• Saturday January 25

    Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021

    • From: Crain's Detroit Business

    Sports bettors should be able to place wagers in person at casinos this spring but will wait until 2021 to do so online, Michigan's regulatory agency said Wednesday. Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, gave the update about a month after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed laws legalizing internet gambling and sports betting. Bean estimated it will take a year to write and finalize rules so three commercial casinos in Detroit and 24 tribal casinos can obtain mobile sports bettor operating licenses. Regulations for online gambling and daily fantasy sports sites will also take about a year.

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  • Saturday January 25

    Oaklawn's new season gives horsemen a thrill

    • From: Arkansas Democrat Gazette

    Opening days at racetracks are somewhat routine for horsemen, but most are as excited as racing fans to finally see their handiwork on display. That seems particularly true at Oaklawn. Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort began its 2020 season with a nine-race card for an estimated crowd of 20,000, which was highlighted by Gold Street's victory in the Smarty Jones Stakes on Friday. It was the first of a three-day opening stretch packed with high-dollar races, including two stakes races today.

  • Thursday January 23

    Fonner Park defends historical horse racing as state turns to court to…

    • From: NTV

    The future of horse racing in Nebraska may be decided in a courtroom as Fonner Park makes the case for a new way to wager, while the state attempts to stop them. “There's no doubt the attorney general threw a monkey wrench into things,” said Chris Kotulak, Fonner Park CEO. Doug Peterson is suing the track and the Racing Commission that authorized Fonner to install historical horse racing machines, a new way to wager on old races.

  • Wednesday January 22

    Nebraska attorney general asks court to stop installation of historic horse racing…

    • From: Omaha World-Herald

    Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has asked a district court in Lincoln to pull the plug on the installation of historical racing terminals at Grand Island’s Fonner Park racetrack, the fourth time in eight years state officials have acted to stop the gambling machines.

  • Tuesday January 21

    No Budge in Arlington Park Contract Stalemate

    • From: Thoroughbred Daily News
    Purse contract negotiations between the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (ITHA) and Arlington Park remain deadlocked three weeks after missing a state-mandated deadline to have one in place for the 2020 meet. IRB chairman Jeffrey Brincat did underscore on Tuesday that the horsemen and Arlington are both now considered to be in violation of a portion of the Illinois Gaming Act that passed last June, with “both potentially subject to remedies…including monetary fines for both parties.”
  • Tuesday January 21

    Tickets for Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on sale March 9

    • From: LEX18

    Tickets for the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championship at Keeneland Race Course will go on sale March 9, officials announced Tuesday morning. The event, among Thoroughbred horse racing's top competitions, will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7.

  • Tuesday January 21

    Arlington Heights Mayor Remains Hopeful Historic Illinois Track Stays Open Even as…

    • From: Casino.org

    Mayor Tom Hayes has been a city official in the Chicago suburb for nearly 30 years, and he said talk of a possible closure of the town’s track is nothing new. “There’s been a concern almost every year about the track closing and things tend to work themselves out,” he told Casino.org on Monday evening. “So, I’m very hopeful that they’re going to work themselves out for everybody’s benefit again this year.” On Tuesday afternoon, members of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and officials from the track, owned by Churchill Downs Inc., will be meeting with the Illinois Racing Board (IRB) in Chicago. The two parties were supposed to have a contract in place by the start of the year regarding purses for the 2020 meet, which begins in May.

  • Tuesday January 21

    Facing uncertainty, Arlington Park releases 2020 stakes schedule

    • From: Horse Racing Nation

    As negotiations between horsemen and Arlington Park's owner, Churchill Downs Inc., continue, a potentially positive development for racing's future in the Chicago area arrived late Monday. Arlington's racing department announced the 2020 stakes schedule to be led by the Aug. 15 Arlington Million (G1) card, which anchors an 18-race added-money slate worth $3.65 million.

  • Monday January 20

    Four horses euthanized after races at New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course

    • From: WGNO

    Four horses were euthanized after racing at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course within the last six racing days (ten calendar days).

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  • Sunday January 19

    National Horsemens Group Speaks Out Against Proposed Drug Reforms for Racing

    • From: casino.org

    In a video posted on social media, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) reiterated it opposes efforts to ban race-day medications for horses as well as an initiative that would create a private, independent panel to oversee drug testing on thoroughbreds, standardbreds, and quarter horses nationwide. Those are the main tenets of the Horseracing Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by US Reps. Paul Tonko (D-New York) and Andy Barr (R-Kentucky) in the House and US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Martha McSally in the Senate.

  • Sunday January 19

    Another racehorse dies at Santa Anita, bringing total to three horses in…

    • From: Los Angeles Times

    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 gelding, collided with an unidentified other horse while training. The second horse appeared to be uninjured. Tikkum Olam was euthanized from undisclosed injuries. So far, Santa Anita has had five deaths since Dec. 26, the scheduled start of the season.

  • Sunday January 19

    WATCH: Ever-changing Oaklawn adopts 2020 vision

    • From: The Sentinel-Record

    As anyone driving in the 2700 block of Central Avenue can attest, a lot can happen between racing seasons at Oaklawn Park. Anyone who still calls it a sleepy little track in Arkansas hasn't been keeping up. Those Rip Van Winkles are behind the times and could get left at the starting gate when the 120th season of live racing in Hot Springs begins this week. The track's longest winter-and-spring dates last year prompted the advertising slogan, "Stay Until May." One tag line this year is "A New Level of Excitement," representing the expansion of a former gaming center to become a full-fledged casino with further amenities ahead. "Pardon Our Construction" reflects all the changes in almost eight months since the last live race at the track.