American Pharoah Victorious in Preakness; Eyes Triple Crown Sweep

May 18, 2015  – American Pharoah added Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes to his Kentucky Derby triumph to raise his 2015 earnings to $3,368,800 and keep alive his quest to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

The 3-year-old Pioneerof the Nile colt has become North America’s top money winner for trainer Bob Baffert, jockey Victor Espinoza and owner/breeder Ahmed Zayat.

California Chrome is second with $2,100,000 and Secret Circle is third with $1,240,000.

Todd Pletcher surpassed the $9 million mark in earnings and maintains his position atop the trainers’ standings with $9,442,130.

Baffert is second with $8,671,009 and Jerry Hollendorfer is third with $4,722,766.

Espinoza retains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with a total of $9,921,952. Javier Castellano is second with $7,841,718 and John Velazquez is third with $6,573,773.

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 May 17, 2015, click here.
Notable News:

Thoroughbred racing could return to Suffolk Downs on July 11

By Sean P. Murphy
Boston Globe
May 20, 2015

Suffolk Downs is asking for state approval to bring back thoroughbred horse racing to the East Boston track for the first time this year on July 11.

If the proposal is approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Suffolk Downs would feature racing on only two other days in 2015: Aug. 8 and Sept. 5.

The commission would need to approve the use of $1.2 million collected from casinos to fund the cash prizes paid to a winning horse’s owner, trainer, and jockey.

“The funds are essential for our ability to have racing this year,” Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs chief operating officer, wrote in a May 14 letter to the commission.

The request for purse money is being made in conjunction with a request for $225,000 to pay the annual expenses of the New England Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which represents about 900 horse owners and trainers. The track owners also asked for $325,000 to fund the search for a new site for a track.

The gaming commission has collected more than $5 million in licensing fees from casino developers in Springfield, Everett, and Plainville for a fund that supports the horse racing industry. This fund, stipulated by the 2011 casino law, is sure to grow as casinos open and begin contributing a percentage of their revenues.

Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:

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Upcoming Industry Events:
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* Pan American Conference
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June 3-6, 2015
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Belmont Park, NY
June 6, 2015
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* Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, KY
July 8, 2015
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October 5-7, 2015
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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.

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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.  

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