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Belmont Attributes Low Handle Figures to Rain

Belmont Attributes Low Handle Figures to Rain

All-sources handle for the recently-concluded 64-day Belmont Park spring/summer meet decreased 13.9% from 2008 totals, in contrast with industry-wide decreases of 16.9% in June, and 10.5% through the first six months of 2009 compared to 2008 figures. Incessant rain throughout the meet resulted in 77 races taken off the turf and many more turf races which could not be carded.

Evans: We Believe We Must Win Slots Battle

Evans: We Believe We Must Win Slots Battle

Although Churchill Downs Inc. posted a slight increase in revenue during the second quarter of 2009 despite the depressed economic picture with the U.S., the racetrack operating company's president and CEO said the "results from our racing operations were disappointing."

BGFC to Host Racino Grande at Keeneland

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On Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m., the Keene Entertainment Center will transform into a vintage jazz age "Racino Grande" complete with casino-style charitable gaming to benefit the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy.

Six Catastrophic Breakdowns at Del Mar

Six Catastrophic Breakdowns at Del Mar

Six horses have died from catastrophic breakdowns at Del Mar during a 10-day span that includes the first week of racing. Three occurred during morning training on Polytrack, two happened during races on Polytrack, and one was in a turf race.

Saratoga Opening Day Way Up

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On-track and all-sources handle were up significantly over 2008 totals as Saratoga Race Course opened its 141st season July 29.

Churchill Posts Slight Increase in Earnings

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Churchill Posts Slight Increase in Earnings

Churchill Downs Inc. released its second-quarter results after the close of the stock market July 29, with a slight increase in earnings due to its advance deposit wagering system and slot-machine gaming.

Forever Together Looks to Defend Diana Title

Forever Together Looks to Defend Diana Title

On Aug. 1, Forever Together seeks to become only the fifth horse to put together back-to-back victories in the $500,000 Diana Stakes (gr. IT), a feat that only Glowing Honor (1988-89), Shuvee (1970-71), Tempted (1959-60) and Miss Grillo (1946-47) have been able to accomplish in the 71 previous editions of the 1 1/8- mile turf race.

Sore Foot May Keep Atomic Rain Out of Haskell

Sore Foot May Keep Atomic Rain Out of Haskell

A sore foot could keep Atomic Rain from taking on BlackBerry Preakness (gr. I) winner Rachel Alexandra and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

Jim Dandy Attracts Dwyer Winner Kensei

Jim Dandy Attracts Dwyer Winner Kensei

Horse racing's second season hits a high point Aug. 29 with the running of the $1-million Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, and this Saturday at Saratoga seven 3-year-olds will assemble for the 46th running of the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II).

Rachel's Halter Sold in Online Auction

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Rachel's Halter Sold in Online Auction

The training halter worn by Rachel Alexandra prior to her historic victory in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I) was purchased by an Ohio man for $2,859.99 in an online auction that will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Hard Rock Adds Johnson to New York VLT Bid

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Hard Rock International has added a potent new force - an entity run by billionaire Robert L. Johnson - to its team to try to win the exclusive rights to develop the long-stalled casino at Aqueduct racetrack.

F-T, NYRA to Offer $100,000 'Jackpot'

F-T, NYRA to Offer $100,000 'Jackpot'

Fasig-Tipton and the New York Racing Association are teaming to award a $100,000 "Juvenile Jackpot" to the first graduate of the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale that wins a graded stakes during the 2010 Saratoga meeting in New York. Should no juvenile qualify for the prize in 2010, the award will double to $200,000 for Fasig-Tipton yearlings purchased that year that run at Saratoga in 2011.

Consequence Back at Saratoga in Lake George

Consequence Back at Saratoga in Lake George

Last August, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey watched with satisfaction as a 2-year-old chestnut daughter of El Prado named Consequence made an inside move to win her debut by three lengths at Saratoga Race Course.

Seattle Smooth Sent to Sidelines

Seattle Smooth Sent to Sidelines

Grade I winner Seattle Smooth, who has won her last five starts (four of them graded stakes), has some physical issues that have prompted her connections to give her a 60-day break from training, Daily Racing Form reported July 28.

Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

Mine That Bird Takes to the 'Country Roads'

While America's 3-year-old sweetheart Rachel Alexandra is frolicking at the Jersey Shore Aug. 2 in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park, and a deep, well-matched group of colts gather in the Adirondacks for the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! brands (gr. I) for the first time in history will be out in the Appalachians, showing off in front of the Mountaineer Park crowd in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II).

Regional Emmy Award for HRTV's Dubai Show

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HorseRacing TV has been honored with a Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award in the "Sports -- One-Time Special" category for the network's "Inside Information: Dubai World Cup" show.

NY Horse Industry: Award VLT Project Now

NY Horse Industry: Award VLT Project Now

They tapped various talking points -- from higher purses and a beefed-up breeding industry to protecting green space and even family values -- but a group of Thoroughbred representatives have brought a singular message to state officials: Get the Aqueduct video lottery terminal casino off the ground.

RTIP Teams With NYRA for First College Day

The Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona is teaming up with the New York Racing Association to offer students the opportunity to learn about the business of track management at the inaugural College Day at Saratoga Race Course.

F-T Texas Sale Has 370 Yearlings

Fasig-Tipton's Texas division has cataloged 370 horses for its yearling sale. The number is down 26.9% from last year's total of 506, and the auction's length has been reduced from two days to one. The sale is scheduled for Aug. 31 at Lone Star Park, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT).

Mine That Bird in West Virginia Derby Work

Mine That Bird in West Virginia Derby Work

Mine That Bird breezed through a four-furlong workout at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort on July 27. The track's clockers recorded a time of :49 4/5 as the Kentucky Derby winner continued his preparations for Aug. 1, $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II).

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