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'Smarty Jones Day' Set for May 1 in Keystone State

'Smarty Jones Day' Set for May 1 in Keystone State

It's not everyday a horse based in the Keystone state earns national recognition. So given the accomplishments of Smarty Jones, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has taken steps to honor the undefeated 3-year-old colt who is pointing to the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Gill Back at Delaware after Settling Lawsuit

An antitrust lawsuit filed last year by owner Michael Gill against Delaware Park has been settled, which paves the way for the nation's leading owner in 2003 to return to action at the track when its live meet opens Saturday.

Ohio Governor Again Says He Opposes Casino Gambling

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft has again stated his opposition to installation of video lottery terminals at the state's seven racetracks. Meanwhile, a key legislator has suggested non-track casinos be located in urban areas.

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.

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