Simulcast Conference 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:

Calder adds poker lounge, other August promotions

By Nick Sortal
South Florida.com
10:39 a.m. EDT, August 18, 2014

In a month that already includes the conclusion to the TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament, a Ford Escape giveaway, and a flyaway trip to Live with Kelly & Michael, Calder has announced the opening of a new video poker lounge with over 20 games.

The lounge is located near the south casino entrance and features wall-to-wall flat screens, comfortable seating, and the latest video poker games, including Ultimate X, Super Times Pay, Five Star Poker, Hyper Bonus Poker and more. That's the area that used to be the Studz Poker Club in recent months.

In the TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament series, Calder is giving away one national event entry to the player with the highest cumulative score on Friday, August 22. After the top scorer gets the instant entry, the next 399 players will return on Saturday, August 23, to play for the final spot. The $500,000 TournEvent of Champions Slot Tournament Finals will be held on October 1 at the Wynn Las Vegas. Each finalist from Calder will receive a four-night stay for two, round-trip airfare credit, plus their tournament entry for a shot at the $200,000 top prize.

Meanwhile, the casino gives away a 2014 Ford Escape on Friday, August 29. Slot players can earn entries all day with every 10 points, and can also earn bonus entries on Thursday, August 28. Drawings will be held on Friday, August 29 from 7:30 p.m.- 10 p.m. with a bonus drawing at 10:30 p.m. for $1,000 Free Play.

Calder will also send one lucky Players Club member and a guest on a four-day, three-night trip to New York to see a live taping of LIVE with Kelly & Michael valued at over $3,000. Guests get a free entry daily in August, and receive two entries every Wednesday. The drawing will be held on Saturday, August 30 at 9 p.m. 

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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