Louisiana Downs

Northfield and Thistledown see changes at the top

Thistledown GM Brent Reitz will head south to run harness track Northfield Park while VP of Louisiana Downs Lee Dillard will head north to get the 2011 Thistledown season rolling.

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Former steward Johnnie Johnson dies at 76

Johnnie Johnson, a former steward at Oaklawn Park and Louisiana Downs, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

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Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch brought to you by West Point Thoroughbreds

The name may be different but the race remains the same—Parx Racing at Philadelphia Park will present the $1 million Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday. A contentious field of seven will line up for the nine-furlong dirt test, led by First Dude,  who has been seen in many of the major spring and summer […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: ALWAYS PLACE AN EMPHASIS ON RACING

By Ray Paulick Corey Johnsen began working in the racing industry during his college years at Arizona State University in the 1970s when he hot-walked and groomed horses at Turf Paradise, then later talked his way into an unpaid position in communications and marketing at the Phoenix track. He went on to work at […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: GOOD TIME CHARLIE

  By Ray Paulick He is a combination of P.T. Barnum, Perle Mesta and Frank Sinatra—an innovative promoter, unmatched host and fiercely independent man. He rules over one of the last family-owned racetracks on the American landscape. He is Charles Cella, the longtime president of Oaklawn Park, and if anyone is going to lure Rachel […]

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GILL: ‘WHAT HAVE I DONE THAT’S SO WRONG?”

By Ray Paulick “I’ve been doing this since 1979, and I just can’t get a fair shake.” So says Michael Gill, North America’s leading owner by money and races won on four different occasions who finds himself in a familiar position–at the center of controversy, after Penn National jockeys voted Saturday night not to ride […]

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