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By Special to The Sun | October 31, 1991
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Racing Commission met with officials of Charles Town Races yesterday in an effort to prevent the possible closing of the thoroughbred track.Charles Town Racing Ltd. president D. Keith Wagner said the track agreed to supply additional financial information to the West Virginia Racing Commission and plans to meet with the commission again in the near future."Today's meeting was very positive and productive, just as our meeting with the governor was last Friday, and we're optimistic that we'll be able to prevent the December closing of the track," Wagner said after the three-hour meeting.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1998
Say what you will about the perils of slot machines, they sure make life exciting for the tracks that have them.At Charles Town, a new president has arrived to oversee construction of a hotel on the clubhouse turn where guests may be able to wager on the races from their rooms. And at Delaware Park, nominations for next Sunday's Delaware Handicap -- because of its slots-driven purse of $500,000 -- read like a who's who of fillies and mares from the East.The owners of Charles Town, Penn National Gaming Inc., have named James Buchanan president and chief operating officer of the West Virginia track and slots casino.
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By ROSS PEDDICORD and ROSS PEDDICORD,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1995
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Racing Commission might have to step in as a mediator between sparring partners Arnold Stansley and Joe De Francis and try to salvage a proposed Maryland-Virginia horse racing circuit.Times have changed since the commission awarded the license 14 months ago to Stansley to build Colonial Downs halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg and populate it with thoroughbreds from the Maryland tracks, which would shut down during the summer.Since the deal was made, Delaware Park, which is set to start operating 1,000 slot machines next month and could boost its horse racing purses back to major-league levels, has re-emerged as a principal player and is more advantageously placed geographically to draw Maryland horses.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1997
Facing a boycott by Maryland trainers that could have crippled Colonial Downs, the Virginia Racing Commission met by telephone in emergency session yesterday to eliminate disparities in the two states' drug regulations.The hastily arranged telephone meeting occurred after Maryland trainers threatened to hold their horses out of races at Colonial Downs, the track near Richmond that opened Labor Day. As part of a Maryland-Virginia racing circuit, the survival of Colonial Downs depends on the participation of Maryland horses.
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | September 10, 1997
Facing a boycott by Maryland trainers that could have crippled Colonial Downs, the Virginia Racing Commission met by telephone in emergency session yesterday to eliminate disparities in the two states' drug regulations.The hastily arranged telephone meeting occurred after Maryland trainers threatened to hold their horses out of races at Colonial Downs, the track near Richmond that opened Labor Day. As part of a Maryland-Virginia racing circuit, the survival of Colonial Downs depends on the participation of Maryland horses.
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By Marty McGee | October 12, 1991
Trainers Jonathan Sheppard and Janet Elliot, legends in the world of jumping horses, will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Morley Street in trying to pull an upset in today's $250,000 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase.Morley Street is the defending champion in the 2 5/8 -mile race at Fair Hill Race Course in northern Cecil County. The Breeders' Cup is the fourth of seven races, the first of which begins at 1 p.m.From 12 entrants, Sheppard has four and Elliot three. But neither has what Gerald "Toby" Balding has: Morley Street.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | December 22, 1994
The Virginia Racing Commission has attempted to halt a lawsuit that could delay the opening of the state's first racetrack and its accompanying off-track betting system.The board asked the Richmond Circuit Court yesterday to dismiss a suit filed Dec. 9 by Jim Wilson's Virginia Jockey Club that challenged the panel's decision to award the license to build the track to the Stansley Management Group.The chosen applicant, Arnold Stansley, plans to build his track, Colonial Downs, halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg and combine it with Maryland's thoroughbred circuit, using horses from Laurel/Pimlico to run at a four-month summer meet.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | January 28, 1995
Six horses were killed when a fire swept through the barn of trainer Nancy Heil in Potomac on Thursday night.Among the casualties was Fighting Notion, one of Maryland's top sprinters in recent years and at one time the six-furlong record holder at both Pimlico and Laurel Park.Fighting Notion still holds the Laurel record of 1:08 for the distance, set in July 1992.In the 1992 Preakness, he led until the field approached theTC eighth pole and wound up fifth behind Summer Squall.0 No other details were immediately available.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 2, 1995
Six weeks after closing its doors and announcing that management would not apply for 1995 racing dates, the owners of Charles Town racecourse reversed that decision yesterday and said that live racing could resume at the track next month.On tap for the first time are possible dog racing simulcasts, cost-saving measures such as closing Shenandoah Downs as a training facility and the emergence of Puerto Rican track owner Jim Wilson as a potential buyer for the half-mile West Virginia plant.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 4, 1994
Once again, as far as major sports are concerned, Baltimore is taking it on the chin.Under a Maryland-Virginia interstate business plan unveiled yesterday by Maryland Jockey Club chairman Joe De Francis, live racing at Pimlico Race Course would be cut by a third if De Francis builds a proposed track in Loudoun County, Va.The plan, which wipes out Pimlico's fall meet and beefs up the number of racing days in Virginia by skimming them from the Baltimore track,...
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By Tom Keyser and Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
The Virginia Racing Commission hired Daniel N. Shockey, an engineer, to play devil's advocate in the saga that is the construction of Colonial Downs.Shockey has watched as frantic work crews rush to finish the Virginia horse track before its Sept. 1 opening. His observations have usually been the most pessimistic -- or realistic -- of those associated with the $55 million project.So now, at this 11th hour, as doom-and-gloom stories continue to circulate that Colonial Downs will not be ready by Labor Day weekend, Shockey responds to the inquiry: Will it, or won't it?
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By ROSS PEDDICORD and ROSS PEDDICORD,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1995
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Racing Commission might have to step in as a mediator between sparring partners Arnold Stansley and Joe De Francis and try to salvage a proposed Maryland-Virginia horse racing circuit.Times have changed since the commission awarded the license 14 months ago to Stansley to build Colonial Downs halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg and populate it with thoroughbreds from the Maryland tracks, which would shut down during the summer.Since the deal was made, Delaware Park, which is set to start operating 1,000 slot machines next month and could boost its horse racing purses back to major-league levels, has re-emerged as a principal player and is more advantageously placed geographically to draw Maryland horses.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Racing Commission licensed the state's first off-track betting parlor yesterday and a new guardian angel -- Jeff Jacobs of the Richard Jacobs family that owns the Cleveland Indians baseball team who said he is developing a $60 million casino near Denver -- showed up to help fund it.Jacobs told the commission that he is contributing $1 million to help Arnold Stansley renovate a 17,000-square-foot deserted grocery store in...
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | May 24, 1995
A judge's ruling has helped move the construction of a racetrack near Richmond, Va., a step closer to reality, although major legal and financial roadblocks remain.In a 16-page document released yesterday, Richmond Circuit Court judge Randall Johnson upheld the Virginia Racing Commission's decision last fall to award the license to build the track to Arnold Stansley and his partner, Jim Leadbetter, of Toledo, Ohio.Stansley and Leadbetter are working in conjunction with Pimlico/Laurel president Joe De Francis to create a Maryland-Virginia thoroughbred circuit that would shut down live racing in Maryland during the summer and run the days in Richmond.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | April 8, 1995
Plans are being made to open Virginia's first off-track betting parlor, even though Colonial Downs, the state's first racetrack, has yet to be built and is undergoing what is expected to be a lengthy appeals process.Arnold Stansley, who is building the track near Richmond in conjunction with the Maryland Jockey Club, submitted an application yesterday to the Virginia Racing Commission, asking the board for approval to open a 15,000-square-foot off-track betting parlor in Hampton.The prospective facility, located in a shopping center south of Newport News, would be big enough to handle 1,600 fans, according to Stansley's estimates.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | February 2, 1995
Six weeks after closing its doors and announcing that management would not apply for 1995 racing dates, the owners of Charles Town racecourse reversed that decision yesterday and said that live racing could resume at the track next month.On tap for the first time are possible dog racing simulcasts, cost-saving measures such as closing Shenandoah Downs as a training facility and the emergence of Puerto Rican track owner Jim Wilson as a potential buyer for the half-mile West Virginia plant.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Staff Writer | January 13, 1994
The transfer of the 17-week summer meet from Maryland to Virginia is "non-negotiable" if Laurel/Pimlico gets the license to build a track in Virginia, operator Joe De Francis told members of the Maryland Racing Commission yesterday."
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | March 2, 1994
RICHMOND, Va. -- Joe De Francis received the green light yesterday to continue with the Maryland Jockey Club's plans to develop a racetrack in Loudoun County.The Virginia Racing Commission voted unanimously to dismiss a protest by one of De Francis' competitors, who objected to the Maryland Jockey Club's proposed site near Dulles Airport and had petitioned the board to halt the De Francis project.The move clears the way for the board to devote its attention to six applicants vying to build Virginia's first pari-mutuel racetrack when they present their plans during a series of hearings and site visits over the next several months.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | January 28, 1995
Six horses were killed when a fire swept through the barn of trainer Nancy Heil in Potomac on Thursday night.Among the casualties was Fighting Notion, one of Maryland's top sprinters in recent years and at one time the six-furlong record holder at both Pimlico and Laurel Park.Fighting Notion still holds the Laurel record of 1:08 for the distance, set in July 1992.In the 1992 Preakness, he led until the field approached theTC eighth pole and wound up fifth behind Summer Squall.0 No other details were immediately available.
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By Ross Peddicord and Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer | December 22, 1994
The Virginia Racing Commission has attempted to halt a lawsuit that could delay the opening of the state's first racetrack and its accompanying off-track betting system.The board asked the Richmond Circuit Court yesterday to dismiss a suit filed Dec. 9 by Jim Wilson's Virginia Jockey Club that challenged the panel's decision to award the license to build the track to the Stansley Management Group.The chosen applicant, Arnold Stansley, plans to build his track, Colonial Downs, halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg and combine it with Maryland's thoroughbred circuit, using horses from Laurel/Pimlico to run at a four-month summer meet.
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