Tag Archives: Kentucky

Churchill Downs pays tribute to ‘Racing Giant’ John Asher

US racetrack operator Churchill Downs has confirmed the passing of long-term serving VP of Racing Communications John Asher who died on Monday of an apparent heart attack whilst on vacation in Florida with his family. Asher had served as Churchill Downs racing communications lead since 1999, becoming one of the most recognisable figureheads of the Kentucky-based racing operator. Issuing a …

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Sky Sports Racing extends US Triple Crown commitments

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Sky Sports Racing has moved to extend its broadcasting rights with US horseracing, after signing a new multi-year deal with NBCUniversal. Holding exclusive rights to the Kentucky Derby, “the oldest continuously held major sporting event in North America,” which will air live in the UK and Ireland, a separate long term deal has also been extended. This sees Sky Sports …

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North America to receive relaunched New Zealand racing product

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Sky Racing World has announced the re-launch of its New Zealand racing product, with the service to begin distributing horse-racing content from New Zealand Racing Board-operated tracks, to North American advance depositing wagering (ADW) sites. The Louisville, Kentucky, based distributor of international horse-racing content, is to distribute Kiwi content to US and Canadian ADW’s following a six month hiatus. Sky …

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Churchill Downs spends $60 millon on revitalising Trackside Kentucky

US Racetrack operator Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced that it will invest approximately $60 million in the redevelopment of its ‘Trackside’ training facility in Louisville Kentucky. Updating investors, Churchill Downs seeks to simulcast racing machines to the 85,000-square-foot facility, opening Trackside as a consumer wagering premises, which the company believes will further complement its existing Kentucky racing portfolio. Churchill Downs …

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WatchandWager has its Kentucky licence

In December WatchandWager received a licence approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. This means the company commenced taking live registrations, deposits and wagering from residents of the State from 14th December. The licence comes conditional on a $100,000 (£81,000) Bond being lodged with the Commission and this is expected to be in place early in this month. Kentucky is known as …

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Ellis Park Kentucky upgrades tote system with Sportech Racing and Digital

Ellis Park (Henderson – Kentucky) has selected Sportech Racing and Digital (subsidiary of Sportech Plc) as its new provider of pari-mutuel betting systems and provisions. The contract will see Sportech integrate its new QuantumTM system within Ellis Park stadia this January 2017. Ellis Parkone of the US’ oldest race tracks will be further supported by QuantumTM data provisions and the firm’s …

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Churchill Downs commits $38 million to Kentucky Derby luxury suite

The Governance of US racing operator Churchill Downs has committed $38 million to expanding its marquee Louisville racetrack, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Starting construction in January 2017, Churchill Downs plans to build a seven-story ‘Starting Gate Suite’, which will sit besides its existing ‘Jockey Club Suite’. Announcing  the construction of its new suite, Churchill Downs governance detailed that …

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Baazov leads PokerStars into New Jersey

Amaya Inc has earmarked 21 March as the date it will finally launch its PokerStars brand in New Jersey.  The launch quickly follows the September 2015 authorisation by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) to operate the PokerStars and Full Tilt brands in the State. Amaya currently expects to conduct an interim testing period with the DGE and a …

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Kentucky triples compensation claim against PokerStars to $870 million

Toronto listed Amaya Inc’s ongoing Kentucky compensation dispute has hit Christmas headlines as Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate ups the operators fine to $870 million. Ruling in favour of the state’s compensation claim against Amaya subsidiary PokerStars, in relation to online gambling services offered to Kentucky consumers between 2006 and 2011. Judge Wingate allowed Kentucky State to triple its damages claim …

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PETA asks New York Gaming Commission to change equine doping regulations

The New York State Gaming Commission is reported to be considering new equine drug testing regulations following its fines against race trainer Steve Asmussen. US animal rights organisation PETA had undertaken a probe investigating Asmussen’s training methods. The investigation points the finger at the trainer and his assistant, Scott Blasi, with 14 allegations of equine doping during the 2013 Saratoga …

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