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Lane’s End Stakes back to Spiral Stakes with Vinery as sponsor

The biggest race on Turfway Park’s calendar, the Lane’s End Stakes has reverted back to its former name with a new sponsor. It will now be called the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes. “Turfway was a pioneer in Thoroughbred race sponsorship, and the Spiral Stakes has had strong sponsorship support since 1982,” said Turfway President Bob […]

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Turfway Park hangs on to hope of large fields

Track president Bob Elliston has been sounding the clarion call for slots over the last couple years as his track continues to compete with slots-fueled purses in Indiana and river boat casinos in Ohio and Indiana. With the winter meet beginning Thursday, the Northern Kentucky track will keep its head up high and make the […]

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KENTUCKY’S HORSE INDUSTRY CALLS FOR ACTION ON SLOTS

By Ray PaulickThere may not have been anyone at Wednesday’s press conference at Churchill Downs who understands horse racing’s need for slot machines or alternative forms of gambling better than Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Woolley didn’t hesitate when I asked him how slot machines have turned around […]

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ON A COMPUTER SCREEN NEAR YOU

By Ray Paulick Amidst all the gloom and doom in American racing today (and I don’t see any need to repeat all the problems here), there are some good things going on, some positive ideas being generated and programs launched at several tracks across the country. Several of those ideas recognize the power of the […]

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FORMER GOV TO MONITOR NEW NTRA SAFETY ALLIANCE

By Ray Paulick The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced a series of sweeping safety and integrity reforms and the hiring of a former governor and Bush administration official during a press conference in New York this morning. The reforms, organized under the banner of the newly created NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, touch on a wide range of issues […]

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JOCKEY CLUB: ALL ABOUT CONTROL

By Ray Paulick One of the staples of the Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, to be held this Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a report on the activities of the Jockey Club, whose primary responsibility to the industry is registering Thoroughbreds and approving the names horses are given. Of course, […]

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