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.

Pick 6 Payout, Flightline Headline Horse Racing Weekend at Santa Anita

October 13, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

Pick your spot. California horse race betting enthusiasts have abundant wagering choices Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Selections fall into three major areas: California state stakes events Races with large fields dangling potential big payouts A mandatory Pick 6 payout with a pool of perhaps $2 million Gamblers can access the action at the Arcadia facility […]

Two Breeders’ Cup Berths at Stake at Santa Anita Park This Weekend

October 6, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

The road to the Breeders’ Cup again passes through Santa Anita Park in another loaded California horse race betting weekend. The famed Southern California oval hosts a pair of “Win and You’re In” challenge events on Saturday, bringing the winner an all-expenses-paid  erth in the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Racing […]

Santa Anita Fall Horse Racing Meet Begins With Awesome Again Stakes

September 29, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

They’re approaching the gate for the 18-day horse betting fall meet at historic Santa Anita Park. And on Friday, they’re off. The famed Arcadia oval site of many historic Kentucky Derby prep races and host of the 2023 Breeders’ Cup will get a blazing start with 11 stakes races, seven of them graded, this weekend. […]

Los Alamitos Race Course Handicapping Contest Will Give Big Payout This Weekend

September 22, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

Los Alamitos Race Course has another day-night horse race betting doubleheader weekend, while Santa Anita Park waits on deck. California bettors have options to attend the live races or access them via the TVG app. The racetrack features another pair of $75,000 stakes races and a package of Saturday-Sunday twin bills of afternoon and evening racing. […]

Los Alamitos Horse Betting Meet Kicks Off This Weekend

September 15, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

Here’s a twin bill Ernie Banks would have appreciated. Los Alamitos Race Course, one of California’s four premier horse betting venues, summons the spirit of doubleheaders — a specialty item the Chicago Cubs legend loved — in a rare package of afternoon and evening racing Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 24-25. It’s the horse racing version  […]

Del Mar Meet Closes With a Loaded Weekend of Horse Betting Action

September 8, 2022 | By: Dave Bontempo

It’s time for the final horse betting weekend at Del Mar Racetrack, which has graced California horse racing fans with some incredible action the past couple months. Friday’s card includes the $125,000 I’m Smokin Stakes. A string of stakes races mark Saturday and closing day Sunday. The finale includes a mandatory payout of the 20-cent […]