Nebraska live horse racing
increases for first time in decades
By Nicholas Bergin
Lincoln Journal Star
November 23, 2015
For the first time in years, Nebraska horse tracks in 2016 are expected to host
more live race days than they did the prior year.
Nebraska horse racing has been on a steady decline since peaking in 1988 when
there were 233 racing days and $214.6 million wagered ($474.3 million in today’s
For the past three years, the state has hosted 51 days of live racing each year.
In 2014, the tracks generated $7.1 million in wagers on instate races and $60.9
million in bets placed on live interstate race simulcasts, which the state
approved in 1987.
The state’s five horse tracks plan to host 53 days next year, as approved by the
Nebraska State Racing Commission on Monday at a meeting in Lincoln.
The two extra days will be at Horsemen’s Park in Omaha, which plans five days of
events, averaging five live races a day, on May 20-22 and July 29-30.
Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:
In January 1946, the
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 associations
to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business
interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain
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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.
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
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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
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