California Chrome Victorious in Hollywood Derby

December 1 –  Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome was successful in his first start on turf when he won the $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Saturday. The 3-year-old Lucky Pulpit colt has current year earnings of $4,007,800 and remains in second place on the list of this year’s leading money-winning Thoroughbreds in North America.

Bayern leads the equine standings with $4,389,680. Untapable is third with $2,808,600.

Javier Castellano maintained his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $24,441,744. Joel Rosario is second with $21,290,383 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $19,316,472.

Todd Pletcher continues to dominate the trainers’ money standings with $21,648,731. Chad Brown is second with $15,183,602 and Bob Baffert is third with $13,637,221.

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 November 30, 2014, click here.
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New York Panel Announces Winning Casino Bids

By Tom Precious
December 17, 2014 3:23 PM
The Blood-Horse

New York state, in its greatest expansion of gambling, has selected three winning bidders to operate full commercial casinos in separate areas of the state but rejected proposals by Genting Americas and Churchill Downs, Inc.

A panel of the state Gaming Commission Dec. 17 tapped ventures in the Catskills, Schenectady, and near Senenca Falls to become the first non-Indian, full-blown gambling halls in the state. They will offer real slot machines and table games such as poker.

While it was authorized to pick up to four casino development winners, the panel limited the selection to three.

The panel recommended a casino license be given to Montreign Resort Casino, to be called Adelaar (Dutch for "eagle"), on the grounds of the former storied Concord Hotel in Sullivan County in the Catskills. The project is a venture of Empire Resorts, which runs the nearby Monticello Casino & Raceway and EPR Properties. The development calls for an 18-story hotel and 86,000-square-foot casino gambling floor.

In the greater Albany area, the panel selected Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor, a Gelesi Group venture, located on former manufacturing land along the Mohawk River.

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