Simulcast Conference Info and Registration Form available HERE

Castellano Over $19 Million Mark

September 15, 2014 – Javier Castellano, North America’s leading jockey, went over the $19 million purses earned threshold last week and continued to lead the jockeys’ standings with $19,095,982. Joel Rosario is second with $15,689,134 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $13,573,864.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, scheduled to make his first start since the Triple Crown at Parx Saturday in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, leads the equine standings with $3,317,800. Toast of New York is second with $1,435,000 and Wicked Strong is third with $1,361,610.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainers’ standings with $17,468,454.

Jerry Hollendorfer is second with $9,213,619 and Steve Asmussen is third with $8,605,833.

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 September 14, 2014, click here.
Simulcast Conference Deadline Approaching
 “Is Racing Keeping Pace with Technology” will be the theme of the 22nd annual International Simulcast Conference in Delray Beach, Fla., on Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The conference, which will be held at the Marriott Delray Beach, will feature presentations and discussions on available technology and how it can be used to the benefit or detriment of pari-mutuel racing.

As technology continuously exercises increased impact on consumer trends, conference sessions will be devoted to the influence of technology from a competitive perspective, in enhancing the viewing and wagering experience, and what response technology may require for the industry to stay current with consumer demands.

Among the areas to be discussed:
• Mobile device use on-track
• High definition production and home delivery
• Fan and bettor experience
The International Simulcast Conference is co-sponsored by the TRA and Harness Tracks of America, in association with the American Greyhound Track Operators Association.

Conference attendance requires registration with the TRA. Hotel rooms are still available and reservations may be made by calling the Marriott Delray Beach at 561-274-3200 and requesting the “International Simulcast Conference” block.

Conference registration deadline is September 19. (REQUIRED)

See the links above for hotel and conference registration.

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:

Kentucky Downs crushes single-day handle record

09/15/2014 1:44PM
By Marty McGee
Daily Racing Form

FRANKLIN, Ky. – Dick Downey is a Bowling Green magistrate and racing blogger who makes a habit of attending the races at Kentucky Downs whenever possible. Downey periodically monitored a colorful ontrack scene Saturday, the biggest day of the annual September meet, and kept saying the same thing.

“They’ve got a really nice crowd today,” he said.

While Instant Racing machines whirred indoors, perhaps a couple thousand fans (admission is free and not tallied) milled about the spacious grounds in cool late-summer weather while clearly enjoying a 10-race card that culminated with four straight stakes. Patiently abiding long lines at the 12 outdoor mutuel windows (plus a handful of self-service terminals), those fans were just the tip of a betting iceberg, as off-site wagering helped shatter the Kentucky Downs single-day handle record with an all-sources total of $4,253,567.

“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Kentucky Downs publicist C.J. Johnsen. “It shows how customers will respond when you give them a product they want.”

For comparison, the Kentucky Downs handle Saturday surpassed that at Churchill Downs ($3.1 million) and the Thoroughbred card at Los Alamitos ($3.9 million). The former Kentucky Downs handle record was set on closing day last year, a Wednesday when $3,371,476 was wagered on a 13-race card.
  

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.

 

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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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