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Ohio Gaming

article Wagering up in August at Austintown racino (9/24/2020)
(Ohio) -- Wagering on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course rose slightly in August as it and the six other racinos in the state try...
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Iowa Gaming

article Two greyhound owners banned from racing in Iowa as animal torture probe continues (9/21/2020)
(Iowa) -- Iowa greyhound racing regulators have revoked the licenses of two out-of-state dog owners after videos showed them training dogs using live rabbits as lures, a...
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Kentucky Gaming

article Kentucky racetrack interests team up to apply for casino and harness track license (9/21/2020)
(Kentucky) -- A partnership of the Keeneland Association and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs has filed an application for a racing license in southeastern Kentucky...
article Keeneland announces major racing, gambling expansion with new partners (9/21/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Even as Keeneland is holding racing meets without spectators in the midst of a pandemic, the track is announcing plans to go forward with a major expansion...
article With Kentucky Derby Bets, IRS Wins Too (9/6/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Like everything else this year, the Kentucky Derby 2020 is different, not May but September, run in the evening (7:02 pm Eastern time), and run without...
article Secretary of state blocks gambling initiatives from November ballot (8/25/2020)
(Kentucky) -- An initiative proposal to authorize casino gambling at Nebraska racetracks was blocked Tuesday from inclusion on the general election ballot by Secretary...
article Oak Grove set to open gaming operations Sept. 18 (8/19/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel announced Wednesday that it will open its historical racing machine gaming floor, four restaurants and event center to...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Nebraska Gaming

article Four of Nebraska's horse racing tracks have applied to host sprints in October and November (9/20/2020)
(Nebraska) -- A desire to help Nebraska horsemen could lead to live racing in the next few months, though the races won’t take long to run. Four of the state...
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New Jersey Gaming

article Future Of Fixed Odds On Horse Race Betting In Jersey Becomes Murky (9/18/2020)
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey’s pioneering effort to offer exchange wagering on horse racing in the U.S. comes to an end on Oct. 1 when Betfair exits the stage...
article Betfair to Pull Plug on NJ Betting Exchange (9/11/2020)
(New Jersey) -- Beginning Oct. 1, Betfair will no longer accept exchange wagers from its New Jersey customers, ending a brief and unsuccessful experiment in the U.S. for...
article Freehold Raceway Sportsbook Delayed — Again (9/10/2020)
(New Jersey) -- The first legal, regulated brick-and-mortar sportsbooks opened in New Jersey in mid-June of 2018. By the end of that year, there were 10 such sites: the...
article Jersey budget proposal calls for eliminating racing’s subsidy (8/28/2020)
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey governor Phil Murphy unveiled his proposed budget for the state Tuesday (Aug. 25) and it does not include the $20 million subsidy that has...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Illinois Gaming

article Hawthorne plans sportsbooks at three suburban OTBs, including Prospect Heights (9/16/2020)
(Illinois) -- A retail sports betting site is expected to open as soon as next month inside Player's Pub & Grill in Prospect Heights -- one of three new...
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New Mexico Gaming

article Zia Park to Begin Abbreviated Meet Oct. 5 (9/15/2020)
(New Mexico) -- With the impact of COVID-19 sparing few in the racing industry including Zia Park, the New Mexico oval originally scheduled to commence its live meet...
article Horse racing returns to the Albuquerque Downs without fans in the stands (8/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Horse racing returned to the Downs Racetrack and Casino Sunday for the first time since March. Fans are still not allowed to watch the races in-person...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Churchill Downs

article Viewpoint: Does Churchill Downs prioritize gaming over horse racing? (9/10/2020)
(Kentucky) -- In a decision that critics say speaks directly to corporate greed, Churchill Downs is challenging the Louisiana State Racing Commission’s emergency...
article As Derby Wagering Shifts Online, Churchill Downs May Recoup Some Losses (9/4/2020)
(Kentucky) -- The Run for the Roses will happen without spectators in the stands this year, but that won’t prevent gamblers from placing millions of dollars in...
article Churchill Downs will allow 23,000 fans at 2020 Kentucky Derby, shuts down infield (8/12/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Churchill Downs officials announced Wednesday a 62-page operations plan that will limit attendance for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby to under 23,000 guests....
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COVID-19

article O’Rourke looking forward to fans back at the Spa (9/9/2020)
(New York) -- Somebody dubbed it “the Great Wall of NYRA.” It falls far short in grandeur and scope compared to the real thing, of course, but the symbolism...
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California Gaming

article 'Closing Day' caps strange but profitable season at Del Mar racetrack (9/7/2020)
(California) -- A historic summer season at the Del Mar racetrack is wrapping up Monday, the first season without fans in the stands in the track’s history. But...
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Minnesota Gaming

article Off-track betting restrictions limit Minnesota horse racing wagers during pandemic (9/7/2020)
(Minnesota) -- When it comes to wagering on horse races, Jay Lietzau is a numbers guy. An accountant by trade, he calculates his odds of winning with a stats sheet in...
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New York Gaming

article Saratoga meet ends with some ups, some downs (9/7/2020)
(New York) -- It has been a mixed bag at this year’s Saratoga Race Course meet, according to New York Racing Association President and CEO David O’Rourke....
article BLOG: More NYS Racetracks Could Close Early without Racinos (9/2/2020)
(New York) -- New York State commercial casinos remain close for the time being even though there are some indications that they might see an updated timeline of their...
article Saratoga harness race season may end early without purse money (9/1/2020)
(New York) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s suggestion over the weekend that there will soon be an update on the state casino shutdown was tantalizing both for casino...
article National racing hall and museum renovated, ready to reopen in Saratoga Springs (8/30/2020)
(New York) -- Many local businesses are looking for a boost as they try to get things rolling again. In Saratoga Springs they're hoping that comes from a newly...
article Hurting Saratoga harness horse owners look to Rivers Casino for relief (8/28/2020)
(New York) -- Without an expected infusion of cash from the Rivers Casino & Resort, the harness track will be forced to end its season early. Thomas McTygue, the...
article OTB ready to reopen Batavia Downs (8/27/2020)
(New York) -- Representatives of Western Regional Off Track Betting Corp. expect to receive guidelines from the state next week for the planned reopening of Batavia...
article New York Thoroughbred Breeders Propose Plan To Expand ‘Resident Mare’ Eligibility, New York-Sired Incentives (8/27/2020)
(New York) -- Last November I summarized proposals arising from discussions over a year ago among a wide spectrum of program stakeholders about ways to attract new...
article Harness track, owed money, wants to extend dates (8/23/2020)
(New York) -- Saratoga Casino Hotel’s harness track is only scheduled to run through Sept. 2, but with a little luck, it could go into October. With a lot of luck, it...
article Vernon Downs to close harness track early (8/21/2020)
(New York) -- Vernon Downs will end its harness racing season early, on Saturday, Sept. 26. With the casino closed and no purse money derived from slot machine revenue,...
article Vernon Downs racing season ending early due to casino shutdown (8/19/2020)
(New York) -- Vernon Downs is ending its 67th annual harness racing season early due to the coronavirus, which has kept the Central New York casino closed since March....
article NY Regulators Seek to Locate Fire Station at Saratoga (8/19/2020)
(New York) -- New York State regulators, raising concerns about major fires over the decades at racetracks around the United States, have advanced a plan to locate a...
article With no casino revenue, Vernon and Tioga set to close early (8/15/2020)
(New York) -- With New York’s non-tribal casinos still closed due to the coronavirus, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural said his New York tracks have...
article $149,000 NYSS action at Saratoga (8/6/2020)
(New York) -- There were two divisions of New York Sire Stakes action for three year old harness racing colt and gelding trotters contested on Wednesday evening at...
article OTB employees lose, then regain sick leave benefits after rehiring (8/5/2020)
(New York) -- The approximately 100 employees at Capital District Off Track Betting who were laid off at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic but later rehired won’t...
14 Total Articles on this Issue

South Dakota Gaming

article Bet on it: Horse racing back on track at Fort Pierre (9/7/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Horse racing is coming back to Fort Pierre next month after an historic hiatus since the first weekend in May 2018. There will be 15 races over two...
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Kentucky Derby

article Authentic Wins the Kentucky Derby, Run Without Fans (9/5/2020)
(Kentucky) -- No one really expected a horse race. The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was supposed to be either a coronation for a colt named Tiz the Law, who was...
article Horse Racing Adapts to New Technology (9/4/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Technology has become a necessity in most people’s daily lives, and many industries, including sports, have benefited from technology as well. The...
article How coronavirus will change how people bet on the Kentucky Derby (9/4/2020)
(Kentucky) -- The Kentucky Derby, one of the most heavily bet on sporting events of the year, takes place tomorrow after being postponed due to coronavirus. Shares of...
article Maine only state banned from betting on Kentucky Derby (9/3/2020)
(Maine) -- If you were hoping to make a wager on the Kentucky Derby this weekend, you’re out of luck. Officials say Maine is the only state in the country where...
article Kentucky Derby odds: Gambling on horse racing explained (9/2/2020)
(Kentucky) -- Ah, the Kentucky Derby -- one of the most celebrated and anticipated horse racing events of the year. This year -- one flipped upside down because of the...
article Ahead of Kentucky Derby, worker shortage looms for trainers (8/30/2020)
(Kentucky) -- The Trump administration’s immigration squeeze and the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic threaten to leave the horse racing industry short...
article Sixth Circuit Denies Relief for Owners of Disqualified Derby Horse (8/28/2020)
(Kentucky) -- The owners of Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby but was later disqualified, lost in the Sixth...
article Nevada books OK’d to take bets for Kentucky Derby (8/28/2020)
(Nevada) -- Nevada horse racing enthusiasts will be able to bet on the Kentucky Derby in Nevada sportsbooks Sept. 5 because of regulatory amendments unanimously approved...
article 'Not an easy decision': Kentucky Derby 2020 will be run with no fans in the stands (8/21/2020)
(Kentucky) -- It will be silent in Churchill Downs as the horses cross the finish line during the 146th Kentucky Derby. In a dramatic about-face, Churchill Downs...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

UK Gambling

article Musselburgh and Chester staff hit by redundancies as racecourses feel the pinch (8/24/2020)
(UK) -- Richard Thomas of Chester Race Company has confirmed that three of Musselburgh’s six groundstaff face redundancy and revealed that 20 members of Chester’s full-...
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Pennsylvania Gaming

article Pennsylvania's horse racing industry, facing governor's attempt to redirect funds, sees declines in key metrics (8/17/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- A report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows that 2019 was a mixed year at best for the state’s horse racing...
article Casino gaming is helping the PA horse racing industry shows new report (8/15/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Taxes from slot machines across the state have been used to help a number of horse racing features at tracks across Pennsylvania, according to...
article Pennsylvania's horse racing industry, facing governor's attempt to redirect funds, sees declines in key metrics (8/13/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- A report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows that 2019 was a mixed year at best for the state’s horse racing...
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Massachusetts Gaming

article Zoning change for $300 million Wareham Park racetrack withdrawn; though developers say they’re still committed to project (8/13/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- Developers of the proposed $300 million Wareham Park thoroughbred racetrack, hotel, gaming and entertainment venue have withdrawn a zoning change...
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Other News

article Buenos Aires officials move to resume horse racing activity (9/17/2020)
(Argentina) -- The Chief of Staff of the Buenos Aires province, Carlos Bianco, has confirmed that racetracks in La Plata, San Isidro, Tandil and Azul will resume their...
article Developer drops plans, at least for now, for sports betting parlor at former track (9/16/2020)
(New Jersey) -- A developer has dropped plans for a sports-betting parlor at the site of a former Cherry Hill racetrack, according to a decision in a court fight over...
article Del Mar Defies the Odds with Increased Handle, Decreased Racing Days (9/9/2020)
(California) -- Del Mar’s 2020 summer meet ran with 25% fewer racing days than there were in 2019, and without spectators. Even so, the seaside San Diego-area...
article Mitch McConnell Saddles Up to End Doping and Address the Crisis in Horse Racing (9/1/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Thirty years ago, I wrote a magazine cover story about horse racing, arguing the pageantry and pomp that viewers glimpsed at the Kentucky Derby and...
article Horse race betting goes mainstream with major sports on hiatus (8/19/2020)
(USA) -- Thoroughbred horse racing is getting a run for its money as one of the prevailing sports with live coverage. Even without fans in attendance, growth in...
article BHA announces protocol changes for owners to enhance raceday experience (8/17/2020)
(UK) -- Several changes to behind-closed-doors protocols have been announced in an attempt to enhance the raceday experience for owners. Some tracks have been...
article Racetrack Tells 1st. Circ. Wynn RICO Scam Had No Finish Line (sub req) (8/14/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- An East Boston racetrack on Thursday asked the First Circuit to reinstate its $1 billion racketeering suit claiming Wynn Resorts cheated it out of a...
article Meadows Restricts Spectators in Attempt to Enforce Track Safety Protocols (8/11/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Mark Loewe, the chief operating officer for Meadows Casino Racetrack near Pittsburgh, made a disturbing report about virus safety protocols during an...
press release Federal bill looks to phase out of greyhound racing (8/10/2020)
(West Virginia) -- Opponents of greyhound racing are taking their fight national with a new bill in Congress to phase out the sport that would have negative effects on...
article Federal bill looks to national phase out of greyhound racing (8/8/2020)
(West Virginia) -- Opponents of greyhound racing are taking their fight national with a new bill in Congress to phase out the sport that would have negative effects on...
article Spectator-Free Racing Brings Mixed Results For Fairmount Park (8/3/2020)
(Illinois) -- The coronavirus lockdowns in Illinois came just as Fairmount Park Racetrack was set to start the 2020 horse racing season in March.The racetrack was...
press release Questions that need to be answered to ensure the 2020 Kentucky Derby is safe (8/3/2020)
(Kentucky) -- The 2020 Kentucky Derby will be unlike any other — after all, it will be run in autumn (Sept. 5) for the first time ever — but it will be the same in an...
article Animal torture allegations draw bill that would end dog racing in U.S., including Iowa (7/29/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would phase out pari-mutuel greyhound racing nationwide was introduced Wednesday in Congress, days after reports that live jackrabbits...
article Group alleges greyhounds being trained with live rabbits (7/29/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Two U.S. representatives introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban greyhound racing nationwide, after an advocacy group released videos...
article Chippewa Downs salvages racing season amid COVID setbacks (7/29/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The races will go on this summer, at least for now, at Chippewa Downs. The pandemic created setbacks for this year, but supporters managed to persuade...
article An American Original: John Morrissey was the unlikely founder of thoroughbred racing at Saratoga and one of the sport’s most infamous characters (7/29/2020)
(New York) -- Of all the longshots to achieve improbable glory in the storied history of American thoroughbred racing, there is arguably no more astonishing rags-to-...
article Greyhound group finds dogs at Southland trained on live animals (7/27/2020)
(Arkansas) -- Live-lure training is the practice of training greyhounds for the racetrack with live animals, typically jackrabbits. It’s a barbaric practice in...
article NYSDOL stating Tioga Downs Racetrack permanently closing Oct. 1 (7/16/2020)
(New York) -- The New York State Department of Labor announced that Tioga Downs will be closing their racetrack on October 1 due to “unforeseeable business circumstances...
article Column: Del Mar track opens minus fans in stands, fanfare (7/11/2020)
(California) -- The racehorses were there, prepped, fired up and ready to go, but a major component was missing from Del Mar’s opening day Friday —...
article Travel Time: The Poconos Are Back In Business (7/6/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Only two weeks after a glorious late February weekend spent in the Pocono Mountains, relaxing at Lake Harmony’s Split Rock Resort, the world...

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