Articles posted February 12, 2003

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Plan B's Bill Bannasch Dies of Cancer

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Bill Bannasch, who raced as the Plan B Stable, died of cancer at age 61 Sunday night at his home in Solana Beach near Del Mar, trainer Mark Glatt said.

Medaglia d'Oro May Point for Big 'Cap After All

Milwaukee Brew is set to defend his title for owner Frank Stronach and trainer Bobby Frankel in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 1, but with war drums in the Middle East beating loudly, Frankel could add Strub Stakes (gr. II) winner Medaglia d'Oro to the Big 'Cap mix.

Santa Anita Track Staff Barely Beats Rain

Thanks to his diligent staff and a turn of good fortune, Santa Anita track superintendent Steve Wood was able to seal the main track only minutes before a powerful rainstorm hit early Tuesday morning, nearly 24 hours before it was expected.

National HBPA Seeks Tighter Simulcasting Ship

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in a white paper on simulcasting, has called for tighter security in the export of signals as well as a review of domestic and international wagering hubs.

In General, Wagering Up Through Oregon Hubs

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Account wagering through several hubs based in Oregon continued to ramp up in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to figures released by the Oregon Racing Commission.

Legislators Take Issue With Kentucky Benevolence Fund

A look at the financial dealings of the multimillion-dollar Kentucky Health and Welfare Fund, a benevolence organization that already has been the subject of a review by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, will continue later this year, legislators said during a Feb. 12 hearing.

TVG Airs Sales Feature Sunday, Monday

After a substantial absence, TVG is back in the feature-story business. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the network will air the first installment of a two-part series titled "In Training: The Sales," which will conclude the following evening. Airtime both nights is 8-8:30 p.m. ET.

Delaware Bill Calls for Expanded VLT Gaming

A Delaware legislator has introduced a bill that calls for expansion of video gaming to "qualified entertaiment zones" along the Delaware River. Currently, only three racetracks in the state--Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway--are permitted to have video lottery terminals.

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