Keyword: River Downs

  • Beulah Park Slashes Purses Amid Dispute

    Beulah Park, locked in a dispute that centers on revenue from advance deposit wagering, intends to resume live racing Oct. 22 but with greatly reduced purses and no export of its signal outside of Ohio.

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    Judge Rules for Ohio HBPA in Lawsuit

    United States District Court Judge Michael Watson granted the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's motion for partial judgment on the pleadings in its lawsuit versus the Ohio State Racing Commission, Beulah Park, River Downs, Chester Downs, and others.

  • Deal Would Ensure OH Thoroughbred Dates

    Officials with two Ohio racetracks indicated they hope to offer Thoroughbred meets in 2009 and could be close to a deal with local horsemen on revenue from advance deposit wagering.

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    Guild Official Barred From River Downs

    A Jockeys' Guild official was verbally barred from River Downs after the Ohio State Racing Commission was notified of an incident in which the track's substitute ambulance caught fire on the racetrack and a pickup truck was used for emergency services for the final two races of a program.

  • Ohio Panel Frowns on Dates Request

    The Ohio State Racing Commission indicated Aug. 21 it will have a difficult time approving requests by two racetracks that call for only four total days of Thoroughbred racing in 2009.

  • No Thoroughbred Dates at 2 Ohio Tracks?

    Beulah Park and River Downs, two Ohio Thoroughbred tracks that race more than 200 dates combined, have requested only Quarter Horse dates for 2009, a track official said Aug. 18.

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    Racetracks Fire Back in ADW Conflict

    At least two racetrack operators aren't pleased with recent developments concerning advance deposit wagering revenue, and one indicated closure of his track isn't out of the question should the conflict continue.

  • If Ellis Is Done, What About the Dates?

    Ellis Park's owner said the western Kentucky racetrack won't hold its meet this summer, though horsemen want the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority to intervene. Could another track get the dates?

  • Two Horses Die in Freak Accident

    Two horses that escaped from the backside of River Downs Racetrack were struck and killed by a truck in the early morning hours of June 26, according to John Englehardt, director of publicity at the Cincinnati, Ohio-area oval.

  • Jessica Oldham Stith made her riding debut aboard Greenwood Lady at River Downs on June 17.

    Academy Grad Fifth in Debut as Jockey

    Jessica Oldham Stith, the first graduate of Chris McCarron's North American Racing Academy, failed to emulate her parents but got a lot of experience in her first ride as a jockey June 17 at River Downs in Ohio.

  • Chris McCarron during a typical work day at his North American Racing Academy in Lexington, Ky.

    McCarron to 'Pony' as Rider Makes Debut

    Chris McCarron will be on hand at River Downs in Ohio June 17 to "pony" a graduate of the North American Riding Academy in her debut as a professional jockey.

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    Wagering Mess Leads to River Purse Cut

    Declines in on-track wagering, a dispute with the New York Racing Association over signal fees, and horsemen's refusal to allow six major advance deposit wagering outlets to take its signal has led River Downs to cut purses 15%-18% effective May 8.

  • TrackNet, THG Clarify 'Proposal' Stands

    TrackNet Media Group said April 22 it doesn't like a proposal from horsemen that would allow advance deposit wagering companies the cards of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), locking in place a stalemate over broader revenue sharing models.

  • Trainer H.L. Womak Dies

    Veteran Thoroughbred trainer Hulon "H.L." Womack, who led the standings at River Downs and Latonia in the late 1960s and early 1970s, passed away Jan. 17.

  • Is Cradle a Preview for New Breeders' Cup Event?

    The Miller Lite Cradle Stakes has long been known as the first major two-turn test for 2-year-olds. And though it will be run as usual at 1 1/16 miles Sept. 3, there's a major change that reflects expansion of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson wins his match race with Restore the Roar.

    Man Beats Horse on River Downs Turf Course

    All pro wide receiver Chad Johnson lived up to his pre-race predictions June 9 when he sprinted one-sixteenth of a mile in 11.1 seconds to defeat Thoroughbred racehorse Restore the Roar on the turf at River Downs in Ohio in the "Man versus Beast" promotion.

  • Judice Latest Banned Jockey to Return to Saddle

    Joe Judice, one of seven jockeys banned from Tampa Bay Downs this past December because of an investigation into alleged race-fixing, returned to the saddle June 3 at River Downs and promptly won with his first two mounts of the meet.

  • Retired jockey Pat Cooksey will make her second appearance against a Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver on June 9.

    Cooksey on Horse, Bengal on Foot for 'Man Vs. Beast'

    Retired jockey Patti Cooksey will return to the saddle June 9 at River Downs for a special race in which her mount will square off against Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, who will be on foot.

  • Ohio Thoroughbred Interests Agree to Dates Reduction

    Ohio's Thoroughbred tracks will race 24 fewer days in 2007 in keeping with a plan to increase average daily purses and boost field size by offering fewer races. The schedule, agreed to by tracks and horsemen's groups, will be voted on Dec. 15 by the Ohio State Racing Commission.

  • Ohio Racetracks Regroup in Wake of Failed Referendum

    Ohio racing interests, stung by the failure of a Nov. 7 referendum that would have allowed video lottery terminals at the state's seven tracks, didn't rule out another attempt and said there could be legislative assistance for the industry in the interim.

  • Jason Beem to Call Portland Meadows Races

    Jason Beem has been named the new announcer at Portland Meadows, taking over for Michael O'Brien, the voice of the Delta Park oval for the past five seasons who has taken a sabbatical for the meet in order to tend to responsibilities of his private business interests.

  • Ohio Racetrack VLT Question on November Ballot

    A referendum to allow video lottery terminals at seven racetracks and two stand-alone casinos in Ohio will be on the November ballot because supporters of the measure have obtained the required number of certified signatures.

  • It's Deja Vu All Over Again in Cradle Stakes

    The similarities between last year's Miller Lite Cradle Stakes winner and this year's were striking. Both were owned and bred by Claiborne Farm, both were trained by Frank Brothers, Corey Lanerie rode both, and both share the same sire -- Pulpit.

  • Ohio VLT Vote Needs More Valid Signatures

    A petition drive to allow a vote on video lottery terminals at Ohio racetracks was 8,716 signatures short as of Aug. 30, but more will be submitted within the next two weeks.

  • Regular Gate Maintenance Ordered at Ohio Tracks

    The Ohio State Racing Commission has ordered racetracks to ensure regular maintenance is performed on starting gates in the wake of a malfunction that resulted in the $100,000 Queen City Oaks at River Downs being called a "no contest."

  • Official Recommends Queen City Oaks Be Rerun

    The executive director of the Ohio State Racing Commission has recommended the July 22 Queen City Oaks, marred by a starting gate malfunction that delayed the start for seven 3-year-olds fillies in a field of 12, be rerun Aug. 13 at River Downs.

  • Top Ohio Trainer Palacios Dies in Accident

    Known as Ohio's "El Gran Senor" for his outstanding abilities in horsemanship, Luis "Albert" Palacios, 73, died in a three-vehicle accident in Wilmington, Ohio, Sept. 22. The 73-year-old trainer recently captured the training title at River Downs.

  • Laity Rocks Miller Lite Cradle by 11 3/4 Lengths

    Claiborne Farm's pacesetting Laity shook loose from favored Dawn of Wars at the head of the stretch and rolled to an impressive 11 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Miller Lite Cradle for 2-year-olds at River Downs Monday.

  • Apprentice Recovering After River Downs Accident

    Zarella Ore, a 26-year-old apprentice rider who was injured Aug. 28 when her mount flipped in the paddock at River Downs, was recuperating from surgery Aug. 30 at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  • Birzer to Appear at Benefit Auction at River Downs

    The Gary Birzer Benefit featuring a silent and live auction will take place at River Downs Sept. 4, to help raise funds for the 28-year-old jockey who remains paralyzed from the waist down after a spill July 20, 2004 at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.Va.

  • AmericaTab Donates $100,000 to U. of Arizona's Race Track Program

    AmericaTab Inc. has contributed $100,000 to the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) to help endow a proposed faculty position to conduct industry business research and to head the group's masters degree program according to RTIP director, Doug Reed.

  • Ohio HBPA Strikes Account Wagering Deals

    The Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has approved the transmission of Thoroughbred signals from Ohio to the TV Games Network and XpressBet, and also approved the sending of the signal from Thistledown to Youbet.com. However, it has failed strike a deal with AmericaTAB, the account-wagering company owned by Ohio interests.