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Colonial Downs Stable Area To Open July 25; Incentives Added To $500,000 Daily Purses

With the barn area opening on July 25, anticipation is running high for the 2019 Colonial Downs race meeting after a six-year hiatus of flat racing in Virginia, highlighted by the enthusiastic arrival of trainers across the Middle Atlantic, Northeast and Midwestern regions, and attracted by a strong purse structure of $500,000 per day and […]

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‘I’m Not Here To Reinvent The Wheel’: Osojnak Takes Over As Parx Director Of Racing

David Osojnak is the new Director of Racing at Parx in Bensalem, Pa., taking over the position from interim director Tom Creel. A former banker, real estate lawyer, and multi-faceted horse racing industry professional, Osojnak replaces Sam Elliott, who left Parx in April. “My goal is to make Parx as strong as possible, to grow […]

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Parx Racing Director Sam Elliott To Depart For Job Building Caribbean Track

Parx director of racing Sam Elliott is leaving the Pennsylvania track to become an executive of the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club, a racetrack scheduled to open next year. According to the Daily Racing Form, Sunday will be Elliott’s final day at Parx, and on Tuesday he’ll begin his new job in the Caribbean. “I’ve […]

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Snowstorm Forces Cancellation Of Saturday Card At Parx

According to, Parx Racing has been forced to cancel the scheduled card for Saturday, March 10. A winter snowstorm that hit Bensalem, Pa., as well as much of the Northeastern United States, laid approximately eight inches of snow on the track on Wednesday. That snow was difficult to clear from the racetrack, and the wet, […]

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Parx Cancels Saturday Racing Due To Weather Conditions

After a winter storm blew through Pennsylvania Friday evening, Parx Racing in Bensalem decided to cancel racing on Saturday, according to “The track was a little chunky this morning and it’s going to be cold and windy today,” said director of racing Sam Elliott. “The general consensus was that we should cancel. We’ve made […]

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Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday. Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by […]

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‘Saturated’ Track Conditions Force Cancellation At Parx Sunday

With more than two inches of rain on the ground in nearby Philadelphia, and more rain on the way, Parx Racing in Bensalem, PA was forced to cancel racing on Sunday, according to the Daily Racing Form. “The track is saturated right now and we may get more rain,” said Sam Elliott, director of racing. […]

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Power Outage Delays First Day Back’s Entries At Parx

A power outage at Parx Racing Monday morning left the racing office with telephone and internet issues, according to the Daily Racing Form, forcing Sam Elliott, the director of racing, to leave the entry box open through Tuesday. Parx was returning to racing after a 3 1/2 week break. “We can’t draw the races or […]

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Pennsylvania Derby Purse Increase Offered To Lure 2016 Triple Crown Winners

Parx Director of Racing Sam Elliott hopes to draw the three winners of this year’s Triple Crown races to compete in the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 24. According to The Inquirer, Elliott plans to offer an increased purse in the Grade 2 event in order to make the race more appealing to the connections of […]

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