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Florida Senate Committee Passes Decoupling, ‘Purse Pool’ Legislation

Gambling legislation that would allow most Florida racetracks to shut down pari-mutuels and keep slot machines was approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday. The Florida Regulated Industries Committee passed SB7072, legislation brought about by Gov. Rick Scott’s compact with the Seminole Tribe, which operates seven casinos in the state. Separate legislation approving the compact […]

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Fair Grounds To Increase Overnight Purses 10 Percent

As a result of better than expected pari-mutuel handle and an increase in video poker revenue throughout the meet, Fair Grounds has announced a purse increase effective for the final 14 days of this racing season. Purses for the final 14 racing days will be increased by 10 percent per race. “I am happy to […]

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Breeders’ Cup Credited With Increases In Lexington Tourism Metrics For 2015

Lexington attracted double-digit growth in tourism in 2015 as a result of the Breeders’ Cup and increases in local food and beverage attractions, according to statistics released today from VisitLEX. In turn, national media attention also was focused on the community. “We are excited to report that 2015 was a very successful year for Lexington, […]

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Overnight Purses, Three Stakes Get Increases At Oaklawn

Effective Saturday, Oaklawn is increasing overnight purses by as much as $3,000 and three stakes by $50,000. For the first time in its 112 year history, Oaklawn is approaching an average daily purse distribution of $500,000 thanks in part to good weather and full fields that have attracted large on-track crowds and strong support from […]

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Back To Court: Fight Resumes To Legalize Sports Betting In New Jersey

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will rehear arguments in New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting in the state. USA Today reports that Theodore Olson, the former U.S. Solicitor General, will argue on behalf of the state of New Jersey. New Jersey has been attempting to legalize sports betting for close to four […]

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Scotland: Five Racecourses’ ‘United Approach’ Ushers Attendance Boost

Attendance at the five major horse racing tracks in Scotland in 2015 was the highest it had been in nearly a decade, according to, and at 308,258 was a solid 13 percent higher than in 2012. “The great strength of horse racing in Scotland is the united approach adopted by the five racecourses,” said the […]

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Opinion: California Tracks Should ‘Jump’ At Offer From Online Poker Bill

Steve Ruddock, a freelance reporter who covers the online poker industry for multiple publications, has expressed his opinion that the horse racing industry in California should “jump at just about any reasonable offer” made to them from assemblyman Adam Gray’s bill AB 431. The initial offer was $60 million annually to give up any opportunity […]

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Woodbine, Trinity Development Group Planning New Entertainment Venue

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and Trinity Development Group Inc. (Trinity) today announced the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of developing an integrated entertainment venue at Woodbine Racetrack. The WEG-Trinity proposal calls for an entertainment venue of approximately 165,000 square feet and seating for up to 5,000 patrons. It would […]

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