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  • Thursday December 06

    Long time Oaklawn track announcer, Terry Wallace, has died at the age of 74

    • From: THV11

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Terry Wallace, Oaklawn Park’s track announcer for 37 years, has died following a lengthy illness. Wallace, known as “The Voice of Oaklawn” for decades, began calling races at the Hot Springs track in 1975 and called a record 20,191 consecutive races before ending his streak Jan. 28, 2011. He stepped down as announcer following the 2011 season, but remained a popular ambassador for the track until his retirement in 2017.

  • Wednesday December 05

    Ditka's Arlington Heights restaurant set to close this month

    • From: Daily Herald

    After four years, the Arlington Heights Ditka's restaurant next to Arlington International Racecourse is set to shut its doors by the end of the month, village officials confirmed. The impending closure comes just months after the restaurant started to cut back its hours, which triggered liquor service to be cut off for weeks at the off-track betting parlor that shares the building with Ditka's.

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  • Wednesday December 05

    Hoosier Park: Racing dates approved for 2019

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 2019 racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2019 racing season will be conducted Friday, March 29 through Saturday, Nov. 9. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s 26th season of live harness racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

  • Tuesday December 04

    Kentucky Derby 2019 Scouting Report: Central Division

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Early on the trail, the 2019 Kentucky Derby hopefuls hailing from the Midwest have starred at Churchill Downs and Keeneland. Most of those horses are on the move South for the winter to destinations like Oaklawn Park, Fair Grounds and various Florida training centers.

  • Tuesday December 04

    Keeneland catalogs 1555 for January sale

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    Keeneland has cataloged 1,555 horses for its January horses of all ages sale, set for Jan. 7-10 in Lexington, Ky. The catalog comprises 701 broodmares and broodmare prospects, 597 yearlings, 252 horses of racing age, and 5 stallions. Supplementary entries are being accepted.

  • Monday December 03

    Harness: HRMC makes recommendations on two therapeutic medications

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    In May 2018, through the U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors Medication Subcommittee, the USTA established the Harness Racing Medication Collaborative to develop reliable, consistent medication regulations for application specifically to harness racing. On Wednesday (Nov. 28), the HRMC distributed usage recommendations supported with position papers for thresholds and withdrawal times on two therapeutic medications, clenbuterol and betamethasone, to 16 state regulatory agencies.

  • Friday November 30

    Three races upgraded to Grade 1 status, six downgraded for 2019

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association presented Friday its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2019, the results of its annual grading session. The committee reviewed 807 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned Graded status to 450 of them, five fewer than were graded in 2018, and Listed status to 187 races. Seven Graded races were upgraded; nine new Grade 3 races and one Grade 2 race were named; 23 new Listed races were upgraded from non-Listed Black Type status. Ten races which carried Graded or Listed status in 2018 are no longer eligible for grading.

  • Friday November 30

    Purses See Significant Jump During Churchill Downs Fall Meet

    • From: Paulick Report

    The recently-concluded Fall Meet at Churchill Downs distributed record prize money for horsemen and delivered a great deal of substance for horseplayers as numerous memorable moments were produced during the historic Louisville racetrack's action-packed, four-week stand.

  • Friday November 30

    Fantasy Sports bills clear Michigan State House

    • From: WKZO

    Representative Brandt Iden of Oshtemo insists that laying down money on Fantasy Sports teams is not gambling. The Lame Duck House has approved two of his bills. One would exempt operations like FanDuel and DraftKings from prohibitions against gambling, and the other bill assigns oversight for the leagues to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, which oversees casinos, horse tracks and other gambling operations to maintain their fairness.

  • Thursday November 29

    Buyer still wants Sports Creek Raceway as December deadline looms

    • From: Michigan Live

    The company that wants to bring thoroughbred horse racing back to Michigan has just two days to meet the first deadline set by state regulators. Although the company has until Dec. 28 to produce some of the information, it was given only until Saturday, Dec. 1, to show proof that it has a lease, contract or agreement to use the track. Sports Creek has been closed for nearly four years. AmRace principal Nelson Clemmens said his company remains committed to the Sports Creek project, but closing a deal to purchase the property has taken longer than expected.

  • Thursday November 29

    More stallion power for Indiana

    • From: Harnesslink

    With the harness racing breeding season just around the corner, 14 new stallions have been registered with the Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Program’s lucrative sire program.

  • Tuesday November 27

    Family Foundation appeals ruling on machines at horse tracks

    • From: The Eagle Post

    A long-running dispute over the legality of slot-like “instant racing” machines found at Kentucky racetracks may soon wind its way back to the state Supreme Court. The conservative Kentucky Family Foundation is appealing Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s ruling last month that the machines don’t violate the state’s gambling laws. On Monday, the Family Foundation filed a request for the case to be transferred directly to the state's high court.

  • Tuesday November 27

    Our View: Slow for boats, but bets bring big bucks for state

    • From: Journal Standard

    The [Wagering in Illinois] report says adding casinos in Chicago, Rockford and four other locales, adding three racetrack casinos and adding more gaming positions at existing casinos would increase overall revenues by $1 billion, but would increase tax revenues by about $75 million because the "expansion would coincide with a reduced tax structure." "The state could have a large expansion of gambling, but yet have little new tax revenues to show for it," the report said.

  • Sunday November 25

    Field closes at 6-5 in Pool 1 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

    • From: Daily Racing Form

    The mutuel field, the 24th or “all others” option, closed as usual as a decisive favorite in Pool 1 of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which closed Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern after a four-day wagering window.

  • Wednesday November 21

    Juvenile Two-Three Head Strong KJC

    • From: Thoroughbred Daily News

    Though Game Winner (Candy Ride {Arg}) proved best as a heavy favorite in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, a handful of longshots followed him home, and two of those, the second and third finishers, return in a competitive renewal of the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. Saturday at Churchill Downs.

  • Tuesday November 20

    Indiana Stallion Roster Grows Heading Into 2019 Breeding Season

    • From: Paulick Report

    New stallions to the Indiana Thoroughbred Breed Development Program are making headlines already, with breeding season just months away. Grade 1 winner I Want Revenge is now calling the Indiana Stallion Station in Anderson, Ind., home. Purchased by Jeff and Suzy Jeans from the November Keeneland Sale earlier this month, the Stephen Got Even stallion brings some fresh bloodlines to the state. The Wood Memorial winner was the morning line favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby before he was scratched the morning of the race. He earned a 113 Beyer in his win in the G3 Gotham Stakes in 2009.

  • Tuesday November 20

    Kentucky racing circuit shifts to Turfway Park next week

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    Kentucky’s year round Thoroughbred racing circuit makes its annual stop at Turfway Park beginning Wednesday, Nov. 28, the start of the Northern Kentucky track’s 43rd holiday meet. Turfway will offer eight races nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, with first post at 6:10 p.m. ET. Racing is also scheduled for New Year’s Eve, a Monday, with post time at 1:10 p.m.

  • Monday November 19

    Canterbury Park names Johnnie Jamison track superintendent

    • From: Shakopee Valley News

    Canterbury Park racing officials announced Johnnie Jamison has been hired as track superintendent. Currently track superintendent at Sunland Park in New Mexico, Jamison brings more than 40 years of experience to the Shakopee racetrack. He has held similar roles at multiple racetracks in Texas, New Mexico, and Indiana and served as track superintendent for Palm Meadows and general superintendent for The Stronach Group's track surfaces in Florida.

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