03/27/2015 4:41PM

Mid-Atlantic tracks reach simulcast deal with Monarch


The simulcast dispute between the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative of racetracks and the Monarch Content Management Company, which is owned by the Stronach Group and controls the simulcast signals from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita among others, was resolved late Friday afternoon.

The agreement means the Cooperative’s 23 racetracks, including nearly all of the tracks in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas, along with a few harness tracks along the East Coast, will immediately begin receiving the simulcast signals from all of Monarch’s tracks. Saturday is Florida Derby Day at Gulfstream Park, one of the largest handle days of the winter racing season.

In addition to Gulfstream and Santa Anita, Monarch also handles the simulcast signals of the Maryland Jockey Club tracks, Tampa Bay Downs, Golden Gate Fields, Turf Paradise, and the Meadowlands.

The two sides have been involved in a contract stalemate since last October. The Monarch track signals have not been sent to the Cooperative’s tracks since Dec. 1.

“There were a lot of complicated issues that had to be worked through and we stuck with it until we reached a resolution,” said Phil O’Hara, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative.

The agreement contains a confidentiality agreement, and O’Hara said he could not divulge any of the terms, including pricing.

Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
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michael More than 1 year ago
Frank can kiss it. I love Oak lawn and all the other non frank tracks. This was a crime.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
stronach group has survived this long without my wagers and vice versa. so, having said that, I WILL remain with the status quo. the only thing I look forward to now is seeing all the better horses and bigger fields coming back north after their winter retreat. thanks stronach group, your GREED has saved me money and probably a lot of headaches from blind stewards.
John Eckert More than 1 year ago
The fans are having a dispute on whether to bet again! We will get back to you when we reach an agreement! Take care, lol!
Jason STRICKLAND More than 1 year ago
The only reason the dispute got settled is because of the two big weeks of racing coming up and all the $$$$ both sides would loose if the dispute was not resolved. They do not care one bit for the fans thanks for nothing.
David More than 1 year ago
Next, hopefully Woodbine wakes up and signs with Nevada. 100% of zero is still zero where I come from.
David Greene More than 1 year ago
I'm so happy that they signed there contrat,tonight
Ron Rios More than 1 year ago
horrible that it has been this long, racing is killing racing