The advent of a potentially strong competitor in western Pennsylvania might have minimal impact on the upcoming meet at Turfway Park, but track president Bob Elliston said it won't go unnoticed as far as Kentucky Thoroughbred racing is concerned.
Though it was given the deadline of Aug. 10 to present a master plan for a stand-alone casino, Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack management told the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board it would take at least two more months before such plans could be completed.
In terms of money, it will be Del Mar, Keeneland, and Saratoga in northwestern Pennsylvania when Presque Isle Downs offers an inaugural 25-night meet with an average of $500,000 per program in purses.
Revenue from slot machines will allow Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack to raise purses 20% beginning with the July 14 program at the Pennsylvania track.
Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack stewards handed jockey Victor Molina a $1,000 fine and 30-day suspension June 25 for his actions prior to the third race at the Bensalem, Pa., facility June 18.
Jockey Victor Molina - who was caught on camera kicking a 2-year-old colt prior to the start of the third race at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack June 18 - had a formal hearing before track stewards June 22, but no decision was made by the stewards as to what, if any, penalties Molina will receive.
A fire started by a faulty motor in a fan broke out in the barn of trainer John Servis at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack the afternoon of June 20, causing minor injuries to his stable pony, Jinks.
Two months after it petitioned the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to reclassify its grandstand as a permanent slots casino--a move that fueled speculation it was trying to renege on plans to build a $300-million, stand-alone casino on track property--Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack has asked that the petition be ignored.
The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association was granted the right to intervene in proceedings to determine whether a temporary slot-machine facility at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack should be considered permanent.
Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa., track owned by MTR Gaming Group, will install Michael Dickinson's synthetic Tapeta racing surface before its inaugural Thoroughbred meet begins Sept. 1.
The horsemen's group at Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack is fighting a petition by the track to add to its temporary slot-machine casino and delay construction of a permanent facility.
Presque Isle Downs, the new Erie, Pa.-area racetrack that plans to open Sept. 1 for its inaugural Thoroughbred meet, will have a synthetic surface.
Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack has adopted a policy whereby anyone under the age of 18 is allowed at the facility only during live racing and only in certain areas.
Youbet.com will begin offering wagering on racing from Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack March 31.
From Jan. 1 through mid-March, slot machines at four racetracks in Pennsylvania had produced roughly $17.5 million for purses and breed development for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing.
Revenue from slot machines has allowed the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association to offer an expanded 33-event stakes schedule headed by the inaugural $125,000 "Smarty Jones Classic" in 2007.
Presque Isle Downs became the fourth racino to being operating in Pennsylvania when it opened its slot-machine parlor Feb. 28. Live Thoroughbred racing is scheduled for September.
Kentucky-based Richland Hills will stand multiple graded stakes winner Pies Prospect at Vince Tucciarone's Fox Tale Stud in Coopersburg, Pa.
Jockeys' representatives said they have struck a deal with management at Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino to increase minimum insurance coverage for on-track accidents.
The Jockeys' Guild is protesting the banning of jockeys at racetracks in Florida and Pennsylvania and said the tracks have a "constitutional obligation" to let the riders return to work.
Barbaro, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is doing well after undergoing a planned procedure Jan. 24 at the New Bolton Center.
The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is challenging in federal court the constitutionality of an Ohio law governing the sending of simulcast signals.
A director of the Delaware Jockey Association is helping riders at Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino negotiate for more comprehensive on-track accident insurance and other health and welfare benefits.
The first three weeks of slot-machine gaming at Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino generated total wagering of $175.2 million and produced more than $15.1 million in gross revenue.
Nudge, a winning son of Pleasant Tap, will stand at Upland Spring Farm near Unionville, Pa.
Citing concerns over crowded conditions in the grandstand because of an influx of slot-machine players, Philadelphia Park Racetrack & Casino announced Jan. 2 it would move first post time back 20 minutes and drop races from its weekend cards.
Barbaro's right hind leg keeps getting stronger and should eventually be healthy enough to allow the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner to live a comfortable, happy life.
Six racetracks and five non-racing companies were awarded permanent slot-machine licenses Dec. 20 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Frankie Pennington, 19, broke the single-season mark for wins by a jockey Dec. 19 at Philadelphia Park.
Despite some inconveniences in the facility, horsemen at Philadelphia Park welcome the anticipated benefits as slots became a reality Tuesday.
Hard Spun ran his career record to a three-for-three with an easy victory Dec. 18 in the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Philadelphia Park and had onlookers comparing him with Smarty Jones, who won the same race in 2003.
Philadelphia Park will become Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack Dec. 19 when it officially begins slot-machine operations in Bensalem Township, Pa.
With slot machines coming on line next week, Philadelphia Park announced a 40% boost in overall purses for the beginning of the 2007 season.
In a continuing effort to increase catastrophic on-track accident insurance for riders, Philadelphia Park Jockeys has taken the unprecedented step of affiliating itself with a labor union to help resolve the issue.
Presque Isle Downs, currently under construction near Erie, Pa., plans to offer 25 nights of Thoroughbred racing for its inaugural season in September 2007, track officials and horsemen said.
The Jockeys' Guild has asked the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to consider the catastrophic on-track accident insurance policy at Philadelphia Park before it grants the racetrack a permanent license to operate slot machines.
With Philadelphia Park about ready to open its slot-machine parlor, gaming at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, located in a much smaller market, has exceeded expectations after the first two weeks of operation.
Anthony Black, Philadelphia Park's all-time wins leader and president of Philadelphia Park Jockeys, made an impassioned plea to the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission Nov. 30, less than one month after sustaining injuries in a race at the Bensalem Township racetrack.
Penn National Gaming Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Zia Park Racetrack and its Black Gold Casino for $200 million, the company announced Nov. 7.
The right hind leg cast of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro was removed Nov. 6, according to his medical team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center.
Philadelphia Park officials were cautiously optimistic a horse from the barn of Ramon Martin does not have equine herpesvirus despite having been exposed to the virus at an equine clinic in New Jersey.
All of the Thoroughbreds owned by the Estate of F. Eugene Dixon Jr.'s Erdenheim Farm will be dispersed at the 2007 Keeneland January sale.
Stakes winner Sort It Out, whose second dam is a full sister to Forty Niner, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Vince Tucciarone's Fox Tale Stud near Coopersburg, Pa.
Despite having to limit fields to horses stabled only at Monmouth Park due to four confirmed cases of the equine herpesvirus and a subsequent decline in total handle, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority officials are planning to finish the meet at Meadowlands on Nov. 11 as scheduled.
Presque Isle Downs, a Thoroughbred racetrack under construction near Erie, Pa., was awarded a conditional slot-machine license Oct. 25 and plans to have the reels spinning by mid-February 2007.
A suspected case of the equine herpesvirus in the stable area at Monmouth Park has forced the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which owns and operates the Oceanport track and Meadowlands in East Rutherford, to impose strict limitations on the shipment of horses.
They may not agree on how to get there, but industry representatives expressed willingness Oct. 17 to examine the jockey insurance issue and work together on solutions.
As the in-development Wagering Transmission Protocol continues to take shape, the major tote companies in the pari-mutuel industry are heralding upgrades they're making in technology and customer service.
Passage of the Illegal Internet Gambling Enforcement Act may contain protection for pari-mutuel horse racing, but it also could create some obstacles in the future, officials said Oct. 16 during the opening session of the International Simulcast Conference in Philadelphia.
Real Quiet, the 1998 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and 3-year-old champion male, will stand in 2007 at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.
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