jnchapel + horseracing   2155

Hazel Park Raceway's sudden closure devastates riders, horses
"It was downright cruel the way Hazel Park Raceway closed suddenly, earlier this month, without warning, effectively ending thoroughbred racing in Michigan. The timing alone was harrowing for the horsemen, who had to scramble to find a new place to race out of state, but it created a different problem for the horses left in limbo."
horseracing  midwest  michigan  hazel-park  bo2018 
5 days ago by jnchapel
Thoughts on the opening day for L'Open Stretch
I asked the same question to Christophe Soumillon, "L'open stretch, pour ou contre?" and got the opposite answer. His theatrical "Contre" reverberated through the white corridor. In a later interview, he called the open stretch a "bêtise," roughly, an "idiocy." "There will always be horses that get bad trips," he said, expressing the fear that the Open Stretch could "change the way we ride."
horseracing  international  france  longchamp  jockeys  open-stretch  stretch-run 
10 days ago by jnchapel
Goliath grip on the Kentucky Derby?
"I'm beginning to think maybe you can buy the Derby. The 44 percent reduction in the North American foal crop – from 2005, when 38,365 foals were born, to the 21,500 projected for this year – may be having an effect on our classic races. It could be the concentration of so many major stables and their best horses in a handful of barns run by so-called 'super trainers.' Or possibly it's the strategic alliances being formed among major racing stables that allow them to spread the risk and own a percentage of more top horses than if they were doing it on their own. Many of the leading contenders in this year's prospective Kentucky Derby field campaign for two or more owners who have their own racing stables."
horseracing  kentucky-derby 
11 days ago by jnchapel
Is moving down under the only realistic option for a talented female jockey?
This week’s rise puts King comfortably into the top ten of female jockeys worldwide in the standings, which measure success in Group and Graded races worldwide. [View] the table showing how the top females ranked at the end of the January. You will notice there were only 16 in the top 500, and that 13 of those are based in either Australia or New Zealand. Which explains why King is unlikely to return to ride in the UK anytime soon. "If I was to go back home I would have to stop riding," she told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I wouldn't be able to have a career back in England. It is just a struggle. I don’t see there is a place for female jockeys over there." And later she told the Melbourne Herald-Sun: "My intention was to go back to England and ride over there. But I realised there are more opportunities for the girls here, so I changed my plans. I would be happy if I had five rides in a week at home, whereas here I can sometimes have five rides in a day."
horseracing  international  jockeys  women-in-racing 
27 days ago by jnchapel
TDN Q&A with Martin Panza
"You have to question what owners are thinking when they automatically go to these trainers. When you’re the tenth 'one other than' in that barn you’re not running more than three or four times a year. You look at the larger trainers and that’s the case with most of those horses. That’s stupidity on the part of an owner. There are plenty of guys that can train and you can pick a smaller trainer, and when I say smaller that doesn’t mean he can’t train, it means he doesn’t have the same numbers. You give that horse to him and that horse might run eight or nine times a year instead of four. And that’s proper management of your asset. A lot of it is self-inflicted wounds."
horseracing  new-york 
4 weeks ago by jnchapel
Panel offers ideas on attracting, keeping workforce
"Bellocq said horsemen should consider giving workers good pay, some off days, and help with housing options ... Bradley has worked on scheduling to allow his employees time off and would like to see more housing available. He thinks farms relied so much on foreign workers that they didn't work to develop the domestic workforce."
horseracing  backstretch  labor 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Santa Anita snapshots
"While on the Left Coast we heard word, although nothing has yet been officially announced, that Breeders’ Cup will return to Santa Anita in 2019, after which it will re-visit recent successes at newbie sites Keeneland (2020) and Del Mar (2021). This seems to us a pleasing rotation for fans and sponsors alike—as long as that unreliable Southern California weather cooperates and it finally dries up out there (as we sit at home unable to negotiate our driveway after a March 12 Kentucky snowstorm)."
horseracing  breeders-cup 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Breeders' Cup board again set to discuss splitting up event
"The Classic, Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, and Sprint would then be moved to a date in December, with the races and an undercard held at Gulfstream Park in South Florida, the lone major racetrack that has dates at that time." [Stronach.] No split ... for now: http://www.drf.com/news/breeders-cup-board-declines-split-event
horseracing  breeders-cup 
5 weeks ago by jnchapel
Immigration crackdown squeezes US horse racing
"Bit of a nightmare," say horsemen, but no mention of rising wages or other accommodations in response to dwindling pool of available workers.
horseracing  backstretch  labor  immigration 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Daily Racing Form fighting for its life
From 1993: "The Daily Racing Form is fighting the battle of its life in the face of competition from a new race charting company called Equibase that is owned by The Jockey Club and many of the nation's racetracks. The Form is telling everyone it still will be around to celebrate its first 100 years in 1994. But what shape the Form will take five years from now is a hot discussion topic in the racing industry."
horseracing  media  daily-racing-form  equibase 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
New daily takes on Racing Form
From 1991: "There's this stereotype of horse players as subhuman -- 'Just give me the numbers,'" said Mr. Crist, a former horse racing reporter for The New York Times. "But they're as big fans of the game as baseball fans are, and they never had anything to read before." [DRF staff numbered 700 (!) then.]
horseracing  media  daily-racing-form  racing-times 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Watchmaker: Looking back at the 1968 Kentucky Derby
"I realize how the following might sound, but perhaps the only silver lining in this episode was Forward Pass lost the Belmont to Stage Door Johnny. I say that because, if Forward Pass had won the Belmont, he would have been the most unsatisfying Triple Crown winner imaginable. Forward Pass didn’t get his Kentucky Derby win on the track. He got it in a courtroom, and four years after the fact, to boot. Not exactly a Triple Crown that would have merited celebration."
horseracing  racing-history  kentucky-derby  triple-crown  drugs-in-racing 
7 weeks ago by jnchapel
Lawmakers debate Sen. Donoghue bill to legalize fantasy sports gambling
"Gamers can bet on horse races online. The State House News Service reported that Suffolk Downs, the thoroughbred track and simulcast center in Revere and East Boston, processed $150 million in legal wagers [in 2017], including $100 million wagered by Massachusetts residents online through Suffolk Downs' state-regulated advanced-deposit wagering systems."
horseracing  massachusetts  wagering  fantasy-sports  legislation 
9 weeks ago by jnchapel
Steve Wynn’s departure doesn’t make Wynn Resorts suitable
Chip Tuttle commentary: "But wait, the building is half finished and scheduled to open next year — what about the jobs? Some ask: Isn’t there a way to keep this project going? Having a billion dollars in the ground does not excuse a licensee from suitability. If that were the case, what’s the sense of having suitability standards? Steve Wynn stepping down from his public company, which many people applaud, may satisfy the politics of the moment, but it won’t satisfy the justifiably high, established suitability standards for a company to hold a gaming license in Massachusetts."
horseracing  massachusetts  mass-gaming-commission  casino 
10 weeks ago by jnchapel
Gaming Commission investigation to continue, despite Wynn ouster
"A public relations firm that represented Mohegan Sun during the licensing competition has been quietly contacting reporters around town in recent days, with an argument that Wynn Resorts should be disqualified from holding a casino license."
horseracing  massachusetts  mass-gaming-commission  casino 
10 weeks ago by jnchapel
Harris' long climb to the top
"Aside from scoring her initial victory at an age when many riders are retiring, Harris also made headlines by becoming one of only a handful of female African-American jockeys in the United States to win a Thoroughbred race." [From 2008]
horseracing  jockeys  women-in-racing 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
Female jockeys the equal of male jockeys according to new study
"The analysis covering 14 years of data and more than 1.25 million rides concluded that once the quality of rides was factored in, the performance of female jockeys was no better or worse than male jockeys."
horseracing  jockeys 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
Geroux passes citizen test, wins $16 million race
"Geroux, meanwhile, has another event ahead. He has to set his U.S. citizenship ceremony. But nothing can surpass the past 24 hours. He passed his oral citizenship test. He won a $16 million race. He stood here and said what any new citizen should: 'What a country.'"
horseracing  florida  stronach  gulfstream-park  pegasus-world-cup  jockeys 
11 weeks ago by jnchapel
Amid Eclipse glitz, a dose of reality
"Fifteen minutes later, after a video was shown for Gun Runner – at that point the second of three Horse of the Year candidates to have a tribute played – Luck said of the Horse of the Year award, 'We'll find out his fate very shortly. But let’s not get carried away – sometime this week.' It only seemed like the ceremony had taken 10 years when Alex Waldrop, the president and chief executive of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association who always presents the final award of the night, opened the envelope and said, 'The 2007 Horse of the Year is Gun Runner.'"
horseracing  eclipse-awards 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
In the ‘Sport of Kings,’ $1.8B in wagers helps this track
“We continue to gain strength in an industry that is somewhat shrinking,” Stronach said. “Having said that, I do believe that horse racing is the last great sports legacy platform that has not yet modernized like other sports have.”
horseracing  florida  stronach  gulfstream-park  pegasus-world-cup 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Pegasus II shows a work in progress
"And that’s how the second Pegasus field got put together, slightly more chaotically than the first time. It’s anyone’s guess how The Stronach Group will make a third edition go, but it’s already proven it’s not afraid to experiment."
horseracing  florida  gulfstream-park  stronach  pegasus-world-cup 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Saratoga Springs police look for those who hung Confederate flags on lawn jockeys
"The protestors want the lawn statues removed and they're urging the museum to include black jockeys in a historically accurate exhibit. The museum calls the flags the work of vandals and issued a statement ... the museum's president, John Hendrickson, is also weighing in, saying the lawn jockey display is a 'celebration of the colors of silks, not the color of skin.'"
horseracing  new-york  saratoga-springs 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Police investigating lawn jockeys found draped in Confederate flags
"The museum said it celebrates the history of racing and offers no social commentary or racial overtones. It plans to install more lawn jockeys this year."
horseracing  new-york  saratoga-springs 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Protesters drape museum lawn jockeys with Confederate flags
"People who claim to have placed the flags have told news outlets they were protesting against symbols of slavery. They want the museum to remove the current pale-skinned statues and replace them with historically accurate black jockeys. The museum says the statues do not carry racial overtones and instead represent historic racing stables."
horseracing  new-york  saratoga-springs 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Protesters put Confederate flags on museum jockey statues
"Someone who claims to be a participant emailed Newschannel 13 to describe the action as a protest against symbols of slavery. The museum removed the flags immediately and emphatically disputes the protesters' premise."
horseracing  new-york  saratoga-springs 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Kentucky Horse Park Museum aims to create database of black horsemen
"Cooke conceived of a new project that will reach beyond the Horse Park’s fences, what he’s calling the National Chronicle of African-American Horsemen, a national digital platform to find and document the many and often ignored people who spent their lives in the horse industry."
horseracing  racing-history  jockeys 
12 weeks ago by jnchapel
Saratoga prepares for immigration raids before racing season
1. This year, the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, which is near the fabled nine-furlong race track, has promised to shelter undocumented migrants from immigration agents in defiance of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against so-called "sanctuary cities."

2. The raids have left restaurants short staffed and farms unmanned, but mysteriously spared undocumented workers at the race track, according to the Times-Union. Still, renowned trainer Gary Contessa told Newsweek that his workers are fearful, even though they are in the country legally ...
horseracing  new-york  saratoga  backstretch  labor  immigration 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Railbirds are all the same, even long-lost Russian counts
"The racetrack may be the most democratic ground in America, even if there are fewer of them now."
horseracing  racetracks  public-spaces 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Ballydoyle appeal dismissed in ruling that could knock Irish racing
"The Labour Court in Dublin has dismissed an appeal by Ballydoyle Racing against compliance notices issued by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) over failure to give grooms and exercise riders rest periods to which they were legally entitled. The ruling, which confirms the removal of agricultural-worker status from racing stable staff, has serious implications for the industry throughout Ireland."
horseracing  international  ireland  backstretch  labor 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Stronach Group reaches deals for two of its three Pegasus slots
"The three slots held by The Stronach Group granting berths in the company’s own Pegasus World Cup later this month at Gulfstream Park have been marketed to potential entrants without any costs attached and with provisions that may allow the other nine slot holders to share in purse earnings, according to slot holders and company officials. Two of the three slots have already been assigned by The Stronach Group to War Story and Giant Expectations. The owners of those horses did not have to pay any money to The Stronach Group to secure the slots, but they will be entitled to only 50 percent of their horse’s earnings above the $1 million price of the slot. The other 50 percent will be distributed to the groups that purchased slots in the race before the Dec. 15 deadline."
horseracing  stronach  gulfstream-park  pegasus-world-cup 
january 2018 by jnchapel
What makes Byk tick?
Steve Haskin, from 2016: "Last year, [Byk] lost out to a terrific, but 'written' historical feature by Mary Simon, which happened to have a few slide presentation photos toward the end, qualifying it for the audio/multi-media category. Simon’s story deserved an Eclipse, as her historical features usually do, but had no business competing in the same category as a radio show."
horseracing  media  eclipse-awards 
january 2018 by jnchapel
An American in Paris: The life and times of a horseplaying adventurer
"Frank Cotolo and I recommended the 5-year-old gelding at a Los Angeles City College morning seminar, and in the afternoon at the track had $20 win and place on it," says Cramer. "I selected Woodcote as the horse had legitimate excuses for his poor finishes in the last four races, had tactical speed on grass and nothing else in the race looked good. His last win was under identical conditions as this race, which I called a 'pattern match.' At the track I had a client called Carson Rapp, who paid me $200 a month for my top recommendations. Rapp looked at the form and could not get himself to bet on the horse, even though paying me for this selection, having $200 on the favourite instead. After Woodcote won, Carson screamed, 'You better pack me in ice.'"
horseracing  turf-writers  handicappers  writers 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Radcliffe poised to fly in 2018
"... the seismic impact of those patrons on the marketplace was so sudden, and initially so mysterious, that we learned rather more about some of those gaping on the sidelines than we did about the Phoenix venture itself. But if Radcliffe has had to be wary of new friends, then she has all the more reason to cherish those going back to the years when nobody — least of all herself–could conceive what kind of little acorn had been sown when she was introduced, six years ago next month, to a Bahrain-born, Berkeley-educated businessman named Amer Abdul Aziz Salman at the Dubai Carnival. To everyone else, Phoenix rose without trace: suddenly Radcliffe, discreetly bidding from an office at the Fasig-Tipton breeze-ups in Miami last March, was causing bewilderment and incredulity among underbidders accustomed to having the last say."
horseracing  breeding  sales  auctions  bloodstock 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Belmont Park: It’s two, two venues in one
"NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay said the renovation of Belmont would take place in stages. The Belmont spring meetings will be conducted throughout the construction period. If all goes smoothly, that project could be completed by 2021. The Belmont Stakes will not be run at Aqueduct, as is it was when Belmont was reconstructed in the 1960s. Belmont’s fall meetings are not as secure. Kay said he is trying to balance simultaneous racing and construction. Kay told HRI that the entire clubhouse will be enclosed, winterized, and that corporate/luxury boxes will be constructed. The clubhouse will be dual faced with a view of the track facing north and a view of the paddock to the south."
horseracing  new-york  nyra  belmont-park  redevelopment 
january 2018 by jnchapel
Sexual harassment in racing and why the Industry is not ready for ‘silence breakers’
1. "The risk of coming out with a story on a high-profile person in racing is that it could backfire on the victim – and possibly the media outlet that aired it. Racing is shrinking, and with it, the availability of jobs. If a victim comes out on the losing end of a public revelation, she (or he) may never find work in the sport again, assuming their abuser is in a higher-up position than they are. Women are already underrepresented in the top levels of the sport; who wants to give up a shot at the winner's circle or the boardroom by opening their mouth?" [The irony of this appearing on a site named for Paulick.]

2. From the comments, in response to Livingston: "I've been involved in racing for going on 50 years myself, and after reading your post here, I've been thinking a whole lot about how I've been treated on the racetrack over these many years. I'd have a hard time counting all the times I'd been propositioned by trainers, owners, and others on the tracks. Pinned up against tack room walls by a trainer, been kissed by much older male trainers that I never had anything but respect for prior to them behaving so inappropriately with me, and I've quit many good paying jobs due to the discomfort after my experiences of this type had left me with. And ya know, here's something you might find weird ... in all my years in racing, not once had I thought of, or had it occurred to me that this was sexual harassment or anything that I might have gone upstairs and reported to any officials in racing. I had made my position very clear to my offenders of such bad behavior and simply walked away. in some cases, the fallout had ended with my quitting, but in others, it all went away like it'd never been anything more than a mistake, to be forgiven, and I'd not have to think of it again, and didn't. I'm a little bit shocked at my own self for not being more aware, and seeing what has been made so clear to me now, just by reading your post!"
horseracing  women-in-racing  metoo 
december 2017 by jnchapel
San Luis Rey horse rescuer Leo Tapia 'rich in heart'
"The video is difficult to watch. Loose Thoroughbreds race around the property, and thick smoke makes it hard to see. 'I wanted people to realize the magnitude of the tragedy,' said Tapia when asked why he recorded the events of the fire."
horseracing  california  san-luis-rey  del-mar  backstretch 
december 2017 by jnchapel
Industry must make a bet on future
"The key is rebuilding the foundation by bringing greater liquidity and churn to the single-race pools through a strategic initiative to lower takeout as it relates to field size. Win, place, show, and exacta wagering has to become more attractive. The major tracks can come together and agree, for example, that on field sizes of six or less, takeout on these bet types is 14%. Fields of seven and eight, takeout is 15%. Fields of nine or higher, takeout is 17%. The totalizator companies have the flexibility to do this. The burden of taking this leap of faith, this industry bet on its own future, should not rest on one track. It needs to be a shared vision."
horseracing  wagering  takeout 
december 2017 by jnchapel
Leo Tapia at San Luis Rey, December 7
Tapia, a groom with the Miller barn, livestreams the scene at the San Luis Rey training facility as he races to release horses from their stalls ahead of the fast-moving Lilac Fire. [FB Live, 10 minutes.]
horseracing  california  backstretch  barns  fire  heros 
december 2017 by jnchapel
Puerto Rico’s Ortiz brothers light up horse racing
"The performers who do stick around, year after year, are the jockeys. The N.Y.R.A. jockey colony, considered to be the Yankees of horse racing, already had two of the world’s top riders in John Velazquez and Javier Castellano before the Ortizes showed up. Now the colony has two young sporting phenoms, who, like the Williams sisters at their best, seem to compete on a different plane."
horseracing  new-york  jockeys  ortiz-brothers 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Plainridge concludes record-breaking season
"2015 through 2017 purses have more than doubled and handle has gone up 34%."
horseracing  harness-racing  massachusetts  plainridge 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Sparkman: Man o' War still the benchmark a century later
"... Man o’ War’s male line survived through a son of Riddle’s 1925 champion 2-year-old filly Friar’s Carse, by Friar Rock, one of the few top racemares Riddle’s champion covered. A highly talented but highly temperamental horse who fought his jockey more often than he tried, War Relic beat champion Menow in the 1941 Massachusetts Handicap, then the equivalent in prestige of a modern Grade 1."
horseracing  racing-history  breeding  pedigrees  man-o-war  great-horses 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Could less be more in race officiating?
"Increasingly, stewards are now responsible for settling wide-ranging financial disputes between licensees. And they sometimes appear well outside their areas of expertise when attempting to fashion violation rulings that can withstand rigorous legal challenge from specialized defense attorneys. Racing likes to compare itself to major-league baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. But in no other major sport are the game officials required to rule on matters so far beyond the lines of play. Referees and umpires of team sports are paid far better and have far more narrow job descriptions than racetrack stewards. But they are also expected to meet much higher standards of job performance and are subjected to multiple levels of internal review."
horseracing  officiating  stewards 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Exposing awful views can be a spur to make racing more diverse
"... it is right and proper that all people should feel welcome and be treated equally, but also ... there is a long-term commercial need to increase racing's appeal."
horseracing  international  british  diversity  inclusion 
november 2017 by jnchapel
If the track's dodgy, then Gun Runner certainly ain't
"Asmussen had cut a distinctive figure in the twilight, prowling about beside his gleaming chestnut representative, the trainer's luscious silver waves cascading well below the shoulder, sunglasses perched on forehead. Asmussen had the louchely confident air of a well-heeled, ageing rock star. Bob Baffert, more Bernie Ecclestone than Andy Warhol these days, was a study in anxiety as he prepared to marshal his four-strong team, eyes fixed on the floor. You know it's going to be a bummer, Bob, a Del Mar debacle. Juddmonte racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe also looked like a man awaiting his fate ..."
horseracing  international  breeders-cup 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Mass. House chair signals openness to ceding control over horse racing
"Particularly with respect to Thoroughbred racing, if we don't get the tools to bring all the parties together and use the levels of muscle, which are the revenue streams ... then I'm afraid we'll be stuck where we've been for the last umpteen years, which is an internal war in the industry and not being able to come together with a comprehensive strategy," Crosby told the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
horseracing  massachusetts  mass-gaming-commission  legislation 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Suffolk operator, horsemen agree to launch new track
"Spadea said no site for the construction of a new racetrack, which would include a one-mile dirt track and a turf course, has been nailed down at this stage. The NEHBPA was working independently over the last three years to develop a non-profit equine center and racetrack and has been negotiating with officials of several localities in Massachusetts."
horseracing  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  nehbpa 
november 2017 by jnchapel
Unprecedented drug testing ahead of Breeders' Cup
"The Breeders' Cup is on target to test upwards of 90% of all runners," Delgado said, noting that at least one horse from every trainer's stable would be tested. "An out-of-competition testing program of this magnitude has never been done before and the cooperation that the Breeders' Cup has received from multiple racing jurisdictions throughout the U.S. and the world has been unparalleled."
horseracing  breeders-cup  drugs-in-racing  regulations  testing 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Raynham site out, but Stronach Group still wants track in Massachusetts
"Ritvo said the new Massachusetts track would run a short boutique-style meet and would be built in ways that would benefit whatever town it would be located in. He said possibilities would be to build soccer fields in the infield and finding other ways to let the community utilize the facility when it was not racing."
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  stronach 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Hollywood Park records
Finding aid for the Hollywood Park collection at UCLA.
horseracing  california  hollywood-park  racing-history  archives  ucla 
october 2017 by jnchapel
The Stronach Group reconsiders Massachusetts venture
"The Stronach Group will continue to explore all of our options, which could include reconfiguring an existing track to accommodate the current requirements, or purchasing available property," Ritvo wrote. "However, we cannot do this without your support of a favorable change to current legislation concerning simulcasting and ADWs."
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  stronach 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Rise of 'super trainers' impacts sport
"While one would expect the top trainers to grab a large share of earnings—just as top tennis players or golfers are rewarded in their respective sports—horse racing is changing. The 2016 season is the first time in the past 26 seasons that super trainers accounted for more than 30% of purse earnings. In each of the past five seasons, super trainers have accounted for at least 25.7% of the total purse earnings."
horseracing  trainers 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Former Breeders' Cup horse pulled up at Idaho fair
"Chips All In had already been retired once by previous owners in 2014. But a year later, he was put back into training and subsequently switched owners several times after being claimed twice." Follow up to: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/week-in-review-from-breeders-cup-to-bullring/
horseracing 
october 2017 by jnchapel
Suffolk Downs will have live racing in 2018
"The management team of Sterling Suffolk LLC, which now leases the racing and simulcasting operation from the major real estate development company that purchased Suffolk Downs in May, submitted its application for six live racing dates next year to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission by the Oct. 1 deadline as required by state statute. But The Stronach Group, which was in conversations with the George Carney about renovating the family-owned former greyhound track at Raynham Park to potentially host a 30-day Thoroughbred meet there next year, passed on the opportunity to jump into the New England market." [No quote from Ritvo, Carney, or Lagorio.]
horseracing  new-england  massachusetts  suffolk-downs  stronach 
october 2017 by jnchapel
As Santa Anita opens, fix-it man Tim Ritvo ponders 'problems bigger than I thought'
1. "The problems are bigger than I thought," he said, reflecting on his first few months here. "A lot of problems, but I'm not directing them at individuals or trainers or horsemen. It's more of a culture."

2. The Southern California racehorse population is about 3,200, but a lot of the horses don’t run that often for various reasons, be it trainers looking for the perfect spot or not willing to take a chance. "We need to correct the guys who are here and not running and just using the place as a training track," Ritvo said. "We need to replace them."
horseracing  california  santa-anita  stronach 
september 2017 by jnchapel
Why there’s uncertainty in the air over plans for the Pegasus
"With the second edition of the now $16 million Pegasus World Cup about four months away, the Stronach Group’s ground-breaking race is currently facing a bout of growing pains. Several original stakeholders have pulled out – with one of them likening the experience to a 'used-car sales job' – and even its most fervent backers are uncertain of what to expect on Jan. 27, when the race is contested at Gulfstream Park."
horseracing  pegasus-world-cup 
september 2017 by jnchapel
Staff pay rise agreed as talks on 'seismic' change continue
"Although it's interim, we'd be looking to make significant changes to not only the way staff are paid but to the way they work their week."
horseracing  international  british  backstretch  labor 
september 2017 by jnchapel
Two grooms should be employed for each horse
Judge to O'Brien: "I'm concerned with your obligation as an employer to provide the requisite rest periods; I'm not concerned with their love for the horses or how they love to go off to the races."
horseracing  international  ireland  backstretch  labor 
august 2017 by jnchapel
After ICE arrests in Saratoga, some migrant workers fear showing up
"When out-of-state horse trainers and their animals settle into the town’s storied Saratoga Race Course stables around April, the hundreds of migrant workers come, too, Pappas said. Now, some are taking extra precautions to not be seen outdoors or leave the workplace. She recalled one instance recently where an immigrant’s U.S.-born child panicked over being deported after discovering their passport was expired." Video: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/in-a-small-city-in-upstate-new-york-ice-arrests-drive-migrants-into-hiding/2017/08/25/a84b0170-891e-11e7-96a7-d178cf3524eb_video.html
horseracing  backstretch  labor  immigration  saratoga 
august 2017 by jnchapel
Far from winner's circle, Saratoga track workers fear deportation
"It's a total dichotomy," Mr. D'Arrigo said. "It's two different worlds. The backstretch is almost like a third-world country and you have the wealth on the other side."
horseracing  backstretch  labor  immigration  saratoga 
august 2017 by jnchapel
Arrogate: Slow into stride
"When all the cylinders are firing, there’s a brilliance about Arrogate which is unmatched by any other horse in America. Unfortunately these days, without his past gate speed on his side, it appears he’ll need everything to go his way in running in order for us to see the best of him again."
horseracing  handicapping  arrogate 
august 2017 by jnchapel
Flight of Pegasus facing headwinds
1. Three of the four shares that have been sold were bought by groups that purchased shares last year, including Frank Stronach, owner of The Stronach Group, and the international breeding and racing operation Coolmore ... Ritvo said that the company is "confident not only will [the Pegasus] go off but will be even more spectacular than last year" and that officials remain in discussions with slot holders from the first Pegasus and with other individuals.

2. This year, the structure has been modified slightly so that owners will not share in those revenue streams until the revenue hits certain levels, according to several officials with knowledge of the conditions of the agreements for the slots. The change was put in place after The Stronach Group decided to contribute $4 million to the purse, and it will allow The Stronach Group to recoup a large portion of that expense before owners begin to share in the revenue as well.

3. The Stronach Group is hoping to juice the revenue streams attached to the race by marketing slots to owners in both Hong Kong and Japan, according to the people connected to the race. Japan recently opened up its enormous betting market to limited simulcasts from foreign countries, with the condition that a Japanese horse be in the field of the race, and North American racing officials have been aggressively courting Japanese runners since then.
horseracing  pegasus-world-cup  gulfstream-park 
august 2017 by jnchapel
New Jersey is the only state where you can bet on a horse in the middle of a race
"The new wagering is still in its relative infancy, but is growing in popularity. The $250,000 that gamblers risked on the exchange during the recent Haskell Day races at Monmouth Park was about double the amount wagered on the exchange for Haskell Day races a year earlier. The pool of New Jersey exchange players remains small - about 400 wagered on Haskell Day - but May/June/July exchange betting figures at the height of racing season also has doubled from $1 million to $2 million."
horseracing  exchange-wagering  betfair  new-jersey 
august 2017 by jnchapel
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