Simulcast Conference Info and Registration Form available HERE

Pletcher Continues to Lead Trainers’ Standings

August 18, 2014 – Todd Pletcher, who won the $600,000 Alabama Stakes with Repole Stables’ Stopchargingmaria at Saratoga Saturday, continues to dominate the North American trainer standings with $15,965,321 in 2014 purse earnings. Jerry Hollendorfer is second with $7,829,765 and Steve Asmussen is third with $7,571,725.

California Chrome leads with leads the equine standings with $3,317,800. Toast of New York is second with $1,235,000 and Palace Malice third with $1,195,000.

Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $16,248,213.

Joel Rosario is second with $13,535,792 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $11,568,276.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from all international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races.

For a listing of the weekly leaders for horses, trainers, and jockeys through August 17, 2014, click here.
2014 Simulcast Conference Set for Delray Beach, Florida

March 6, 2014 -  The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) has announced Delray Beach, Fla., as the host city for the 22nd annual International Simulcast Conference. The 2014 conference will be held at the Delray Beach Marriott, Sept. 29—Oct. 1.

The TRA co-sponsors the annual event with the Harness Tracks of America (HTA), in conjunction with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA).

Each year the conference attracts more than 250 racing executives and personnel to address the topics of chief importance to the pari-mutuel industry, including simulcasting, account wagering, wagering security and technology.

The Delray Beach Marriott is located at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, overlooking the sandy beaches of Florida’s Gold Coast, and is an easy walk to a wide variety of restaurants, bistros, outdoor cafes and nightlife. Delray Beach is an easy drive to either the Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach airports. A special conference room rate of $149 per night will be offered.  Information will be posted HERE as it becomes available.

Notable News:

And He’s Off: A Track Legend Calls It a Career
Tom Durkin, the Voice of New York Horse Racing, Retires

By JOE DRAPE AUG. 31, 2014
New York Times

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — It was noon, and Tom Durkin was marking up his program with pastel colors for a final time, matching a kaleidoscope of jockey silks to the appropriate horses in each race. His binoculars were within arm’s reach, as was the coat hanger with a makeshift clipboard that holds his program and hangs around his neck as the thoroughbreds he describes make their way around the racetrack.

No matter how crude or simple, these are instruments of a track announcer, and over the last 43 years, no one has coaxed a more beautiful symphony from them than Durkin. In his hands, they are transformed into a Stradivarius violin, and a two-minute horse race becomes a deeply felt movement of sweeping emotion and hard-earned triumph.

Durkin, 63, has lent his mellifluous baritone voice and his vivid imagination to more than 80,000 races run at county fairs in Wisconsin and harness tracks in Illinois, as well as to the most famous race in America, the Kentucky Derby. For the last 25 years, he has been not only the voice of New York racing, but on telecasts of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races, he has provided the real-time oral history of modern thoroughbred racing.

On Sunday, after the 10th race here at the oldest racetrack in the United States, Durkin walked out of the cramped, splintered crow’s nest that is his office and into the uncertain life of a retiree. His last call of the 123rd running of the Spinaway Stakes was, of course, a beauty, mustering all his showmanship to brighten a bittersweet afternoon punctuated by showers.  

Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:

In January 1946, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) was incorporated as a private investigative agency whose principal mission was to address issues of integrity and security in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRA, TRPB represents a unified effort by TRA-member racetrack associations to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain public confidence.

2014 Industry Events:
  Event Date
* TRA-HTA-AGTOA International Simulcast Conference
Delray Beach Marriott - Delray Beach, FL
September 29-October 1, 2014
www.tra-online.com
* AAEP Annual Convention
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
December 6-10, 2014
http://www.aaep.org/
* Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming
Westin La Paloma Resort - Tucson, AZ
December 8-11, 2014
http://www.ua-rtip.org/
Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship

The Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship, begun in 1956, originally was named in honor of the late Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alumnus and one of the best known sports writers of the 20th century. In 1986, the name was changed to also honor the late Fred Russell, another Vanderbilt alumnus who helped guide the scholarship and its recipients. A $500,000 grant was made on behalf of the TRA in 1986 to ensure the future of this valuable stipend. Click here for a list of previous winners.

The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Undergraduate Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615)322-3591 or email scholarships@vanderbilt.edu.

Equibase:

Equibase Company LLC is the race data provider for the Thoroughbred racing industry in North America, charting every Thoroughbred race run in the United States and Canada and disseminating the information throughout the vast international network of simulcast wagering.

Subsidiaries of the TRA and The Jockey Club formed Equibase in a 1990 partnership to accumulate the racing data necessary for the unfettered growth of simulcast wagering. Prior to that time, the Daily Racing Form had been the sole collector of chart data and the dissemination of past performance information.

Recognizing the broadest possible availability of race data in daily racing programs was integral to the growth of simulcasting revenues for the tracks, the TRA found The Jockey Club a capable and eager partner in undertaking the technological and logistical issues association with building a data information company.

With the advent of the internet to general consumer use in the mid-Nineties, Equibase quickly found itself well-positioned to enter and serve the fast-growing world of electronic commerce.

Equibase is the sole owner of TrackMaster, whose line of direct-to-consumer products include a wide variety of  handicapping and selection tools for all types of bettors.  

Click here for a listing of Equibase officers and management committee.

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