Track Phantom | Richard Pitino, son of legendary Louisville college basketball coach, Rick Pitino, should be Big Ten Coach of the Year. His Minnesota Gophers are 10-6 in the Big Ten (22-7 overall) and are tied for third in the conference.view
Across the Board | As the centerpiece in last Saturday’s stakes-loaded card at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes was the first of eight races on the national schedule to award 50 Derby eligibility points to the winner, Girvin.view
The Daily Racing Form (DRF) has announced new tournament partnerships that include Boyd Gaming’s venerable Horse Player World Series and the Wynn Handicapping Challenge in Las Vegas. The Del Mar Handicapping Challenge is also joining DRF’s latest contest initiative.view
Poker Profiles | This month, I interviewed Andy Rich, the poker room manager at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas, one of the most popular card rooms in town.
Lindo Report | I was at Santa Anita the day Affirmed destroyed the field in the 1978 Grade I Santa Anita Derby. I was at Hollywood Park when Seattle Slew, coming off his Triple Crown sweep, was beaten by J.O. Tobin in the 1977 Swaps Stakes in front of over 80,000 fans.
Around Town | History was made Monday morning when the NFL team owners, who are holding their annual league meeting in Phoenix, voted 31-1 to approve the Oakland Raiders’ proposed move to Las Vegas, despite a last minute plea in a letter from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday. The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland’s proposals for a new stadium.
The owner of Hialeah Park in Florida has broken ground in Florida City on a development that will include a jai-alai fronton, and later, he hopes, a poker room that will draw in tourists, as well.