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Fabulous Strike Eyes 2008 Campaign

Fabulous Strike Eyes 2008 Campaign

Walter Downey's Pennsylvania-bred Fabulous Strike, an early favorite for last year's TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) before a lung infection put an early end to his season, has recovered and will return to the track for trainer Todd Beattie at his Hollywood Casino at Penn National base.

Mid-Atlantic Full Speed on Steroids

Just hours after horsemen and scientists questioned the model rule regulating anabolic steroids in racehorses and suggested a national roll-out of the rules later this year or early next year is more practical, regulators in the Mid-Atlantic region announced they are sticking with plans to implement the regulations as quickly as possible.

Decision on Barbaro's Ashes Close

Decision on Barbaro's Ashes Close

Nearing the one-year anniversary of Barbaro's death, Gretchen Jackson said she and her husband, Roy, are close to announcing where the ashes of the winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be buried.

More Smoke to Pin Oak Lane

More Smoke, a multiple stakes-winning son of Smoke Glacken, has arrived at Dr. William J. Soloman's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa. The 6-year-old, who won seven times from 15 starts, will stand for $3,500.

'New' Penn National Awaits Opener

'New' Penn National Awaits Opener

It will be a new day for Thoroughbred racing in central Pennsylvania Feb. 12 when Penn National Race Course, rebuilt as a racing and gaming complex, reopens for live racing as the Hollywood Casino at Penn National.

Ecliptical Dead

Pennsylvania stallion Ecliptical, sire of grade II winner Exclusive Praline, was euthanized Jan. 2 because of intestinal complications.

Buddha to Pin Oak Lane

Buddha to Pin Oak Lane

Buddha, a grade I winner by Unbridled's Song, has arrived for stallion stud at Dr. William J. Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.

Philly: More Money in the New Year

Philly: More Money in the New Year

The year 2008 has brought another purse increase to Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack, but the Pennsylvania track and other tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region are expected to continue competing for horses as the year progresses.

Woodford Donates to TCA

Woodford Donates to TCA

Woodford Reserve has donated the proceeds from its $1,000 Mint Julep program to Thoroughbred Charities of America, it was announced Dec. 21. The Midway-based non-profit received $116,337 from sales of the limited edition cups.

Philly Park, Horsemen Strike Deal

Philly Park, Horsemen Strike Deal

Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment and the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association announced Dec. 10 they have extended their live racing contract at Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack for seven years, with Greenwood promising to make substantial improvements to the backstretch as well as revert most of the grandstand back to a venue for horseplayers.

Apprentice Cedeno Tries Aqueduct

Apprentice Carol Cedeno has already made her presence known this year at Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands. The 19-year-old is now tackling Aqueduct, and got off to a quick start opening day of the inner track meet by winning two races on Nov. 28.

Ecclesiastic to Regal Heir

Ecclesiastic to Regal Heir

Graded stakes winner Ecclesiastic has been retired from racing and will stand at Michele Madonna and Sue Jones' Regal Heir Farm near Grantville, Pa.

Commentary: One Small Step

By - Dan Liebman - It was an item that didn't draw many headlines. But, as Neil Armstrong so eloquently said about one small step, it can lead to a giant leap.

Philly Park Casino Plan Presented

After a delay of several months, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment presented plans for a stand-alone casino on the Philadelphia Park Casino & Racetrack property to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Nov. 8.

Purses Boost Inaugural Presque Isle Meet

The inaugural meet at Presque Isle Downs concluded Sept. 29, with the track located at the casino of the same name near Erie, Pennsylvania reporting average daily purse distribution of $432,074 for the 29-day stand. Overnight purses averaged $368,074.

Presque Isle Meet to End With Stakes Double

Presque Isle Meet to End With Stakes Double

Fifty-seven horses, including a host of stakes winners, have been nominated to a pair of stakes that will anchor the Sept. 29 closing-night card of the inaugural racing season at Presque Isle Downs.

Jockey Injured in Breakdown at Presque Isle

Jockey Enrique Jurado suffered shoulder and knee injuries the evening of Sept. 20 when Risk Assessment, a 3-year-old filly he was riding in the fourth race at Presque Isle Downs, broke down after crossing the finish line.

Shaggy Mane Eyes Rich Presque Isle Downs Masters

Shaggy Mane Eyes Rich Presque Isle Downs Masters

Shaggy Mane is one of 39 fillies and mares nominated to the Sept. 15 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes, a $400,000, six-furlong test designed to serve as a prep for the new $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

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