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Who's Who Among Who's Owed by MEC

Magna Entertainment Corp. claims it owes more than $235 million to its largest 50 unsecured creditors, including many prominent names in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.

Friesan Fire Turns Back 12 in Risen Star

Friesan Fire Turns Back 12 in Risen Star

Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farms' Friesan Fire stamped himself as a legitimate Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contender by winning his second consecutive graded stakes race at Fair Grounds. This time, the A.P. Indy colt posted a two-length victory in the $200,000 Risen Star (gr. III) Feb. 7.

Asmussen Wins Six at Fair Grounds

Asmussen Wins Six at Fair Grounds

If you spent your Saturday wagering on horses trained by Steve Asmussen at Fair Grounds, you had reason to smile at the end of the day. Last year's leading trainer nationally by wins saddled starters in seven races on the 10-race card and won six, twice ran one-two, and captured the day's stakes race.

TrackNet Poised to Cut Off Nevada

TrackNet Poised to Cut Off Nevada

TrackNet Media Group is poised to cut off its signals to more than 80 Nevada casinos Jan. 7 unless a new agreement is met for what the content company feels are more equitable fees.

Shippers to Resume at Fair Grounds

While a barn in Fair Grounds' stable area remains under a Louisiana State Racing Commission quarantine, horses will again be allowed to ship in and race at the track beginning with the Dec. 31 card.

Indygo Mountain OK, Uno Mas Moves Up

Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s highly-regarded juvenile Indygo Mountain, scratched during the post parade of an allowance event for 2-year-olds at Fair Grounds Dec. 18, was standing comfortably in his stall the following morning while trainer Bret Calhoun updated his colt's status.

La. Derby Early Bird Nominees Announced

La. Derby Early Bird Nominees Announced

Seven graded stakes winners, including grade I winner Square Eddie, lead the list of 93 early-bird nominations to the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II), the headline event of Fair Grounds' 137th season March 14, 2009.

Scherer and Sons Hit Rare Trifecta

When 3-year-old filly Talkin Indian won the ninth race at Fair Grounds on Dec. 7, the average racing fan likely did not notice a unique detail that came along with the first-level allowance victory.

Tampa Signal Available to Most ADWs

Tampa Signal Available to Most ADWs

Wagering on Tampa Bay Downs' 83rd live meet, which opens Dec. 13, will be available to most advance deposit wagering outlets, the Oldsmar, Fla., track announced Dec. 12.

Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

Fair Grounds ADW Deal: Good or Bad?

A recent deal that allowed expanded distribution of the Fair Grounds racing signal was hailed by some as a step forward in the months-long nationwide dispute between horsemen, racetracks, and advance deposit wagering entities. But some horsemen's groups are categorizing the development as a step backwards in an overall plan to secure higher revenue shares for purses from a growing wagering segment.

Stormy West Wins as Fair Grounds Opens

Stormy West Wins as Fair Grounds Opens

After challenging for command entering the lane, Stormy West withstood late challenges from Final Refrain and Barbette to capture the inaugural running of the $60,000 Blushing K.D. Handicap, the co-feature on a wet opening day to Fair Grounds' 137th season Nov. 14.

FG Signal Going to Youbet, But Not TVG

FG Signal Going to Youbet, But Not TVG

The signal for the Fair Grounds race meet starting Nov. 14 will be available to a wider variety of advance deposit wagering outlets, a group that does not include TVG, Churchill Downs Inc. announced Nov. 12.

New Executives Named at Fair Grounds

Austin Miller and Eric Halstrom have been appointed president and vice president of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, parent company Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 27. Halstrom additionally was named general manager of racing.

Conner Named FG Marketing Director

Mark Conner, a 16-year veteran of the gaming industry, has been named the new director of marketing at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Abbey Resigns From Fair Grounds Post

Abbey Resigns From Fair Grounds Post

Sam Abbey has resigned as director of racing and racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, track president Randy Soth said June 11.

CDI: 2007 Challenges, 2008 Opportunities

CDI: 2007 Challenges, 2008 Opportunities

Churchill Downs Inc. is asking for patience in seeing financial rewards from what it termed an $80 million investment into the advance deposit wagering industry in 2007, and promises to act on opportunities for the company's progress in 2008.

Pyro Makes Statement in La. Derby Win

Pyro Makes Statement in La. Derby Win

The doubters said that Pyro's last-to-first victory in the Risen Star (gr. III) was not as good as it looked. There won't be much for the skeptics to say after the Pulpit colt's latest performance, a commanding three-length score in the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 8 at Fair Grounds, a victory that cemented the Steve Asmussen trainee as one of the top two 3-year-olds in the country.

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