2016 TRA - HTA International Simulcast Registration now available online!  Click here.

Creator Victorious in Belmont Stakes

June 13, 2016 - Creator moved into fourth place on the list of North America’s leading Thoroughbred money-earners by winning the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes Saturday at Belmont Park. It was the Tapit colt’s third victory in six starts this year and pushed his 2016 earnings to $1,540,000.

California Chrome leads with $6,210,000. Nyquist is second with $3,505,600 and Exaggerator is third with $1,988,000.

Todd Pletcher continues to lead the trainer standings with $10,774,329. Creator’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, is second with $8,006,521 and Chad Brown moved into third with $7,229,691.

Javier Castellano leads the jockey standings with $10,184,013. Jose Ortiz is second with $9,622,848 and Irad Ortiz, Jr., Creator’s rider is third with $9,586,989.

Equine earnings are for all starters of at least one race in North America and include earnings from select international races. Trainer and jockey standings are for North American-based individuals but include earnings from select international races. 

Click here for the leaders through June 12, 2016.

2016 Simulcast Award Announced

June 24, 2016 - OnTrack Media and Entertainment will again sponsor the award honoring the racing industry’s best simulcast production to be presented at the 24th annual International Simulcast Conference to be held this year in New Orleans, La. The deadline for all entries is Thursday, August 11.

The International Simulcast Conference is co-sponsored by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations and Harness Tracks of America.

The award honors the best simulcast presentation by a host site and is open to all pari-mutuel breeds. The simulcast entry will be judged on technical merit, quality and timeliness of racing and wagering information dissemination, as well as overall appeal.

The winner will be announced at the conference, which runs Sept. 26-28 at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel.

Entries for the award must be no more than 30 minutes in length and contain one complete race presentation, including pre-race features and graphics, the race itself, and any post-race replays and/or wrap-ups. Entries must have been part of a normal simulcast program and not a collection of highlights or features and have aired after August 17, 2015.

Tracks may submit a “marquee” race but will not be given special consideration for singular production components utilized only for that day. This award is meant to recognize the track which day-in, day-out consistently produces the premier simulcast feed.

To enter, six copies in DVD format should be sent to TRA, 420 Fair Hill Drive, Suite 1, Elkton, MD 21921, Attn. Jane Murray, along with a letter of entry detailing the contact name for the entry and the date the program aired. All entries must be received by Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Last year, Santa Anita won the award for the third time, having previously won in 2000 and 2001. Other previous winners include Churchill Downs (1997), Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (2005), Hollywood Park (2002), Keeneland (2003, 2008-9, 2011-2014), Los Alamitos (2007), Penn National (1999), Turfway Park (1998), and Woodbine (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012)

Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:

In January 1946, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) was incorporated as a private investigative agency whose principal mission was to address issues of integrity and security in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRA, TRPB represents a unified effort by TRA-member associations to maintain high standards, protect the legitimate business interests and integrity of the sport, and foster and maintain public confidence.

Upcoming Industry Events:
  Event Date
* Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit VII
Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Lexington, KY
June 28, 2016
* TRA-HTA International Simulcast Conference
Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, New Orleans, LA
September 26-28, 2016
* American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
December 3-7, 2016
* Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, AZ
December 5-7, 2016
* Eclipse Awards
Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
January 21, 2017
* Pan American Conference
(TBA) Washington, DC
May 17-20, 2017
Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports Writing Scholarship

The Fred Russell-Grantland Rice Scholarship, begun in 1956, originally was named in honor of the late Grantland Rice, a Vanderbilt alumnus and one of the best known sports writers of the 20th century. In 1986, the name was changed to also honor the late Fred Russell, another Vanderbilt alumnus who helped guide the scholarship and its recipients. A $500,000 grant was made on behalf of the TRA in 1986 to ensure the future of this valuable stipend. Click here for a list of previous winners.

The scholarship, co-sponsored by Vanderbilt, is awarded annually to an entering freshman at Vanderbilt who plans a career in sports journalism. In order to apply, high school seniors must apply for admission and complete the online Cornelius Vanderbilt scholarship application. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, Vanderbilt University, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203-1721; (615) 322-3591 or email scholarships@vanderbilt.edu.

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Subsidiaries of the TRA and The Jockey Club formed Equibase in a 1990 partnership to accumulate the racing data necessary for the unfettered growth of simulcast wagering. Prior to that time, the Daily Racing Form had been the sole collector of chart data and the dissemination of past performance information.

Recognizing the broadest possible availability of race data in daily racing programs was integral to the growth of simulcasting revenues for the tracks, the TRA found The Jockey Club a capable and eager partner in undertaking the technological and logistical issues association with building a data information company.

With the advent of the internet to general consumer use in the mid-Nineties, Equibase quickly found itself well-positioned to enter and serve the fast-growing world of electronic commerce.

Equibase is the sole owner of TrackMaster, whose line of direct-to-consumer products include a wide variety of  handicapping and selection tools for all types of bettors.  

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