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‘Horse Racing Roulette’ to Debut at Santa Anita

The Las Vegas and casino gambling staple roulette will take on a new form beginning with Santa Anita's Winter Meet opening day Wednesday, Dec. 26, as Horse Racing Roulette will debut as a win-only wager available in all opening day races which have fields of six or more horses. The game, which will have the identical 15.43% takeout as regular win wagers at Santa Anita, will work by having horses designated into one of three groups, Red, Black or Green and payoffs will be made according to the "color" of...

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Handle Up During Golden Gate Fall Meet

Golden Gate Fields concluded its 2018 fall meet Dec. 9 with a 19% year-to-year gain in all sources pari-mutuel handle over the course of 30 racing days. Increases in out of state wagering and off-track betting helped contribute to a total fall meet handle of $99.7 million, well above the $83.6 million wagered in 2017. "We had another great meet," said Golden Gate Fields Vice President and General Manager David Duggan. "We, first and foremost, greatly appreciate the support of our loyal fans and horseplayers. Additionally, the horsemen have been...

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Something Awesome Possible for Pegasus

Stronach homebred Something Awesome (Awesome Again) is under consideration for Gulfstream's GI Pegasus World Cup Jan. 26. The 7-year-old gelding won this year's GIII General George S. and GII Charles Town Classic. "Something Awesome is training really well. I've got him back the way I expected him to come back. He's gone through a lot of things, but he's ready," trainer Jose Corrales said. "I don't call those shots, but I'd love to run him in the Pegasus and I think he's ready for that competition." Finishing last as the...

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TRF Announces $50K Gift Match Challenge for Annual Hay Drive

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) has secured a $50,000 matching gift from the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation (GHF) for its 2018 Hay Drive. The GHF will match every gift received by the TRF up to $50,000 for its Hay Drive campaign through the end of 2018. The TRF's goal for the 2018 Hay Drive is $250,000 to cover the cost of hay for the 700 horses in their care throughout the winter of 2018-2019. "We are grateful to the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation for this generous gift and the leadership...

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Hammond, Burnham Named to Hall of Fame’s Media Honor Roll

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning broadcaster Tom Hammond and the late Eclipse Award-winning cinematographer Joe Burnham have been selected to the National Museum of Racing's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor, the museum announced Tuesday. Hammond, one of television's most respected and versatile talents, began his racing coverage with NBC Sports in 1984 and was the network's main racing host until 2017. Hammond's horse racing coverage has included the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, as well as Summer at Saratoga and the Breeders' Cup. He has also called figure skating, college...

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Cohen Named Comeback Jockey of the Year

David Cohen--who is enjoying a banner season after resuming his promising riding career following an injury-induced hiatus spanning almost four years--is the recipient of JockeyTalk360.com's Comeback Jockey of the Year Award, presented by Red Brand Fence. Cohen will receive the award during the Jockeys' Guild Assembly luncheon Tuesday at Top Golf located adjacent to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Irad Ortiz will be honored as JockeyTalk360 Turf Jockey of the Year and Drayden Van Dyke will be recognized as JockeyTalk360 Breakthrough Jockey of the Year. The JockeyTalk360 awards are...

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Who’s Horse of the Year: John Pricci

If you want to put a gun to my head, I think I am going to vote for Justify, but with reservations. There is the brevity of his career, two of the tracks that he won over were a little gimmicky and the class of the horse he beat wasn't much. I'm not one of those people who always knock the 3-year-old crop, but you couldn't help but notice how little this group, outside of Justify, accomplished. It turns out that there was no depth in the Triple Crown races....

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Bill for $10M Annual Monmouth Purse Subsidy Advances

After clearing a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Monday by a 13-0 vote, a New Jersey bill that would guarantee a five-year, $10 million annual purse subsidy for Monmouth Park could be up for a full Senate vote as early as Dec. 17. In addition, the State Assembly and Governor Phil Murphy still have to approve SB 2992 before it becomes law. The proposed bill would authorize the New Jersey Racing Commission to split a $20 million annual allocation from the state's general fund equally between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred...

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Patient, Pragmatic Approach Paying Off for Dalos

Toronto-based Ivan Dalos, who exclusively races homebreds and campaigns a stable of 32 primarily at Woodbine Racetrack, is quietly putting together a career year as an owner/breeder. Entering the final week of racing at his hometown track, Dalos has won a personal best 23 races from 104 starts in 2018, and has averaged nearly $1.2 million in earnings in each of the past five seasons. Dalos, a construction executive whose company specializes in flooring, has bred Thoroughbreds under the banner of Tall Oaks Farm for the past four decades. He...

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Q&A: Todd Pletcher Talks Gulfstream

A well-established fixture in the lead up to the Triple Crown, trainer Todd Pletcher is attempting to secure a record 16th training title during Gulfstream Park's 2018-2019 championship meeting, while diligently working to unearth another jewel who can join his roster of five prior Classic victories. As recently as 2017, the seven-time Eclipse Award winning trainer employed his South Florida base of Palm Beach Downs as a launching pad for a pair of Classic wins: Always Dreaming (Bodemeister; GI Kentucky Derby) and Tapwrit (Tapit; GI Belmont S.). The TDN caught...

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