Santa Anita Wins Simulcast
October 7, 2015
ELKTON, MD— Santa Anita was declared the winner of this year’s Simulcast Award
at the 23rd annual International Simulcast Conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
The Arcadia, Calif. track previously won the award in 2000 and 2001.
The Simulcast Award honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack’s live
race product to its simulcast outlets. A panel of five judges selected the
winners as best among the 14 North American racetracks entered for
The judges cited Santa Anita’s readable presentation, packed with information
yet easy to read, along with its excellent display of results, payouts and
fractions. One judge said, “It was a pleasure to watch”, while another noted
that it was easy for newcomers to grasp and understand the data. Their multiple
camera shots with virtually unobstructed views of the starters were also cited.
The 14 track entries were the actual simulcast audio and video transmission of a
single race sent to wagering outlets. Each entry included the pre-race features,
odds, will-pays, commentaries, the actual running of the race, the results, and
post-race features. Santa Anita’s winning entry originally aired June 27, 2015.
The winning production had noteworthy competition from other vote-getting tracks
including Saratoga, Keeneland, Hoosier Park, Los Alamitos and Woodbine. Each
received first, second or third-place votes on several ballots.
Previous winners of the award are Churchill Downs (1997), Turfway Park (1998),
Penn National (1999), Santa Anita Park (2000-01), Hollywood Park (2002),
Keeneland (2003, 2008-9, 2011-4), Los Alamitos (2007), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
(2005), and Woodbine Entertainment Group (2004, 2006-7, 2010, 2012).
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