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Racing should heed Amaitis’s words

You may have read Suzanne Craig’s long recent New York Times feature headlined “Taking Risks, Making Odds” on Lee Amaitis, now a power in Las Vegas with his Cantor Fitzgerald gaming subsidiary. The paper thought enough of the story to … Continue reading

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Slots-racing deals come under new attack

Voices of gloom are heard in the land. Peter Carlino, whose Penn National Gaming is the biggest success story of the racing and gambling year, told investors and analysts last week that supporting cheap horses with inflated purses, as slots … Continue reading

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Very little quiet on the Eastern front

After only three weeks of the new year, looking east at the racing and gaming landscape is like viewing a scarred battlefield. In Florida, Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park, eight miles apart, planning head-and-head conflicting winter dates thru the … Continue reading

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Racing writer takes aim at baseball hypocrisy

As long as David has his slingshot, Goliath has no chance. David in this scenario is Bill Christine, one of the nation’s finest sportswriters, twice winner of an Eclipse Award, five-time winner of the Red Smith award for coverage of … Continue reading

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Evan Shipman lived a life among legends

The circle of those who knew Evan Shipman when he was one of the premier racing writers in America is narrowing. He has been dead, after all, for 53 years, his last column appearing in this newspaper on Kentucky Derby … Continue reading

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