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Slots agreement in Fla.

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
According to news reports, Florida legislative leaders signed off on a slots agreement late Wednesday that would put 1,500 slot machines at Broward County pari-mutuel facilities within six months. The full legislature must still vote on the matter. The compromise ended a battle between the House and Senate, where lawmakers had their own ideas about how many slots should be at the tracks and wha...
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Pocono files for license

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
On Thursday morning (Dec. 8) the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), which owns Pocono Downs, filed its application for a Conditional Category 1 gaming license--which included a $50 million check--with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Owners of Downs Racing LP, which owns and operates Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and its off-track wagering sites, the MTGA is the first in the state to f...
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Salvi new PPK race sec.

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
Nick Salvi, most recently the race secretary at The Red Mile and current executive director of the Classic Series, has been hired as race secretary at Pompano Park. Salvi was the racing secretary at The Red Mile from 2001 to 2005 and has been the executive director of the Classic Series that is run by the Hambletonian Society since 2000. He was also the television commentator at The Meadows fro...
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Lebanon cancels Thursday

on 12/08/2005 12:00 AM
With a forecast of freezing rain and heavy snow, Lebanon Raceway in Ohio has canceled its Thursday night live racing program.
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Matron filly pace elims

on 12/07/2005 12:00 AM
Belovedangel, winner of the Breeders Crown final, and Born Storyteller, a 20-1 longshot, won the two $30,523 Matron Stakes 3-Year-Old Filly Pace elimination divisions on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Belovedangel, overlooked at 5-1, continued her late fall success story, chasing odds-on favorite Cabrini Hanover and Brian Sears for most of the mile. Driver Ron Pierce sent Belovedangel to the outside a...
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Cold night can't stop filly

on 12/06/2005 12:00 AM
Red Head Tramp made it look easy on a chilly Chicago night as she took the first leg of the $5,500 Incredible Finale Series for sophomore ICF pacing fillies in 2:00.1 Monday night. With Brent Holland at the lines, the daughter of Armbro Mackintosh nabbed the lead at the :29.1 first quarter and never looked back, pacing easily through fractions of 1:00.4 and 1:30.1 before sprinting home in a mo...
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Matron colt elims held

on 12/06/2005 12:00 AM
On a cold, windy and snowy Monday night, Leading X Ample scored a 1:51.4 victory and Gryffindor tallied in 1:52.4 in two $39,206 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace eliminations at Dover Downs. Leading X Ample and Dear Old Boy conducted a two-horse vendetta in the first of two Matron elims. New York State champion Dear Old Boy, owned by Ted Gewertz and Gaetan Brunet with Brian Sears driving, cut out ...
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Drug scandal in Indy

on 12/06/2005 12:00 AM
A Story in the Dec. 6 edition of the Anderson (Ind.) Herald-Bulletin newspaper says the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and Indiana State Police have found evidence that horses were given tranquilizer medications to underperform so they could latter be bet at big odds. The story said that over the past two years traces of the tranquilizer Dormesedan were found in three horses, all winners. Madi...
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Fla. slots resolution near?

on 12/06/2005 12:00 AM
According to a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Florida House and Senate leaders on Monday vowed to reach a compromise this week on regulating slots in Broward County. "We have the duty to take on the role of policy-makers and ... not tempt judicial activism to take over," said Rep. Frank Attkisson (R-Kissimmee), chairman of the House Business Regulation Committee. "We're getting read...
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Just Wait Kate retired

on 12/06/2005 12:00 AM
Jugette winner Just Wait Kate has been retired from racing and will be bred to Western Ideal, according to trainer Travis Alexander. Alexander told The Horseman Tuesday afternoon that "with her chronic foot problems it would be in her best interest to retire her to the breeding shed." Just Wait Kate won seven of 13 starts in 2005 and $276,132. Besides the Jugette, also included among the 3-year...
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Yankee Paco stays put

on 12/06/2005 12:00 AM
Dr. Tom Ivey has announced that he has acquired controlling interest in Hambletonian winner Yankee Paco, who he campaigned in partnership with his late father, and that the horse will continue to stand at stud at Milner Farms in Ontario. Yankee Paco, a son of Balanced Image, is the first Canadian-sired horse to ever win the $1 million Hambletonian. He won multiple stakes at age 2 and strung to...
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Execs make play for MTR

on 12/05/2005 12:00 AM
MTR Gaming Group Inc. said Friday that it received a takeover offer valued at $258.4 million from two of the company's executives. MTR Gaming owns Scioto Downs and has an agreement to purchase controlling interest in Jackson Harness Raceway in Michigan. MTR chief executive Ted Arneault and executive vice president Robert Blatt offered to pay $9.50 per share in cash for at least 90 percent of MT...
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Special session for slots

on 12/05/2005 12:00 AM
Allan Solomon, an executive with Isle of Capri, the parent company of Pompano Park, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that even though the Florida legislature is about to enter a special session to deal with slots, he's not sure about the outcome. "I'm not sure I can make the best wager on how all this gets done," says Solomon, executive vice president and general counsel of the Isle of Capri...
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$100,000 finals at Dover

on 12/05/2005 12:00 AM
Vrahos Again and Westgate Alexis won the trots, He's Personal and Staying Power took the paces in the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals on a cold and windy Sunday (Dec. 4) at Dover Downs. Vrahos Again led off the DSBF finals as Rod Allen guided the CR Commando trotting colt to a 2:03.3 victory by a long nose. Owned by Niss Allen Inc., Vrahos Again had to hold off a...
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Morand hits 7,000 wins

on 12/05/2005 12:00 AM
Jim Morand, a member of the sport's top 20 dash-win drivers, drove his 7,000th winner when he won with He's Personal Sunday night at Dover Downs. Morand, 41, is the 30th leading 1:55 driver and ranks in the top 40 among money-winners with almost $40-million earned by horses he has driven. Although he began his career in Ohio, working with his stepfather, Gerry Bookmyer, Morand has driven on the...
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Zoot Suit dies at 32

on 12/04/2005 12:00 AM
Zoot Suit, who finished second behind Steve Lobell in the 1976 Hambletonian and went on to become a top sire in Sweden, has died at age 32 at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stud in Sweden. Zoot Suit, a son of Nevele Pride out of the pacing-sired mare Glad Rags (by Meadow Skipper), produced many champion trotters in Sweden. His most successful offspring by far was the international star...
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Whosethemaster wins

on 12/03/2005 12:00 AM
Whosethemaster slugged it out with Hillcrest Victory through the stretch and got up in the final strides for a neck victory in 1:56.4 in the $53,000 Charles Singer Memorial Final for 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Whosethemaster’s victory in the Singer pushed his career earnings to $126,184. Lifetime, he has 12 wins, 10 seconds and five thirds from 35...
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Good Oil Burner final

on 12/03/2005 12:00 AM
In the $57,000 Oil Burner Final, Deliver The Goods], driven by Cat Manzi, prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths over Moonlite Jazz in 1:52.3 Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Cam’s Conqueror was third by a length and a half. Deliver The Goods,a 3-year-old gelded son of Richess Hanover trained by Ken Rucker, posted his eighth win with four seconds in 19 starts, banking $63,193 for Mi...
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Village Jolt now retired

on 12/02/2005 12:00 AM
The 2004 Woodrow Wilson and Breeder’s Crown winner Village Jolt p,2,1:51.1; 3,1:50.f-1:52.3h-’05 ($1,634,220) has been retired to enter stud at Fashion Farms in Pennsylvania. The 3 year old concluded an illustrious career in which he retired as the fastest and richest 2-year-old by Cam's Card Shark. He was also the only horse ever to win the Woodrow Wilson Pace...
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French-sired horse wins

on 12/02/2005 12:00 AM
Nelson November reached the winner’s circle in December with a 1 3/4-length tally over former Ohio Sire Stakes star Nahcotta Jude in 1:56.1 in the $35,000 featured condition trot Friday night at the Meadowlands. Nelson November, driven by Brian Sears and trained by Trond Smedshammer, picked up his fifth win of the year. The 5-year-old chestnut son of the French sire Coktail J...
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