Students or horses? The Pennsylvania question

Education advocates want to repurpose Pa.’s generous horse-racing subsidy May 2021 THE PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports: Pennsylvanians favor re-focusing casino tax subsidies — long earmarked for horse racing — to other public purposes, with 83% favoring a switch in the $240 million yearly allocation and 10% preferring continued support for the horse racing industry, according to… Continue reading Students or horses? The Pennsylvania question

Gambling and horse racing

Gambling sustains horse racing. Without it, horse racing would shrivel up and blow away. History tells us so. Think the Seabiscuit story, brought to the nation's attention in the excellent book and movie by Lauren Hillenbrand. Let's take a look at what American Experience tells us about the time period, By the time the Great… Continue reading Gambling and horse racing

Kentucky Supreme Court undercuts historical horse racing

Historic horse racing gambling machine. Source:

Chris Otts, reporting for WDRB TV Louisville, writes: The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday pulled the rug out from the state's $2 billion slot-like gaming industry in a surprise decision that some lawmakers say requires a legislative response. The high court unanimously ruled that the slot-like historical horse racing system in use at three of… Continue reading Kentucky Supreme Court undercuts historical horse racing

NZ: Citizens taking their opposition to racing Govt bailout to the streets

Jordan Speith the racehorse. New Zealand. Golf Digest Image.

Press Release. Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses. New Zealand 15th July 2020 Citizens against the New Zealand government's racing industry bailout will take their message to the streets this Saturday. "We will have teams in Wellington and Whanganui taking a stand against the governments $72.5 million bailout to prop up animal cruelty and gambling"… Continue reading NZ: Citizens taking their opposition to racing Govt bailout to the streets

CDI purchases 1,250 historical racing machines

Carved racehorses.

THE PAULICK REPORT via writes: Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 1,250 historical racing machines (“HRMs”) from International Game Technology PLC (“IGT”). The newly engineered IGT product will operate on Ainsworth Game Technology's (“Ainsworth”) proprietary HRM system that was co-developed with… Continue reading CDI purchases 1,250 historical racing machines

Virtual Ky Derby 2020

Finish line, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. Image WDRB.

We think this is marketing genius on the part of Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI), and perhaps, virtually, the future of horse racing in the US. Think about it. Virtual horse racing would mean zero overbreeding, racing two year olds, those horrific claiming races, cheating, doping, cruelty and traumatic breakdowns; no more racehorses killed on the… Continue reading Virtual Ky Derby 2020

Virtual Kentucky Derby

Beautiful lady wearing a gorgeous fashion hat at the Kentucky Derby 2019.

Hats off to Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI). They are geniuses at making money, the kings of gambling in the horse racing world. All the while, the horse racing industry in the U.S. continues to be scrutinized for doping, maiming and killing its athletes for which there doesn't appear to be any sort of remedy for… Continue reading Virtual Kentucky Derby

Illegal racetrack secretly built in Valencia County

Legally run horses in Albuquerque, New Mexico, take a turn and head for home.

Illegal horse racing has been taking place across the U.S. for quite some time, usually in offbeat, out of the way areas mostly in temporary, makeshift circumstances. Alarming as that is, there is now other disturbing news — an illegal racetrack is being built in Valencia County, New Mexico, and their potential neighbors are anything… Continue reading Illegal racetrack secretly built in Valencia County

More illegal horse racing discovered in Texas

Nine people were indicted on Dec. 19 by a Parker County grand jury for operating an illegal horse racing meet in Springtown, Texas, located 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The Parker County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Racing Commission and other agencies discovered the illegal horse racing in… Continue reading More illegal horse racing discovered in Texas

California Prosecutor finds no crime in Santa Anita horse racing deaths

Mongolian Groom. Sports Illustrated image.

The New York Times reported the following story filed by the Associated Press: A California prosecutor found no evidence of animal cruelty or other crimes during an investigation into a spike in horse deaths at Santa Anita Park racetrack over the past year, according to a report issued Thursday. A task force formed by the… Continue reading California Prosecutor finds no crime in Santa Anita horse racing deaths