Saturday, April 6, 2013

HANA NEWS - April, 2013

The April, 2013 HANA Newsletter is now up on our website.

Here's a link:

Not only are Santa Anita's year over year handle numbers for the 14% takeout pick five up $5.35 million and 46.9 percent respectively - but, apparently, the low takeout bet is sparking handle growth in the pools of the other wagers on the wagering menu for the races in the pick five sequence.

With 1 fewer race day this year vs. last year - and looking strictly at the races in the Pick5 sequence - or races 1-5 only:

Dollar Change in Total Handle Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012:.......... UP $16.45 million
Percentage Change in Total Handle Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012:.. UP 10.14 percent

However, looking only at the races outside the Pick5 sequence:

Dollar Change in Total Handle Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012:.......... UP $2.13 million
Percentage Change in Total Handle Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2012:.. UP 0.94 percent

Read more at the HANA Blog...

What YOU can do to reinstate ADW (Account Deposit Wagering) in your state.

Make a difference! -click here-

(March 29 2013) - The Horseplayers Association of North America's (HANA) harness racing division in association with the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness (Balmoral and Maywood Parks), The Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs is pleased to announce "The 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge".

The format of this year's competition is a change from past Pen vs. Chip competitions as it doesn't matter which type of handicapping method a handicapper uses as long as it is their own. In addition, instead of handicapping complete race cards, the contest focuses only on Grand Circuit races. Using the Grand Circuit schedule, excluding most elimination races, handicappers will be given $30 to wager as they will on race finals or in the case of races being contested in divisions, on one or more of the divisions. Each gambler must invest the full $30 or they will be penalized. The handicapper with the highest net profit after the last Grand Circuit race of the year will be the champion. The contest begins and concludes at Northfield Park; beginning on April 26 with the Courageous Lady and concluding on December 14 with the Cleveland Classic and includes 74 contest dates and 230 individual races. Rules and the Schedule of Races may be found at the contest website.

For more info contact Allan Schott at:

Read more at the Contest Website...

(March 26 2013) - The Horseplayers Association of North America is pleased to announce that once again this year, the membership is invited to participate in an online handicapping tournament on Saturday April 13th. This unique event will feature high quality races (including the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby!) from tracks with advantageous takeout rates.

The handicapping contest is in partnership with, the preeminent online tournament site committed to providing players ample contest opportunities at industry leading takeout rates. Through the Derby Wars chat environment, members will be able to interact in real time with one another as well as HANA leadership. Please feel free to ask questions about our charter and find out more about our commitment to improving the game while enjoying the challenge of competing for a $10,000 prize pool.

Read more at the HANA Blog...

Contest site sign up link -click here-

Live racing returns at Hastings Race Course. Opening Day is Saturday April 13, 2013. First post is at 1:50 pm pacific.

Quote from Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager for BC Racing:
"Hastings will offer low takeout of 15% on their WIN/PLACE/SHOW, Daily Double, Pick 3,4,5 wagering pools once again this year.

"Also this year after upgrades to our tote we will be able to offer our US players fractional wagering on Superfecta and Pick 4 Pools at $.20 and Pick 5 Pool at $.60.

In the US players can play us thru TVG, Twinspires, Xpressbet and various tracks and offtrack locations through the country.

Over the last couple of years as part of our reduced takeout strategy we have seen significant handle gains, 5% in 2011 and 12% in 2012, and in 2013 we hope to continue that trend with further market penetration."

You make the call.


It's been nearly two months since veterinarian Orlando Paraliticci was banned from the Tampa Bay Downs premises by track management because of an incident that took place at the barn of trainer Jane Cibelli. Paraliticci, known as Dr. O on the backside of the Oldsmar, Fla., racetrack, allegedly was observed injecting a horse's knee on the morning it was scheduled to race - a practice that is strictly prohibited.

Read more at The Paulick Report...

Racing Commissioners International (RCI) today gave final approval to the RCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule, setting the stage for uniform implementation of racing medication rules in the United States and beyond.

The RCI schedule is intended to be a guide for testing laboratories in determining the level at which the presence of a substance would violate the rules and become a violation. It also creates restrictions on administering medications within times certain prior to a race, creating a clear line that horsemen and veterinarians should not cross.

Read more at The Paulick Report...

Horses competing in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby have been put under surveillance for the 72 hours before the race for the first time after an owner with a horse in the race offered to pay for the enhanced security to ensure the race was run fairly and provide transparency to the betting public.

Read more at the New York Times...

HANA Newsletter Editor's Note:
As much as increased security for Graded Stakes Races seems like such a no brainer, multiple sources in California have told me final approval for this was no slam dunk. Apparently, the idea was met with significant resistance by the higher ups at both the TOC and CHRB. In my opinion, Santa Anita President George Haines deserves a tip of the hat from horseplayers everywhere for standing firm and getting this done.

Jeff Platt
President, HANA


Anonymous said...

Any chance you guys have before and after stats for Cibelli?

Anonymous said...

I saw it posted on twitter Anon.

If I remember correctly, it was 12% since the debacle, down from somewhere in the 25+ area.

..... but don't quote me on that!