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Road to Kentucky Derby Goes Through Arkansas This Weekend, Game Winner and Improbable Promise Thrills

It’s a week later than expected, but the top two contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby will finally hit the track. Even though Game Winner and Improbable won’t face each other, this should rank as one of the most exciting weekends leading up to the Derby itself. The colts, both of whom are trained by…Read More

Kentucky Sports Betting Bill Out of Time for 2019 General Assembly

An attempt to pass legislation that would legalize sports betting in Kentucky has fallen short for this year, the bill’s primary sponsor said. State Rep. Adam Koenig acknowledged on Twitter Tuesday night that House Bill 175 would not receive a vote in the state House of Representatives before the 2019 General Assembly session is scheduled…Read More

March Madness Kicks Off for Major College Basketball Teams, Conference Tourneys Offer Last Chances

Across the country, the first act of March Madness is winding down as the nation’s top conferences have begun their league tournaments. While the NCAA Tournament field won’t officially be announced until Sunday evening, most of the schools know where they stand when it comes to whether or not their name will be called. However,…Read More

FanDuel Pierces Philly Market with New Valley Forge Casino Sportsbook in Pennsylvania

DFS giant FanDuel opened its latest sportsbook on Wednesday afternoon, officially entering the Pennsylvania market. The FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort gives the company a presence in the Philadelphia market with its location in King of Prussia. The facility seats at least 30 customers, meaning its 29 video screens to display both games…Read More

Minor League Key Exec Sees Major Problem with Expanded Sports Betting

As more professional sports leagues look to partner with gaming entities, at least one entity is expressing concern about what expanded legal sports betting might do to its game. In an interview with the Boston Herald, Pat O’Conner, president and CEO of Minor League Baseball, said he’s bracing for the day when his league will have…Read More

Favorites Find Rough Trips on Road to Kentucky Derby: Weekend Recap

The cancellation of the San Felipe Stakes took a lot of luster off this past weekend’s Kentucky Derby prep races, and as such, there was little movement among the contenders for a spot in racing’s crown event. Three prep races went off, but only one of them — the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Kentucky’s Turfway…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby Features Three Stakes Races on Saturday

Kentucky Derby odds horse racing

Even as the biggest contenders have been forced to hold off on starting their road to the Kentucky Derby, this weekend will still feature plenty of action as other Derby hopefuls line up in for prep races in Florida, New York, and Kentucky. The main event for the weekend would have been the Grade II…Read More

Oddsmakers Tab Kyler Murray as Favorite for Top Pick in NFL Draft

NFL Draft odds Kyler Murray

After the NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up in Indianapolis earlier this week, US sportsbooks started rolling out their odds for whom would be chosen as the top pick in next month’s draft. Right now, those odds are looking pretty good for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has approached prohibitive favorite…Read More

Santa Anita Suspends Racing After Fatality, Kentucky Derby Prep, Other Stakes Rescheduled

Santa Anita suspension horse racing

Officials at Santa Anita Park announced late Tuesday they would close the California track indefinitely after a horse needed to be euthanized due to sustaining an injury during training. That brings the number of horses who have died at the track up to 21 since late December. The Stronach Group, which owns the track, announced…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby: Code of Honor, Bourbon War Stand Out After Fountain of Youth Stakes

Kentucky Derby odds Code of Honor

Sometimes on the road to the Kentucky Derby, it’s not the horse that wins a prep race that makes the biggest impression. Take Saturday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes, for example. Code of Honor won the race at Gulfstream Park and earned 50 points to put him in second place in the Derby point standings. However,…Read More

Kentucky vs. Tennessee Rivalry Highlights Weekend College Basketball Action

This weekend marks the next-to-last regular season weekend for most major college basketball conferences, but there’s only one game that features two teams ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. But, boy, is that game a big one. Fourth-ranked Kentucky (24-4) travels down to Knoxville on Saturday afternoon to play No. 7 Tennessee (25-3)…Read More

Road to Kentucky Derby: Hidden Scroll Gets His First Test in Deeply Competitive Fountain of Youth

Last year, Justify bucked more than a century of horse racing tradition to go from an unraced 2-year-old to a Kentucky Derby winner. Could we see a repeat in 2019? Saturday may help us find out the answer to that question as a colt making just his second start is the morning-line favorite in the…Read More

Bryce Harper Agrees to Landmark $330M Deal with Philadelphia, Oddsmakers Boost Phillies World Series Chances

Major League Baseball’s most prized free agent has finally found a home. Bryce Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon, according to numerous media reports. Word of the former Nationals slugger landing the largest contract in North American professional sports history quickly made waves on social media. Repercussions…Read More

AGA Gaming Industry Study Shows Charitable Giving, Diversity as Major Tenets

The American Gaming Association (AGA) released a report on Wednesday showing the industry ranks above others when it comes to promoting social responsibility and a diverse workforce. The study — conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation on behalf of the industry lobbying group —  shows that in 2017, US gaming companies donated $367…Read More

Nevada Gaming Control Board Denies MLB Request to Ban Spring Training Sports Bets

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has turned down a request from Major League Baseball (MLB) to keep the state’s sports books from posting odds on the league’s preseason contests. In a letter dated Feb. 21 to an MLB attorney, NGCB chairwoman Sandra Morgan said sports books in Nevada had taken such bets on Spring Training…Read More