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There’s an old joke among economists about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor has lost his job, and a depression is when you’ve lost your job. Well, for over 100 employees of Suffolk Downs – not to mention numerous trainers, grooms, hot walkers, exercise [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:25 PM, Read at the source >
Casino opponents in Tyre, NY suffered a stinging and sweeping legal defeat when a judge thoroughly dismissed their suit against the Town Board. The plaintiffs were challenging what they consider to be inadequate, hasty or incomplete environmental reviews in complying with the requirements of SEQRA. We wrote about [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:03 PM, Read at the source >
Player Alert: Parx
Via Horseplayers Association of North America
This weekend's Pennsylvania Derby is slated for Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park). For discerning horseplayers who may be watching and wagering on the event, payout rates for some Parx bets are among the poorest in racing. The overall takeout score for Parx is 56th out of 64 tracks surveyed in this season's HANA [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:50 AM, Read at the source >
I am increasingly troubled, in general, of the disregard the industry seems to have for tracks that aren’t top level any more. But beyond that…so what? Those horses still run. If you like horse racing, it’s still on display at Suffolk. These horses can’t make it at other tracks, [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:44 AM, Read at the source >
The Return of California Chrome
Via Brooklyn Backstretch
California Chrome at Parx with exercise rider Willie Delgado and assistant trainer Alan Sherman. Photo credit Bill Denver/Equiphoto On Saturday at the racetrack now called Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park), Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome will make his first start since finishing fourth in the Belmont Stakes in June, becoming [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:01 AM, Read at the source >
Yesterday's Jug is complete. It was another Jug day, that is just like other Jug days. Tons of people, too much food, too much libation, a gazillion races, and what it means to enjoy the sport of harness racing. For a full recap, bullet by bullet, head to Harnessracingupdate.com [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 9:05 AM, Read at the source >
First run in 1979, this race has made multiple calendar moves before settling in its current spot as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic. [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 8:25 AM, Read at the source >
YEARLING PRICE DETERMINANTS
Via Horse Racing Business
What information do buyers look to most, at least implicitly, in deciding whether to purchase yearlings at all and how much to pay?   The health of the overall national economy and personal finances are obvious answers, but data particular to the horse racing industry from the past decade provide more [...]
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:00 AM, Read at the source >
Westside Tapstress (Lookin At Lucky) was a scratch on Thursday, but back in action on Friday with 6 horses in three races....(read more) [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:21 PM, Read at the source >
No Bluff
Via Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2
When the Boston Globe endorsed the Wynn-Everett casino proposal the day before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission began its deliberations on the Boston-area license, the newspaper dismissed the likelihood that Suffolk Downs would close unless Mohegan Sun was the winner: According to the track, it will end racing if the casino [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:54 PM, Read at the source >
It's business as usual at Keeneland September Sale despite international hard line on steroids. [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:00 PM, Read at the source >
Use of anabolic steroids is among the most high-profile medical issues in racing today. [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:00 PM, Read at the source >
No Exit for Genting?
Via Left at the Gate
The "public comment events" for the casino bidding is scheduled for this Monday - Wednesday; 12-hour marathons each day, one in each of the regions being considered for a casino or maybe two. (Or maybe none. The location board is not actually required to site any casinos anywhere.) [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:17 PM, Read at the source >
No one ever accused Suffolk Down of being a nice place. How could you? It was rundown, the racing was cheap and back in the day it sometimes seemed as many races were fixed as they were on the up and up. The place was a dump. But it was [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 8:06 AM, Read at the source >
Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, ON., from April 12-Dec. 7. This is the first of a five-year deal over which time the Ontario government is supporting [...]
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:06 AM, Read at the source >