Two consultants will soon issue a report recommending ways for Ohio to improve live racing apart from the anticipated revenue from video lottery terminals.
The Yavapai County Fairgrounds' board of trustees has contracted Bill Murphy to be its consulting executive director and Mike Mullaney to be its on-site general manager. The Arizona track slated to open May 28.
- By Jim Freer
MI Developments on May 27 told employees of Gulfstream Park that effective May 28 Ken Dunn will no longer be president and general manager of the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track.
Caton Bredar has been named executive producer of the new media development department at Gulfstream Park, track officials announced Dec. 16.
Ken Dunn, formerly of Calder Casino & Race Course, has joined the Gulfstream Park management team, the South Florida racetrack announced Nov. 2.
Gulfstream Park announced the resignation of Bill Murphy from his posts as president and general manager, effective Oct. 30.
Roadside discoveries over the past months of horses slaughtered in west Dade and Broward counties have prompted Gulfstream Park to contribute $5,000 to the reward fund for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
There will be slight modifications this year to the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), two preps for the Florida Derby (gr. I) that will be run March 27 at Gulfstream Park.
Earlier this month, Gulfstream Park announced its pledge to donate $10,000 to a pair of National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Charities -- Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Good weather and a five-day race week were credited for a 3.69% rise in the all-sources handle at Gulfstream Park.
Gulfstream Park said March 27 it will run its next meet from Jan. 3, 2010 to April 24, 2010, ending speculation it could seek dates in November and December of 2009.
A switch to five-day racing weeks and a long stretch of dry weather are among the factors helping Gulfstream Park buck an industry trend of lower pari-mutuel handle.
Gulfstream Park presented the Jockeys' Guild with a $22,000 check Jan. 31.
In a step some racing industry officials expected, Gulfstream Park has told Florida regulators that it plans to hold races during 2009's last five weeks--a lucrative set of dates on which Calder Race Course has raced exclusively in South Florida for more than a decade.
Gulfstream Park will be celebrating its 70th birthday when its live meet opens Jan. 3.
Hall of Fame jockey Don Brumfield has been named as a steward for the upcoming Gulfstream Park meet, the track announced Oct. 21.
Doug Bredar, a racing official with more than 20 years experience, has been named racing secretary at Gulfstream Park, where the 2009 live meet begins Jan. 3.
Ron Nicoletti, longtime South Florida racing personality and Gulfstream Park handicapper during its live meet since 1990, will join the Florida track on a full-time basis, taking the position of media manager.
Gulfstream Park, in conjunction with the University of Florida (UF), announced the names of this year's three recipients from Gulfstream Park's $30,000 Barbaro Scholarship Program March 29.
Gulfstream Park reported its all-sources pari-mutuel handle is down about 5% and on-track handle off 30% year-to-date through early March.
Golden Velvet, Darley Stable's candidate for the March 9 Rampart Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, and the dead-heat co-winner of the Sabin Handicap (gr. III) Jan. 6, was found after that race to have been "sponged," track officials have announced.
A series of power surges that first struck Gulfstream Park midway through the seventh race Jan. 18 led to the cancellation of the final two live races of the program.
Gulfstream Park will have still another new look when it opens its season Jan. 3, 2008, and track president and general manager Bill Murphy says the latest changes come "from listening to what people wanted."
In the aftermath of a Sept. 13 killing of a Dade County, Fla. police officer, Gulfstream Park officials announced their decision to host a benefit concert Sept. 28 for two local law enforcement organizations.
Bernie Hettel, who served as an association steward at Gulfstream Park this past meet, has been named manager of racing operations of the South Florida racetrack effective immediately.
Gulfstream Park in South Florida has added 705 slot machines to bring the total number of machines to 1,221.
The agent for Rene Douglas, the jockey cleared to ride by Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26 after a six-week ban by authorities, says he still doesn't know what's going on but is ready to "start the ball rolling again."
Gulfstream Park announced Jan. 26 that jockey Rene Douglas is once again allowed to ride at the south Florida track.
Bill Murphy has been appointed president and general manager of Gulfstream Park, Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Jan. 10.
Bernie Hettel, a former executive director of and chief steward for the Kentucky Racing Commission, will serve as a judge during the upcoming Gulfstream Park meet.
Nationally known steward Bernie Hettel has been appointed to the Gulfstream Park judges' stand, the track announced Dec. 14
The Ohio State Racing Commission unanimously granted the request of Thistledown to withdraw its live signal from Northfield Park, which is a harness track located six miles from the Magna Entertainment-owned Thistledown.
Beginning July 5th, Thistledown will offer a 7% purse increase on $10,000 claiming races and above and a 5% purse increase on those races under $10,000. The purse increase is a direct effect of increased field size, export handle and record-breaking Triple Crown and Ohio Derby days, according to a release from the track.
Thistledown's plan to revamp its racing program to compete for horses with nearby Mountaineer Park in West Virginia has paid off, at least very early in its 2001 meet. Track general manager Bill Murphy said the increase in field size had much to do with the spike in handle.
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