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Retired Jockey Jeep Ryan Dead

George Patrick "Jeep" Ryan, a popular jockey on the Ohio and Kentucky circuit, died Feb. 19 from complications from a stroke.

Fines, Suspension After Positive Test in New York

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board has disciplined a trainer, assistant trainer, and veterinarian for two tranquilizers found in the system of Vagabond Saint following a second-place finish in the second race at Aqueduct April 14.

Maryland Horse Industry Rallies For Slots

Maryland Horse Industry Rallies For Slots

Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich made a personal appeal to members of a House committee Tuesday for approval of his slot machine bill. Before the meeting Ehrlich attended a pro-slots rally at the Capitol conducted by members of the state's horse industry.

Van de Kamp to Leave TOC

After eight years of service, John Van de Kamp will be stepping down from his post as president and general counsel of the Thoroughbred Owners of California on July 1, 2004 after eight years of service.

North Dakota Commission Meeting Postponed

The North Dakota Racing Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, which was to include a decision on whether Racing Services would be renewed as the state's simulcasting provider, has been postponed. A decision to reschedule the meeting should be made Friday, a spokesperson said.

NJSEA Seeking Lease Offers for Meadowlands, Monmouth

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Wednesday voted to authorize the issue of an offering statement that seeks proposals for a long-term lease of the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park. The investment-banking firm of Lehman Brothers will serve as the advisor to the NJSEA in the development of the statement.

Choctaw Nation Buys Blue Ribbon Downs

Backstretch LLC, a private company wholly-owned by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, closed a deal Monday to purchase Blue Ribbon Downs, one day before the Sallisaw, Okla. track was to be auctioned.

Paulson Horses Transferred from De Seroux

Eight horses owned by Michael Paulson will be transferred from trainer Laura de Seroux and sent to the East Coast Friday to trainers Michael Matz and Bill Mott.

CDI Revenue Dips in Third Quarter

Fewer racing dates and an unfavorable racing commission ruling led net revenue for Churchill Downs Inc. to drop by 6% during the third quarter of the year.

Breeders' Cup Upgrades in Place at Santa Anita

When Sherwood Chillingworth remembers the last time Santa Anita Park hosted the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in 1993, the Oak Tree Racing Association executive vice president concludes the event has matured greatly in that decade span.

Youbet Ready to Add Wireless Wagering

Youbet.com is poised to launch portable betting in the fourth quarter of 2003 through wireless technology such as java-enabled cell phones and handheld personal computers.

TVG Sues Youbet to Protect Voting Interest

TV Games Network, a shareholder in Youbet.com with an option to buy a majority interest in the company, has filed a lawsuit against Youbet for proposed changes to voting and term limits for its board of directors.

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