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This 2-year-old colt set numerous records when he brought $3.55 million in auction Tuesday in Maryland. (Image: Fasig-Tipton Photo)

Colt Sells for Record $3.55 Million at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

A colt from the late sire Bernardini shattered several records on Tuesday when he brought $3.55 million at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale at Timonium, Maryland. The colt, a product of Bernardini out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare G Note, went to Gary Young, the respected West […]

Champion 3-Year-Old Malathaat and John Velazquez made her 2022 debut with this resounding victory in the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland. That was one of the highlights of a record Spring Meet at Keeneland. (Image: Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Keeneland Brings Home Record Spring Meet Handle Across the Board

Keeneland enjoyed its third consecutive year of record Spring Meet handle, bringing in an all-sources handle of $219,284,979 for its just-concluded Spring Meet. That handle was the largest total in the Kentucky track’s history. The more than $219 million from the 15-day meet that ended Friday represented a 33.16% increase […]

The slabs seen here from PSA and SGC are among the most popular services in the hobby. (Image: Johnny Kampis)

Card Collectors Corner: A Primer on Sports Card Grading

One of the most common questions I get from relatively novice collectors who visit my store, Cullman Sportscards & Fun Shop, is about where and how to get their cards graded. Given the popularity of “slabs,” the term those in the hobby use for graded cards, and the boost in […]

Embattled Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert may face a two-year ban from racing in New York if a hearing officer's ruling is upheld. (Image: Susie Raisher/NYRA)

NYRA Hearing Officer Recommends Two-Year Ban for Bob Baffert

Retired Justice O. Peter Sherwood, who presided over the January hearing pitting Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert against the New York Racing Association issued a report recommending Baffert be banned from NYRA tracks for two years. That 54-page report was issued to the media on Wednesday. In it, Sherwood […]

Nevada horseplayers can once again partake in the full wagering menu of Churchill Downs races like the Kentucky Oaks. An agreement between Churchill Downs and Nevada racebooks opened the betting windows for that state's bettors after a three-year impasse. (Image: Churchill Downs/Coady Photography)

Nevada Racebooks, Churchill Downs Inc. Reach Agreement

The three-year conflict between Churchill Downs Inc. and Nevada racebooks finally ended Tuesday when the two formerly bickering entities signed a contract that will allow Nevada horseplayers access to the entire Kentucky Derby wagering menu this year. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the deal between the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association […]

Minnesota's Canterbury Park introduced a 10% takeout Pick 4 that offers the lowest takeout in North American racing. (Image: Canterbury Park)

Canterbury Park Wants You to Take In This Low Takeout Pick 4

Canterbury Park announced it will add a “Post Time Pick 4” wager that features the lowest takeout of any North American track – 10%. To put this into perspective, the average takeout on a multi-race wager is 22%, according to TwinSpires. That means 22 cents out of every dollar bet […]

NBC's streaming service, Peacock, will join its parent in airing all three Triple Crown races and their pre-race shows. (Image: NBC)

NBC Expands Triple Crown Coverage, Brings Peacock in to Live Stream

NBC expanded its Triple Crown portfolio to the streaming world, announcing that its Peacock service will live stream all three Triple Crown races. This marks a first for the streaming service, which will supplement – not replace – NBC’s Triple Crown coverage. It also brings horse racing back to Peacock, […]

War of Will just completed his first year at stud last year. Claiborne Farm signed a NIL agreement to promote the stallion with University of Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. (Image: Claiborne Farm)

New NIL Agreement Merges Kentucky QB Levis With War of Will

Taking the NIL landscape from the green turf of the football field and merging it with the bluegrass of Kentucky’s horse country, Claiborne Farm signed a NIL (name, image, likeness) partnership with University of Kentucky quarterback Will Levis. The unique NIL partnership will pair Levis with War of Will, Claiborne […]

For its third US race, F1 is going to Las Vegas. The racing series is breaking with its Sunday race tradition and Saturday night (Image: Formula 1)

F1 Adds November Las Vegas Race as US Popularity Soars

F1 announced Las Vegas as its latest venue. The new race will debut in November 2023. Vegas will be its third US race location, tapping into F1’s growing US fanbase. For many years, professional sports avoided Las Vegas, fearing the prevalence of gambling might mar their integrity. But with the […]

Kentucky horseplayers betting on horses like John Battaglia Memorial winner Tiz the Bomb will benefit from a bill reducing breakage to a penny. The bill HB 607, passed the Kentucky State Senate this week and is expected to be signed by Gov. Andy Beshear. (Image: Coady Photography)

Bettors Cash a Long-Awaited Ticket as Kentucky Eliminates Breakage

It went by Kentucky HB 607, an innocuous name for a bill that could put millions of dollars into horseplayers’ wallets after its Tuesday passage in the Kentucky State Senate. That bill, which heads back to the House for concurrence after sailing through the state senate 33-1, virtually eliminates breakage. […]

The Kansas Star Casino would be one of the permitted sites for sports betting under a bill unveiled in the Kansas House on Tuesday (Image: Kansas Tourism)

Kansas Considers Ambitious Sports Betting Bill

Lawmakers in Kansas discussed a sweeping sports betting bill on Tuesday that would allow both online and live sports betting, including in such places as casinos, convenience stores, and at racetracks. House Bill 2740 came together after much negotiation by the state’s gaming interests, who previously couldn’t agree on how […]

A proposal to allow sports betting in Maine shuts out the local casinos from offering online wagers, a move that could hurt its chances of passage. (Image: Giftly)

Maine Sports Betting Bill Faces Heavy Criticism

A bill that would permit online sports betting in Maine passed a legislative committee last week, but enough questions remain that its passage through the Legislature is far from assured. The Judiciary Committee voted 8-6 to advance an amendment to LD 585, a bill that includes several reforms negotiated between […]

US Marshals seized a Charizard Pokemon card a Georgia man obtained through a fraudulent federal government loan. (Image: Bleeding Cool)

US Government Now Owns $58K Pokemon Card

No, the federal government is not getting into the collectible card business, but U.S. Marshals did seize a Pokemon card valued at nearly $58,000 from a man recently convicted of fraud. Georgia resident Vinath Oudomsine, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud earlier this week and received a […]

A Minnesota sports betting bill would legalize wagers at casinos like Mystic Lake and on mobile phones. (Image: Visit Lakeville Minnesota)

Lawmaker Introduces Minnesota Sports Betting Bill

A sports betting bill introduced in the Minnesota Legislature enjoys the support of state tribal nations, which should help its chance of passage, says its sponsor. HF778 would establish both online and brick-and-mortar sports betting in Minnesota for residents ages 18 and up. The legislation would create the Minnesota Sports […]

The Chicago Cubs aren't allowed to play home games on Friday nights. Maybe that will change with Apple TV's new "Friday Night Baseball" coverage. (Image: Patrick Gorski/USA Today)

Apple Scores First Sports Deal with $85 Million Friday Night MLB Package

Apple has a new deal to stream MLB games on Friday nights. The exclusive $85 million, multi-year, contract marks Apple’s first foray into live sports coverage. Meanwhile, the news could give MLB players a bit more leverage in their ongoing CBA negotiations. There were rumors that Apple was in the […]