• McCoy Aiming for Big Win in Final Career Race

    Champion jockey AP McCoy has announced that he will retire after his final race at forthcoming Cheltenham Festival next month. In his long illustrious career, McCoy has won 19 championships among which the most memorable are two Gold Cups, one Queen Mother Champion Chase and three Champion Hurdles. He is keen to make his final championship run memorable by winning another Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. AP McCoy who is also fondly called as Tony McCoy by his close friends attributes all his special wins to his favourite horse Synchronized. For the forthcoming Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, McCoy is likely to ride on Carlingford Lough, which won Irish Hennessy.

    AP McCoyMcCoy’s career

    The Northern Irish jockey’s career started at an early age of 17 years when he won his first race in 1992 at Ireland. He started his early career as an apprentice for retired trainer Toby Balding and won the first Champion Jockey title of his career in 1995-96 and since then has broken record of several jockeys by gathering 19 titles in all. In England, McCoy won his first race at Exeter in 1994 on Chickabiddy which had been trained by Gordon Edwards. Champion jockey McCoy also attributes his success to his trainers Martin Pipe and Paul Nicholls with whom he had a strong partnership that enabled him to stay fit and win 4000 times.

    Preparing for the final racex

    When McCoy announced his retirement early this month he also expressed his desire to try and win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham for the last time and sign off with a flourish. He is considering several horses for the race and is preparing himself by taking part in Stan James Champion Hurdle. Besides Carlingford Lough, McCoy is studying the progress of Sire De Grugy, Sprinter Sacre and Dodging Bullets along with Jezki. Discussions are also on for JP McManus stable’s horse Mr. Mole as a potential ride for McCoy at Cheltenham.

  • Idaho Tribes’ Leaders Try to Limit Racing Machines

    A new slot game, which is gaining popularity in Idaho, may soon face closure, if the leaders of Idaho Indian Tribes have their way. The controversy is around “Instant Racing” video slot machines, which show videos of last few minutes of old horse races after deleting all identification marks from horses and riders so players cannot identify them and bid on race outcome. The slot game has started a strong debate between Idaho’s Indian tribes and owners of horse racetracks, which are trying to make some money through these games as traditional pari-mutuel racing is declining rapidly in the region. “Horse Racing” slot machines that opened for the first time in Idaho during second quarter of 2014 in Les Bois Park racetrack have managed to rake in wagers worth $40 million within seven months, helping the owners to report profits after years of losses.horse-slot-machine

     Opposition from Indian Tribes

    These machines are facing stiff opposition from largest Indian tribes of Idaho which are Coeur d’ Alene, Kootenai, Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone Paiute. They have managed to introduce legislation in Idaho Senate for repeal of the previous act which legalized these machines and also for prohibition of all these “instant racing” machines located in Boise’s Les Bois Park horserace track. They will now seek another bill to limit gaming across three racetracks in the state as these machines do not support pari-mutuel wagering and threaten tribal gaming.

    Action proposed by tribal leaders

    Besides sending a letter to Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter requesting for an immediate prohibition of these games, several prominent non-Indian mayors, community leaders and sheriffs have opposed these machines calling them ‘Vegas style video slot machines posing as horse racing tracks’. The leaders stated that this “illegal slot machines” will put the operations of gaming parlors run by Coeur d’Alene tribe in Northern Idaho which employ 2000 in jeopardy. As these gaming businesses give millions of dollars every year as donations to support community healthcare needs and manage transport infrastructure in the region the new “racing machines” would put a large section of local economy at risk.

  • English FA Finally Acts on Betting Among Players

    The Football Association in England has always been lenient towards betting in the sport. With so many of the major sponsors of the England team, the Premier League and lower leagues coming from betting sites, regulating that area can prove tricky.

    England FAHowever, the FA has decided that players will no longer be able to bet on any type of football game. This ban extends to all employees at a club. Anyone from the manager of a football team to the kit man is not allowed to put money on a Premier League or Football League game.

    This move is long overdue, with betting a long standing problem for football players. A lot of ex players have spoken about the amount of debt they racked up by betting on football. In addition, there was a spot fixing investigation that involved three Premier League players.

    There was another story related to betting in football this year. The manager of Tranmere Rovers, an English Football League team, admitted that he broke the FA’s rules on betting while he was employed by the club. Even though Ronnie Moore got to keep his job, he was sanctioned by the FA with a multiple match touchline ban. He was also fined a significant amount.

    England’s football body is hoping that by introducing a complete ban on football related betting, they will be able to remove these types of incidents from the game. Players are much less likely to go into a grey betting area if they know that any type of football betting is illegal.

    Players will still be allowed to bet on horse racing, cricket, tennis or other sports. They may also bet on football leagues from other countries, but this is not advised. Individual players are no longer allowed to endorse betting products, even though leagues and clubs can continue to promote these services.