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January 2, 1992
Thoroughbred racing resumed at Suffolk Downs in Boston yesterday after a two-year hiatus.With free admission to the grandstands, 15,212 people flocked to Suffolk to wager $1,231,680, said Tom Shanahan, a track spokesman. It was the largest crowd since Sept. 7, 1981.* Alabama's only track goes on the auction block today in Birmingham, the victim of lower-than-expected attendance that cost investors $23 million.The only recognized bidder will be Milton McGregor, a dog-track operator who has a prearranged deal with the bank to purchase the empty track for an undisclosed sum.* Maryland-bred Wood So rallied to capture the $107,800 Grade III Interborough Handicap for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at Aqueduct in New York.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2002
Will Maryland's racetracks be the next to join the rapidly expanding Magna Entertainment empire? Magna, a Canadian-based racing conglomerate, announced Wednesday the purchase of Lone Star Park near Dallas for $80 million in cash and the assumption of a $19 million capital lease. If the deal is approved by regulators, Lone Star will become the 11th pari-mutuel track bought by Magna in a little more than three years. Magna president James McAlpine said yesterday that the company is actively looking at three or four more tracks to buy. He wouldn't identify them, but executives for Magna have been in discussions with the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, according to several industry sources familiar with the talks.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2000
The Maryland Jockey Club announced yesterday what it termed a "major executive reorganization" centered on the hiring of Lou Raffetto, a respected industry figure, as chief operating officer. Raffetto's presence will permit management realignments producing a "much more efficient operation," said Joe De Francis, president and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, which oversees racing at Pimlico and Laurel Park. Raffetto, 50, will assume the post Jan. 1. Currently executive vice president of racing at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Raffetto is familiar with Maryland's racing landscape.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2001
Lou Raffetto Jr. said he's spending his first days as the Maryland Jockey Club's chief operating officer as if he were a sponge. "I'm just taking in as much as I can," he said. Raffetto, 50, started work Jan. 3 as manager of day-to-day operations at Pimlico and Laurel Park. He came to Maryland from Suffolk Downs in Boston, where he served as executive vice president of racing. Before that, he worked as racing secretary at Laurel from 1978 to 1984. Raffetto said he considers himself a "student of the Maryland Jockey Club for a month."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 18, 2000
Races four through 10 at Laurel Park were canceled yesterday because of extreme cold and wind. Two winners of the first half of the Twin Trifecta, who each selected 5-2-3 in the third race, were rewarded with a consolation payout of $3,238.20 each when the second half of the two-part wager (fifth race) was canceled. The Twin Trifecta carry-over on Thursday (third and fifth races) will be $27,640. Earlier in the day, live thoroughbred racing was canceled at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Aqueduct in New York and Philadelphia Park in Philadelphia, also because of weather conditions.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1994
Don't mess with Sunny Sunrise.Those will be the instructions Tom Schwigen, starter at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., will give his assistants when the horses are loaded in the gate today for the sixth running of the Suffolk Downs Budweiser Breeders' Cup."Tail him or tong him and I'll scratch him," is what the horse's trainer, Bud Delp, told the track's general manager, Lou Raffetto Jr., earlier this week.On Preakness Day, Sunny Sunrise went off a slight second choice to favored Taking Risks in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1996
Favored Irish Ivor came nine-wide through the stretch under Juan Umana and rallied from last to capture the $34,400 Gold Digger Stakes yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.Backed to 5-2 odds, Irish Ivor completed the five-furlong test on the turf in 57 3/5 seconds.While several of her nine rivals were experiencing traffic problems, Irish Ivor was kept out of trouble by Umana and she reached the wire with a 1 3/4 -length advantage over Frozen Lock, who was second in a three-horse blanket finish.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 31, 1992
Commingling pools between racetracks in different states is the wave of the future.But, so far, Maryland's thoroughbred tracks have been thwarted in their attempt to export their races, other than major stakes such as the Preakness, outside the state.The latest try, with Lincoln Greyhound Park -- formerly Lincoln Downs thoroughbred track -- in Lincoln, R.I., was aborted last week after the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association gave thumbs down to the proposal.Last year, Delaware Park wanted to initiate commingled pools on Maryland races, but couldn't get the necessary legislation passed through the Delaware General Assembly.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1996
BOSTON -- Not since Paul Revere has this Massachusetts city gotten so fired up about a horse.Cigar, the Maryland-bred who has developed into perhaps the world's greatest thoroughbred, arrives here today in quest of his 15th straight victory in tomorrow's Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs. And the 1-9 favorite arrives in style befitting royalty.A state police escort is to greet Cigar's van from New York's Belmont Park this afternoon as it crosses the Connecticut border into Massachusetts.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2002
Will Maryland's racetracks be the next to join the rapidly expanding Magna Entertainment empire? Magna, a Canadian-based racing conglomerate, announced Wednesday the purchase of Lone Star Park near Dallas for $80 million in cash and the assumption of a $19 million capital lease. If the deal is approved by regulators, Lone Star will become the 11th pari-mutuel track bought by Magna in a little more than three years. Magna president James McAlpine said yesterday that the company is actively looking at three or four more tracks to buy. He wouldn't identify them, but executives for Magna have been in discussions with the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, according to several industry sources familiar with the talks.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2000
The Maryland Jockey Club announced yesterday what it termed a "major executive reorganization" centered on the hiring of Lou Raffetto, a respected industry figure, as chief operating officer. Raffetto's presence will permit management realignments producing a "much more efficient operation," said Joe De Francis, president and CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, which oversees racing at Pimlico and Laurel Park. Raffetto, 50, will assume the post Jan. 1. Currently executive vice president of racing at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Raffetto is familiar with Maryland's racing landscape.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 18, 2000
Races four through 10 at Laurel Park were canceled yesterday because of extreme cold and wind. Two winners of the first half of the Twin Trifecta, who each selected 5-2-3 in the third race, were rewarded with a consolation payout of $3,238.20 each when the second half of the two-part wager (fifth race) was canceled. The Twin Trifecta carry-over on Thursday (third and fifth races) will be $27,640. Earlier in the day, live thoroughbred racing was canceled at Suffolk Downs in Boston, Aqueduct in New York and Philadelphia Park in Philadelphia, also because of weather conditions.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1996
BOSTON -- Not since Paul Revere has this Massachusetts city gotten so fired up about a horse.Cigar, the Maryland-bred who has developed into perhaps the world's greatest thoroughbred, arrives here today in quest of his 15th straight victory in tomorrow's Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs. And the 1-9 favorite arrives in style befitting royalty.A state police escort is to greet Cigar's van from New York's Belmont Park this afternoon as it crosses the Connecticut border into Massachusetts.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 27, 1996
Favored Irish Ivor came nine-wide through the stretch under Juan Umana and rallied from last to capture the $34,400 Gold Digger Stakes yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.Backed to 5-2 odds, Irish Ivor completed the five-furlong test on the turf in 57 3/5 seconds.While several of her nine rivals were experiencing traffic problems, Irish Ivor was kept out of trouble by Umana and she reached the wire with a 1 3/4 -length advantage over Frozen Lock, who was second in a three-horse blanket finish.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | June 4, 1994
Don't mess with Sunny Sunrise.Those will be the instructions Tom Schwigen, starter at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Mass., will give his assistants when the horses are loaded in the gate today for the sixth running of the Suffolk Downs Budweiser Breeders' Cup."Tail him or tong him and I'll scratch him," is what the horse's trainer, Bud Delp, told the track's general manager, Lou Raffetto Jr., earlier this week.On Preakness Day, Sunny Sunrise went off a slight second choice to favored Taking Risks in the William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | March 31, 1992
Commingling pools between racetracks in different states is the wave of the future.But, so far, Maryland's thoroughbred tracks have been thwarted in their attempt to export their races, other than major stakes such as the Preakness, outside the state.The latest try, with Lincoln Greyhound Park -- formerly Lincoln Downs thoroughbred track -- in Lincoln, R.I., was aborted last week after the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association gave thumbs down to the proposal.Last year, Delaware Park wanted to initiate commingled pools on Maryland races, but couldn't get the necessary legislation passed through the Delaware General Assembly.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2001
Lou Raffetto Jr. said he's spending his first days as the Maryland Jockey Club's chief operating officer as if he were a sponge. "I'm just taking in as much as I can," he said. Raffetto, 50, started work Jan. 3 as manager of day-to-day operations at Pimlico and Laurel Park. He came to Maryland from Suffolk Downs in Boston, where he served as executive vice president of racing. Before that, he worked as racing secretary at Laurel from 1978 to 1984. Raffetto said he considers himself a "student of the Maryland Jockey Club for a month."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 17, 1993
Laurel Race Course president Joe De Francis said yesterday that he does not want to get into a simulcast war with the operators of the Charles Town Race Course in Charles Town, W.Va.But, he said, Charles Town officials were required by federal law to gain his consent before they started simulcasting afternoon races last week from Gulfstream Park in competition with his track.On Friday, De Francis said he was considering court action in the matter.Yesterday, he admitted he does not know exactly what legal recourse he has under the Federal Interstate Horse Racing Act ** of 1978.
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January 2, 1992
Thoroughbred racing resumed at Suffolk Downs in Boston yesterday after a two-year hiatus.With free admission to the grandstands, 15,212 people flocked to Suffolk to wager $1,231,680, said Tom Shanahan, a track spokesman. It was the largest crowd since Sept. 7, 1981.* Alabama's only track goes on the auction block today in Birmingham, the victim of lower-than-expected attendance that cost investors $23 million.The only recognized bidder will be Milton McGregor, a dog-track operator who has a prearranged deal with the bank to purchase the empty track for an undisclosed sum.* Maryland-bred Wood So rallied to capture the $107,800 Grade III Interborough Handicap for 3-year-old and up fillies and mares at Aqueduct in New York.
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