18 July 2008

Woodbine To Lose Tax Break If They Build A Casino

Woodbine Entertainment and its partner Cordish will get $120 million tax break....as long as they don't build a casino within the new development

HANA gets a boost; Equidaily links to the new horseplayer's group.

Churchill Downs fires up to 12 racing execs; BRIS also trims their roster by about a dozen. I wonder when Woodbine will swing the ax. They did a laughable $1.1 million in handle yesterday (Thursday). The execs are lucky Woodbine is not a publicly traded company. The shareholders would be barking at them big time, as the shares wouldn't be trading near potential value. No job at that inept organization would be safe, not even the head Vizuzu's job.

Scientific Games Signs Exclusive Deal with 123 Racing

SGR will introduce the first pay-to-play, racetrack-based 123racing handicapping contest at Emerald Downs for a limited time only, July 24th through the 26th. Participants will pay $25 to enter the 123racing handicapping contest and will compete for a share of the
123Racing pool on six consecutive Emerald Downs races.

Beginning in the first part of 2009, 123racing will be available at participating SGR customer racetracks with BetJet terminals and online through SGR’s TrackplayInternet wagering platform as a pure pari-mutuel wagering pool with a $2 bet minimum.

Betting on harness racing in Ontario continues to dwindle Five year trend is fugly: "Betting since 2002 is off 36 per cent in Canada, 33 per cent in Ontario and some 28 per cent at WEG."

Harlem Rocker may go to Saratoga and race in the Travers

Some Picks For Saturday
In tomorrow's first race at Fort Erie, Royal Preparation should have a clear lead for quite some time. The question will be whether Tags And Towels can get up in time.

In the third, Fearless Buzz is really running well, and should be 1-2-3, preferably Ist.

Crimson Sky, in the seventh race, is a Langfuhr making her second start on the grass. She had a large layoff after her first grass race, so something may have happened to her. She looks improved since her return and should be very tough in this nondescript maiden special event.

At Woodbine, Ascot Annie lays over the field in the 4th. Archers Alyancer is my longshot pick in the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes in the 8th.


Anonymous said...

Did any one watch Steve Bahen's ride closely on Archie's Gal friday at Woodbine in race #3 ? This guy should look for a job pumping gas at petro across from the track if he need's to be around the race's on a daily basis.What an awful effort,this clown deserves day's from the O.R.C. It was just pityful.He is a poor excuse for a jockey.........

Anonymous said...

.....looks like Bahen might have driven Somebeach.....what a horrendous drive.

Anonymous said...

Why is it Elisa Blowe continue's to lie to anyone listening to her? As an example she stated the purse for the 9th race on tuesday at Fort Erie was for $12100.00, when in fact if you are not Canadian bred, the purse is only $11000.00,this is more misleading to the public and should have been picked up by Elisa, since she is a pro, and not reading from que cards.The Fort Erie purses may as well read $100000.00 for each race and in brackets put $90.000 for those bred on Mars or Jupiter.

Anonymous said...

Lying is not the proper term. And why pick on Elissa Blowe, when every broadcaster at every track do the same thing?
They do it at Woodbine.

Should they announce the minimum and then say plus extra if you are an Ontario bred who wasn't claimed after 2007?

They don't announce the breeder awards either. Maybe they should as well?

Anyway, stop with the personal vendetta bs.