California Chrome on Derby Trail; Castellano Over $5 Million Mark

April 7, 2014 –  California Chrome is now a probable Kentucky Derby starter after his victory in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita. The Art Sherman-trainee is now 3-for-3 this year and boosted his current year earnings to $920,000 to take the lead on the list of this year’s leading money-winning Thoroughbreds in North America.

Vicar’s in Trouble is second with $760,000 and Constitution is third with $649,350.

Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $5,200,421. Mike Smith is second with $4,402,082 and Joel Rosario, who also rode Room Service to victory via dead heat in the $500,000 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Saturday, moved into third with $3,888,180.

Victor Espinoza, California Chrome’s rider, cracked the top 10 and moved into eighth place with $2,870,878. Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainers’ standings with $6,485,504. Bob Baffert moved into second with $3,503,690 and Jerry Hollendorfer dropped to third with $3,463,688.

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 April 6, 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:

Del Mar's TVG Pacific Classic set for NBC
Part of Breeders' Cup Win And You're In series, Del Mar's $1 million race to air on NBC in August

By Ed Zieralski7:59 a.m.April 21, 2014
San Diego Union Tribune

— Del Mar’s TVG Pacific Classic, the summer meeting’s prestigious Grade I, $1 million race, will be part of NBC’s new televised series of 18 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series of races this year.

As part of the Win and You’re In program, the winner of the TVG Pacific Classic will automatically qualify for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Del Mar is one of three racetracks expected to receive a future Breeders’ Cup bid along with Keeneland and Santa Anita, according to industry sources. The rotation is expected to be announced soon, and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President and CEO Joe Harper said this is another step in the process of securing a future Breeders’ Cup, possibly as soon as 2015 or 2016. Harper said showcasing the Pacific Classic on NBC will give Del Mar’s signature race more national exposure.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President and CEO Joe Harper said the partnership with the Breeders’ Cup will help give the TVG Pacific Classic more national exposure.

“Del Mar is always delighted to partner with the folks from the Breeders’ Cup,” Harper said. “The TVG Pacific Classic is the showcase race of our season and what better way for us to showcase it to the nation than through the Breeders’ Cup and the NBC Sports Group.”

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will feature 18 Win And You’re In races with more than $13 million in purses and awards. They’ll be broadcast on 11 shows on NBC and NBCSN with the winners qualifying for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, which will host the Breeders’ Cup for the third straight year this year.

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
* Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs
May 3, 2014
www.kyderby.com
* Preakness
Pimlico Race Course
May 17, 2014
www.preakness.com
* Belmont
Belmont Park
June 7, 2014
www.belmontstakes.com
* Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit V
Keeneland Sales Pavilion - Lexington, KY
July 8-9, 2014
www.jockeyclub.com
* 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 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. The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to students with special interest and potential in the field of sports writing.   Click here for a list of previous winners.

The deadline for applying is January 1 each year. High school seniors may obtain a scholarship application form and further information from: Coordinator of Special Scholarships, Undergraduate Admission, Vanderbilt University, 2305 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1727; (615) 322-2561.

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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