Articles posted May 15, 2006

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CHRB Waives Coupling Rules for Current Thoroughbred Meets

The California Horse Racing Board voted Monday to temporarily waive rules requiring the coupling of horses specifically for the two current Thoroughbred meetings at Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park on condition there be at least five separate wagering interests prior to any uncoupling.

Micucci Takes Over as Head of Gulfstream Park

Paul Micucci, vice president of the gaming division of Magna Entertainment Corp., has been named president and general manager of Gulfstream Park. He replaces Scott Savin, who had held those positions at Gulfstream since 2000.

Official Says Gulfstream to be 'Handle-Driven' Track

Officials at the new Gulfstream Park said business during this year's 86-day meet was a reflection of the track's future direction. According to figures released by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., facility, total on-track handle, a figure that includes wagering on live racing and imports, increased by about 14% from 2005. Gulfstream estimated it handled an average of more than $1.4 million per day, or about $122.8 million for the meet.

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