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Horsemen to Consider Charles Town Expansion

A long-awaited proposal for the expansion of the racing surface at Charles Town Races & Slots in West Virginia will be circulated to horsemen, some of which have expressed concerns over the plan.

Mineshaft Meets Moon Ballad in Gold Cup

Mineshaft Meets Moon Ballad in Gold Cup

William Farish's Mineshaft, considered the top handicap horse in North America with three grade I scores this year, will be challenged by Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Moon Ballad in the 85th running of the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Solano Fair Moves Ahead With Redevelopment Plans

The Solano County Fair Association will begin exclusive negotiations with Mills Corp. to redevelop the Vallejo, Calif., fairgrounds. It would eventually spell the end of more than 50 years of live racing at the San Francisco Bay-area facility.

Push for Slots Begins in Indiana

Racing leaders in Indiana and one of the state's top politicians are teaming up to try and bring up to 10,000 slot machines to the state's racetracks and off-track betting facilities.

Indiana Commission to Vote on Additional OTB

A former drugstore in southern Indiana could give Churchill Downs some new competition if state officials approve the building's conversion to an off-track betting parlor.

Personnel, Purses Subject of Private NYRA Meeting

Personnel, Purses Subject of Private NYRA Meeting

The trustees of the New York Racing Association, a target of allegations of wrongdoing and mismanagement, met in private Sept. 24 to devise ways to keep from losing the franchise to operate the state's premier Thoroughbred tracks.

Emerald Downs Handle Slips

Emerald Downs wrapped up its 92-day meeting Monday with dips in both on-track and overall handle over 2002.

Toccet Thriving at Santa Anita, Scanlan Says

Anywhere trainer John Scanlan hangs his tack has been home for the past 18 months. That's when he began training Toccet, a much-traveled 3-year-old son of Awesome Again who is scheduled to make his debut at Santa Anita in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 5.

Byrne Brings Promising Pair To Arlington

Seven years ago, London-born but Louisville-based trainer Patrick Byrne campaigned a pair of 2-year-olds, one male and one female, who eventually garnered Eclipse Awards in their respective divisions. Byrne has another pair of promising juveniles who he plans to bring to Arlington Park for Saturday's closing day of the 2003 season.

Paulick Named AAEP Equine Industry Board Member

Ray Paulick, editor in chief of The Blood-Horse and executive vice president and editorial director of Blood-Horse Publications, has been selected as the American Association of Equine Practitioners' (AAEP) equine industry representative on the group's board of directors.

Monmouth Winds Down, Oak Tree Heats Up

The live racing season ends Sunday at Monmouth Park near Oceanport, N.J., and at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, but as those parks prepare to lay low for the winter, Hawthorne, Oak Tree, and Turf Paradise are gearing up for openings this weekend.

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