Friday Afternoon Update  --- Due to weather, Santa Anita has cancelled for this afternoon and Los Alamitos for tonight. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

LIVE RACING AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

LIVE RACING FRIDAY AT 7PM, SATURDAY AT 6PM, AND MONDAY AND TUESDAY AT NOON.

TWO TEXAS STALLON STAKES RACES ON SATURDAY --- THE $65,000 JIM ORBIT STAKES AND THE $65,000 TWO ALTAZANTO STAKES

 

SIMULCASTING AT VALLEY RACE PARK

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY AND FOREIGN RACING

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues this Saturday with the $200,000 El Camino Real (G3) from Golden Gate.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY

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Monday is President’s Day with many businesses closed. But Valley RAce Park  is open.  Tracks running include Laurel (11:35AM), Gulfstream (11:35AM),Aqueduct (11:55AM), Sam Houston (noon),  Oaklawn (1:00PM), Santa Anita (2:30PM) and Golden Gate (2:45PM).

Oaklawn on Monday features the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) which is another  Road to the Kentucky Derby Race and a prep for the Arkansas Derby, and the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). Gun Runner returns to racing in the Razorback. Click here for a blog post from Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation. (@zipseatthetrack on Twitter).

 

OTHER ITEMS

IMPORTANT --- NEW IRS REGULATIONS

The US Treasury Department has proposed new IRS regulations to change the reporting requirements on winning wagers at horse and dog tracks. Assume today you make $2 exacta box wager on 3 horses (or dogs) for a total cost of $12 and it wins for $1100.  You have an IRS ticket because it is considered to be a payment of over $600 on a wager of $2 or less.

Under the proposed new regulations, that would longer be true. The total cost of your $12 ticket would be used meaning your exacta would now have to pay $7,200 before being reportable.

All of this is a common sense change to reflect the reality of exotic wagers. This change would eliminate almost all IRS tickets.

Click here for more details and to send a comment to the Treasury Department in support of these proposed regulations. 

THIS WEEKEND’S SIMULCAST STAKES RACES

*** Road to the Kentucky Derby Race

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

$65,000 Jim's Orbit Stakes

$65,000 Two Altazano Stakes

AQUEDUCT

$100,000 Broadway Stakes

GOLDEN GATE

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) ***

GULFSTREAM PARK

$200,000 Royal Delta Stakes  (G2)

LAUREL PARK

$300,000 Barbara Fritchie Stakes (G2)

$250,000 General George Stakes (G3)

OAKLAWN PARK

$150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3)

SANTA ANITA

$200,000 Buena Vista Stakes (G2)

$500,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4

TAMPA BAY DOWNS

$100,000 Pelican Stakes

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY  19

AQUEDUCT

$100,000 Franklin Stakes

SANTA ANITA

$100,000 Spring Fever Stakes

$500,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4

 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY  20

AQUEDUCT

$100,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes

OAKLAWN PARK

$500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) ***

$500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3)

SANTA ANITA

$300,000 Guaranteed Late 50 Cent Pick 4