About the Author

Dave Bontempo

Dave Bontempo is a writer for California Casinos, and has covered the horse racing and boxing industry extensively since the 1980s. He was an award-winning writer at the Press of Atlantic City. As a broadcaster, he has won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcasting, issued by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He has called major fights for HBO, ESPN, Showtime, and other networks since the 1980s. He is in the New Jersey and Atlantic City Boxing Halls of Fame. Dave shifted gears to cover the emerging legalized sports-betting industry in 2018.

Best Horse Races Around the US for California Bettors: Aug. 13

August 11, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

When is it worth getting up a little early? When there’s a stacked nationwide program like this one awaiting California horse-race bettors. California gamblers already can plan to participate in the West Coast’s finest meet, the summer program at Del Mar. It starts at 2 p.m. We’ve got a full breakdown of this weekend’s Del […]

$250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes Headlines Del Mar Horse Betting Weekend

August 11, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

Another strong horse betting weekend beckons at Del Mar Racetrack. Although the San Diego-area racetrack does not unfurl its heavy stakes artillery, it has notable developments Friday through Sunday. On Friday, the track features the $125,000 Graduation Stakes, with a field of nine. There are several other events with good-sized fields and the finale, a […]

10 Reasons Why the LA Dodgers Can Win the World Series

August 8, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

You can’t have a legit World Series discussion without talking about the Los Angeles Dodgers. As of Aug. 8, the Dodgers  had the best record in all of baseball, at 75-33, for a .694 percentage. They were ahead of the New York Yankees and New York Mets, who both entered Aug. 8 at 70-39 (.642). […]

Best Horse Races Around the US for California Bettors: Aug. 6

August 4, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

California horse betting enthusiasts enjoying this weekend’s Del Mar meet also have a solid simulcast entry from the East Coast, including the biggest day of the year in harness racing. Here’s a nationwide look at the East Coast circuit, accessible to California bettors via apps like TVG. Golden State gamblers can start looking for the action around […]

Best Horse Races Around the Country for California Bettors: July 30

July 28, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

California horse betting enthusiasts don’t have to just bet on horse races happening in California. With simulcast options, and with several great horse betting apps out there, you can bet on horse races around the country from anywhere in the country. And this weekend, around the country … It’s Epicenter against Zandon, with Early Voting […]

Kentucky Derby Winner Mandaloun Highlights Week 2 Horse Betting at Del Mar

July 28, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

The second weekend of the Del Mar Racetrack horse racing season is a great one. The heralded summer meet outside San Diego is highlighted by the $400,000 Bing Crosby Stakes and $300,000 San Diego Handicap on Saturday, both great opportunities for California horse betting enthusiasts and those across the country. Del Mar’s week starts off […]

Del Mar Horse Betting: Breaking Down the 2022 Horse Racing Season

July 22, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

The Del Mar 2022 horse betting season is upon us. When bettors last saw this majestic horseshrine 20 miles north of San Diego, it basked in the thoroughbred horse racing betting spotlight. Del Mar Racetrack hosted the 2021 Breeders Cup, horse racing’s multi-million-dollar Super Bowl, on the first weekend in November. The event saw Knicks […]