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Roaming Deer In Presque Isle Infield Cause Monday Cancellation

Presque Isle Downs canceled live racing on Monday evening after the third race due to a group of deer roaming in the infield. There were around five deer that were moving around the infield and occasionally onto the track, according to Presque Isle’s director of marketing Jennifer See. “The safety of our jockeys and horses […]

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Report: Payments to Presque Isle Horsemen Delayed

It’s been nearly a month since Presque Isle Downs concluded its race meet, but many horsemen are still waiting on $2.2 million on purses and claiming transactions to be paid out. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the Pennsylvania Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association indicated that horsemen as far back as July, and possibly […]

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Pennsylvania Adds Three State-Bred Stakes, One Named for Plum Pretty

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association (PHBA), the organization that administers the state’s thoroughbred breeding incentive program, announced today that it has added three additional Pennsylvania-bred stakes to the 2014 race schedule. In 2014, there will now be a total of 21 Pennsylvania-bred stakes, up from 15 restricted stakes races in 2013. “It is a great […]

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‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at hooking a bigger fish, one of the largest in all of horse racing. And so that’s how he found himself as […]

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No Matter the Racing Surface, Safety Should Be the Focus

The California Horse Racing Board voted in 2006 to make synthetic or engineered racing surfaces mandatory at the state’s major tracks beginning in 2008. Its members did so with the belief that synthetic surfaces are safer in the prevention of catastrophic injuries and fatalities. They were right. Using only a limited sample size from Turfway […]

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Favre Named Presque Isle’s New General Manager

MTR Gaming Group, Inc. – parent company of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort and other gaming holdings – announced that senior industry executive Jeff Favre has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Pa. Brother of football legend Brett Favre, Jeff has previously served as the Director […]

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Meydan’s Tapeta Racetrack ‘Best It’s Ever Been’

Since its open in March 2009, the Tapeta racing surface at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has received praise as one of the best synthetic surfaces in the world. Horsemen and jockeys alike have expressed approval of the track, describing it as a fair and forgiving racing surface. Tapeta is a patented mix of sand, […]

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Pennsylvania Racing Commission Cuts All 26 Jobs at Presque Isle

According to a report by the Erie Times-News, all 26 employees of the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission at Presque Isle Downs and Casino are being dismissed effective today. The layoff is permanent, unlike the usual seasonal dismissal of commission employees after the end of the racing season there. Bobby Nagy, administrative assistant at the Pennsylvania […]

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MTR Gaming Merging with Eldorado Resorts

MTR Gaming Inc., the owner and operator of Mountaineer Park, Presque Isle Downs, and Scioto Downs, has reached an agreement to merge with Eldorado Resorts, a privately-held company that operates three casinos, it was reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. According to the report, the new company will be called Eldorado Resorts Inc. Once the […]

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Groupie Doll Aiming For Improvement in Presque Isle Downs Masters

Groupie Doll, who finished third after a lay-up in the Aug. 10 Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park, will be looking for an improved finish position in Monday’s Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes. The 5-year-old Eclipse Award winner and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner will carry 112 pounds and face […]

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