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Arkansas Gaming

article Live greyhound racing to end at Southland Casino Racing (10/18/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Live greyhound racing will soon be coming to an end at Southland Casino Racing after an agreement was reached between the entertainment venue and the...
article Southland Casino Racing, Arkansas' only live track, to end greyhound racing by end of 2022 (10/18/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Live greyhound racing will end in Arkansas by the end of 2022, the owner of Southland Casino Racing announced Thursday. Southland Casino Racing in West...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article Alleged mob connection kills new Illinois harness track (10/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- It seemed too good to be true…and it was. Three weeks after approving the application for a 12-night inaugural meeting in December, 2020 for a...
article EDITORIAL: Pritzker moves to protect the reputation and reality of Illinois gambling. Good (10/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- For the past few days we've been thinking about the paperwork from a September raid on the Springfield office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. We don...
article Hawthorne Race Course Moves Ahead on $450M Casino Project, Hires Veteran Industry Executive with Chicago-Area Ties (10/11/2019)
(Illinois) -- While other Chicago-area casino plans are stalling, Hawthorne Race Course continues to move ahead with its plans to add one to the historic racetrack. It...
article OP/ED: Gaming Board should play hardball with Arlington owner Churchill Downs (10/4/2019)
(Illinois) -- A casino at Arlington Park would dramatically enhance the venue’s entertainment appeal, bolster live racing by driving more dollars into purses, and...
article Column: Arlington Racecourse doesn’t want casino gambling. The state should back off. (9/27/2019)
(Illinois) -- Is the Illinois Racing Board taking business lessons from the film “Goodfellas?” In that world of organized crime chronicled so brilliantly by...
article Fairmount Park will have more racing days in 2020, but has not yet hit its minimum (9/27/2019)
(Illinois) -- Fairmount Park in Collinsville has scheduled 60 racing days in 2020 — up from 40 this year. But that schedule will require Fairmount to spend more...
article Racino Wins First Approval To Operate In Tinley Park (9/26/2019)
(Illinois) -- A proposed horse racing track and casino won state approval Tuesday to operate in Tinley Park next December. The Illinois Racing Board approved the 12...
article Post time: Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington race dates despite passing on casino bid (9/25/2019)
(Illinois) -- Embittered state horse racing regulators approved a license Tuesday for Arlington International Racecourse, begrudgingly handing down 2020 race dates to...
article Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington’s race dates in 2020, but still presses for track to add casino gaming (9/24/2019)
(Illinois) -- The Illinois Racing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse next year, despite the decision by the...
article Post time: Illinois Racing Board grants Arlington race dates despite passing on casino bid (9/24/2019)
(Illinois) -- Embittered state horse racing regulators approved a license Tuesday for Arlington International Racecourse, begrudgingly handing down 2020 race dates to...
10 Total Articles on this Issue

West Virginia Gaming

article Anti-greyhound racing group’s next target is West Virginia (10/18/2019)
(West Virginia) -- The leader of an anti-greyhound racing group says West Virginia is the group’s next main target. GREY2K Executive Director Carey Theil said...
article Statehouse Beat: Fight over greyhound racing shaping up in Legislature (10/12/2019)
(West Virginia) -- When I started at what was then the Charleston Gazette in the mid-1980s, not infrequently on Fridays after work, a group of reporters and editors...
article Greyhound’s injury tale will be used against namesake legislator in coming battle over W.Va. dog racing (10/6/2019)
(West Virginia) -- Shawn Fluharty will hear his name a lot this next legislative session. Fluharty, a Democrat from Ohio County, has been one of the most vocal defenders...
article Mountaineer Purchase Approved by State Commission (9/26/2019)
(West Virginia) -- The West Virginia Lottery Commission approved Sept. 25 the purchase of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort by Colorado-based international casino...
article OP/ED: Greyhound subsidy no longer make sense here (9/25/2019)
(West Virginia) -- In recent years, our Legislature has placed an emphasis on moving West Virginia into the national mainstream. From legal reform to education reform,...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Georgia Gaming

article Casino, horse racing reps pitch gambling to Georgia House panel (10/15/2019)
(Georgia) -- Georgia has yet to expand legal gambling beyond the lottery, but that isn’t stopping a three-day parade of representatives from the world’s gaming industry...
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Maryland Gaming

article Pimlico Race Course: 18 Questions About The Deal To Save Baltimore Track (10/12/2019)
(Maryland) -- Suddenly, almost out of the blue, a deal appears to be in place that could save and improve Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, ensure that the high-stakes...
article OP/ED: Pimlico and wagering: a family habit (10/11/2019)
(Maryland) -- I'm glad the ponies will continue to run at Pimlico. I’m a faithful race goer, a low-stakes gambler, a Baltimore mom whose annual tradition is to...
article In Maryland, is it schools vs. racetracks? (10/8/2019)
(Maryland) -- When it comes to financing new government initiatives, there’s an old rule: “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind...
article Baltimore lawmakers say racetrack rescue plan numbers add up (10/8/2019)
(Maryland) -- Key Baltimore City lawmakers on General Assembly budget committees expressed optimism Monday about a proposed plan to keep the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico...
article Chance Meeting At Pimlico Led To Preakness Solution (10/7/2019)
(Maryland) -- A chance encounter at the Preakness Stakes led Baltimore City officials and Pimlico Race Course's ownership to bury the hatchet and work in secret...
article EDITORIAL: Gambling revenue rides to the rescue (again) (10/7/2019)
(Maryland) -- How do you come up with the money to finance a new sports venue? Negotiators representing Baltimore and The Stronach Group faced that daunting question in...
article Pimlico: City, Stronach Group announce agreement, but much work remains (10/6/2019)
(Maryland) -- The Preakness will be a much smaller and more exclusive event, but it will remain at its historic home in northwest Baltimore if plans announced today come...
article The storied Preakness race was in danger of leaving Baltimore. Then the mayor and the track owner had a talk. (10/6/2019)
(Maryland) -- Just months ago, the future of the Preakness in Baltimore looked bleak. The city’s then-mayor had been sending insulting letters to the Stronachs,...
article Bowie mayor on board with possibility of racetrack donation; Pittman says Laurel improvements are ‘great news’ (10/6/2019)
(Maryland) -- The plan hammered out between representatives of Baltimore City and The Stronach Group to keep the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course and revitalize Laurel...
article Rodricks: A shocking turnabout for Pimlico and the Preakness (10/5/2019)
(Maryland) -- At a recent forum on redeveloping areas of abandonment and blight in Baltimore, a community leader expressed angry frustration that the city government and...
article Will transforming Pimlico’s track also transform its neighborhood? (10/5/2019)
(Maryland) -- For years, residents near Pimlico Race Course have set up shop on their sidewalks, selling food and drinks, parking spaces and even access to their...
article ‘Historic’ deal aims to keep Preakness in Baltimore; track owner, city reach agreement after 4 months of talks (10/5/2019)
(Maryland) -- The city of Baltimore and the owners of the historic but dilapidated Pimlico Race Course have come up with a way to keep the prestigious Preakness Stakes...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

Kentucky Gaming

article Kentucky Downs to spend $25 million in renovations (10/11/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Kentucky Downs plans to conduct major renovations to its property over the off-season for the Franklin, Ky., track, with the goal of countering additional...
article KHRC unanimously approves CDI request to purchase Turfway Park; details, renderings revealed (10/9/2019)
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) Tuesday unanimously approved a Change of Control Request that will allow Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Historical Racing Machines

article Birmingham Race Course places a bet on the past -- historical horse racing (10/8/2019)
(Alabama) -- Birmingham Race Course has added a new vehicle for betting - machines that allow users to place wagers on horse races that have already taken place....
1 Article on this Issue

New York Gaming

article Lawsuit Alleges Financial Malfeasance By Jake's 58 Parent Company (10/8/2019)
(New York) -- A lawsuit claims the management corporation of Jake’s 58 Casino on Long Island has violated terms of agreement and overpaid itself millions of dollars. The...
article Suffolk OTB: Jake's 58 Hotel and Casino's parent company misused millions of dollars (10/7/2019)
(New York) -- Suffolk County OTB on Monday filed a lawsuit against Delaware North alleging that the company misused millions of dollars from Jake’s 58 Hotel and...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Churchill Downs

article Churchill Downs to “to restore Turfway to its former glory” in $46m acquisition (10/7/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Louisville-headquartered racetrack and casino operator, Churchill Downs Inc. (NASDAQ: CHDN), has reportedly entered into an agreement to acquire the...
article Churchill Downs agrees to buy Turfway Park for $46 million (10/3/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs has signed an agreement to buy Turfway Park for $46 million with plans to eventually demolish its grandstand and build a $150 million...
article Churchill Downs is buying Turfway Park. What that means for Northern Kentucky and racing (10/3/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs will buy Turfway Park in a deal that frees the Northern Kentucky horse racing business away from nearby casino ownership, which regulators...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Massachusetts Gaming

article Rowley resident wants to slow down race track (10/7/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A Dodge Road resident wants the selectmen to take a deliberate approach when they review a proposed horse racing track proposed on 284 acres in town....
article Wareham Developer Proposes Slots for Ex-Horse Track (9/23/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The plans for a mixed-use development with a horse track and gambling hall in Wareham now envision a slots parlor at the site rather than a small-...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Kentucky Derby

article Churchill Downs Inc to add 1,500 slots to new Turfway racino (10/4/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Gaming operator Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has struck a deal to acquire and revamp the Turfway Park racetrack in Florence, Kentucky.
1 Article on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article $150,000 fine from PGCB for Downs Racing (10/2/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today approved a fine of $150,000 against Downs Racing, L.P., operator of Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, for not...
1 Article on this Issue

Florida Gaming

article Florida court approves local casino to drop horses, add jai alai (9/30/2019)
(Florida) -- A casino in South Florida has found a friend in the courts, but an enemy in the horseracing industry. Calder Casino wanted to drop horse races in favor of...
1 Article on this Issue

Virginia Gaming

article OP/ED: The racehorse has left the barn (9/29/2019)
(Virginia) -- Viewed from Midlothian Turnpike, Rosie’s Gaming Emporium in Richmond would resemble a busy movie cineplex — if it weren’t for the mobile...
1 Article on this Issue

N.J. Sports Betting

article Monmouth Park Operator Can Pursue $3.4M Bond in Sports-Betting Case, Circuit Rules (9/26/2019)
(New Jersey) -- A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has allowed the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to recover some...
article NJ horsemen in the money after sports betting appeal ruling (9/26/2019)
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey horsemen could get millions of dollars in damages after a federal appeals court ruled that the horsemen were financially harmed while the...
article NJ Horsemen Ride to Victory in Long-Running Gambling Saga (9/25/2019)
(New Jersey) -- he Third Circuit delivered a victory Tuesday to a New Jersey horse racing group that has sought millions in damages from the National Football League and...
article NJ Horsemen Win Court Ruling Over Leagues — $150-Million Could Still Be In Play (9/25/2019)
(New Jersey) -- A U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel on Tuesday provided a victory for New Jersey’s thoroughbred horsemen, vacating a lower...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Sports Betting

article Did Sports Betting Kill The Horse Racing Industry? Or Was It The DOA? (9/26/2019)
(USA) -- Doug Reed has been around the horse racing industry as a consultant and stakeholder for 40 years. He has a stark message for the sport to which he has dedicated...
article The Changing U.S. Betting Landscape Can Deliver Both Higher Handle & Purses (9/25/2019)
(USA) -- Back in 2008, Australia began opening up their betting markets. In particular, corporate bookmakers and exchanges were allowed to flourish, offering racing and...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Other News

article POLL: Should Georgia expand gambling to include casinos and horse racing? (10/16/2019)
(Georgia) -- Georgia has yet to expand legal gambling beyond the lottery, but that isn’t stopping a three-day parade of representatives from the world’s...
press release Indiana Grand Jockeys Raise $3,100 To Support Breast Cancer Care (10/13/2019)
(Indiana) -- Indiana Grand's Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys came together to support Pink Out Night at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino Saturday, Oct. 12 in...
article Officials want $375.5 million to renovate Pimlico and Laurel tracks. Who would pay for it? (10/10/2019)
(Maryland) -- The architects of an ambitious, $375.5 million proposal to renovate Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park in Anne Arundel County are...
article Suffolk OTB claims Delaware North overcharged millions at the taxpayers expense (10/10/2019)
(New York) -- A lawsuit was filed this week against Delaware North, Suffolk Off-Track Betting, claiming the company is overcharging millions for rent, construction and...
article Riders Billy Lee and Robbie Colgan hit with hefty bans (10/10/2019)
(Ireland) -- Billy Lee has been hit with an eight-day ban for using his whip with excessive frequency during Space Traveller's last-gasp success in the Group 2...
article Harrah's and Horseshoe casinos fined $50,000 for underage gambling violations (10/8/2019)
(Iowa) -- Harrah’s and Horseshoe casinos in Council Bluffs have been fined a total $50,000 for two instances of allowing underage patrons onto their gambling...
article Another horse dies at Santa Anita, 33rd since December (10/6/2019)
(California) -- Richard Mandella experienced the highest high and lowest low at Santa Anita on Saturday, with Omaha Beach successfully winning his comeback after a six-...
article Racing! Omaha Beach wows in return (10/6/2019)
(California) -- Hello, my name is John Cherwa and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter as Richard Mandella has a bittersweet day. You can’t say enough about Omaha...
article Woodbine To Test New Whip Rule, Allowing Only ‘Underhand Use’ (9/30/2019)
(Ontario) -- As part of its ongoing commitment and leadership in the safety of horse racing, Woodbine Entertainment is proud to partner with the Alcohol and Gaming...
article Woodbine to Try New Rules on Riding Crop Use (9/30/2019)
(Ontario) -- In what will be considered a test period, jockeys at Woodbine Racetrack will compete under new riding rules that will add restrictions on riding crop use...
article Another horse dies at Santa Anita, this time on the track (9/28/2019)
(California) -- Santa Anita, trying to shake the memories of a winter/spring meet in which 30 horses died, was met with a gruesome breakdown on the front stretch...
article Uncertainty in Illinois (9/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs draws ire of Illinois Racing Board after saying “no thanks” to having a casino at thoroughbred racing’s Arlington Racecourse, throwing...
article Keeneland September continues to surge upward at end of Book 3 (9/18/2019)
(Kentucky) -- A $625,000 Quality Road colt led trade as the Keeneland September yearling sale closed its Book 3 portion on Monday, reaching roughly the midway point of...
article Angry racing board scolds Arlington owners: Are you in horse racing or ‘only a gaming software company’? (9/17/2019)
(Illinois) -- Churchill Downs Inc. last month blamed high taxes, a saturated gambling market and contributions to a state thoroughbred purse fund as reasons not to...
article Horse racing: Leading thoroughbred trainer Shaune Ritchie wants whip banned (9/15/2019)
(New Zealand) -- Leading Kiwi trainer Shaune Ritchie has called for New Zealand to take the lead and ban the use of whips in horse racing. Last month, The Jockey Club of...
article Horseracing trainer denies Triple Crown winner Justify was helped by drugs (9/14/2019)
(California) -- In the United States, the trainer behind the last year’s Triple Crown-winning Justify has reportedly come under fire after it emerged that the colt...
article VP Mike Pence says Triple Crown winner American Pharoah bit him during visit to Kentucky farm (9/14/2019)
(Kentucky) -- American Pharoah has it all these days. By becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in 2015, the horse secured a life of pampering and mating at...
article Three horses die at Belmont Park (9/13/2019)
(New York) -- Three horses died during the first two days of Belmont Park’s fall season, mirroring the start and end of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course....
article Racing chaplain in New Mexico seeks to help jockeys, horses (9/7/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A southern New Mexico chaplain has been working for years to calm the nerves of competitive jockeys and often asks prayers for racing horses.
article Saratoga Race Course sets meet record for handle (9/3/2019)
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association says Saratoga Race Course set a record for the total amount wagered during its annual 40-day summer meet, generating more...

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