Articles posted October 29, 2002

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Calder Meet Shows Gain in Wagering

The 128-day Calder Meet came to a closed Oct. 25 and showed gains in almost every wagering category, both on-track and off. The 2002 season had 10 more days than the 2001 meet, so for comparison purposes daily averages will be used.

Maryland Racing Dates Approved

The Maryland Racing Commission approved the 2003 racing schedule at its monthly meeting. Live racing will be conducted on 220 days at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park next year. The 128th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is May 17 at Pimlico.

Private Gold Works in Rain For Iroquois

Despite a steady rain on Tuesday, trainer Patrick Byrne put the final touches on Private Gold's training for Sunday's $100,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Bryne sent the Seeking the Gold colt out for a half-mile workout over a sloppy Churchill oval on Tuesday.

Peace, And Bigger Purses, For Tampa Bay Meet

Tampa Bay Downs and the local Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association appear on course to open the 2002-03 racing season without the conflict that has plagued the Florida track in recent years.

Chills and Thrills

Chills and Thrills

By Ray Paulick -- The competitive races at Arlington Park warmed the chilly 46,118 on hand for the Breeders' Cup races Oct. 26.

Steve Haskin's Classic Story: Sweet Home Chicago

Steve Haskin's Classic Story: Sweet Home Chicago

Phil "P.G." Johnson had a perfect way to spend his 77th birthday. He decided to buy himself a $40,000 present. No luxury car, no cruise around the world; in fact, nothing at all. This was a gift for himself and his family, paid for with nearly 60 years of blood and sweat, compliments of a horse named Volponi.

Quarter Horse Track License Denied in Kentucky

Supporters of live Quarter Horse racing in Kentucky suffered a defeat when the Kentucky Racing Commission declined to issue a license to Southern Bluegrass Racing for a racetrack in Williamsburg.

New York Tracks May Face More Casino Competition

In a move with implications for the state's racing industry, the federal government has given the go-ahead for a western New York Indian tribe to open three casinos, a decision that could pave the way for three other new casinos in New York's Catskill Mountains.

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