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Handle Figures Strong at Louisiana Downs


Louisiana Downs concluded its 2003 racing season Sunday with increases in on-track, off-track, and total handle. With the opening of the slots casino earlier this year, the track no longer keeps attendance records.

Ceezee Guest Dead at Age 83

Ceezee Guest, who with her late husband, Winston F.C. Guest, owned Thoroughbreds, died Saturday at her home in Old Westbury, N.Y. She was 83.

Fined Derby Jockeys File Lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in Kentucky circuit court Friday by 13 of the jockeys fined by Churchill Downs stewards for wearing a Jockeys' Guild patch during this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The suit asks for a reversal of the stewards' decision, which was upheld by the Kentucky Racing Commission in early October, on the grounds it is unconstitutional.

Officials, Others Ponder Future if NYRA is Indicted

Officials, Others Ponder Future if NYRA is Indicted

As the racing industry's breath-holding continues as it awaits the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office, it is a question state and federal officials, as well as NYRA's boosters and competitors alike, have been increasingly pondering.

Groups That Oppose Slaughter Ban Target of Letter

Blue Horse Charities has stepped up the campaign for passage of legislation to ban horse slaughter with a strongly worded letter and a full-page advertisement on the back page of the Nov. 8 edition of Daily Racing Form.

Honor In War Won't Race Again This Year

Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I) winner Honor In War, recovering from a sprained ankle that knocked him out of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), won't be ready in time for Churchill Downs' Clark Handicap (gr. II) on the main track Nov. 28.

Yell a One-Turn Surprise

A quick look at her pedigree suggests that Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Yell should be able to run and thrive at racing's most demanding distances. However, it is the 3-year-old filly's success around one turn that has made her the morning-line favorite for Saturday's 18th running of the $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff (gr. II).

Oregon Hub Handle Sets Another Quarterly Record

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's operation of wagering hub in Oregon met with much resistance from some of its member racetracks at the beginning of the decade, but one thing's for certain: The concept has caught on, even though the NTRA is no longer a player.

Sunday Is Stallion Stakes Day at the Big A

Sunday's New York Stallion Series, featuring the Great White Way, Fifth Avenue, Perfect Arc, and Cormorant divisions, will showcase some of the state-bred program's top 2-year-olds and turf horses. All of the New York Stallion Series races are for progeny of stallions standing in New York.

Massachusetts Slots Bill Abandoned

Senate supporters of a proposal to bring casinos and video slot machines to Massachusetts are abandoning their efforts.

Consultant: All Groups Eligible for New Mexico License

The four groups competing for the license to open a new racetrack and casino in Hobbs either have extensive experience in racing and gaming, or have put together a management team with such expertise.

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