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NH House Votes Against Casino Legislation

The New Hampshire House of Representatives said no dice to casino gambling again May 7, handing supporters their third defeat in two months and dashing hopes that live Thoroughbred racing might return to Rockingham Park.

NH House Committee Says No to Gaming Bill

A New Hampshire House of Representatives committee voted 11-9 March 4 to recommend an expanded gambling bill be killed, although the bill moves to the full House for a floor vote expected as early as next week.

New Hampshire Panel OKs Two Casinos

A New Hampshire Senate committee voted 4-1 to recommend passage of a bill that would allow the state to authorize two casinos. But the bill will be tabled while the House considers any expansion of gambling.

2013 NETWA HOF Class Elected

Trainer Tim Hills; New England-bred champion Ask Queenie and her owner/breeder Lloyd Lockhart; jockey Leroy Moyers; and publicity director Bob Varey are the newly-elected members of the New England Turf Writers Hall of Fame.

NH Governor Urges Support of Gambling Bill

NH Governor Urges Support of Gambling Bill

While testifying first before the New Hampshire Senate Ways and Means committee and saying the time to move forward on expanded gambling is now, Gov. Maggie Hassan urged lawmakers Feb. 19 to support Senate Bill 152.

Suffolk Downs in Battle for Casino License

Suffolk Downs in Battle for Casino License

Casino magnate Steve Wynn submitted a formal Phase 1 application with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Jan. 14, one day under a key deadline, to vie with the proposal of Suffolk Downs and partner Caesar's Entertainment.

NH House Advances Expanded Gaming Bill

Expanded gambling in New Hampshire edged one step closer to passage Feb. 21 when the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives passed BH 593, as amended Feb. 12, by a vote of 14-7.

NH Repeals Tax on Gambling Winnings

The State of New Hampshire has repealed the onerous 10% tax on gambling winnings that drove bettors away from racetracks and caused a multi-million dollar drop in the Thoroughbred simulcast handle.

Rockingham Will Not Open in 2010

After conducting racing for more than 100 years, Rockingham Park will not open for live racing in 2010, the track announced March 10.

ALS Claims Trainer William Erminelli

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William Erminelli, who trained horses at Rockingham Park and Tampa Bay Downs, died Jan. 22 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 56.

HBPA, Rockingham Still at Odds Over Races

Horsemen held a brainstorming meeting Aug. 16 to discuss the ramifications of a plan by Rockingham Park to offer Thoroughbred races Sept. 5 in partnership with the New Hampshire Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing Association.

National HBPA Takes Stand on Simulcasts, Revenue

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, in an attempt to solidify revenue derived from pari-mutuel wagering, will soon release a comprehensive position paper that touches on everything from source-market fees to rebates.

Rockingham Park, Horsemen Reach Simulcasting Agreement

Following nearly two days of testimony in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire in Concord, but before it came to a judge's ruling, Rockingham Park, the New England Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, and Suffolk Downs reached agreement Tuesday relative to the disbursement of simulcasting revenue.

Simulcasting Returns to Rockingham Park

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Rockingham Park, the New England Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association, and Suffolk Downs reached an agreement today, one day after hearings began in U.S. District Court in Concord, N.H., allowing simulcasting to return to the New Hampshire track.

Rockingham To Run Harness Meet in 2003

Rockingham Park is switching from Thoroughbred to harness racing in 2003 after the track and horsemen could not reach an agreement concerning purse structure. The Salem, N.H. track will conduct a summer harness meet from May 24 through Sept. 1, with racing four nights per week. Harness racing has not been conducted at Rockingham since June 1980 when a fire destroyed the clubhouse and grandstand and closed the track for four years.

Rockingham Park to Close; Development Planned on Property

Rockingham Park plans to close in a few years in what would mark the end of the state's first and only horse racing track. The owners of the 96-year-old track want to develop the 170-acre property in Salem for retail, office and residential use.

Eighth Pole Founders Win Dogwood Dominion Award

New England's Jim Greene and Shirley Edwards, founders and mainstays of the "Eighth Pole" have been named winners of the 2002 Dogwood Dominion Award, presented annually to an unsung hero in the Thoroughbred industry.

Del Mar Show Wins New Hampshire Sweepstakes

Del Mar Show scored an easy 1 3/4-length victory under Jerry Bailey in Saturday's $200,000 New Hampshire Sweepstakes Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Rockingham Park. The Bill Mott trainee completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.51 on the turf course labeled "good."

Report: Brockton Fair Scraps 2002 Live Meet

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Having failed to reach an agreement with Suffolk Downs and the New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association on legislated revenue payments, Brockton Fair has scrapped its nine-day live meet this year.

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