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Economic Impact Study to Have More Detail

With a large increase in the number of horse owners that supplied information, a new economic impact study for the horse industry, the first in almost 10 years, is expected to be more statistically reliable than its 1996 counterpart.

NTRA Alters Roles of Some Personnel

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has altered the roles of several staff members to reflect priorities for 2005 as well as its long-term strategy, commissioner D.G. Van Clief Jr. said in a Dec. 20 release. The changes take effect Jan. 1.

In Washington, Numbers Made Slots Bad Bet

Voters in Washington state rejected an initiative that would have allowed the expansion of electronic slot machines--only permitted in tribal casinos--to other locations, including Emerald Downs. But a top track official said it's the best thing that could have happened.

XpressBet Approved in Washington

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XpressBet received a license from the Washington Horse Racing Commission to become the second authorized advance deposit wagering provider in the state Oct. 14.

Emerald Sees Upside With Muckleshoot Deal

Emerald Downs is experiencing a boost in daily purses and an extension of its 2005 racing season because of a $1.69-million investment by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, which owns the land beneath the Auburn, Wash., racetrack and operates a nearby casino.

Saratoga Passage Heads Washington Hall Choices

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Jockey Russell Baze, trainer Charlie Whittingham, breeder George Drumheller, and horses Saratoga Passage and Turbulator are the 2004 inductees to the Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.

TVG Reports Record Handle

TVG posted the highest quarterly handle in company history for the quarter that ended June 30, Ryan O'Hara, TVG president announced Friday. Keys to the second quarter figures were record wagering of $5.2 million on Kentucky Derby day (May 1) and $3.2 million on Belmont Stakes day (June 5).

Washington Announces Hall of Fame Nominations

A trio of national hall of fame members – jockeys Johnny Adams, Russell Baze and Alberto Johnson – are among the list of nominees for the 2004 Washington Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame were released on Thursday.

Washington Passes Account Wagering Bill

A bill that would allow account wagering by residents of Washington State passed the state's House of Representatives on March 4 79-17 and yesterday passed the Senate 38-10. Senate Bill 6281 now heads to Gov. Gary Locke for his signature.

Dark Days Ahead for Playfair

Playfair's racing days could be over for good. The 65-acre property that includes the track near Spokane, Wash., is listed for sale for $7 million and all of its contents and equipment--starting gate, tractors, seating, and more--will be auctioned March 4.

HRTV Host White to Receive Media Award

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Jon White, host of daily live Thoroughbred racing coverage for HorseRacing TV, will receive the Mark Kaufman Media Award at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders' Association awards banquet Feb. 15 "for his excellence in promoting the Washington Thoroughbred industry and Emerald Downs for 2003."

Washington Stallion Desert Wine Dead

Washington stallion and millionaire Desert Wine, who ran second in the 1983 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at Gary and Christine Jackson's St. Hilaire Farm near Yakima.

Nelson Halts Playfair Simulcasting

Eric Nelson, the current operator of Playfair Race Course, has apparently shut down simulcasting at the track near Spokane, Wash., for two weeks. According to a story in Wednesday's local paper, the Spokesman-Review, Nelson said it's a "cooling off period."

Washington Champions Announced

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Sabertooth, winner of the 67th running of Longacres Mile
(gr. III), was named 2002 Washington-bred horse of the year
Saturday.

Bill Calls for Washington Panel to be Abolished

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Legislation to abolish the Washington Horse Racing Commission and divide its responsibilities between the gambling commission and the state Department of Agriculture has been filed in the state Senate.

Playfair Slated to Race in 2003

Eric Nelson wants to return Playfair Race Course near Spokane, Wash., to its "glory days." On Oct. 31 the Washington Horse Racing Commission gave Nelson the go-ahead to start that process by granting him an operating license.

Horse Council Focus: 'A World Changed'

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The world in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will provide the backdrop for the American Horse Council convention April 6-9 in Washington, D.C. The official theme for the convention is "2002...A World Changed."

Racing Caucus Plans First Meeting of 2002

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The congressional caucus for the horse racing industry was scheduled to hold its first meeting of the year March 6 in Washington, D.C. Among the issues on the table is the 2001 Farm Bill, which was in conference committee as of March 4.

Industry Pitch

By Ray Paulick -- Good things happened to the horse industry in Washington the same year it spent more on lobbying.

Devil's Bag Colt Tops Washington Mixed Sale

A yearling colt by Devil's Bag sold to Bill Feeley of Roscoe, Mont., for $37,000 to top the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association's winter mixed sale on Sunday. Produced from the 10-year-old Greinton mare No Extra Charge, the chestnut colt is a half-brother to Melcapwalker (by Skywalker), winner of this year's Emerald Express Stakes at Emerald Downs. The consignor was Bella Bloodstock, who was acting on the behalf of Northwest Farms.

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