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By Special to The Sun | September 4, 1991
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- William "Willie" Clark, who at age 69 is the nation's oldest active thoroughbred jockey, has announced plans to retire after 44 years of riding.Clark said that his final ride could come as soon as Friday, aboard Gama Force.A member of the Charles Town Races Jockey Hall of Fame, Clark began his riding career at Laurel Race Course in 1947 and has amassed a lifetime record of 1,143 wins, 1,171 seconds and 1,207 thirds from 10,629 mounts for earnings of more than $1.8 million.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
With Maryland's racing industry still on shaky ground, longtime racing commission member John Franzone is spearheading efforts to bring various stakeholders together and craft legislative proposals that would help revitalize the sport's future in the state. Franzone, who proposed his plan at a Maryland Racing Commission meeting Tuesday, said it would involve representatives from thoroughbred and harness racing — two groups that have not always gotten along — as well as track management.
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By Special to The Sun | May 7, 1991
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The scheduled nine-race card at Charles Town was canceled last night after the second race as the result of a labor dispute between outriders and track management.Outriders are mounted attendants who assist jockeys with unruly horses, bring to hand loose horses and lead the horses to the starting gate.The track was left with only one substitute outrider after the regularly scheduled outriders failed to show up for the first race at 7:21 p.m. The decision to cancel was made after representatives of the jockeys expressed to racing officials their concerns about the safety of riding the balance of the card without the usual contingent of two outriders.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2003
CAMBRIDGE - Angry members of the Maryland Racing Commission yesterday accused Magna Entertainment Corp., the new majority owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park, of ignoring its agreement with the commission to improve the tracks' stable areas. Their ire was prompted by Magna's eluding questions on its plan pending a legislative decision on slots at the tracks - a decision that came later yesterday in Annapolis after the commission meeting had adjourned. A House committee rejected the governor's slots proposal, and supporters conceded failure, saying it is unlikely a measure could be revived this year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1998
FORT WASHINGTON -- The Maryland Racing Commission flabbergasted onlookers -- particularly representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club -- when it voted unanimously yesterday not to renew the off-track betting license of Poor Jimmy's restaurant in Cecil County.The action followed several years of debate about problems at the facility, which was recently upgraded with $100,000 in improvements, the majority of which were underwritten by track management, which operates the betting parlor there.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | August 17, 1992
Chances of a boycott at the Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W.Va., could be slim, even though an organization representing owners and trainers has voted to strike the entry box.Wayne Harrison, vice president of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and four other members of the 10-member HBPA board protested the move yesterday in a letter sent to the group's president, Randy Funkhouser.Harrison said that association by-laws were incorrectly followed and that a required 50-person quorum of the nearly 2,000-member organization did not participate in the vote.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2003
CAMBRIDGE - Angry members of the Maryland Racing Commission yesterday accused Magna Entertainment Corp., the new majority owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park, of ignoring its agreement with the commission to improve the tracks' stable areas. Their ire was prompted by Magna's eluding questions on its plan pending a legislative decision on slots at the tracks - a decision that came later yesterday in Annapolis after the commission meeting had adjourned. A House committee rejected the governor's slots proposal, and supporters conceded failure, saying it is unlikely a measure could be revived this year.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | September 22, 1994
The tone was somber, but optimistic. The issues were touched upon, but not explored in depth. The talk was of unity.Members of Local 27 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union convened to discuss their coming contract negotiations with Maryland Jockey Club management at a Pikesville hotel yesterday and left with the understanding that difficult negotiating days are ahead.The union represents a disparate group of track workers, including mutuel clerks, parking attendants, starting gate personnel, admissions workers and security guards.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
With Maryland's racing industry still on shaky ground, longtime racing commission member John Franzone is spearheading efforts to bring various stakeholders together and craft legislative proposals that would help revitalize the sport's future in the state. Franzone, who proposed his plan at a Maryland Racing Commission meeting Tuesday, said it would involve representatives from thoroughbred and harness racing — two groups that have not always gotten along — as well as track management.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 12, 1994
Representatives of track management and the jockeys' and horsemen's organizations developed a policy yesterday for handling weather-related cancellations at Maryland's thoroughbred tracks.The move was prompted by problems at Laurel on Sunday. The jockeys said they thought the track was unsafe and voted to cancel after the second race. But the horsemen and management wanted to continue. Nine of 11 live races were canceled.Under the new policy, when there is inclement weather, authorized representatives of all three groups will meet at 8 a.m. race day at Laurel to try to arrive at a consensus, said Laurel/Pimlico general manager John Mooney Jr.Management will be represented by Mooney, vice president of racing Lenny Hale and track superintendent John Passero.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1998
FORT WASHINGTON -- The Maryland Racing Commission flabbergasted onlookers -- particularly representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club -- when it voted unanimously yesterday not to renew the off-track betting license of Poor Jimmy's restaurant in Cecil County.The action followed several years of debate about problems at the facility, which was recently upgraded with $100,000 in improvements, the majority of which were underwritten by track management, which operates the betting parlor there.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1998
The purse for the Pimlico Special is still undetermined and is likely to remain in doubt until some possible starters are pointed to their spring campaigns.Lenny Hale, Maryland Jockey Club vice president of racing, said Sonny Hine-trained Skip Away is the only one of four specific big-name horses committed to the Special, and "they are talking about running him in the Oaklawn [Park Handicap on April 4]."Barring injury, that would not interfere with running Skip Away at Pimlico on May 9.Now comes the rub. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has named Gentlemen, Formal Gold and Silver Charm as target Special entries if the purse is to be increased beyond $600,000.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | May 25, 1996
Struggling Rosecroft Raceway holds its biggest payday of the year tonight with members of Local 27 vowing to beef up their picket lines at the track.The union has been on strike against Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., which owns the track, and Bally Entertainment Corp., which manages it, since May 14."They're looking for us to underwrite their losses," said Harry Manley Jr., representative of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, the bargaining arm of the track's mutuel clerks, parking attendants and related employees.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
Various snafus frequently have delayed start-up of the slot machines at Delaware Park, but when they finally get going, Poor Jimmy's figures to suffer the most immediate effect.The off-track betting parlor in Cecil County is less than a half-hour's drive from the Stanton, Del., track.Owner Jimmy Bomba said he "hasn't the slightest idea" if his business will decline and noted that "most of my customers are local. There are a few from Delaware."But the geography definitely concerns Maryland Jockey Club management.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | December 16, 1994
The attorney for the proposed Colonial Downs racetrack near Richmond told the Virginia Racing Commission earlier this week that construction of the planned $40 million facility will be delayed until a lawsuit filed by a losing applicant for the track franchise is settled."
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | September 22, 1994
The tone was somber, but optimistic. The issues were touched upon, but not explored in depth. The talk was of unity.Members of Local 27 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union convened to discuss their coming contract negotiations with Maryland Jockey Club management at a Pikesville hotel yesterday and left with the understanding that difficult negotiating days are ahead.The union represents a disparate group of track workers, including mutuel clerks, parking attendants, starting gate personnel, admissions workers and security guards.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
Various snafus frequently have delayed start-up of the slot machines at Delaware Park, but when they finally get going, Poor Jimmy's figures to suffer the most immediate effect.The off-track betting parlor in Cecil County is less than a half-hour's drive from the Stanton, Del., track.Owner Jimmy Bomba said he "hasn't the slightest idea" if his business will decline and noted that "most of my customers are local. There are a few from Delaware."But the geography definitely concerns Maryland Jockey Club management.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 22, 1998
The purse for the Pimlico Special is still undetermined and is likely to remain in doubt until some possible starters are pointed to their spring campaigns.Lenny Hale, Maryland Jockey Club vice president of racing, said Sonny Hine-trained Skip Away is the only one of four specific big-name horses committed to the Special, and "they are talking about running him in the Oaklawn [Park Handicap on April 4]."Barring injury, that would not interfere with running Skip Away at Pimlico on May 9.Now comes the rub. The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has named Gentlemen, Formal Gold and Silver Charm as target Special entries if the purse is to be increased beyond $600,000.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 12, 1994
Representatives of track management and the jockeys' and horsemen's organizations developed a policy yesterday for handling weather-related cancellations at Maryland's thoroughbred tracks.The move was prompted by problems at Laurel on Sunday. The jockeys said they thought the track was unsafe and voted to cancel after the second race. But the horsemen and management wanted to continue. Nine of 11 live races were canceled.Under the new policy, when there is inclement weather, authorized representatives of all three groups will meet at 8 a.m. race day at Laurel to try to arrive at a consensus, said Laurel/Pimlico general manager John Mooney Jr.Management will be represented by Mooney, vice president of racing Lenny Hale and track superintendent John Passero.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Staff Writer | May 1, 1993
Forget the horses. The real winner at today's Kentucky Derby is Churchill Downs, the 119-year-old host track that is riding the world-famous race to riches despite a stumbling industry.Since a top management change in 1984, the Louisville, Ky., track has undergone $30 million in renovations and launched an aggressive marketing campaign aimed at first-time bettors and professional gamblers alike.The result has been nothing short of remarkable. Its $5.2 million profit for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31 is up nearly three-fold from levels posted a decade ago. It is below fiscal 1991's record $5.4 million, but that was a year the track played host to the lucrative Breeders' Cup races, which it will do again next year.
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