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BetMakers Signs Deal with 1/ST Content

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BetMakers Technology Group Limited announced that it has executed a non-binding term sheet with The Stronach Group’s 1/ST Content business (1/ST Content) for the distribution of BetMakers’ Global Racing Network’s (GRN) race meetings into international wagering markets, including the UK and Ireland.

The deal, which is subject to long form agreement completion, is scheduled to launch from May 1 and intends for BetMakers’ GRN feature racing content from racecourses at Kentucky Downs, Charles Town, Mahoning Valley, Penn National, Sam Houston, Zia Park and Monmouth Park to be available for 1/ST Content’s broadcast schedule. This includes through Sky Sports Racing in the UK and Ireland, as well as across other international media partners’ websites.

BetMakers’ Chief Executive Officer, Jake Henson, said: “The partnership with 1/ST Content is designed to be an important addition to BetMakers’ Global Racing Network, further broadening our global racing distribution base with a strong and credible partner in expansive markets, which can deliver enhanced returns to our racetrack partners.”

Also, the company has announced a major change to BetMakers senior leadership. This is that Christian Stuart, CEO of the company’s North American business, will depart from his position on 6 April 2023.

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Mr Henson said: “On behalf of BetMakers’ board and wider international leadership team, we would like to thank Christian for his service and commitment during his time in the business. We wish him all the best for his next challenge, of which I’m confident he will be a tremendous asset.”

Christian Stuart said: “It has been a pleasure working with the team and advancing the interests of the Company here in the US. I am confident we will see the Company go from strength to strength as the US market expands.”

Las Vegas-based Executive Chairman, Matt Davey, said: “Whilst we are still in the early phase of our restructuring, I am pleased to see the progress the team has made both internally and with our key industry stakeholders. At our core, we rely on great technology and strong relationships, which Christian has delivered well on both fronts. I am proud of what he has achieved during his time with us. Moving forward, we will continue to execute on market expansion and a relentless focus on optimising our business.”

Additionally, BetMakers announced the promotion of Chelsey Abbott to its Executive Team as the Chief People Officer.

“This is an incredibly well-deserved promotion, and we are excited about the positive impact that Chelsey will make in this new capacity,” Mr Davey said.

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“As Chief People Officer, Chelsey will centralise the global People & Culture team and continue to drive the development and execution of our People and Culture strategy. She will also play a crucial role in shaping BetMakers’ capability by driving an engaging workplace culture that empowers our employees to thrive.”

The company also announced that it is relocating its headquarters to Melbourne where the CEO, along with other executive members, are now based.

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1/ST CONTENT renews exclusive long-term Breeders’ Cup global distribution deal

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1/ST CONTENT, the leading provider of premium content for North American horse racing, has reached exclusive new deal terms for its ongoing three-year contract option with Breeders’ Cup Limited, strengthening both parties’ progressive partnership around content rights, data, fixed-odds, and signals for the ultimate festival of global Thoroughbred racing.

This milestone agreement encompasses worldwide broadcast and video-streaming distribution relating to fixed-odds wagering on the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for 1/ST CONTENT’s array of international sportsbook partners outside of North America.

The forthcoming edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races worth $33 million in purses and awards, will be staged later this year (November 1-2) at beautiful Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Southern California, providing a flagship finale to the flat and dirt racing calendar, including the season-defining $7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

These championship contests combine to bolster 1/ST CONTENT’s market-leading position for distribution, mapping over 80% of all North American racing and opening the door to many of the world’s most prestigious races – from the Triple Crown to the Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on January 25 and the inaugural California Crown (G1) at Santa Anita on September 28, now a natural stepping stone to the Breeders’ Cup itself.

Once again, all races will be available for broadcast via 1/ST CONTENT’s partner at Sky Sports Racing in the UK and Ireland, as well as across a host of other international media partners’ digital channels. This timetable of engaging United States action, whose chronology naturally complements international racing coverage across varied time zones from Europe to Australia, provides 1/ST CONTENT’s global partners with another high-quality source of fast-settling betting content at both primetime and off-peak viewing slots.

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will feature best-in-class safety, integrity and equine welfare protocols implemented in collaboration with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), its Horse Racing Integrity & Welfare Unit (HIWU) and the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). Further, through its ground-breaking alliance with Total Performance Data (TPD) – the definitive source of live GPS-tracking data for racing – 1/ST CONTENT is also deepening in-play fan engagement at Del Mar this year, delivering in-running betting for all races.

“The Breeders’ Cup is happy to renew and grow our close collaboration with 1/ST CONTENT in order to widen the reach of our global championship event,” said Justin McDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Breeders’ Cup Limited.

“As a result, sports fans and bettors around the world can look forward to more in-depth coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from the most revered racetracks in the United States over the coming years, including the next two renewals at Del Mar. We look forward to seeing our elite portfolio of races showcased to more and more fans across both mature and emerging markets.”

Simon Fraser, Senior Vice President of International at 1/ST CONTENT, added: “It’s an honour to continue working in stride with the Breeders’ Cup team and some of our nation’s finest racetracks to promote a world-class festival that continues to operate at the zenith of its powers for prize funds and international participation. And our growing global audience of fixed-odds bettors outside of the States bear fitting tribute to that fact.

“Our continued commitment is to support the Breeders’ Cup’s efforts to deliver its horse racing content and wagering to a worldwide stage. We know our natural synergies will reliably benefit horse racing’s consumer economy, both at home and abroad. And speaking more broadly, this deal represents another significant step in ensuring that North American racing’s stakeholders secure their warranted status as the primary beneficiaries of revenues generated through international wagering.”

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1/ST CONTENT and Assiniboia Downs announce long-term distribution deal

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1/ST CONTENT, the leading provider of premium content for North American horse racing, has bolstered its international portfolio with the timely addition of Assiniboia Downs (ASD), the popular Canadian racetrack located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

ASD’s season commences today (20 May), with live racing typically staged every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30pm local time as part of a competitive 50-fixture schedule that stretches from May to mid-September each year.

Forthcoming highlights include the prestigious Manitoba Derby, the opening leg of the Western Canadian Derby Series, alongside other Listed stakes action. Other classic championship races comprise the Gold Cup, the Manitoba Matron and the Winnipeg Futurity, while there will also be multiple stakes contests for rising-star juveniles, beginning with the Debutante in July.

Accordingly, ASD now sits alongside other Canadian racetracks – such as Woodbine, Fort Erie and Hastings – on 1/ST CONTENT’s flexible program of top-quality action. This weekly timetable of engaging content, whose chronology naturally complements international racing coverage across varied time-zones from Europe to South Africa and Australia, provides 1/ST CONTENT’s global partners with a reliable source of fast-settling betting content at both primetime and off-peak viewing slots.

This progressive deal is emblematic of 1/ST CONTENT’s broader commitment to ensuring that North American racing’s stakeholders, whether they hail from the biggest tracks or overlooked regional diamonds, become the primary beneficiaries of revenues generated through international wagering.

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As a result, 1/ST CONTENT stands alone as the proven pacesetter for live horse racing content, mapping approximately 80% of all North American racing, and providing rights, betting data, live broadcast and video streaming on behalf of its growing global portfolio of partners. Corralling low-latency feeds from thousands of annual meetings (and showcasing tens of thousands of races each year) North American racing is helping worldwide operators to engage untapped audiences by delivering 24/7 horse racing.

Darren Dunn, CEO of Assiniboia Downs, said: “The sheer distributional scope of 1/ST CONTENT’s international operator network is second to none. Therefore, it was a logical step for ASD to partner with them to distribute our upcoming calendar to a new legion of bettors outside Canada, thereby increasing returns to the core stakeholders of our domestic scene here in Winnipeg.”

Simon Fraser, Senior Vice President International at 1/ST CONTENT, added: “1/ST CONTENT is delighted to have added Assiniboia Downs to our all-encompassing North American roster, optimizing our wider Canadian content and introducing a fresh cohort of global racing fans to one of the true hidden gems in North America. ASD’s reliable off times and inimitable content, which sometimes shows events such as team-based bareback Indian Horse Relay racing, offers something different in an often homogenized marketplace.

“Observing other unsupportive models, we are more dedicated than ever to returning the value to racing’s stakeholders, who have historically missed out with grasping suppliers that return funds to non-racing organizations and simply aren’t committed to the sustainability and welfare of the sport.

“We look forward to delivering more coverage of high-class Canadian racing than ever before to fans and bettors around the world.”

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1/ST CONTENT expands its reach to add elite Moroccan racing to burgeoning international portfolio

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1/ST CONTENT, the leading provider of premium content for North American horse racing, has broadened its dominant global footprint outside of the Americas with the announcement of a new venture into Moroccan racing.

Having won the international distribution rights, courtesy of Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC), for this Saturday 18th November’s prestigious Morocco International Meeting (MIM) at the famous Hippodrome de Casablanca, 1/ST CONTENT will continue to widen its influence across a raft of global racing content in 2024 with a burgeoning international portfolio of racetracks and marquee meetings.

The Morocco International Meeting is now in its ninth year, and this breakout deal begins as as a one-year agreement relating to tote betting into local pools across 8 elite international races this weekend (featuring prominent horses, jockeys and owners from the UK, France and Spain) with scope and an option to renew and evolve the partnership across other pools and fixed-odds formats in the years ahead.

Aside from 1/ST CONTENT’s unrivalled network of North American racetracks, which provide over 3,300 race-days each year, the company also manages the international distribution rights for many of the top tracks in LatAm amongst an ever-growing portfolio. Accordingly, Morocco’s Hippodrome de Casablanca now joins other world-renowned venues, such as Hipódromo de San Isidro in Buenos Aires and Hipódromo da Gávea in Rio de Janeiro. It’s the latest move in 1/ST CONTENT’s unfolding strategy of locking up more and more cornerstone tracks and big-race meetings across emerging markets as it widens its international footprint.

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A spokesperson for Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval (SOREC), said: “We are glad to announce our partnership with 1/ST CONTENT, a collaboration that underscores our commitment to elevating Moroccan horse races on the global stage, which will enhance our ability to attract international participants for our prestigious races.

“The data and wagering technology from 1/ST CONTENT, along with broadcast and video streaming rights, make them the most suited provider for betting formats via their EasyGate integration, thus contributing to growth in the international racing sector.”

Simon Fraser, Senior Vice President International at 1/ST CONTENT, added: “We’re delighted to announce to our growing group of worldwide partners that we’ve secured the distribution rights for this jewel in the emerging Moroccan horse racing scene. The opening day of the festival features 8 elite international races, comprised of many intercontinental challengers for a more familiar feel, as raiders from Europe, backed by a truly global ownership group, all converge on Casablanca.

“Our friends at SOREC have pulled together the best resources to organize this event in accordance with the highest equine-welfare standards, as MIM continues its mission to bolster awareness of Moroccan horse racing on the world stage. The racing data and broadcast media are all set from the usual sources, with a simple integration available via our market-leading EasyGate API.”

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