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Florida deal could lock out pari-mutuels from casino games

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Florida Governor Charlie Crist has reached a deal with the Seminole tribe for a new gambling pact, and while it could mean up to $6.8 billion to the state of Florida over the next 20 years, it also would lock some pari-mutuel operators out of the casino business. Florida lawmakers must now approve the deal negotiated by the governor.   According to a story posted by the South Florida S...
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Mary Lib Miller, Delvin Miller's widow, dies

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Mary Lib Miller, the widow of Hall of Famer Delvin Miller, died Tuesday morning at her home in the Bay Hill section of Orlando, Fla. She had been in ill health for several weeks.   Mrs. Miller was born December 6, 1920 in Winston-Salem, NC.  After graduation from high school she was employed by the 8th Air Force where she met her first husband, John McCrary Jr.  M...
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Earlivic wins Joseph Carney Memorial Trot

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Rockingham Park wrapped up the 103-year-old track's 2009 live harness meet on Sunday (Aug. 30) with overall gains in handle as Earlivic rallied from far off the pace to score the biggest upset in the history of the Joseph Carney Memorial Trot.Earlivic, a 6-year-old son of Valley Victor driven by David Ingraham and trained by Maurice Bazinet, was overlooked by the closing day crowd as they let him ...
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Valley Victory, Goldsmith Maid elims at Chester

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
A track-record performance from Bar Slide ($11.00) earned her top billing on Sunday (Aug. 30) afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, as she held off overwhelming 1-5 favorite Costa Rica in the last of four $20,000 Goldsmith Maid eliminations.The 2-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Marla Bar found an easy lead and a hassle-free pace, clearing Costa Rica (Ron Pierce) and Fouroclocktea (...
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Stage now set for KYSS finals

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Kentucky-sired sophomores took to the track on Sunday night at The Red Mile for the third and final preliminary leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) before next Sunday night’s $2.4 million "Night of Champions." Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters were the only sex and gait requiring multiple races, as 13 dropped in the box and were split into two $15,000 divisions.   The ...
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WTG (Way to go) Text Me in OSS Gold final

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Text Me had an easy time of it in winning Sunday night's $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Final for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:57.3.   Randy Waples had the son of Kadabra on top at every call and led through splits of :29, :58.3 and 1:28 before kicking away with a :29.3 final quarter to win over a hard-charging Zorgwijk Kingpin. Grumpy Jake a...
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Magna leaves Meadows Sept. 1; Jeannot new head

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Cannery Casino Resorts (CCR) today announced longtime racing executive Mike Jeannot has been named president of the newly formed Meadows Racing, which will assume all racetrack management responsibilities of The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Sept. 1 from Magna Entertainment.   Jeannot has extensive experience in racetrack operations, beginning more than two decades ago in Chicago at Int...
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Gold Cup and Saucer win leads to $34,000 fine

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has fined Kerry and Shirley House, the owners of recent Gold Cup and Saucer winner All The Weapons, $34,687(C) for racing the horse who was ineligible due to provincial restrictions in the contest at Charlottetown Driving Park. The Kerrys had claimed All The Weapons on July 3 at Mohawk, but Ontario rules prohibit a claimed horse racing outside the province for the nex...
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Appeals Court rules again against Delaware sports betting

on 08/31/2009 2:00 AM
Sports betting in Delaware took another major hit on Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that the three Delaware racetracks that plan to offer sports betting—including Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway—can only offer parlay betting, meaning that bettors have to correctly pick the winners of at least three NFL games in a single wager.   A three-judge panel of the Third U.S. C...
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Won The West Wins

on 08/30/2009 2:00 AM
Won The West used a strongoff-the-pace rally to capture Saturday night'single $50,000elimination for the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:50.1.Yannick Gingras picked up the drive behind the five-year-old gelded sonof Western Hanover - Gabrielle and had him in seventh position in theearly going as Shadow Play hung up the first quarter of :27.1.Shadow Play continued on top past the half in :55.3 and three...
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No surprises in Metro elims

on 08/30/2009 2:00 AM
There were few surprises in the eliminations for the upcoming C$1 million Metro Pace Saturday night (Aug. 29) at Mohawk, as the three favorites lived up to their billing.Sportswriter (Mark MacDonald) emerged triumphant from a duel with 6-5 favorite, Delmarvalous (Corey Callahan), in the first of the three $40,000 eliminations, going on to win by 1-1/2 lengths in a sharp 1:51.Delmarvalous was first...
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Dingle Bay newest NJ champ

on 08/30/2009 2:00 AM
Dingle Bay raced and won like a 3-5 favorite, capturing the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Championship for three-year-old pacing fillies by two and three-quarter lengths on Saturday, August 29 at Freehold Raceway.Driver Yannick Gingras put the McArdle filly on the lead, brieflyrelinquished it but retook the front before the quarter and drew off in the stretch for the victory in ...
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Judge Joe rules in Yonkers Trot

on 08/30/2009 2:00 AM
The driver never moved, the trainer was home sick and his newest horse was just plain sick.Judge Joe, with Hall of Famer Ron Pierce doing the honors, made a mockery of Saturday night's 55th Yonkers Trot and its $670,774 purse.Pierce and "Joe" outdrew their seven rivals, then outclassed them, negotiating Yonkers Raceway in 1:56.1. It was Pierce's second Trot win (American Winner-1993) and the first...
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Muscle Hill romps in American National

on 08/30/2009 2:00 AM
Muscle Hill simply overpowered nine rivals as he romped to an eye-catching 7-3/4-length victory in Saturday’s (Aug. 29) $200,000 American National Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The final time of 1:52.3 was a new track and stakes record.Electing to duck in order to avoid an early speed duel driver Brian Sears positioned the 2009 Hambletonian winner in fifth as Southern Rocketop (Dave Mage...
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Rain forces Indiana Downs cancellation

on 08/29/2009 2:00 AM
Steady rainfall throughout central Indiana Friday afternoon, August 28 led to the cancellation of racing at Indiana Downs. The Shelbyville oval, which was to host a 13-race program, suspended racing due to issues with the racing surface. The card included two $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes contests for sophomore colt trotters that will be raced Monday, August 31.   “We had some track safety...
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Morrill dominates NYSS at Batavia

on 08/29/2009 2:00 AM
Witch Is Bettor, Eagle Way and Indulge Me, all driven by Jim Morrill Jr., won their respective divisions in New York Sire Stakes action, Friday Night (Aug. 28) at Batavia Downs Casino.Almost $200,000 in New York Sire Stakes money was up for grabs for the 3-year-old pacing fillies.The fastest and most impressive winner was Witch Is Bettor, who just missed the Downs track record, when she scored und...
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Bartlett wins 3,000

on 08/29/2009 2:00 AM
'Twas the night before Yonkers Trot, and a rainy Yonkers Raceway offered a pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps on Friday night (Aug. 28). Yonkers' leading driver, Jason Bartlett, won three races, giving him an even 3,000 for his career.The magic number came with the trotter Light Headed in the $37,000, 12th-race trot. Bartlett receives a congratulatory sign from the Raceway Saturday night, by which tim...
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Audience Of One in starring role

on 08/29/2009 2:00 AM
Audience Of One, a one-time $8,000 claimer this spring, continued his amazing transformation on Friday night (Aug. 28) as he stormed right to the front and made every call a winning knocking off nine rivals by a half-length in 1:52.4 in the $40,000 Egyptian Stakes.Hustled away from post position 5 by Maywood Park’s leading driver, Josh Sutton, the gelded son of Art’s Conquest stormed right to ...
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A pair of perfect fillies win at Scioto

on 08/29/2009 2:00 AM
Two freshman fillies remained unbeaten in their brief careers with impressive victories in Ohio Sires Stakes action at Scioto Downs on Friday evening. Jesse's Messenger just missed the track record with her 1:57.3 clocking in the filly trot as the daughter of Jailhouse Jesse now has six wins in as many starts. Ryan Stahl drove for trainer Kent Sherman and owner Daryl Sherman.Photo Spur was se...
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Rockingham honors heroes

on 08/29/2009 2:00 AM
Harness horsemen Todd O'Dea and Walter Ross, JR. were honored in a winner's circle ceremony at Rockingham Park on Friday for their help in saving the life of a fellow horseman who suffered a serious heart attack last month during the afternoon of racing.When trainer Andrei Guidette, Jr. was stricken in the Rockingham Park paddock on July 22, O'Dea and Ross were cool in the midst of the crisis and ...
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