Keeneland, Red Mile join
forces in modernized facility to offer instant racing, simulcast wagering
Jul 31st, 2015 · 0 Comment
By Liane Crossley
After 140 years of Standardbred racing, The Red Mile in Lexington has stepped
into another new era with a modernized simulcast wagering section that
foreshadows even more renovations.
Upgrades are scheduled for completion in September with the launch of 1,000
historical racing machines—also known as Instant Racing—in a vast remodeled area
still under construction. Similar to slot machines, Instant Racing terminals
allow patrons to bet on anonymous, previously run Thoroughbred races.
In keeping with The Red Mile’s rich harness racing tradition, live racing season
kicked off on July 26 and continues through Oct. 10. The season is highlighted
by the final eight days of the Grand Circuit when the nation’s leading
Standardbreds and their connections compete in prestigious races.
On July 15, Keeneland moved its year-round simulcast operations to The Red Mile
to offer wagering on Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing at one
Lexington location. Although off-track betting is no longer available at
Keeneland on a steady basis, the track still will have simulcasting during the
spring and fall racing seasons and on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks days.
"Our goal is to create a destination experience which will positively impact the
entire horse industry as well as the local economy,” Keeneland Vice President
Vince Gabbert said. “We believe that by consolidating our simulcast operations
in a premier location, we will enhance fan interest in live racing.”
Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau:
In January 1946, the
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
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.
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
is the race data provider for the
Thoroughbred racing industry in North America, charting every
Thoroughbred race run in the United States and Canada and
disseminating the information throughout the vast international
network of simulcast wagering.
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
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.
Click here for a listing of
Equibase officers and management committee.
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