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Emerald Sees Upside With Muckleshoot Deal

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.

Evangeline Holds Own, Prepares for Big Move

Evangeline Downs reported a gain in total handle but expected decreases in on-track business given the fact live racing and its slot-machine operation weren't located at the same site during its 2004 meet that ended Sept. 6.

Janet Laszlo Receives Monmouth Award

Janet Laszlo, a successful owner and breeder at Monmouth Park for the past decade, has been named the 2004 recipient of the Virgil "Buddy" Raines Distinguished Achievement Award.

Calder Clears Debris, Able to Reopen

Calder Clears Debris, Able to Reopen

Calder Race Course was forced to close for both live racing and simulcasting from Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 5 due to the effects of Hurricane Frances.

Tim Smith Decides Against NYRA Post

Tim Smith Decides Against NYRA Post

Tim Smith, former National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner, announced Sept. 4 that he will not become president and chief executive officer of the troubled New York Racing Association.

Dogwood Chief to Head Sales Integrity Task Force

Dogwood Chief to Head Sales Integrity Task Force

Cothran "Cot" Campbell, founder and manager of Dogwood Stables and a regular participant at Thoroughbred auctions, was tabbed as chairman of the recently formed Sales Integrity Task Force during its first meeting Sept. 2 at Keeneland.

TVG Pact Aids New York Horsemen's Fund

TVG Pact Aids New York Horsemen's Fund

The New York Racing Association and Television Games Network have reached a $13.5 million deal giving the network exclusive simulcasting rights outside of New York, according to a published report.

Trainer Louis Mondello, 81, Dies

Louis Mondello, a trainer on the New York circuit for many years, died Sept. 1 at the age of 81. A native of East Harlem, N.Y., he resided in Hicksville, Long Island.

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