Issue 140
May 19-25, 2003
Volume 3
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Gaming News
Live Racing Season Opens at Canterbury Park

Hooters Rises At Sunset: World-Famous Wings Now Served At Casino

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Live Racing Season Opens at Canterbury Park

live racingSHAKOPEE, MN - Another summer of horse racing breaks from the gate Friday evening with the arrival of the live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing season at Canterbury Park. The 63-day meet reflects the continued success of Canterbury Park as purse and horse numbers remain at record levels. The 2003 season will also feature a 54-race stakes schedule worth more than $1.8 million, which includes the return of the five-race, $550,000 Claiming Crown and the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes.

The centerpiece of the season is the Claiming Crown. In its fifth year, the Claiming Crown has become a staple of the horse-racing world. Attracting horses from around the country, the Claiming Crown is a unique event designed to highlight the blue-collar runners that make up the backbone of industry. Past Claiming Crown days at Canterbury Park have attracted more than 10,000 fans wagering nearly $1 million.

The daily purse figures are the continuance of a series of increases begun in 2000 thanks to the success of the Canterbury Card Club. For 2003, the average daily purses will approximately $120,000, a number that would grow significantly in 2004 if Canterbury is successful in the current pursuit of additional gaming authority at the Minnesota Legislature. The consistent purse structure has proven attractive to horsemen as Canterbury Park again expects to be at the stall capacity of 1,600 horses.

On the track, defending riding champion Seth Martinez returns to defend his title against a group that includes Canterbury Hall-of-Famer Scott Stevens, who returns after a seven-year absence, and two-time champion Derek Bell. Training Champion David Van Winkle returns with 2002 Horse of the Year JP Jet along with an influx of new faces bringing large and talented stables of runners.

Located in Shakopee, MN, Canterbury Park is 25 minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Hooters Rises At Sunset: World-Famous Wings
Now Served At Casino

LAS VEGAS - The Owl has landed at Sunset Station Casino as Hooters restaurant opens on Tuesday, May 13 at the casino located in Henderson, Nevada.

"We are excited about this Hooters," said Jim Upchurch, Vice President of Marketing for LTP Management, Inc. "This is a new world we're entering and one that we have great hopes will be as successful as our past ventures. Working with the team at the Station Casino group has been a real thrill and we see this as the first venture of what could be future collaborations."

Hooters at Sunset Station will have all the features that have made this concept one of the fastest growing in the industry. Casual, relaxed atmosphere with music from the 50s & 60s and great food served up by the now world-famous Hooters Girls. The All-American menu features chicken wings, seafood, salads, sandwiches and desserts. This newest unit will seat more than 200 and features an oversized round bar that overlooks the gaming area of the casino. Later this year, a banquet room will be opened for larger parties.

Almost 100 staff positions have now been filled, with 65 of those being local women hired to carry on the 20-year tradition of Hooters Girls. 25 kitchen and 5 management positions were also filled.

This marks the second Hooters in the greater Las Vegas area operated by LTP Management, Inc. LTP Management operates multiple restaurant and entertainment concepts in South Florida, Ohio and Nevada. In addition to the Hooters at Sunset Station, an Adobe Gila's, a Mexican-themed margarita cantina, has also opened at the casino.

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