TrackNet prohibited 80 Nevada casinos Wednesday from taking pari-mutuel wagers on five race tracks, forcing bookmakers to either have the house back the wagers or to take no action on them.
Santa Anita, Gulfstream, Golden Gate and Oaklawn were all blacked out today in Nevada while the fifth track, Laurel, had a scheduled dark day. No television signals were allowed, which means horseplayers could not watch races at TrackNet venues.
TrackNet, a partnership of Magna Entertainment and Churchill Downs, is negotiating with the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association over the fees casinos pay to take pari-mutuel bets on TrackNet’s races.
Both sides met Wednesday, TrackNet’s Scott Daruty told the Daily Racing Form.
Reportedly several Las Vegas race parlors were booking bets Wednesday, however telephone betting was shut down at South Point, Wynn and Orleans.
Personally, I bet over the telephone. So, until they open the phone rooms again I won’t be posting any race analysis on this site. Instead, I’ll use the down time to catch up research.