Articles posted September 29, 2003

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Major Shakeup at NYRA; Meyocks Resigns as President and COO

From press release -- New York Racing Association chairman and Chief executive officer Barry K. Schwartz announced today a major reorganization of NYRA's management structure, including the resignation of president and COO Terry Meyocks.

Texas Official: Constitutional Amendment for Gaming

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has declared voters must approve an amendment to the state constitution before any of the 10 licensed horse or Greyhound tracks in Texas can install video lottery terminals.

Grade II winner A. P. Assay Euthanized

Grade II winner A. P. Assay, whose yearling filly by Gone West sold for $1.6 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale, was euthanized Sept. 27 after breaking her neck at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

Indiana Racetracks to Split Casino Subsidy Equally

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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission sided with Indiana Downs Sept. 26 when it voted 4-1 to split riverboat casino admission tax revenue 50/50 with Churchill Downs Inc.-owned Hoosier Park. The move guarantees $5.4 million a year to Indiana Downs indefinitely.

Standardbred Sale Good, But Call for Slots Issued

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The euphoria after the Keeneland September yearling sale posted gains of almost 30% in gross and average apparently hasn't carried over to the Standardbred business. Numbers for the recent Tattersalls select yearling sale at The Red Mile in Lexington actually were fairly strong, but industry leaders indicated the storm clouds haven't blown away.

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