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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2003
The owners of Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County have refused to extend a Nov. 1 deadline for an Indiana-based casino company to complete its purchase of the track, throwing into question the future ownership of a potential location for lucrative slot machine gambling. Centaur Inc. responded by filing a lawsuit yesterday in Marion County Circuit Court that seeks to block Rosecroft's owners from striking a new deal with any other potential buyer. The harness track in Oxon Hill just off the Capital Beltway is regarded by gambling experts as potentially the most lucrative site in Maryland for a huge slots emporium.
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By Matt Vensel | March 31, 2011
Despite being in heavy demand, Kegasus, the spokes-centaur for the 2011 Preakness InfieldFest, took time out of his busy schedule to discuss his new gig with the Maryland Jockey Club. I'm not sure what it says about me that my schedule wasn't too busy to chat with a mythological half-horse, half-man creature, but whatever. Anyway, when I got Kegasus on the line, he was watching a replay of Secretariat’s win in the 1973 Preakness Stakes, which he later told me he technically won while wearing a “cloaking device.” We chatted for nearly 10 minutes -- and if he was in character, he never broke from it -- about a variety of things, including his resemblance to “Eastbound and Down” actor Danny McBride, what it takes to “be legendary” and the upcoming Orioles season.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2003
A federal court ruling yesterday bars Indiana-based Centaur Inc. from signing up a new business partner to help the company buy Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. The decision could make it all but impossible for Centaur to get state racing commission approval for the purchase of the harness track by a Nov. 1 deadline. Centaur stands to lose a $2.5 million deposit to the racetrack's current owners if it fails to be licensed by the deadline. The track in Oxon Hill, just off the Capital Beltway, has the potential to become the site for a lucrative racetrack-casino venture if the General Assembly legalizes slot machine gambling.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2011
Half-man, half-horse and altogether drunk, the Preakness' newest pitchman, introduced Tuesday, is a "party manimal" with one job: reassuring young people that this year's infield festivities will indeed be rowdy, raunchy and booze-soaked. Kegasus, a centaur with a nipple ring, body hair and ample beer gut, is the centerpiece of the new ad campaign for Maryland's leg of the Triple Crown. Starting this week, he'll be spreading his hard-partying message on television, radio and social media outlets that cater to the 21- to 40-year-olds the race hopes to reach.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2003
Two companies that had planned to jointly purchase Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County declared their business relationship officially over yesterday. The development left Indiana-based Centaur Inc. racing against a tight deadline to replace Delaware North Companies of Buffalo, N.Y., with a new financial partner. The harness track in Oxon Hill is seen as a potentially lucrative site for casino-style gambling if the state legalizes slot machines next year. Centaur has exclusive rights to buy Rosecroft from its owners for $55 million, but that deal expires Nov. 1 and requires approval of the state racing commission.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2002
In a compromise decision at the end of a long and difficult meeting, the owners of Rosecroft Raceway voted early this morning to sell their track to Centaur Inc., owner of the Hoosier Park horse track in Indiana and casinos in California and Colorado. The vote occurred at 12:35 a.m. after a 10-hour meeting in which the two leading suitors for the track failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority, or 12 votes, from the 17-member board of directors. The board represents the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, the horsemen's group that owns the harness track in Prince George's County.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | July 2, 2003
A business dispute over the purchase of Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County has landed in the courts, creating the potential for more delays in getting the struggling harness track sold. Buffalo, N.Y.-based Delaware North Companies won a temporary restraining order late Monday that blocks its former business partner from taking on any new partners to finance the purchase of the track. Although struggling financially, the track in Oxon Hill, just off the Washington Beltway, has the potential to become the lucrative site for a huge racetrack/casino venture if the General Assembly legalizes slot machine gambling.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2003
Indiana-based Centaur Inc. has created a separate management company that would reap handsome profits if a slots emporium or a full-scale casino is built at Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County, according to records released late yesterday. The company - Centaur Maryland LLC - would collect a management fee of $1.5 million annually, plus 5 percent of the net cash flow each year and performance bonuses, from "gaming related activities" at Rosecroft other than horse racing, the documents show.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2002
The rifts that divide the harness and thoroughbred racing factions in Maryland will likely continue after Centaur Inc. takes over Rosecroft Raceway, said Jim McAlpine, president of Magna Entertainment Corp. Magna, which has signed a deal to become majority owner of the Maryland Jockey Club, lost out in the sweepstakes for the Prince George's County harness track. The owners of Rosecroft voted shortly after midnight yesterday to sell the track to Centaur, which is part owner of Hoosier Park in Indiana and also owns casinos in California and Colorado.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | September 27, 2003
Indiana-based Centaur Inc. announced yesterday that it has signed a new partner to help it buy Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. The partner, Carl D. Jones, a politically connected businessman from Prince George's County, would own 52 percent of the harness track if state regulators approve the plan. Located just off the Capital Beltway in Oxon Hill, Rosecroft is a potentially lucrative site for a racetrack casino if Maryland approves slot machine gambling next year. Centaur's deal with Jones, who is black, could help draw political support from African-American legislators who have called for a significant minority ownership interest in any slots ventures.
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By John R. Johnson Jr. and John R. Johnson Jr.,Tribune Newspapers | October 17, 2009
NASA's recent lunar-punch mission apparently was not the high-profile flop it first appeared to be. Officials at Ames Research Center in Northern California, which managed the mission, released images Friday that clearly show a plume of debris emanating from the Cabeus crater shortly after the space agency's rocket plowed into it. The plume was estimated to reach a height of about a mile above the lunar surface. Creating a plume was key to the mission's success because the goal was to measure dust kicked up by the Centaur rocket to find out if ice might lie hidden in polar craters that haven't seen sunlight in billions of years.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2004
The Laurel businessman trying to buy Rosecroft Raceway has brought in the owner of Philadelphia Park as a 90 percent partner, throwing future control of the embattled harness track in Prince George's County into controversy and further uncertainty. The partnership was revealed yesterday when portions of Mark Ricigliano's application with the Maryland Racing Commission were released to the public. Ricigliano, who owns a telecommunications firm and is a racetrack veterinarian, beat out several other bidders for the right to buy Rosecroft.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2004
A judge in Indiana has issued a contempt citation and is levying a $1,000-an-hour fine against the owners of Rosecroft Raceway for violating a court order not to pursue a separate legal action in Maryland against a former business partner. Thomas Chuckas Jr., chief executive of Cloverleaf Enterprises, the company that owns the Prince George's County harness racing track, called the ruling by Marion County Superior Court Judge Thomas Carroll "outrageous." He said Cloverleaf has been treated unfairly by the court in Indiana in a legal dispute with its former partner, Centaur Rosecroft LLC. The former partner was incorporated in Maryland by the principals of an Indiana-based gambling company, Centaur, Inc. Centaur filed a lawsuit in the fall asking the Indiana court to block the track's owners from striking a new deal with any other potential buyer.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 5, 2003
The Maryland Racing Commission rejected yesterday an effort by an Indiana-based company to draw it into a dispute over Rosecroft Raceway, saying the company's complaint amounted to an attempt to "artificially extend" its deadline to buy the track. Centaur Inc. had asked the commission to settle a dispute among Maryland track owners related to the distribution of wagering revenue, arguing that the dispute was keeping it from completing its purchase of Rosecroft from Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc. Centaur officials say the dispute was sufficient grounds to automatically extend the Nov. 1 deadline in the deal.
NEWS
November 4, 2003
Casper R. Taylor Jr., the former speaker of the Maryland House, has a new lobbying client with gambling interests: Centaur Inc., a rejected suitor of Rosecroft Raceway. Taylor said yesterday that he and Gary R. Alexander, principal partner of the Alexander & Cleaver lobbying firm, will represent the Indiana company on state regulatory issues and a contract dispute with Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., Rosecroft's owners, over whether Centaur's option to buy the Prince George's County track has expired.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | October 28, 2003
The owners of Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County have refused to extend a Nov. 1 deadline for an Indiana-based casino company to complete its purchase of the track, throwing into question the future ownership of a potential location for lucrative slot machine gambling. Centaur Inc. responded by filing a lawsuit yesterday in Marion County Circuit Court that seeks to block Rosecroft's owners from striking a new deal with any other potential buyer. The harness track in Oxon Hill just off the Capital Beltway is regarded by gambling experts as potentially the most lucrative site in Maryland for a huge slots emporium.
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By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2003
BUFFALO, N.Y - A New York company accused yesterday its would-be partner in a deal to buy Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County of using a decades-old organized crime conviction as a "pretext" to back out of the agreement so it could negotiate with someone else. Terry Conners, a lawyer for Buffalo-based Delaware North Companies, a privately held conglomerate that specializes in professional sports and food service concessions, leveled the accusation during a hearing in U.S. District Court.
SPORTS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | July 29, 2003
A legal dispute that has delayed the sale of Rosecroft Raceway is starting to have an impact on the harness track's operations -- and on the fortunes of the horsemen who race there. The managers of the Prince George's County track say they are looking to slash the purses paid to owners of top-finishing horses and might be forced to pare their racing schedule. Tom Chuckas, chief executive officer of Rosecroft, said the track had counted on the $55 million deal with Indiana-based Centaur, Inc. being completed within the first six months of this year and made spending decisions based on that assumption.
NEWS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2003
Indiana-based Centaur Inc. has created a separate management company that would reap handsome profits if a slots emporium or a full-scale casino is built at Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County, according to records released late yesterday. The company - Centaur Maryland LLC - would collect a management fee of $1.5 million annually, plus 5 percent of the net cash flow each year and performance bonuses, from "gaming related activities" at Rosecroft other than horse racing, the documents show.
NEWS
By Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | September 27, 2003
Indiana-based Centaur Inc. announced yesterday that it has signed a new partner to help it buy Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. The partner, Carl D. Jones, a politically connected businessman from Prince George's County, would own 52 percent of the harness track if state regulators approve the plan. Located just off the Capital Beltway in Oxon Hill, Rosecroft is a potentially lucrative site for a racetrack casino if Maryland approves slot machine gambling next year. Centaur's deal with Jones, who is black, could help draw political support from African-American legislators who have called for a significant minority ownership interest in any slots ventures.
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