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Massachusetts Horse Industry Goes Dark for a Day

Led by a united New England Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association, and with the support of workers and officials at Suffolk Downs, the Massachusetts horse racing industry cancelled the live Sept. 28 card at the East Boston racetrack.

Massachusetts Racing Industry Rallies for Hearing

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The Massachusetts horse racing industry is taking a day off Sept. 28 to show its support during a hearing in the state House of Representatives on legislation that could impact the industry.

Jockey Winston Thompson Gets Victory 2,500

Suffolk Downs' leading rider, Jamaican native Winston Thompson, reached another career milestone Tuesday. In garnering a wire-to-wire victory aboard 1-2 favorite Sundance Shamrock in the third race for owner/trainer Tim Kirby, Thompson reached the 2,500 victory mark in his 19-year career.

Winston Thompson Records Suffolk Six-Pack

Jockey Winston Thompson won six races on Saturday's 11-event program at Suffolk Downs, including the featured $50,000 Old Ironsides Breeders' Cup Stakes on the turf course aboard Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval.

Suffolk Suspends Stakes; No 2005 MassCap

Suffolk Downs has suspended its open stakes program, including the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) and the James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap, in order to preserve overnight purses for the 117-day meet that begins April 30.

Suffolk Suspends Stakes; No 2005 MassCap

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Suffolk Downs has suspended its open stakes program, including the Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) and the James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap, in order to preserve overnight purses for the 117-day meet that begins April 30.

New England Turf Writers Announce 2004 Champions

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The New England Turf Writers Association has selected its champions for 2004. The annual awards dinner will take place after the 2005 New England live racing season begins at Suffolk Downs next spring.

Mass Cap Moved to June 19

Suffolk Downs has moved the running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) to June 19. The Mass Cap, which is returning from a one-year hiatus, was originally scheduled to be run on May 29.

Here and There

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Suffolk Downs hires new racing secretary, Texas Thoroughbred Association launches new web site.

James B. Moseley Draws 34 Nominations

Graded-stakes winners My Cousin Matt, Peeping Tom, Say Florida Sandy, and Here's Zealous join defending champion Stormin Oedy on the list of 34 nominations for the $200,000 James B. Moseley Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 21 at Suffolk Downs.

Rays of Hope Seen in Massachusetts VLT Vote

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Legislation to legalize video lottery terminals at Massachusetts racetracks failed to pass the state House of Representatives April 15, but racing industry officials remain upbeat, according to published reports.

Weather Continues to Disrupt Racing

Citing poor track conditions, Turfway Park canceled the remainder of Monday's race card following the third race. Poor weather has also delayed opening of Aqueduct's main track.

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.

Mass Cap Date Changed

The date of the 64th running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) has been moved to June 14. The race, originally scheduled for May 31, will be shown live as part of the CBS NTRA Summer Racing Tour.

Suffolks Downs, Penn National Cancel Racing

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Suffolk Downs was forced to cancel its live racing card on Saturday due to unsafe racing conditions caused by snow and rain from a storm that hit on Friday night and Saturday morning.

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.

Here and There

Albarado honored...Upcoming race meets at Turfway, Hollywood, and Suffolk...Goldthorpe on his own.

Account Wagering Goes Into Effect in Massachusetts

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Recent approval from the Massachusetts State Racing Commission of the TVG network and Magna Entertainment's XpressBet system means bettors there soon will be able to sign up for account wagering with either provider.

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.

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.

Massachusetts Panel to Study Expanded Gaming

Expanded gambling, including slot machines at racetracks, took a hit May 9 when the Masschusetts House voted against it, but legislators did establish a committee to make recommendations on the issue by the end of the year.

MassCap Slated for June 1

Suffolk Downs horses will compete for $1.34 million in stakes purses during the winter/spring meet in a 25-race schedule that will be highlighted by the 63rd running of the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II) on June 1.

New England Trainer Suspended for Positive

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In what is believed to be the first suspension in the country for a positive test for the drug benzylpiperazine, New England trainer Tammi Piermarini was suspended Tuesday until Jan. 10, 2002. The Suffolk Downs board of stewards also fined her $500 and took away first-place purse money won by Dixie Draw Oct. 6 at the Masschusetts track.

Massachusetts Racing Law Granted Extension

For the fourth time since Jan. 1, the Massachusetts legislature has passed an extension to current racing law while a new bill is being ironed out. The latest extension will ensure that simulcasting continues for 45 days through Sept. 30.

Bay State Tracks, Horsemen Await Bill's Fate

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The future of horse racing in Massachusetts is brighter after the State House of Representatives on Monday approved a bill that extends simulcasting rights to racetracks and earmarks additional revenue for purses. The state Senate is scheduled to tackle the legislation Thursday.

New England Horsemen: It's Do-Or-Die Time

Normally, the sounds of thunder cascading down the stretch of the two New England major thoroughbred tracks -- Suffolk Downs and Rockingham Park emanate from horses. Now, the thunderclaps are coming from New England horsemen, who say they need a bigger share of the simulcasting pie to survive.

MassCap Hopefuls Work

Include, who is the leading candidate for favorite in Saturday's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), breezed a half-mile in :47 flat on Tuesday. The workout, the fastest that day at the distance was at Include's home track of Laurel Park. He was to leave the track for Boston Tuesday evening.

MassCap Hopefuls Work

Include, who is the leading candidate for favorite in Saturday's Massachusetts Handicap (gr. II), breezed a half-mile in :47 flat on Tuesday. The workout, the fastest that day at the distance was at Include's home track of Laurel Park. He was to leave the track for Boston Tuesday evening.

Massachusetts Racetracks Ink Simulcasting Pact

Suffolk Downs; Plainridge Racecourse, a Standardbred track; and two Greyhound tracks, Raynham-Taunton and Wonderland, have an agreement in place that allows for cross-breed and cross-species simulcasting, according to published reports. The racing law in Massachusetts expired last year, so the tracks are operating on an extension.

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