace room for some hot dogs, cheese and crackers, and beer. After about an hour, they went out in front of the park for a TV interview and, eventually, to meet Gronkowski the horse ... it became clear that the brothers Gronkowski had taken to calling the horse 'Rob.' They greeted the big bay colt as such. Gronkowski the horse was calm while Gronkowski the human petted him on the side of his neck while two jockeys put his saddle on. The meeting was brief, but they clearly connected. 'He was dope,' Gronkowski said afterward."
horseracing  triple-crown  belmont-stakes  gronkowski  bo2018 
june 2018 by jnchapel
Betfair US inks NJ, NY sports betting deals
"FanDuel is not a minor part of the plans in these two states and beyond. According to Levin, it's 'very likely' that FanDuel will be deployed as Betfair's primary brand across the US. That means we could be seeing FanDuel-branded sportsbooks in the two states in question. TVG will remain as the primary brand for horse betting. Of course, none of this is official until the acquisition goes through."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  betfair 
june 2018 by jnchapel
NJ sports betting: Governor halts Monmouth Park opening
"... it's almost certain there will be no sports betting at Monmouth Park on Friday as planned, with Gov. Phil Murphy just the latest to thwart the track's attempts to open its new $2.5 million sports book. Murphy informed Monmouth Park president and CEO Dennis Drazin that he did not want the track to start taking bets on sporting events before he had a chance to review the bill, which was approved by the legislature in Trenton on Thursday afternoon. Murphy did not provide a timeframe for the review ... if Murphy’s message about not wanting Drazin to move forward without his blessing, even though the final obstacle had been removed, wasn’t crystal clear, the New Jersey Racing Commission threw up a last-minute roadblock of its own. The Racing Commission, charged with licensing racetracks for sports betting, drafted a letter to Monmouth Park stating that any track that opens for sports betting before the governor signs the bill will have its bets subject to review, which could delay the licensing process."
horseracing  sports-betting  new-jersey  monmouth-park 
june 2018 by jnchapel
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