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Spotlight Sports to deliver a Kentucky boost for Playmaker’s Yardbarker

Spotlight Sports Group (SSG) has moved to strengthen its standing in North America via a new commercial partnership with Playmaker Capital that will continue its expansion of betting services on the continent.   The sports betting content and technology group has entered into an agreement with Playmaker Capital, to service its flagship US sports media platform Yardbarker. SSG will provide …

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Churchill Downs pays tribute to ‘Racing Giant’ John Asher

US racetrack operator Churchill Downs has confirmed the passing of long-term serving VP of Racing Communications John Asher who died on Monday of an apparent heart attack whilst on vacation in Florida with his family. Asher had served as Churchill Downs racing communications lead since 1999, becoming one of the most recognisable figureheads of the Kentucky-based racing operator. Issuing a …

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Sky Sports Racing extends US Triple Crown commitments

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Sky Sports Racing has moved to extend its broadcasting rights with US horseracing, after signing a new multi-year deal with NBCUniversal. Holding exclusive rights to the Kentucky Derby, “the oldest continuously held major sporting event in North America,” which will air live in the UK and Ireland, a separate long term deal has also been extended. This sees Sky Sports …

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Solid start to 2017 sees Sportech expand corporate footprint in Asia & USA

The governance of London-listed racing technology and betting systems provider Sportech Plc has declared a solid start to 2017 (Q1: January – March) in-line with corporate expectations. Updating investors ahead of its annual AGM, Sportech discontinues accounting the performance of its Football Pools division having agreed to sell the asset to London private equity firm OpCapita for £83 million last …

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Churchill Downs commits $38 million to Kentucky Derby luxury suite

The Governance of US racing operator Churchill Downs has committed $38 million to expanding its marquee Louisville racetrack, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Starting construction in January 2017, Churchill Downs plans to build a seven-story ‘Starting Gate Suite’, which will sit besides its existing ‘Jockey Club Suite’. Announcing  the construction of its new suite, Churchill Downs governance detailed that …

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Louis Rosenburg’s AI program predicts Kentucky Derby 1-4 finishers winning $11,000

Artificial Intelligence developer Professor Louis Rosenburg has sent a shockwave through the US betting industry by creating an algorithm that correctly predicted the first to fourth places at this year’s Kentucky Derby. Employing predictions formed by human-based artificial intelligence engine UNU, Rosenburg would take down the ‘holygrail’ of betting as his four-fold bet would win $10,842 pay-out on a $20 bet …

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American Pharoah crowned “LONGINES Worlds Best Racehorse”

US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has been crowned the 2015 “LONGINES Worlds Best Racehorse”, making the colt the first American-based runner since Curlin in 2008 to win the coveted prize. Pharoah who gained legendary status by becoming the first horse to sweep the American Triple Crown in 37 years, winning US Grand Slams at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes …

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Las Vegas bookmakers – Mayweather vs Pacquiao to reach NFL betting levels

As Las Vegas gears up to host the boxing fight of the decade between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Vs Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao on 2 May at the MGM Grand. The city’s licensed sportsbooks have stated that early bet wagering estimates of $50-$60 million may have been somewhat conservative. With less than nine days to go Las Vegas bookmakers have witnessed vast …

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Las Vegas gears up for monumental 2nd May betting weekend

Licensed Nevada sports betting enterprises are expecting between $50-$60 million to be wagered on the 2 May mega fight between Unbeaten Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather vs Manny ‘Pac-Man’ Pacquiao. Licensed Las Vegas sportsbooks expect the weekend of 2 May to rival betting wagers placed on this year’s NFL Super Bowl. Last week Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight officials revealed that the fight …

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