Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators

August 2020 vs. August 2019 Indicator August 2020 August 2019 % Change Wagering on U.S. Races* $1,154,522,663 $1,177,165,980 -1.92% U.S. Purses $104,515,752 $128,293,370 -18.53% U.S. Race Days 445 515 -13.59% U.S. Races 3,607 4,026 -10.41% U.S. Starts 26,964 28,895 -6.68% Average Field Size 7.48 7.18 +4.16% Average Wagering Per Race Day $2,594,433 $2,285,759 +13.50% Average […]

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Tiz the Law Tops Field of 18 in Kentucky Derby

By Evan Hammonds/Blood Horse Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law, with a classic score already under his belt and winner of the Aug. 8 Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), drew post 17 for the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). The Derby, delayed from May 2, saw 18 horses entered but because of COVID-19 will be run without […]

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VA-Connected Photo of Yesterday

Foal & ball – A colt by Hoppertunity and out of Code Name Flirt (by Va-bred Hansel ) plays with a new toy on Monday at Nearaway Farm in Perrineville, NJ. Foaled on June 8, the colt is owned by breeder Erika Neuberg. (Original photo by way of TDN.)

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Nine Virginia-breds entered in Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale

Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 553 yearlings for its 2020 Midlantic Fall Yearlings Sale to be held Oct. 5-6. The auction, which will be held immediately following the rescheduled GI Preakness S. Oct. 3, will be conducted at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Among the yearlings entered are nine Virginia-breds. Hips 1-200 will be offered in […]

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Equibase Advisory

MEDIA ADVISORY — August 31, 2020 Contact: Rhonda Norby (859) 224-2856, Director of Marketing and Communications Equibase Statement on GPS Technology There have been recent reports about the timing accuracy of GPS technology that Equibase has deployed at several tracks. We are conducting an extensive analysis of these installations. In the meantime, we are increasing […]

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Really!?!

In 2013, Saturday Night Live did a new skit during the Weekend Update section with Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler asking Michael Vick “Really!?!” about his response to getting arrested at a Miami Airport after trying to take a water bottle secretly stashed with marijuana onto the plane.   After a series of wacky editorial […]

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Stakes Photos – August 22 – 23

In no particular discernible order, we are just glad racetracks around the glob are still operating in this crazy year! — GP

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Racing Biz: For Virginia Horsemen, Optimism Despite Clouds

From the Racing Biz August 19, 2020: By Nick Hahn Cancellation of the Colonial Downs season came Friday, August 14 after several jockeys and others tested positive for Covid-19. Now Virginia racing officials are dealing with the impacts of that decision.   A measured exodus is underway from the backstretch of Colonial Downs, where transportation and quarantining issues surfaced […]

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