Steve Bittenbender

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Steve Bittenbender covers Midwest and Gulport news for He also specializes in sports betting and horse racing. Steve is a veteran reporter and brings more than two decades of experience covering sports, business and politics. He joined in 2019.

Steve has also covered major collegiate and professional sports for the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal and is frequently featured on local network TV newscasts and podcasts for his horse racing business and legislative expertise. A Reuters contributor, he has also previously served as editor for Government Security News.

Steve lives in Louisville, Kentucky -- the epicenter of the US horse racing industry -- with his wife and son. He is also an avid poker player, having learned from his uncle as a wholesome after-school pastime with cookies and milk.

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Kentucky Derby 148: Plenty of Questions to be Answered Saturday

Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be hard-pressed to top the scene at Churchill Downs on Friday, where 86-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas won his first Kentucky Oaks in 32 years with Secret Oath. Still, the 148th running of the Run...

Steve Bittenbender May 7, 2022
Monmouth fixed-odds

Monmouth Park About to Make History Again as Fixed-Odds Horse Racing Starts Sunday

UPDATE 5/7 2:45 pm ET - Monmouth Park officials announced Saturday's eight-race card was canceled due to heavy rains and strong winds. The New Jersey track's 2022 meet, which will include fixed-odds wagering, will now begin Sunday. While the eyes of the...

Steve Bittenbender May 6, 2022
Buffalo Bills stadium

Buffalo Bills New Stadium Naming Rights Could Be In Play for Barstool, Other Gaming Companies

When the Buffalo Bills open their new stadium, the NFL team may also be looking for a new naming rights sponsor. Front Office Sports reported Friday that Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, the health insurance company that currently holds the naming rights...

Steve Bittenbender May 6, 2022

Kentucky Derby Betting Update: Morning-Line Odds Explained

Pari-mutuel betting on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby started Friday morning, and when post positions were drawn, there were more than a few eyebrows raised when Zandon was installed as the morning-line favorite. Zandon, a Chad Brown-trained colt coming off a win in last...

Steve Bittenbender May 6, 2022

Chicago Picks Bally’s for $1.7B Casino, But Some Near Tribune Site Object

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday that the city would move forward with Bally’s Corp. as its pick to operate a casino in the Illinois metropolis. The announcement, which has been anticipated, came after the Rhode Island-based gaming company reached a deal...

Steve Bittenbender May 5, 2022
Bally's Tribune rendering

Bally’s Chair Soo Kim, Chicago Mayor Set to Meet Thursday on Casino

The Windy City may have found the company to operate its casino. Bally’s Corp. Chairman Soo Kim landed in Chicago Wednesday with plans to meet with Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The paper reported if all goes as...

Steve Bittenbender May 5, 2022
California sports betting

California Sports Betting Proponents Get 1.6M Signatures for Ballot Measure

Proponents of a measure that would legalize online sports betting in California announced Tuesday they gathered 1.6 million signatures to get the question on the ballot this year. Election officials need to verify that 997,139 came from registered voters by June 30...

Steve Bittenbender May 4, 2022
AJ Brown

NFL Draft Recap: Receiver Trades Impact Super Bowl, Awards Odds

The NFL held its annual draft this past weekend in Las Vegas. However, the biggest news coming from the three-day event wasn’t any particular pick that’s set to turn a mediocre team into the next Cincinnati Bengals. Instead, it was the trades...

Steve Bittenbender May 2, 2022

Kentucky Derby Field Comes Into Focus Ahead of Monday’s Post Position Draw

With less than a week before the Kentucky Derby, the field for the 148th running of the classic race is almost set. On Sunday, Early Voting’s owner notified Churchill Downs the Wood Memorial runner-up would not run in next Saturday’s race. That...

Steve Bittenbender May 1, 2022
Aristocrat groundbreaking

Aristocrat Starts on New Las Vegas Center, Unveils Fremont St. Promo

Aristocrat Technologies broke ground Friday on a manufacturing facility in Henderson, a building company officials said will develop gaming devices to clients across the world. The project will be the biggest for Aristocrat in five years, according to Mary Lynn Palenik, the...

Steve Bittenbender April 30, 2022