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Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby.

March 24, 2015

Florida offers one of the big races before the Kentucky Derby. The Florida Derby is south Florida’s show case race.


Poker Players…… Obama’s Deptment of Injustice at it again.

November 17, 2012

PPA: One Year for U.S. Full Tilt Repayments is Realistic By : Dan Cypra

Obama’s Deptment of Injustice at it again.

As you know by now, the Poker Players Alliance, or PPA, met with the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss U.S. Full Tilt player refunds last week. While Full Tilt players from outside of the United States have largely been reunited with their funds and made whole, those in the U.S. remain cashless with no end in sight. Rumors of a one-year repayment time line have been circulating since the PPA’s meeting on Tuesday.

According to PPA Executive Director John Pappas, a one-year time frame for U.S. Full Tilt players to get repaid is “realistic based on what we heard in the meeting. There is a bureaucratic and regulatory process they have to go by. The first hurdle hasn’t even been accomplished yet, which is hiring a third-party processor. They don’t yet have their policies in place.” The end of 2013 would be more than two years since Black Friday.

Besides when players will be repaid, the subject of how much they’ll get back has also come up. “The point of our meeting was to very strongly argue for the fact that players should get 100% of their balances back for a number of reasons,” Pappas told PocketFives. “The settlement was designed so that PokerStars would cover players’ outstanding account balances. If the DOJ doesn’t restore 100% of the balances, it would mean that <strong>the only people who got screwed are U.S. Full Tilt players. PokerStars paid back their U.S. players’ account balances in full and rest-of-world Full Tilt players were back their full amount.”</strong> What is the DOJ’s response when the PPA made such arguments? Did they resonate? Pappas evaluated, “They say, ‘It makes sense, but we haven’t figured it out.’ I believe that we’ll have more opportunities to meet with them. They are still trying to figure it out. It was critically important that we got in there and met with them when we did. The worst way they could look at it is if they viewed players’ money as something they never had in the first place. In a typical Ponzi scheme, someone says, ‘I think I had $1 million,’ but that money was never really there. In this case, the money was actually there in an account.”

Many posters on PocketFives and other communities have questioned why the DOJ wouldn’t designate PokerStars to refund players given that the site did so after Black Friday? “I don’t think the DOJ thinks it’s good policy to be giving money back to the company they seized it from. This division collects fraud settlements and disperses them to claimants. This is their job. They’re going to handle it and do so at their own speed. We can do our best to urge the process along.”

Why does the process take a year? Is the DOJ horribly backlogged? Are they understaffed? “They made it clear to us that they are in the process of returning $3.1 billion this year to Americans,” Pappas relayed. “This isn’t the only case they’re dealing with. There are big cases they’re dealing with. When it comes to repayment, you can’t just repay people in installments either. You have to repay everyone at the same time.”

We’ve also had U.S. Full Tilt users ask about the possibility that they’ll never be reunited with their bankrolls. Pappas, however, was optimistic: “No, I don’t see that at all. It’s a matter of when, not if.”

As we alluded to already, U.S. players could see a percentage of their Full Tilt bankrolls returned to them rather than the complete amount, as is common in cases of fraud. Pappas evaluated, “In many cases, it appears that players only get a small percentage of their claim. I think this is a very unique case, though, in that this is almost as if people had money in a bank and the bank went defunct. Players should get all of the money in that bank because the money was there in the first place.”

On Capitol Hill, the lone fit for online poker as a rider appears to be a bill addressing the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Preliminary discussions on the issue have already begun, but whether Congress actually addresses it remains to be seen. Pappas warned, “Congress won’t tackle anything until they get back from Thanksgiving. There’s a concern from people like us who want to be part of a larger package that Congress may not get to a larger package between now and the end of the year. That’s somewhat out of our control, but we’re in a position to try to move a bill between now and the end of the year.”

Hansen has never won at the West Virginia Derby distance of 1 1/8 …

August 3, 2012

West Virginia Derby: Hansen hopes to punch ticket to Travers

By Marty McGee

CHESTER, W.Va. – Studious racing fans may cringe at tales of a tail, but isn’t there room for fun in this game anymore? Yes, Kendall Hansen sending over his champion colt with a blue streak in his tail may seem absurd, but when it comes to the business of running around a racetrack, suddenly all the talk about Hansen turns very serious.

Both Hansens have been denied before: the man in getting the tail painted by New York and Kentucky racing authorities, and the colt by his opposition in the Holy Bull, Blue Grass, and Kentucky Derby. But the man is a cinch to finally get his way Saturday when the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby is run for the 43rd time at Mountaineer Racetrack, and many horseplayers will think the same of the speedy near-white colt when trainer Mike Maker sends him out against nine other 3-year-olds in the 1 1/8-mile fixture.

“Mike thinks the horse is better than he’s ever been going into any race, so I’m excited about that,” said Hansen, a northern Kentucky doctor who is a pain-management specialist.

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June 22, 2012
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Groups that pushed for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 are now asking Congress to pass legislation to ban all online poker!

May 23, 2012
IT IS TIME THE GOVERNMENT LEAVES ADULTS ALONE!!!!! STAND UP TO OUR GOVERNMENT SERVANTS. We need to stop oppessive government from telling us what we can do with our money while they take more and more and waste it on themselves & their friends.
Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

In the wake of the Justice Department announcement on their interpretation of the scope of the Wire Act as not including online poker, some of the groups that pushed for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 are now asking Congress to pass legislation to ban all online poker! Please take a moment to read their letter to House Speaker John Boehner here.
It is clear that we had better all speak up today and ensure that our elected representatives hear from us. To be frank, anyone who does not participate is allowing these groups to claim that they speak for them. Don’t let them speak for you!
Let’s all send the PPA prewritten, fully editable letter to Congress and the White House HERE and to state lawmakers HERE (or click the buttons below) via email AND snail mail. As snail mail to Congress typically takes around one month for delivery (due to security checks), the timing works out for us to send these now.
This all takes less than 60 seconds!Again, it is very important that our elected representatives know we demand our right to play, so let’s all send these out now.

The good news is that there is a silver lining to all of this. After all, where there is a threat, there is opportunity, and this is no exception! This anti-poker letter will increase the attention to this issue even further. Lawmakers will be checking this week to gauge support for a ban versus support for licensing, so our letters will play a vital role there. As PPA and other poker interests have lobbyists working Capitol Hill, these efforts will have a great synergy.
So, let’s all do our part!
On another note, PPA Director of Grassroots and External Affairs Drew Lesofski, PPA FL State Director Donna Blevins, and I are in Tampa, FL today to kick off the PPA Town Hall meeting tour. We will be in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow for a town hall meeting there as well. We are all looking forward to meeting everyone in person at these meetings. I hope everyone who can make it will join us for a great evening at one of the town halls!

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Black Caviar cracks 20th straight win in the Group One Sangster in Australia.

April 29, 2012



Black Caviar cracks 20th straight win


Black Caviar wrote yet another chapter in racing’s record book on Saturday, this time landing the Robert Sangster Stakes and an Australian-best 20th consecutive victory.

For weeks Adelaide had been abuzz with anticipation of the great mare’s appearance and she failed to disappoint the sell-out crowd of 30,000 packed into Morphettville.

The ease at which Black Caviar trounces her rivals has astounded race fans, and on Saturday she wasn’t asked to get out of second gear to defeat Sistine Angel and Power Princess by four lengths.

“Luke has got great faith in her ability and so have I,” trainer Peter Moody said.

“I don’t think we ever had too much concern.

“Luke was pretty kind to her, he gave her one little smack on the bum and she did the rest.”

Twenty victories surpasses the Australian record for consecutive metropolitan wins set by Desert Gold and Gloaming early last century.

It also breaks the modern-day mark set by US wonder mare Zenyatta in 2010.


“It’s unbelievable isn’t it, how she has coped with it,” Moody said.

“Most of your sprinters are wound up, excitable types, but she’s just so laid-back and takes it all in her stride.

“She’s a remarkable horse.”

To see Black Caviar achieve the feat on Australian soil is especially satisfying for her connections as they dream of showcasing her to the world in the coming months.

The Group One Sangster was the first of two scheduled Adelaide appearances for Black Caviar following a 10-week absence after her Lightning Stakes triumph.

Trainer Peter Moody expected her to derive plenty of improvement from Saturday’s run as she heads toward The Goodwood (1,200m) at Morphettville in a fortnight.

That will be her final appearance in Australia before heading to England to contest the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1,200m) at Royal Ascot on June 23.

While many race fans bet a mere dollar on Black Caviar and keep the winning ticket as a souvenir, one punter on Friday placed $100,000 on her at $1.04 – a $4,000 profit from her 70 seconds’ work.

The Sangster was the third win on the card for Moody and jockey Luke Nolen.

They earlier combined to win the Benchmark 68+ with Cosmic Causeway and then the Group Two Queen Of The South Stakes with So Pristine.

It is a very sad day for horse racing fans everywhere, Havre de Grace retired .

April 24, 2012


Champion horse Havre de Grace retired with injury

2011 Horse of the Year hurt ankle training at Churchill Downs.


The 2011 American Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Havre de Grace was retired from racing after suffering an ankle injury Sunday while training at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, the horse’s owner said.

“It is with great disappointment that I have to announce that Havre de Grace has been retired,” Rick Porter, Havre de Grace’s owner, wrote Monday on his Fox Hill Farm’s website

“After her work yesterday at Churchill, a little heat was noted in her right front ankle,” Porter continued. “Still there this morning, ‘Grace’ was sent to Rood & Riddle [veterinary hospital] to be seen by Dr. Larry Bramlage.”

“Unfortunately,” he wrote, “we didn’t get a positive prognosis for continuing her racing career.”

Porter posted the veterinary report and X-ray of Havre de Grace’s right front ankle on the website. The diagnosis read: “RF lateral middle distal sesamoidean ligament desmitis.”

Havre de Grace had raced once this year, winning easily in the New Orleans Ladies Handicap at the Fair Grounds Race Track on St. Patrick’s Day. She spent the winter at the Fair Grounds.

Porter and Larry Jones had been undecided where to race her next. They skipped last weekend’s Apple Blossom Handicap in Arkansas, a race Havre de Grace won last year, because Porter didn’t like the weight assigned to her.

Havre de Grace arrived at Churchill Downs with Jones on April 17.

A 5-year-old daughter of St. Liam, Havre de Grace was voted Horse of the Year after a 2011 campaign in which she won five of seven starts, including three Grade I stakes races, only one of two horses to win that many top tier races last year. She was also voted the Top Filly or Older Mare of 2011.

Her only losses in 2011 were by a nose in the Delaware Handicap and a fourth place finish in the Breeders Cup Championship. She beat a field of males in winning the prestigious Woodward Stakes at Saratoga last summer and also won the Beldame Handicap at Belmont Park.

Havre de Grace won nine races and nearly $2.6 million in purses in her 16 career starts..

“Owning Grace through her racing career has been the highlight of my time in horse racing,” Porter wrote. “She was a wonderful, wonderful racehorse, and I feel confident she’ll be an equally wonderful broodmare. Thanks, Grace, for all you gave us, and here’s to a long and enjoyable retirement.”

Hansen has proven to be head and shoulders above the rest of his opponents here.

April 14, 2012
Kentucky Derby 2012 Prep Preview VIDEO: Blue Grass Stakes, Hansen

The road to Kentucky Derby 2012 winds down this Saturday, and HRN’s Master Handicapper Jarrod Horak gives you the tools to pick the Blue Grass Stakes in this new video!

Does frontrunner Hansen have a chance in the speed-stacked field? Or can closers like Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective jump up at the end?

Get all the facts and a quick peek at the Arkansas Derby, too!

The Gr. I, $750,000 Toyota Bluegrass Stakes will be run at the Keeneland race track in Lexington, KY this Saturday, and 2011 two-year-old colt champion Hansen is the early favorite.

Hansen will be in a field of 12 very capable opponents on his last Kentucky Derby prep race, which should provide us with a better grasp on whether he is a Derby favorite of not.

Through his performances, Hansen, a son of Tapit out of the Sir Cat mare Stormy Sunday, has proven to be head and shoulders above the rest of his opponents here. Yet he still lacks the due respect of a Breeders Cup Juvenile champ and early Derby favorite.

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez will once again be aboard the morning line 6/5 favorite. He comes from winning convincingly the Gr. III Gotham Stakes, where he showed, for the first time, that he can rate off the pace.

This could prove a very helpful trait for his Triple Crown aspirations.

He will have a slew of contenders that mainly are looking to secure enough graded earning to guarantee a spot on the Kentucky Derby gate on May 5th. But they wouldn’t mind taking the winner’s take of the $750,000 purse.

Hansen’s main opposition may come from Howe Great, Dullahan and Prospective.

The H. Graham Motion-trained Howe Great comes from a good-looking win at the Palm Bach Stakes over the turf at Gulfstream Park on Mar. 12. He tracked the pace setter, Scorcher, and held off a strong stretch bid from Dullahan to win by a length.

That race was at the same nine furlong distance they will be running in this race, so that gives both colts a proven experience at the distance.

For Dullahan, it was his first race since finishing fourth in the Breeders Cup Juvenile behind Hansen, Union Rags and Creative Cause. He was slowly gaining on Howe Great and should be fitter for this race.

Prospective is an improving colt who finished a well-beaten 13th to Hansen in the Breeders Cup Juvenile last year. But this year he has won two out of three races, gradually improving his Beyer figures.

On his last race, he wore the blinker-on for the first time and had his best Beyer yet (90) on his win on the Gr. III Tampa Bay Derby on Mar. 10.

Some other contenders who might be less favored than the above-mentioned horses would be Ever So Lucky, Heavy Breathing, Hero of Order and Scatman.

Saturday is a BIG day for horse racing fans.

March 29, 2012

This Saturday is a BIG day for racing fans!!!

Dubai World Cup
Game On Dude, Royal Delta get Cup posts
The $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse is this Saturday, and the premier pair of U.S.-trained horses — Bob Baffert’s Game On Dude and Bill Mott’s Royal Delta — drew posts worlds away from each other. Mott got his choice and took Post 7; Baffert, still in the hospital after a heart attack, was assigned Post 14, the only one remaining. Mott’s Royal Delta will attempt to become the first female to win the World Cup in its 17 runnings. Stream the full card LIVE on


Union Rags still atop Derby Watch list Union Rags still sits atop the Derby Watch Top 20 list compiled and updated weekly by DRF’s Jay Privman and Mike Watchmaker. And this Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park will feature a match-up between the top Derby Watch horse and the list’s No. 4 horse (and Risen Star winner), El Padrino. Come to every Wednesday for an updated top 20 list and Friday for Watchmaker and Privman’s latest video.