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Bayern Victorious in Pennsylvania Derby

September 22, 2014 – Bayern scored a 5 ¾ length victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing Saturday for owner Kaleem Shah, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia. The win put the 3-year-old Offlee Wild colt into third place on the list of this year’s leading North American Thoroughbreds with $1,639,680 in earnings.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, who finished sixth to Bayern, continues to lead the standings with $3,327,800. Untapable, who won the $1 million Cotillion Stakes, took over second with $1,708,600.

Javier Castellano maintains his position atop the jockeys’ standings with $19,354,255. Joel Rosario is second with $16,159,078 and Irad Ortiz, Jr. is third with $14,311,095.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainers’ standings with $17,653,573. Steve Asmussen, Untapable’s conditioner, moved into second with $9,497,583 and Jerry Hollendorfer dropped to third with $9,221,885.

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 September 21, 2014, click here.
2014 Simulcast Conference Set for Delray Beach, Florida

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.

Notable News:

Thoroughbred horse racing industry braces for closing of New England's last remaining track
End of line for thoroughbred racing in New England

By PHILIP MARCELO | Associated Press
Newser

BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk Downs, New England's last thoroughbred racing track which once hosted Seabiscuit and other premier horses of the day, is closing this year, a victim of changes in a gaming industry that now revolves around lotteries and casinos.

The 160-acre track, located just outside downtown Boston, had hoped to revive its sagging fortunes with a $1.1 billion Mohegan Sun casino project. But after the proposal was rejected last week, operators said they had no choice but to close the nearly 80-year-old track.

The live racing season ends Oct. 4. Betting on televised races — or simulcasts — will be offered until about December. It is a blow to the local racing industry and, to some, the end of an era for Boston.

"It was a great, great part of the sports tradition we had here," says Anthony Spadea, who, as president of the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, remains optimistic that state leaders will find a way to preserve thoroughbred racing in the state, perhaps on a smaller scale. "Now, there's so much competition for the entertainment dollar."

As word of the track's likely closing spread in recent days, first-time visitors have been stopping by.
  

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.

 

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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.  

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