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Changes Sought in 2006 Indiana Racing Schedule

Seeking to build upon a successful 2005 meet, Indiana Downs has submitted a proposal for 2006 race dates that would shift the 49-day meet back two weeks and incorporate afternoon racing three days a week. The Shelbyville track offered afternoon racing this spring in the form of a "Turf Tuesdays" program.

Lone Star Park Granted 2006 Race Dates

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Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie had its request for 98 live racing dates in 2006 approved at Wednesday's Texas Racing Commission meeting in Austin, Texas. The schedule includes a 66-date spring Thoroughbred season over 15 weeks from April 13 to July 23.

Changes Set for California Fair Schedule

The California Horse Racing Board plans to eliminate 12 Thoroughbred racing dates this summer that belonged to the state fair and reduce the number of competing Northern California dates by four days.

TOC: No Choice But to Evaluate Options

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The Thoroughbred Owners of California, faced with the possibility of losing a major racetrack partner, has been discussing its options for the future given ongoing rumors Hollywood Park may be sold and no longer offer horse racing.

Plan to Boost Ohio Racing Appears Doomed

Final approval of a live racing schedule for 2005 in Ohio stalled again Nov. 2 and put in jeopardy an Ohio State Racing Commission-led effort to reduce dates in an attempt to improve economic conditions for the horse racing industry.

Ohio Racing Dates Cut; HBPA Wants Assurances

A plan to reduce live racing dates in Ohio by more than 10% in an effort to keep the horse racing industry afloat may hinge on an agreement between three Thoroughbred tracks and the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.

Indiana Panel OKs Guild Patch, Racing Dates

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Jockeys in Indiana have been granted permission by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to display the Jockeys' Guild patch on their riding pants, but corporate advertising won't be permitted.

In Ohio, Serious Proposal for Serious Times

Racetracks and horsemen's groups are considering a proposal by the chairman of the Ohio State Racing Commission to radically reduce live racing dates--several hundred could be eliminated--in order to boost purses and increase field size in 2005.

Mountaineer Deal Calls for Hike in Minimum Claiming Price

After a few years of contractual disputes, Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort and the Mountaineer Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have agreed on a three-year contract that calls for increases in live racing dates and a hike in the minimum claiming price at the West Virginia track.

Maryland's 2004 Dates Approved

Live racing will be offered for 220 days in Maryland next year. The Maryland Racing Commission recently approved the the Maryland Jockey Club's schedule.

Michigan Sets Racing Schedule for 2004

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Great Lakes Downs, Michigan's only all-Thoroughbred racetrack, was awarded 118 days of racing in 2004 under an order signed by Michigan racing commissioner Robert Geake.

Ellis Park, Red Mile Dates Raise Objections in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Racing Commission granted final approval of 2004 race dates Oct. 28 at a contentious meeting at which Ellis Park was granted a six-day racing week, and The Red Mile was awarded Quarter Horse dates despite objections from the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's attorney.

Monmouth Winds Down, Oak Tree Heats Up

The live racing season ends Sunday at Monmouth Park near Oceanport, N.J., and at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, but as those parks prepare to lay low for the winter, Hawthorne, Oak Tree, and Turf Paradise are gearing up for openings this weekend.

Illinois Dates Set, But Questions Loom Over Purses

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The Illinois Racing Board has approved a compromise 2004 Chicago-area Thoroughbred season that has Arlington Park giving up a week of live racing in return for "host track" revenue from early-season simulcasting. But serious questions remain about purse levels for 2004 because the state legislature during its spring session backed away from approving slot machines at racetracks.

Indiana Tracks Submit Requests for 2004 Dates

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With a exceptions, the 2004 racing calendar for Indiana Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing could closely resemble this year's program, though Thoroughbred dates would increase slightly under the proposals.

Kentucky Harness Track Wants Quarter Horse Dates

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Representatives from Kentucky's racetracks submitted their preliminary applications for 2004 racing dates to members of a subcommittee of the Kentucky Racing Commission Sept. 2. The Thoroughbred schedule is typical, but there are other proposed changes.

Arlington Seeks Earlier Opening Date For 2004

Arlington Park has asked the Illinois Racing Board for approval to open its 2004 season April 28, two weeks ahead of the track's traditional Mother's Day opener. If granted, the request would take the Kentucky Derby simulcast rights away from National Jockey Club, which hosted Derby Day this year during its spring meet at Hawthorne Race Course.

New Jersey Dates Deal: 120 Programs in 2003

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and horsemen will ask the state racing commission for 120 live Thoroughbred dates for 2003 instead of 146, officials said Feb. 27. Monmouth Park would kick off calendar Memorial Day, May 24, if the schedule is approved.

Plan Calls for Increase in Jersey Racing Dates

Horsemen, racetrack operators, and the New Jersey Racing Commission are in agreement on a 2003 Thoroughbred calendar that calls for 151 live racing days. The schedule was approved even though track officials have said the 141-day allotment for this year doesn't make good business sense.

Jersey Plan for 2003: 100 Days, All at Monmouth

After an acrimonious two years of fighting over dates, New Jersey horsemen and the quasi-state agency that runs Monmouth Park and Meadowlands are in the process of hammering out a deal that would reduce the number of live Thoroughbred dates in 2003 in order to maintain or improve the quality of the product.

Quarter Horse Track License Denied in Kentucky

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Supporters of live Quarter Horse racing in Kentucky suffered a defeat when the Kentucky Racing Commission declined to issue a license to Southern Bluegrass Racing for a racetrack in Williamsburg.

Two Tracks, Two Breeds: Indy Dates No Easy Task

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The Indiana Horse Racing Commission has approved the framework for the state's 2003 racing calendar. Now, it must OK specific dates, which could be difficult with two racetracks and two breeds.

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