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.
Pretty Wild, a multiple stakes winner and half-brother to Jerome Handicap (gr. II) winner Discreet Cat, will stand his first season in 2007 at Peter Alafoginis's Northern Tier Farm near Lawrenceville, Pa.
A water main break discovered by construction workers early Monday morning forced the cancellation of live racing at Philadelphia Park and could threaten Tuesday's card as well.
The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association has announced that effective with foals born in 2007 and thereafter, eligibility criteria for Pennsylvania-bred registration with the Pennsylvania Breeding Fund program have been revised.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved the first slot-machine licenses in the state Sept. 27, clearing the way for five racetracks to add thousands of machines.
Changing consumer standards will be the theme at the 14th International Simulcast Conference Oct. 16-18 in Philadelphia. The conference will feature sessions on the impact of Internet wagering, the disparity between commercial television and simulcast signal quality, and heightened concern about equine welfare issues.
Pennsylvania gambling regulators are expected to give the state's racetracks the go-ahead Sept. 27 to plug in thousands of slot machines, the biggest step in two years toward making Pennsylvania one of the nation's busiest gambling markets.
Barbaro is improving slowly and steadily, according to veterinarians at the University of Pennsylvania George D. Widener Hospital's New Bolton Center.
Pennsylvania gambling regulators began licensing hearings Sept. 11 that will be a prelude to authorizing slot machines at racetracks later this year.
Bally Technologies, headquartered in Las Vegas, will provide a casino management system for the slot-machine operation planned for Philadelphia Park in southeastern Pennsylvania.
A Pennsylvania laboratory is the first to employ a definitive test for erythropoietin--the blood-doping agent commonly known as EPO--and the test resulted in the suspension and fining of a trainer of Standardbreds in Ontario, Canada.
Magna Entertainment Corp. reported a slightly smaller net loss for the second quarter of 2006 compared with the same period last year, but indicated a working-capital deficiency of almost $140 million remains a problem.
A racetrack at which all revenue after expenses would go toward the racing product remains in the works and in the running for a license in Pennsylvania, but the individual spearheading the project said it remains to be seen whether it would be a Thoroughbred track without slot machines, or a dual-breed facility with slots.
Hearings for the companies seeking licenses to operate slot machines at racetracks have been set by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which could vote on conditional licenses in late September.
Amid the sound of hammers and drills as Philadelphia Park readies the first two floors of its grandstand in anticipation of slot machines later this year, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association celebrated "Pennsylvania's Day at the Races" July 29.
Kevin DeSanctis, president and chief operating officer of Penn National Gaming Inc., will leave the company by the end of this year to form establish his own company.
A possible interruption of Saturday's live card at Philadelphia Park was averted Friday when management at the Bensalem Township, Pa., racetrack assured jockeys they are indeed covered by insurance should they be injured while performing the duties of their profession.
Jockeys at Philadelphia Park have asked state officials in Pennsylvania to assist them in their push to get a new catastrophic on-track accident insurance policy.
The first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation to the grandstand in anticipation of slot machines is nearly complete at Philadelphia Park.
Jockeys at two racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic region are taking a grassroots approach to representation given what they believe to be ongoing conflict at the Jockeys' Guild, which represents riders around the country.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved licenses for the manufacturers and suppliers of slot machines June 28, which could accelerate the licensing process for casino operators in the state.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation June 27 that would eliminate an obstacle that has kept slot machine casinos from being licensed. But the bill includes a potentially volatile provision that would raise the tax on casino slots revenue by 4%.
Management at Philadelphia Park announced today that the 2006 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), which was to carry a purse of $750,000 and was scheduled for Sept. 4 (Labor Day), has been cancelled.
Five days after undergoing surgery, Barbaro was in excellent condition, according to a report from the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center.
The news continued to be promising for Barbaro Thursday.
Magna Entertainment Corp. has received conditional approval from the Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission to sell The Meadows, a western Pennsylvania harness track, for $225 million.
For the third year in a row, the compact Mid-Atlantic region has a top 3-year-old involved in the Triple Crown races, and the local racetracks are hoping to capitalize on it.
Jockey Anthony Black earned his 5,000th career victory when he piloted the Robert Seeger-trained Actcentric to a 12-length victory in the fifth race at Philadelphia Park May 1.
With two of its four live racing days complete for 2006, questions remain as to what Greenwood Racing intends to do with aging Atlantic City Race Course, which opened in 1946 and currently serves as a year-round simulcast facility for patrons in southern New Jersey.
Regal Heir Farms, Inc., will continue operating under family ownership despite the loss of owners Dennis Madonna and J. Bradley Jones, who died in helicopter accident April 20.
As Delaware Park begins its 69th season of Thoroughbred racing, management has announced a major Las Vegas-style expansion of the facility pending approval from New Castle County, where the track is located.
The grandstand/clubhouse facility at Penn National Race Course is in the final days of its almost 34-year history. Racing fans with a fondness for the track with a mountain view are expected to make the trip for the final two nights of racing.
It has been almost two years since Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and slot machines were legalized in Pennsylvania. And while the horse has begun his career at stud, racetracks are still waiting for slots and may encounter some challenges when they finally get them.
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