Initiatives & Events

  • Argentina welcomes AmWest for Derby, farm visits

    Argentina welcomes AmWest for Derby, farm visits

    When Expressive Halo sailed down the middle of the track after a demanding 2,500 meters to win the Gran Premio Nacional (Argentine Derby) (G1), a delegation from AmWest Entertainment was in the winner’s circle in Buenos Aires to celebrate the event, one of the most significant on Argentina’s racing calendar.

  • Breeders’ Cup is Festive for AmWest, Partners

    Breeders’ Cup is Festive for AmWest, Partners

    Members of AmWest Entertainment’s management team joined with friends and business associates to celebrate the two-day Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs on November 5 and 6.

    Gathering in the Jockey Club Suites at the track, the AmWest team was able to cheer for Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Goldikova in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and all the other champions and prominent runners who competed.

  • AmWest Participates in European Meetings

    AmWest Participates in European Meetings

    With a view toward increasing international simulcasting and promoting racing worldwide, AmWest Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Nelson Clemmens traveled to France in early October to meet with industry leaders from across the globe.

    Clemmens attended the European Pari-Mutuel Association’s annual Racing and Betting Business Forum in Paris on October 1, an event that drew more than 100 attendees from virtually all major racing jurisdictions and prominent wagering operations.

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    AmWest's Clemmens moderates Simulcast Conference panel

    Many challenges continue to exist for international simulcasting, according to panelists during a featured International Simulcast Conference session moderated by Nelson Clemmens, chief executive officer of AmWest Entertainment.

    With Clemmens sparking a lively discussion, the panel consisted of Terry Spargo of the Emirates Racing Authority, United Arab Emirates; John Stuart, Phumelela Gold International, South Africa; Ramon Rionda Jean, director of racing operations for Codere America, which has operations in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay, and Alex Dadoyan, assistant vice president of the Meadowlands in New Jersey.

    Differing time zones, currencies and laws are among the challenges cited.

    Yet despite those complexities, AmWest is dedicated to connecting its customers with the best racing around the world. As the link to Dubai racing during the Dubai World Cup and Dubai International Racing Carnival, AmWest provides fans in North America, South America and the Caribbean with the chance to wager on the world’s richest and most exciting racing.

    In addition, AmWest is working with racing and simulcast organizers in South America on enhancing their product for the North American audience and is developing other opportunities to offer the most prestigious racing meets.

    Please check our website for upcoming special international events.

  • AmWest CEO Presents National Breeder Award

    AmWest CEO Presents National Breeder Award

    Nelson Clemmens, founder and chief executive officer of AmWest Entertainment, took great pleasure in the chance to present the 2009 small breeder of the year award to Barbara Card during the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders annual awards dinner.

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    TOBA National Awards Dinner 2009

    AmWest will be a sponsor of the 2009 TOBA National Awards Dinner hosted by Spendthrift Farm. For more details on TOBA and the Awards dinner, please visit the TOBA website at