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July 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Roosevelt Raceway's owners announced Friday that they were closing the Long Island harness track immediately, saying it is near bankruptcy because of poor attendance and competition from Off-Track Betting and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The raceway, a Long Island landmark for nearly a half-century, has lost more than $7 million over the past four years, the owners said. "We tried everything we could to keep the track open," said Charles Evans, one of the owners. "We just ran out of money."
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July 16, 1988 | Associated Press
Roosevelt Raceway's owners announced Friday that they were closing the Long Island harness track immediately, saying it is near bankruptcy because of poor attendance and competition from Off-Track Betting and the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The raceway, a Long Island landmark for nearly a half-century, has lost more than $7 million over the past four years, the owners said. "We tried everything we could to keep the track open," said Charles Evans, one of the owners. "We just ran out of money."
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May 19, 1986 | Associated Press
Harness driver David Dunckley remained in a coma in critical condition late Sunday night, two days after he was thrown from his sulky in a four-horse pileup at Roosevelt Raceway, a hospital spokeswoman said. Dunckley was taken to Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola after the fourth-race accident. After a CAT scan, Dunckley, 47, was operated on by neurosurgeons at 5 a.m. for massive head injuries, said the spokeswoman.
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June 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
Speedy Scot, winner of trotting's Triple Crown in 1963, died today in his paddock at Castleton Farm, according to farm President John Cashman Jr. Speedy Scot, bred by Castleton Farm and raced in Castleton Racing Stable, died of natural causes about 30 minutes after being turned out in his paddock. Besides the Triple Crown triumphs--the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity--Speedy Scot also won the International, Challenge Cup and American Trotting Championship at Roosevelt Raceway.
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December 13, 1990 | Associated Press
William M. Myer, who had a nearly 50-year career as a harness horse trainer and driver, has died at age 74. Myer, of Harrington, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Milford Memorial Hospital. He was one of nine racing brothers, known in harness racing circles as the Bridgeville Myers. Myer had 1,840 lifetime victories and $6.8 million in lifetime earnings. He raced in the Delmarva Peninsula circuit before moving to New York in 1940 to work at Long Island's Roosevelt Raceway.
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October 5, 1986 | United Press International
Amity Chef rallied down the stretch Saturday night to win the $333,762 Messenger Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway and deny second-place finisher Barberry Spur the Triple Crown of pacing. Amity Chef, driven by John Campbell, finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Barberry Spur. The winner took advantage of the blistering early pace set by Cash Asset to rally from seventh place. He covered the mile in 1:55 4/5, which was two-fifths of a second off the course and stakes record set last year by Pershing Square.
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October 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Richard Stone Reeves, 85, a leading equine artist who painted more than 2,000 horse portraits, including renowned racehorses Affirmed and Secretariat, died Friday in Greenport, N.Y. Reeves specialized in classic oil renditions of thoroughbred champions, typically showing them standing in profile against a muted pastoral landscape. His subjects included Dark Star, Genuine Risk, Seattle Slew and Spectacular Bid. Among his patrons were Paul Mellon, Allaire duPont and Harry Guggenheim.
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