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McAlpine Stresses Improving Outlook for Calif. Racing

McAlpine Stresses Improving Outlook for Calif. Racing

While business at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields is off in 2004, the president and chief executive officer of parent company Magna Entertainment Corporation told the California Horse Racing Board on Feb. 19 that the outlook is improving.

With Anticipation Works Toward Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap

Age hasn't slowed With Anticipation one step. The 9-year-old gelding drilled five furlongs under jockey Pat Day in 1:00 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's main track Thursday for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. With Anticipation was tuning up for the Feb. 22 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT).

In Ohio, Jury Still Out on Account Wagering Revenue

The Ohio State Racing Commission Feb. 19 deferred action on a request from the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to withhold Thoroughbred signals that originate in the state from account wagering companies. It scheduled a hearing for March 1 to further discuss the issue.

Storm Flag Flying Gearing Up for Return

Trainer Shug McGaughy is on the lookout for a race for champion Storm Flag Flying following some positive workouts at Palm Beach Downs. Storm Flag Flying ended her juvenile season undefeated, but growing pains and minor ailments held back her 3-year-old season.

Over 100 Early-Bird Nominees Still Eligible for Oaklawn Bonus

Over 100 Early-Bird Nominees Still Eligible for Oaklawn Bonus

Read the Footnotes, Minister Eric, and Tapit top a record roster of 140 Early Bird nominees for the Rebel and Arkansas Derby (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. The Rebel and Arkansas Derby are the first two legs of Oaklawn's $5-million three race bonus with the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) being the final leg.

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Finger Lakes Officially State's First Thoroughbred Racino

Patrons waited more than two hours to enter Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack Feb. 18 for the opening of the track's video lottery terminal parlor. The scene was reminiscent of one that played out a few weeks earlier when Saratoga Gaming and Raceway became New York's first operating racino.

Beulah Park Breaks Handle Mark Once More

For the second time in a month, the betting handle at Beulah Park reached an all-time high. On Wednesday, the Grove City, Ohio track recorded a wagering total of $2,611,746 from all sources on its nine-race program.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Who's Going Where

Kentucky Derby Trail: Who's Going Where

With two fairly uneventful weekends coming up, this is the perfect time to see how the big March Madness stakes are shaping up across the country. While many of the big-name horses will be running in smaller fields in Florida and California, look for large, competitive fields down south.

Ryan O'Hara Named COO of TVG

Gemstar-TV Guide International announced it has named Ryan O'Hara chief operating officer of its TVG Network.

Pat Glennon, Rode the Great Sea-Bird II, Dies

Pat Glennon, the Australian jockey who thrilled racegoers with triumphs aboard Sea-Bird II in the 1965 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Epsom Derby in Europe, died Feb. 15 in Adelaide, South Australia, after a short illness.

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Steel Construction Concludes In Renovation At Churchill

Churchill Downs reached another milestone in its historic $121 million renovation Tuesday as the final steel beam was lifted into place in the large section of the track's clubhouse that is being completely rebuilt in the project.

Kentucky Helmet Rule to Remain for Now

A decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Monday to temporarily suspend a state rule requiring jockeys to wear a specific type of helmet will not immediately go into effect.

Lone Star Park Charities Distributes $102,000

The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie distributed $102,000 to 19 Grand Prairie, Tex. charities on Tuesday during a brief ceremony at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.

Crafty Shaw, Docent Expected for Saturday's Essex

Crafty Shaw, Docent Expected for Saturday's Essex

The Essex Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park Saturday is expected to feature two previous winners of the 1 1/16-mile contest -- Crafty Shaw and Maysville Slew -- as well as 2002 Arkansas Derby (gr. II) winner Private Emblem, who is undefeated at Oaklawn Park.

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