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Maryland Issues Unresolved as Panel Adjourns

The Maryland Racing Commission adjourned April 21 after two days of hearings without resolving the ownership issue at Rosecroft Raceway or the simulcasting dispute between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries.

MEC Reaches Deal for Gulfstream Redevelopment

Magna Entertainment Corp. and real-estate company Forest City Enterprises, Inc. will partner on a planned 80-acre development at Gulfstream Park that will include retail and entertainment facilities and a residential village that overlooks the track.

Indiana to Study Impact of Kentucky Signal on State

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission April 21 called for an economic impact study on the impact of having--or not having--Kentucky signals available at the state's racetracks and off-track betting parlors.

Prairie Meadows May Add Games if Bill Signed

Prairie Meadows could add table games and video poker this fall if Gov. Tom Vilsack signs a gambling bill approved by the Iowa legislature. The track's board of directors voted 12-0 April 21 to seek the games should the bill become law.

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White Horse Award at Lone Star Park

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will host the Race Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Heroes Luncheon as one of its special events in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships there Oct. 30. The White Horse Heroes Luncheon is set for Oct. 28.

NTRA to Offer Purse Money Tied to Dodge Support

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeders' Cup Limited and NTRA Purchasing has announced a program linking horsemens support for the sponsorship of Dodge with increased purse money. The program, entitled Dodge Drive to the Finish Line, is intended to provide incentive to NTRA member horsemens' associations to promote and sell Dodge vehicles in return for a reimbursement in the form of increased prize money.

Horses Return to Arlington Park

The horses return to Arlington Park April 26, when the track opens its barn area at 8:00 a.m. Several outfits are expected to arrive on Monday, the first day the track's barn area is available for stabling.

OBS Sale Up, RNA Rate Low on Second Day

With seven horses selling for $100,000 or more and very low RNA rate, the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April juvenile sale had a very strong second session Tuesday. The four-day sale continues through Thursday.

State Might Probe Hiring of Former Racing Official

The former executive director of the abolished Kentucky Racing Commission could face ethics charges because he accepted a position as a consultant with Churchill Downs, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Evening Attire, Sarava Among Seven Set for Ben Ali

Mary and Joseph Grant and T.J. Kelly's Evening Attire and 2002 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Sarava are among a field of seven older horses set to go 1 1/8-miles in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland on Thursday.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Master and Commander

Steve Haskin's Derby Report: Master and Commander

All eyes were on Wood Memorial (gr. I) runner-up Master David, who was the only Kentucky Derby (gr. I) worker at Churchill Downs this morning, and the pocket-sized chestnut brought a smile to trainer Bobby Frankel's face when he worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, which was exactly what Frankel was looking for.

Kentucky Appoints Chief Steward for Derby Week

Dr. Ted Hill, a steward for the New York Racing Association appointed by The Jockey Club, will serve as interim chief state steward during Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week.

Kentucky Appoints Chief Steward for Derby Week

Dr. Ted Hill, a steward for the New York Racing Association appointed by The Jockey Club, will serve as interim chief state steward during Kentucky Derby (gr. I) week.

Strike Up the Band for Stewart Elliott

Strike Up the Band for Stewart Elliott

Despite his local success, [Stewart] Elliott hasn't exactly been a household name outside of Philadelphia. Yet he is going to ride the most consistent horse in Kentucky Derby 130, the six-for-six Smarty Jones, who will attempt to become the first undefeated Kentucky Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

Song Well Sung

Song Well Sung

By Ray Paulick -- Robert Sangster was not only forward-thinking, he was universal in his approach to the business...

Bonuses and Purses

By Dan Liebman -- If Smarty Jones wins the Kentucky Derby it will be a great story...but it should not be allowed to distort Smarty Jones' earnings as a racehorse or his sire's place on the list of 2004 leading sires.

TVG Airs Derby Special April 30

TVG will present a live one-hour Kentucky Derby Preview Show from Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, April 30, the night before the 130th Run for the Roses.

Fair Grounds Plan Calls for Track to be Auctioned

Fair Grounds, after failing to reach an agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on a sale of the track, filed in bankruptcy court Monday evening a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that would allow for an auction of the track through the court.

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