Canadian Senate Passes Sports Betting Bill C-218

Ben Hamill - June 24, 2021

The Canadian Senate has passed Bill C-218, which will allow for single-event wagers. At present, only parlay betting is permitted. The bill, which was passed without any amendments, is expected to open the market up. Kevin Waugh, a membe...Read More

Bill C-218 Moves Forward

Ben Hamill - June 21, 2021

Bill C-218 has officially returned to Canada’s Senate. To date, the bill has received a great deal of criticism from the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. The First Nation believes that the bill could harm its wellbeing and will see prov...Read More

Racing Night Live Makes A Comeback

Ben Hamill - June 21, 2021

Live harness racing has made its official comeback in Ontario and Woodbine Entertainment will be broadcasting Standardbred and Thoroughbred races on television. All of the racing action from Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack wil...Read More

Bob Baffert Suspended After 2nd Test Fail

Ben Hamill - June 09, 2021

Legendary Kentucky Derby trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended from Churchill Downs for two years. This after Baffert’s prize Derby runner, Medina Spirit, recently failed a second postrace drug test by testing positive for the ster...Read More

Truth Revealed For Marquis Downs Closure

Ben Hamill - June 03, 2021

When Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park announced earlier this year that it planned on pulling the plug on horse racing at Marquis Downs, the immediate assumption was that the global health crisis was to blame. However, it has now emerged...Read More

Excitement As Bill C-218 Passes 2nd Reading

Ben Hamill - May 27, 2021

The news is official: the bill set to legalise single-event sports betting in Canada has passed a second reading before Senate. The Senate of Canada announced in a Twitter tweet on Tuesday that Bill C-218 has passed its second reading and...Read More

Locals Fight For The Life Of Marquis Downs

Ben Hamill - May 13, 2021

Horse racing supporters are desperate to prevent the closure of Saskatoon’s Marquis Downs track. This after in March, Prairieland Park confirmed that it would be calling a permanent halt on all races at the park and that the aim was...Read More

Bob Baffert Suspended After Failed Drug Test

Ben Hamill - May 12, 2021

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is playing the cancel culture victim card after Kentucky Derby longshot Medina Spirit failed to pass a routine drug test. The famous trainer revealed at the start of the week that Medina Spirit, which won ...Read More

PEIHRIA Live Harness Survey Released

Ben Hamill - May 07, 2021

The Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association (PEIHRIA) has announced that it will be building on the momentum that the live harness industry has reaped over the last year. It is looking for feedback in order to help improv...Read More

Senate Officially Introduces Bill C-218

Ben Hamill - May 06, 2021

Players in Canada are keeping a close eye on the current gambling scenery in the country and how the status of Bill C-218 will unfold. This bill will allow for sports and gambling fans to place bets on individual sporting events. Many bel...Read More

Mattress Mack Goes All In On Kentucky Derby

Ben Hamill - May 03, 2021

Legendary furniture store owner and sports punter Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is back at it and making sports betting headlines once again – this time with plans to make a multimillion-dollar bet on horse racing’...Read More

Fort Erie Biding It’s Time By Making Upgrades

Ben Hamill - April 01, 2021

Niagara-region based Fort Erie Living Racing Consortium has been making the most of the downtime caused by the global health crisis and the ensuring restrictions in the area. The corporation has made full use of the opportunity by making ...Read More

Horse Racing Now Excluded From Bill C-218 - {{mm-yy}}

Ben Hamill - March 29, 2021

Horse racing has officially been removed from the bill set to introduce the legal wagering on single sports events in Canada. This after a House committee on Thursday removed horse racing from Bill C-218, which is the legislation seeking ...Read More

Marquis Down Facing Permanent Closure

Ben Hamill - March 18, 2021

While live harness racing may be returning in measured extent to at least some parts of the country, it appears as if Prairieland Park’s Marquis Downs racetrack may be about to close down for good. While no official statement has be...Read More

Dixon Beats Newgarden To Win IndyCar Title

Ben Hamill - October 27, 2020

Sunday’s grand finale IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix race at St. Petersburg, Florida, saw New Zealander and Team Penske driver Scott Dixon deny Joseph Newgarden his IndyCar crown by a mere 2 points on the roster.  Not even...Read More

Racing Night Live At Woodbine Returns To TSN

Ben Hamill - October 13, 2020

Woodbine Entertainment is eager to allow everyone keen on horseracing to experience the thrill of the live event. And even though in-person attendance currently remains restricted to only a limited number of fans permitted through the gat...Read More

Better Days Await In ‘21 Says Kawartha Downs

Ben Hamill - September 28, 2020

Better days are coming to Ontario’s horse racing scene – and it’s a future Kawartha Downs is determined to make a bright and successful one. Harness racing, especially, has a promising future in the region, said racetrac...Read More

Woodbine VideoCon Shines Light On Claiming

Ben Hamill - September 21, 2020

A recent Wednesday videoconference hosted by Woodbine Entertainment for the purpose of the discussion of several topics aimed at improving Ontario’s horse racing industry, eventually led to the subject of “claiming races&rdquo...Read More

Fraser Downs Unable To Thrive Without Games

Ben Hamill - September 17, 2020

A lack of sufficient financial support, so said Harness Racing British Columbia in a recent statement, is what’s behind the decision to postpone the return of live harness racing to Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino in Cloverdale. O...Read More

Queen’s Plate Returns To Woodbine This Month

Ben Hamill - September 04, 2020

After months of frustration and uncertainty over no live events being permitted to take place, Woodbine Racetrack is at long last ready to get back into the business of hosting live events and entertaining horseracing fans from all over O...Read More

Upcoming Kentucky Derby To Run Without Fans

Ben Hamill - August 29, 2020

Initially scheduled for May 2, this year’s Kentucky Derby, which will now be run on Saturday, September 5, will this year be raced with only very limited number of spectators present in the stands. The original expectation was that...Read More

Tioga Downs & Vernon Downs To Remain Open

Ben Hamill - July 22, 2020

Two of New York State’s largest harness-racing racetracks, Tioga Downs Casino Resort and Vernon Downs, are contrary to recent rumours, to remain open for business for the foreseeable future. This according to owner/manager Jeff Gura...Read More

Ontario’s LHRA Says About Live Horse Races

Ben Hamill - June 08, 2020

Ontario’s horse racing industry certainly faces challenging times as it continues to try and navigate towards a public health-compliant new normal. Following a strategy similar to what Woodbine Entertainment has begun implementing, ...Read More

Harness Racing At Rideau To Resume June 7th

Ben Hamill - June 03, 2020

Live harness racing is expected to make its return to Rideau Carleton Raceway this June 7th.  And even though spectators will not be physically present in the stands,  enthusiasts will be able to follow all of th...Read More

Live Races At Kawartha Downs Come June 6th

Ben Hamill - May 19, 2020

Great news is that live races will be returning to by as early as June 6. This following a preliminary approval granted by Ontario’s Provincial Government. Races will be live but on condition that no spectators will be invited to a...Read More

Woodbine Announces 2023 Jimmy Freight Stakes

Ben Hamill - January 04, 2020

Jimmy Freight is the only millionaire son of champion racehorse Sportswriter, and was retired in late 2019 after a very illustrious career with total earnings of CA$1,457,405.00. Now the bay’s progeny will compete in a special ev...Read More

Woodbine To Trial 3 Months Of No Whips

Ben Hamill - October 03, 2019

Woodbine Entertainment is once again setting the par and horse racing industry standard. The racetrack management corporation has announced that it will be instituting a trilogy of new rules aimed at investigating the ...Read More

Yggdrasil Stuns With New Racing Lovers Slot

Ben Hamill - October 02, 2019

Horse racing enthusiasts will fall head over heels in love with Yggdrasil Gaming’s latest slot release because its all about the thrill of the races. Racing Lovers invites players to go on a trip to a virtual horse r...Read More

Standardbred Horse Expo Returns To London

Ben Hamill - September 25, 2019

Standard horse breeding enthusiasts are yet again invited to join in on the information sessions and networking opportunities on offer at the upcoming mid-October annual London Selected Yearling Sale. The sale is expec...Read More

Turf Trinity And Turf Tiara – Second Leg

Ben Hamill - July 31, 2019

The coming weekend is shaping up to be a special and quite exciting one indeed as the Saratoga Race Course gets ready to host the second round in the inaugural Turf Trinity event for 3-year-old live turf racing. August 2 will offer to th...Read More

5% Purse Increase To Up The Race Numbers

Ben Hamill - July 11, 2019

A 5% increase in the prize money on offer at the Fort Erie Racetrack, and most notably the upcoming $400,000 Prince Wales Stake, may very well be just what the doctor had ordered to draw more participants to the races in general. Event o...Read More

One Bad Boy Wins The 160th Queen’s Plate

Ben Hamill - July 05, 2019

One Bad Boy is no one’s playmate. The king of the races cemented his name into the pages of horseracing history when he recently kicked dust in the faces of his opponents in the annual Queen’s Plate event at Woodbine. He was ...Read More

Harness Racing Big On Opening Day At Dresden

Ben Hamill - May 29, 2019

If horse racing season is big in Dresden, then let it be said that live harness races are even bigger. Dresden’s 2019 harness racing season officially got underway on May 26, and the big day’s opening ceremony attr...Read More

Disqualification Fiasco At Kentucky Derby

Ben Hamill - May 15, 2019

Never before in the history of America’s most prestigious horse race, the Kentucky Derby, has any winning horse been disqualified as a result of having interfered with other horses during a race. Until this year’s instalment ...Read More

Kentucky Derby Smashes Betting Records Again

Ben Hamill - May 13, 2019

The Kentucky Derby has done it again. It has yet again managed to smash all records of bets placed on any which event hosted at Churchill Downs. On Saturday, bettors showed up in their drones to take a stab at who they...Read More

Ontario Horse Racing To Receive Major Boost

Ben Hamill - March 27, 2019

Ontario’s horse racing field is about to receive financial aid to the tune of an annual CA$10 million contribution. The province’s Minister of Finance and pro-sportsbetting advocate, Vic Fedeli, recently made the announcement....Read More

Playtech Launches New AP McCoy Branded Slot

Ben Hamill - March 18, 2019

Playtech’s Sporting Legends series has just welcomed a new celebrity sports star to the fold. The developer has announced that the newest addition to the branded product is none other than horse racing legend AP McCoy. Exciting as ...Read More

Century Mile Racetrack & Casino Opening Soon

Ben Hamill - March 08, 2019

Make no mistake; the US may have beat Canada to legalised-sportsbetting heaven, but the ultimate entertainment race is far from over. All bets are off when it comes to Canadian thoroughbred horseracing; there’s just no keeping a goo...Read More

Arkansas Grapples with Gaming Amendments

Ben Hamill - February 23, 2019

The US company behind a newly proposed casino in the state of Arkansas says that the region’s racing commission will be in breach of the AR constitution if it does not adhere to a recent amendment. Under the amendment in question, t...Read More

Ontario Racetrack Inks Accord with HBPAO

Ben Hamill - December 31, 2018

Canada’s Woodbine Racetrack is one of the most popular destinations in Ontario for thoroughbred horse racing events. This supports both the racing industry and those wagering on it. Recently, the course revealed that it had inked a ...Read More

Peter Scudamore Gets His Own NetEnt Slot

Ben Hamill - November 08, 2018

iGaming software developers have long been partnering with commercial brands and icons to keep their online slots fresh, fun and interesting. This long-time trend has led to a long line of games being released based on various entertainme...Read More

First-Time Bookmaker Sponsorship for F1

Ben Hamill - September 23, 2018

Formula One, the king of auto racing sports brands worldwide, has surprisingly decided to change its age-old negative stance towards sponsorship by bookmakers. On Tuesday, the owner of the brand Liberty Media revealed that it has inked ...Read More