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OHIO NEWS   November 2012

November  30, 2012
New southwest Ohio racino clears another hurdle
The Dayton Daily News reports that the Ohio Racing Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to approve the horse racing permit for the track in Lebanon, between Dayton and Cincinnati. The project still needs to win other approvals from the state. The 120-acre ...
November 20, 2012
 Miller riding a high wave
The purse earnings from the Matron victory extended Miller's own record for most $10-million seasons in harness racing history to 11. He also joined Ron Pierce and Brian Sears as the
only drivers to post $10-million campaigns over eight consecutive years.

 November 19, 2012
Track developer: Casino license deadline 'no obstacle'
Anton Leppler, a representative of Endeka Entertainment, said there is no timetable for filing a casino license application with the state Gaming Control Board, but the group is committed to building the proposed Valley View Downs harness racing track ...

'It's a good time to be an Ohio horseman'
It's been eight seasons since Ohio harness racing trainer Sam Coven last earned $100,000 in a season. The 41-year-old Lebanon horseman last month surpassed the six figure mark in what has been his best season financially for some time. “I had more ...

November 16, 2012
County approves new southwest Ohio racino project
Commissioners in southwest Ohio's Warren County have approved plans for a $175 million "racino" about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the facility approved Tuesday will combine horse racing with up to ...

Emilio Estevez will ride in sulky for film shooting in region
Just maybe there will be a time next year where you're hunched over your race program at an Ohio harness track and, as you run your finger down the list of entries, you'll come upon a driver's name that throws you for a loop. Not David Miller, Virgil ...

November 14, 2012
Northfield Park Notes
Page and Merriman Share Weekend Spotlight~Drivers Chris Page and Aaron Merriman each dominated a weekend night to win five races over Northfield Park’s Flying Turns. Page won five on Friday (November 9) and Merriman won his quintuplet of races on Saturday (November 10).   Page drove McArdle Direct ($2.60), The Sweet Dion ($4.40), Ayla Hanover ($5.60), Emma Rose Ben ($12.60) and Royal Fortune ($3.00) to victory. Friday’s wins represent five of Page’s 1,683 career driving victories. The Mt. Vernon native started driving in 2000 and has since garnered $6,518,844 in purse earnings.    On Saturday Aaron Merriman drove Mystical Sam ($10.20), High Heels N Spurs ($5.20), Masteroftheclass ($5.20), Richie The Clown (3.20) and Mainline Hall ($16.40) to victory. Merriman leads the 2012 Northfield Park driver standings. He has notched 5,455 career wins with $26,274,372 in purse earnings.

Richie The Clown Continues to Have Career Year~Northfield Park stalwart Richie The Clown posted his 18th win of 2012 on Saturday, ranking him the 4th winningest horse in North America this year. Only CMR Maybe Loaded (20 at Rideau Carleton), Albion (19 at Cal Expo and Harrah’s Philadelphia) and Hidden Hall (19 at Georgian Downs and Sudbury Downs) have more wins than Richie The Clown.   The six-year-old son of Riches Hanover and Giggles The Clown is owned by Rhonda Conn and trained by Harla Loney. Richie The Clown has 29 career victories and lifetime earnings of $121,419.

Hatfield Wins Billings Midwest Final~Bud Hatfield was victorious in the $6,000 Billings Midwest regional final at Northfield Park on Saturday. Hatfield steered Wolf’s Jann in the gate-to-tire victory, stopping the timer in 2:00.  The Billings $25,000 Delvin Miller Memorial Gold Cup, $15,000 Silver Cup and $7,500 Bronze Cup championships are set for Sunday, November 18 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
November 14, 2012
 County approves new southwest Ohio racino project that combines harness ...
The Cincinnati Enquirer  reports the facility approved Tuesday will combine horse racing with up to 2,500 slots-like gambling terminals. Construction is expected to start in December, and it's slated to open in 2014 if the state ...

Warren County approves $175M racino, 700 new jobs
On Tuesday, Warren County Commissioners approved site plans — with 13 conditions — for the massive project that combines harness racing and video lottery terminals. Construction on the racino — a partnership of Churchill Downs Inc. and Delaware ...

November 13, 2012
Approval possible for Churchill's Ohio racino

A new racino formed through a partnership that includes Churchill Downs could get the final go-ahead Tuesday when Warren County, Ohio commissioners meet. NKY.com reports the $175 million racino, that combines horse racing and video slots, is planned ...
November 10, 2012
 New Dayton 'racino' seeks local subcontractors
The $200 million “racino” will feature video slots and harness racing on the site of an abandoned Delphi Automotive plant near Wagner Ford and Needmore roads in North Dayton.

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