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MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

MEC Bankruptcy Fallout Hits Ohio Track

The Ohio State Racing Commission ruled March 19 that Thistledown's racing permit will be suspended as of March 28 if parent company Magna Entertainment Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5, fails to renew a $1-million bond.

Casinos Versus Racetrack Slots in Ohio

In anticipation of a push by a consortium for casino gambling in Ohio's four largest cities, the Ohio State Racing Commission is formulating its own legislative proposal for video lottery terminals at the state's seven racetracks.

MEC: Other Assets to be Sold Separately

MEC: Other Assets to be Sold Separately

Several assets owned by Magna Entertainment Corp. will apparently be offered separately for sale from a $195-million "stalking horse bid" its parent company has tendered in relation to MEC's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing March 5.

Crunch Time for Horsemen, Horses in Ohio

With a little more than two weeks remaining before the scheduled shutdown of the barn area at Beulah Park, management and horsemen still have no deal to continue live racing in January. But developments on a national level could quickly turn things around.

160-Plus Race Dates Lost in Ohio Carnage

160-Plus Race Dates Lost in Ohio Carnage

Winter racing at Beulah Park was plowed under and the spring/summer meet at River Downs went up in flames Nov. 21 when the Ohio State Racing Commission awarded 2009 dates that represent a loss of more than 160 days of Thoroughbred racing at the two tracks.

Inside Track: Turning It Around

Inside Track: Turning It Around

For the first 45 years of his life, Vincent Harris had absolutely no experience with horse racing. As a youngster growing up in New York City, working at a Thoroughbred racetrack was one of the last things on earth Harris envisioned for himself as an adult.

Hook Joins Pinnacle as Track Announcer

Hook Joins Pinnacle as Track Announcer

Matt Hook has joined Pinnacle Race Course as track announcer, with additional roles as assistant racing secretary and track handicapper. The announcement was made July 16 by Pinnacle Race Course general manager Allan Plever.

Smooth Air in Sharp Work for Ohio Derby

Smooth Air in Sharp Work for Ohio Derby

Mount Joy Stables' Smooth Air, runner-up to Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown in the Florida Derby (gr. I), completed his serious work for the May 31 Ohio Derby (gr. II) with a sharp seven-furlong work at Arlington Park May 25.

Smooth Air Likely Bound for Ohio Derby

Smooth Air Likely Bound for Ohio Derby

Mount Joy Stable's 3-year-old Smooth Air bounced out of his 11th-place finish behind Big Brown in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in good condition, and trainer Bennie Stutts, Jr. now has him targeted for the $300,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown May 31.

'Groundhog Day:' MEC Losses Mount

'Groundhog Day:' MEC Losses Mount

With one analyst tagging the proceedings "Groundhog Day," Magna Entertainment Corp. announced Feb. 29 more losses during a short, testy conference call that discussed year-end financials for 2007.

Ohio Tracks Strike Simulcast Deal

Two Ohio racetracks that share the Columbus market have reached a new agreement on full-card simulcasts designed to aid patrons and perhaps their bottom lines.

More Dates Sought for Thistledown

More Dates Sought for Thistledown

A controversial plan to shave live racing dates at Thistledown in 2008 could result in the halt of full-card simulcasts at the Cleveland-area racetrack in 2009.

Trainer Elmer Cowan Dead at 77

Trainer Elmer Cowan, who trained Crypto's Redjet to back-to-back Ohio Horse of the Year championships, died July 13. He was 77.

Ohio Thoroughbred Interests Agree to Dates Reduction

Ohio's Thoroughbred tracks will race 24 fewer days in 2007 in keeping with a plan to increase average daily purses and boost field size by offering fewer races. The schedule, agreed to by tracks and horsemen's groups, will be voted on Dec. 15 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

Account-Bet Dispute Addressed; Signal Available

The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has indicated Thistledown is authorized to send its signal to Youbet.com, but the California account wagering company has indicated it may not be willing to offer the signal.

Ohio VLT Vote Needs More Valid Signatures

A petition drive to allow a vote on video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks was 8,716 signatures short as of Aug. 30, but more will be submitted within the next two weeks.

Feliciano Reaches 1,000 Wins

Trainer Miguel Feliciano scored his 1,000th career victory in 7,316 starts in Thistledown's first race June 19 with Formal Pass. Jockey Ernesto Oro was aboard for the milestone win.

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