June 24, 2016 - OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award
honoring the racing industry’s best simulcast production to be presented at the
24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New
Orleans, La. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, August 11.
The International Simulcast Conference is co-sponsored by the Thoroughbred
Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America.
The award honors the best simulcast presentation by a host site and is open to
all pari-mutuel breeds. The simulcast entry will be judged on technical merit,
quality and timeliness of racing and wagering information dissemination, as well
as overall appeal.
The winner will be announced at the conference, which runs Sept. 26-28 at
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel.
Entries for the award must be no more than 30 minutes in length and contain one
complete race presentation, including pre-race features and graphics, the race
itself, and any post-race replays and/or wrap-ups. Entries must have been part
of a normal simulcast program and not a collection of highlights or features and
have aired after August 17, 2015.
Tracks may submit a “marquee” race but will not be given special consideration
for singular production components utilized only for that day. This award is
meant to recognize the track which day-in, day-out consistently produces the
premier simulcast feed.
To enter, six copies in DVD format should be sent to TRA, 420 Fair Hill Drive,
Suite 1, Elkton, MD 21921, Attn. Jane Murray, along with a letter of entry
detailing the contact name for the entry and the date the program aired. All
entries must be received by Thursday, August 11, 2016.
Last year, Santa Anita won the award for the third time, having previously won
in 2000 and 2001. Other previous winners include Churchill Downs (1997), Del Mar
Thoroughbred Club (2005), Hollywood Park (2002), Keeneland (2003, 2008-9,
2011-2014), Los Alamitos (2007), Penn National (1999), Turfway Park (1998), and
Woodbine (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012)
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
||Welfare and Safety of the
Racehorse Summit VII
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington,
|June 28, 2016
||TRA-HTA International Simulcast
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and
Casino, New Orleans, LA
|September 26-28, 2016
||American Association of
Equine Practitioners Convention
Orange County Convention Center,
|December 3-7, 2016
||Global Symposium on Racing &
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort,
|December 5-7, 2016
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale
|January 21, 2017
||Pan American Conference
|May 17-20, 2017
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.
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 Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309
West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or
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
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
more information about Equibase, and
for a listing of Equibase management committee and officers.