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Philly Slots Congestion Means Fewer Weekend Races

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.

Guild Links Accident Insurance to Slots License

Guild Links Accident Insurance to Slots License

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.

Maryland Official Says 'Clock is Ticking' on Racing

Maryland's Thoroughbred industry is likely to be downsized considerably beginning in 2008 unless racetracks are allowed more gambling options such as slot machines, a racetrack executive said Nov. 14.

Ohio Racetracks Regroup in Wake of Failed Referendum

Ohio racing interests, stung by the failure of a Nov. 7 referendum that would have allowed video lottery terminals at the state's seven tracks, didn't rule out another attempt and said there could be legislative assistance for the industry in the interim.

Racetrack VLT Referendum Fails in Ohio

For the third time in 16 years, Ohioans soundly rejected the expansion of gambling in Ohio, this time routing a racetrack-backed proposal to put video lottery terminals at seven tracks and two non-track locations in Cleveland.

Kentucky Official: Gaming Figures in 2007 Elections

Expanded gambling in Kentucky isn't a front-burner topic right now, but it will be next year when the state holds elections for governor and other top posts, a racetrack official said Nov. 3 during the "Thoroughbred Industry Forum" at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Thoroughbreds Back at Post-Hurricane Delta Downs

Thoroughbred racing returns to Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino in Vinton, La., Nov. 1 after a 19- month hiatus brought on by Hurricane Rita. The 88-night season, which runs through March 31, 2007, offers a 39-race stakes schedule worth more than $4 million.

Marketing, Slots Getting Push in Maryland

The head of a new Maryland panel designed to better market horse racing said he expects the state legislature to reach consensus on slot-machine legislation next year.

Maryland Marketing Task Force to be Formed

Several departments of Maryland state government including the racing commission will be part of a marketing task force to be announced Monday (Oct. 23) at the commission's monthly meeting.

KEEP to Push Tax Equity, Not Gaming, in 2007

KEEP to Push Tax Equity, Not Gaming, in 2007

Tax relief for the horse industry, not racetrack gaming, will be the focus of the Kentucky Equine Education Project during the 2007 General Assembly session, according to the chairman of the organization.

Ohio Racetrack VLT Question on November Ballot

A referendum to allow video lottery terminals at seven racetracks and two stand-alone casinos in Ohio will be on the November ballot because supporters of the measure have obtained the required number of certified signatures.

New York Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

New York Comptroller Blasts State Lottery Division

New York's top fiscal officer has warned a state agency that its delay in approving a video lottery terminal casino contract for Aqueduct is costing the state needed revenue and risking bankruptcy for the New York Racing Association.

Bally Technologies Gets Gulfstream Slots Contract

Bally Technologies has signed a contract with Magna Entertainment Corp. to provide a complete slot-machine accounting, casino management, and bonusing solution, and a wide variety of gaming devices, at Gulfstream Park.

Green 'Thumb' Hinges on New York Revenue Model

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racing will add almost 200 video lottery terminals as part of a $4-million expansion, but a top official with owner Delaware North indicated major racing-related projects, such as installation of a turf course and perhaps a synthetic surface, are closely linked to the VLT revenue model in New York.

Philly Park Tabs Bally's for Slots Management

Bally Technologies, headquartered in Las Vegas, will provide a casino management system for the slot-machine operation planned for Philadelphia Park in southeastern Pennsylvania.

VLT Ballot Measure Considered Key to Ohio Auction

With ongoing declines in Thoroughbred breeding and racing in Ohio, and a possible November referendum for racetrack gaming in the state, organizers of this year's Midwest Regional sale said the industry has reached a "pivotal" point.

MEC to Proceed With Gulfstream Park Slots Parlor

Magna Entertainment Corp. said it intends to proceed with the development of a slot-machine facility at Gulfstream Park despite a decision by the Florida District Court of Appeal First District.

Stronach Touches on New York, Partnership With CDI

Magna Entertainment Corp. chairman Frank Stronach indicated his company hopes to be involved in New York racing on some level, and that it also is working with Churchill Downs Inc. on projects that will benefit the two companies and the industry at large.

'100% Purses' Plan Still in Running in Pennsylvania

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.

Anticipation, Optimism at Pennsy 'Day at the Races'

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.

MEC Alters Financing Deal for Gulfstream Slots Parlor

Magna Entertainment Corp. has amended its project financing deal with MID Islandi to add bonds of up to $27.75 million to fund design and construction of a slot-machine facility at Gulfstream Park in South Florida.

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Magna, Florida Horsemen OK Slot Revenue Split

After months of wrangling, Magna Entertainment Corporation and the Florida horseman agreed Friday evening to the percentage of slots revenue that will increase horseracing purses at Gulfstream Park.

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