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Illinois Gaming

article Whoa! Arlington owners say hold your horses on sale talks (1/21/2020)
(Illinois) -- The future of horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse is still up in the air, but the 92-year-old racetrack is not being sold anytime soon. That...
article At least two groups interested in buying Arlington racetrack and adding a casino (1/15/2020)
(Illinois) -- At least two groups have expressed interest in buying Arlington International Racecourse from Churchill Downs and adding a casino to the property. Four...
article Two groups want to buy Arlington Park, head of horsemen's association says (1/10/2020)
(Illinois) -- At least two groups have expressed interest about buying Arlington International Racecourse from Churchill Downs and adding a casino to the property. That...
article Arlington Park Contract With Racing Group Not Signed By Deadline (1/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- The future of gambling at Arlington International Racecourse remains in question as a deadline to sign a contract between racecourse owners and horse...
article Ahead Of Casino, Renovations, Hawthorne Sees Handle Increase, Bigger Field Sizes (1/6/2020)
(Illinois) -- With construction on the new casino and racing facility at Hawthorne Race Course just around the corner, the fall Thoroughbred meet concluded with...
article Stalled contract talks threaten racing, ratchet up tension between Arlington Racecourse, horsemen (1/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- Horse owners and trainers already enraged by the corporate owner of Arlington International Racecourse now say the track’s 2020 schedule is in...
article Deadline for new Arlington Park contract with racing group comes and goes (1/2/2020)
(Illinois) -- A New Year's deadline to finalize a new contract between Arlington International Racecourse and horse owners and trainers has come and gone, with the...
article Significant hurdles to clear before Balmoral will rise again as a racetrack (11/30/2019)
(Illinois) -- Is Balmoral Park destined to be a born again racetrack? Bankruptcy forced Balmoral out of business following its 2015 harness meeting when the Illinois...
article Plan emerges to bring horse racing and casino gambling to Balmoral Park after Gov. J.B. Pritzker quashes Tinley Park racino (11/21/2019)
(Illinois) -- A south suburban developer is in the early stages of a deal that could bring horse racing back to Balmoral Park near south suburban Crete as part of a...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Ex-waitress sentenced for role in $420,000 slot machine scam (1/21/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- A former cocktail waitress at a Pennsylvania casino has been sentenced for her role in a $420,000 slot machine scam. Rochelle Poszeluznyj, 39, was...
article Mohegan Sun launches online sports betting (12/3/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Customers can now bet on sports at Mohegan Sun Pocono without stepping foot in the Plains Twp. casino. Mohegan Sun Pocono partnered with Kindred Group...
article Kindred brings online betting to Mohegan Sun Pocono sportsbook (11/18/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- Just weeks after launching the Unibet Sportsbook at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Kindred Group has gone live with both online sports and casino betting at the...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Massachusetts Gaming

article House leaders looking to extend simulcasting until December (1/9/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- One week out from the expiration of the legal authority for horse racing and simulcast wagering, a bill allowing those activities to continue until...
article Mass. OK’s Suffolk Downs betting plan with FanDuel (12/5/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Most sports betting remains illegal in Massachusetts. But the two major forms of wagering that are permitted here — daily fantasy sports and...
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California Gaming

article Senator Dodd Introduces California Racing Safety Bill (1/8/2020)
(California) -- California Sen. Bill Dodd introduced legislation in the state Jan. 7 aimed at improving horse racing safety and building on last year's reforms. Dodd...
article State board offers more proposals to improve horse racing safety (11/21/2019)
(California) -- In a move designed to answer Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for change, the California Horse Racing Board announced Thursday a series of proposals in an...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Michigan Gaming

article Will legalized sports betting come to Northville Downs? It's a long shot (1/7/2020)
(Michigan) -- Imagine if visitors to Northville Downs could place a $2 bet on the ponies and a $100 wager on the Colts, Broncos or any other NFL team. With the recent...
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New York Gaming

article NYRA Handle for 2019 Again Tops $2.1 Billion Despite Weather Forcing Fewer Races (1/5/2020)
(New York) -- The New York Racing Association (NYRA) reported a marginal drop in betting for 2019, with the dip attributable to fewer race days and races at its three...
article New York Regulator Gathering Information on Changes (12/20/2019)
(New York) -- New York regulators said they are carefully eyeing racing industry developments involving restrictions on riding crops and the January start by the New...
article Small but vocal group weighs in against plans for new Medford casino (12/9/2019)
(New York) -- A small but vocal crowd vowed Monday night to again defeat the Suffolk OTB's proposed video lottery casino on a 30-acre site in Medford.
article Suffolk OTB rolls the dice on plan to build gaming facility in Medford (12/9/2019)
(New York) -- The Suffolk OTB is once again rolling the dice on a bid to open a casino in Medford. It's the third time in three years that OTB has tried to make its...
article Origins of the New York City Horse Racing Scene (12/9/2019)
(New York) -- Contrary to popular belief, horses aren’t native to the Americas. They had actually become extinct shortly after the Ice Age and only returned...
article Suffolk OTB builds another gamble at the opening of Medford Casino (11/27/2019)
(New York) -- OTB suffolk has quietly filed plans with state officials for a 160,000 square foot lottery video gaming facility in Medford, two years after abandoning...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Labor & Unions

article Churchill Downs Faces Federal Lawsuit After Union Claims Track Violated Collective Bargaining Agreement (1/4/2020)
(Kentucky) -- A lawsuit was filed in a Kentucky federal court earlier this week claiming Churchill Downs breached a union labor deal by keeping temporary employees for...
1 Article on this Issue

Historical Racing Machines

article Grand Island-area residents ask judge to block historical horse racing terminals at Fonner Park (1/3/2020)
(Nebraska) -- The Nebraska State Racing Commission's order allowing Fonner Park to add historical horse racing terminals at the Grand Island track is...
article Michigan could allow betting on horse races that have already been run (12/4/2019)
(Michigan) -- A bill that would allow wagering on horse races that have already taken place could be a key to reopening Sports Creek Raceway in 2020. Nelson Clemmens,...
article Nebraska's historical horse racing approval takes effect; machines not installed in Grand Island yet (12/4/2019)
(Nebraska) -- Fonner Park officials hope to have new historical horse racing terminals running there before live racing starts at the Grand Island track in February, CEO...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Virginia Gaming

article Report: If casinos are legalized in Virginia, horse racing revenues will take 45% hit (1/2/2020)
(Virginia) -- Casinos could be coming soon to Virginia, but a brawl over just how many, where they would go, and who would run them is on tap first. Gambling-related...
article Report: Casino Gambling Could Take $9 Million From Purses In Virginia (11/27/2019)
(Virginia) -- A study by Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that casino gambling could be beneficial to the commonwealth, but would come...
article Horse racing industry worries about potential impact of casinos in Virginia (11/26/2019)
(Virginia) -- Horse racing just returned to Colonial Downs in New Kent County this summer, but with the potential for casinos in Virginia, industry insiders are worried...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Montana Gaming

article Montana horse racing simulcast ending in 2020 (1/1/2020)
(Montana) -- A Montana businessman has announced that the state's horse racing simulcast network is expected to end this week. The Missoulian reported Monday that...
article Horse racing board pays $628K debt to state early (12/9/2019)
(Montana) -- The Montana Board of Horse Racing has paid off a loan in excess of $628,000 to the state three years ahead of schedule, officials said, erasing a debt...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Australia Gaming

article How Australia’s biggest punter gave up his lucrative career as a GP to trade millions of dollars a year on horse racing (12/29/2019)
(Australia) -- A former doctor who became Australia's biggest punter has revealed his secrets to success on the race track. Dr Nick, who withheld his surname to...
1 Article on this Issue

Kentucky Derby

article He Won and Lost the Kentucky Derby. He Can’t Stop Watching the Replay. (12/23/2019)
(New York) -- Luis Saez has watched the replay too many times. He has watched it with the Hall of Fame riders he competes against daily; with the horse trainers who...
1 Article on this Issue

Indiana Gaming

article Live Dealers At Racetrack Casino Table Games Coming In January (12/19/2019)
(Indiana) -- Indiana’s two racetrack casinos will begin offering live table games at the start of 2020. The Gaming Commission approved those new offerings this week. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Arkansas Gaming

article OP/ED: Racing toward success (12/18/2019)
(Arkansas) -- They flocked by the hundreds into the Hot Springs Convention Center on a recent Tuesday night for Oaklawn Park's annual employee awards banquet. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Georgia Gaming

article Senate Lawmakers Stuck On Whether To Legalize Casinos, Horse Racing (12/18/2019)
(Georgia) -- A Georgia State Senate Study Committee could not agree on what legislation to recommend the General Assembly consider concerning new gambling options in...
1 Article on this Issue

Online Gaming

article FanDuel Gallops Into Online Horse Betting In Massachusetts, California (12/18/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently voted to grant FanDuel temporary approval to offer mobile betting on horse racing. The vote was...
1 Article on this Issue

Ontario Gaming

article Woodbine All-Sources Handle Second-Largest in History (12/18/2019)
(Ontario) -- Woodbine Entertainment announced Dec. 18 that the 2019 Thoroughbred meet produced an all-sources handle of $516,189,880.80—the second-largest in its history...
article Category 1 interference rule to be considered by Ontario regulators (12/4/2019)
(Ontario) -- The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the province’s racing regulator, is considering changes to the rules governing interference in...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Laguna Pueblo

article With more renovations approaching, Ellis Park's new owners would welcome expanded gambling (12/4/2019)
(Kentucky) -- Groundbreaking for an expanding gaming facility at Ellis Park should be less than three months away as many renovations by the track’s new owners are...
1 Article on this Issue

William Hill

article William Hill to open race book at Casino Miami next month (11/26/2019)
(Florida) -- William Hill US announced Monday a partnership with Casino Miami to open a William Hill Race Book, which will mark the organization’s first Florida...
1 Article on this Issue

California Sports Betting

article State Horse Racing Industry Supports Tribal California Sports Betting Effort (11/25/2019)
(California) -- The California horse racing industry was pleasantly surprised by the proposed ballot initiative to legalize sports betting that was filed recently by the...
1 Article on this Issue

Florida Gaming

article New Casino Miami racebook offers William Hill US potential entry if Florida legalizes sports betting (11/25/2019)
(Florida) -- The legalization of sports betting is far from a sure thing in Florida, but sportsbook operator William Hill US is staking its claim to the potential market...
1 Article on this Issue

Kentucky Gaming

article Millions worth of improvements made to Kentucky Downs (11/22/2019)
(Kentucky) -- The new owners of Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky are pouring millions into the casino, hoping to pull some people away from Broadway and to their...
1 Article on this Issue

Chicago Casino

article How and why a casino or racino might — or might never — come to the south suburbs (11/19/2019)
(Illinois) -- People really don’t appreciate the mystery that is Illinois. I mean, this stuff is better than space aliens building Egyptian pyramids. Take the...
1 Article on this Issue

Sports Betting

article 3 takeaways from symposium on 'Sports Betting and Horse Racing' (11/15/2019)
(Kentucky) -- The University of Louisville's Equine Industry Program, in conjunction with Horse Racing Nation, hosted the final of three speaker series events for...
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West Virginia Gaming

article An end to greyhound racing? (11/13/2019)
(West Virginia) -- A survey sanctioned by the anti-greyhound racing group Grey2K USA Worldwide indicates an overwhelming majority of West Virginians want greyhound...
1 Article on this Issue

Iowa Gaming

article Iowa Greyhound Park bets rise again, but future still dicey (11/12/2019)
(Iowa) -- Betting on races at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque rose by 14% this year, but the park's future and that of greyhound racing still look dicey. The Telegraph...
1 Article on this Issue

Nebraska Gaming

article With new track, Lincoln Race Course hopes to revive horse racing in Capital City (11/10/2019)
(Nebraska) -- Lincoln Race Course was originally slated to debut its new, seven-furlong track in September. Officials hoped the new track, the largest in the state,...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article NY Budget Provides for Equine Drug Testing Lab (1/24/2020)
(New York) -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY) today announced legislation in the FY 2021 Executive Budget to authorize The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) to...
article A greyhound group’s challenge: ‘How do you turn a racing machine into a pet?’ (1/24/2020)
(California) -- Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on the planet. With a small head and a lithe, aerodynamically shaped body as well as strong paws and a proportionately...
article American Pharoah shares secretly sold; racehorse owner Zayat sued for $23 million (1/23/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder Ahmed Zayat is back in legal trouble, this time involving breeding rights to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah...
article Doping Agents Detected (1/23/2020)
(New York) -- New York Equine Drug Testing Programs Director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two...
article 3rd horse in three days dies at Santa Anita in training (1/19/2020)
(California) -- A third horse died in three days at Santa Anita when it collided with another horse during training hours on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding...
article Another racehorse dies at Santa Anita, bringing total to three horses in three days (1/19/2020)
(California) -- Santa Anita suffered its third horse death in three days when a freak accident occurred during morning training on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old...
article 2 Racehorses Die in 2 Days at Santa Anita (1/18/2020)
(California) -- Another racehorse died Saturday after breaking an ankle at Santa Anita Park, one day after a 5-year-old gelding was euthanized after fracturing his right...
article Saratoga Casino Hotel to Host Blood Drive with the American Red Cross during National Blood Donor Month (1/16/2020)
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Monday, January 20. Members of the local community are urged to...
article Racing-simulcast bill in the works, but not ready (1/14/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- This time they got it done with time to spare, but only a little. After its inaction twice in recent years briefly rendered horse racing and simulcast...
article Suffolk Downs Will Be A 16M SF Union Job (1/7/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The HYM Investment Group and Greater Boston’s leading construction unions have reached a deal guaranteeing the redevelopment of Suffolk Downs...
article Thoroughbred racehorses evacuated after heavy rain floods stables at Gulfstream Park (12/23/2019)
(Florida) -- More than a dozen thoroughbred racehorses were rescued Monday after heavy rain left their stables flooded at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in Hallandale...
article VIDEO: Horses rescued from stables at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino (12/23/2019)
(Florida) -- Heavy rain and flooding at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach caused people to have to rescue horses Monday morning.
article Perry Thurston files Senate version for greyhound racing compensation (12/23/2019)
(Florida) -- Democratic state Sen. Perry Thurston, Jr. has created the Senate vehicle for efforts to create a compensation fund for people who will lose their jobs and...
article After an investigation, local prosecutors are not taking Santa Anita Park to court. (12/20/2019)
(California) -- Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey says her officer will not file charges over recent horse racing deaths. Patrick Battuello from the group Horse...
article Racehorse Breakdowns: Prosecutor’s Probe Finds No Wrongdoing at Santa Anita (12/20/2019)
(California) -- After an investigation, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey found no evidence of wrongdoing by Santa Anita Park operators in connection...
article NYRA On Board With Safety Reforms, But Not Looking to Ban Whip (12/20/2019)
(New York) -- As a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the New York Racing Association is prepared to implement many of the reforms advocated by that...
article Investigation into horse deaths at Santa Anita finds no unlawful conduct (12/19/2019)
(California) -- The California horse racing industry at Santa Anita Park, reeling from a series of equine deaths and threats from state and national officials, was...
article Despite Challenges, Total Woodbine Wagering Surpasses $500 Million For Third Consecutive Year (12/18/2019)
(Ontario) -- Woodbine Entertainment has announced that the 2019 Thoroughbred meet produced an all-sources handle of $516,189,880.80 which is the second largest handle in...
article Hard Hats and Horses Mix as Oaklawn Expansion Continues (12/3/2019)
(Arkansas) -- Churchill Downs has the Twin Spires and Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort now has the hotel. Well, almost. Construction on the seven-story, 200-room luxury...
article Kentucky Derby futures betting underway (12/2/2019)
(Kentucky) -- The first round of futures betting in the Kentucky Derby came to a close last night with a solid showing from gamblers. Pool 1 opened November 29 and ran...

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