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Slot machines boosting Delaware's harness racing The once ailing and practically left-for-dead harness racing indus- try in the State of Delaware has experienced 'a remarkably swift return to robust good health that is unmatched since Lazarus arose from the' far side of the critical list. The near-miracle revival of horse racing is being provided by the slot machine operation that opened at Dover Downs just a few short months ago. Mary Bachrad, senior editor of the racing magazine "Times: in harness," said that the closing of Brandywine Raceway at the con- clusion of the 1989 season precip- itated an era of gloom and doom in Delaware that left the sport "co- matose and waiting for the end." It was true that vital life signs were very weak, but Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway had responded to the demise of Brandywine by extending their meetings to make up for the lost dates. The two tracks couldn't fill the void, however, so with purses too low, local horsemen took their Ducks Unlimited trap shoot set April 28 The Eastern Sussex Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual Trap Shoot on Sunday, April 28 at Broadkiln Sportsman's Club north of Milton on Rt. 234. The competition will begin at noon with practice rounds available be- ginning at 10 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $50 which includes 100 targets. There will be a wide variety of prizes awarded as well as other competitions in which shooters can win prizes. Greenwing shooters (up to 16 years of age) may enter their own cate- gory of competition which includes 50 targets for $25. Broadkiln Sportsmans Club sells shells for those needing them. All proceeds will benefit the ongoing conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited which purchases and maintains millions of acres of water- fowl habitat in the United States and Canada. For further information contact Eastern Sussex Chapter Ducks Un- limited president Kenny Hopkins at Holly Lake Campground, 945- 3410. stock elsewhere. By the end of last meeting, purses for bottom claiming races dropped to $500, with total purses for an entire card of 10 or 11 races at $9,000. "It costs anywhere from $12,000 to $15,000 a year for an owner to keep a horse," said Charles Lockhart, executive vice president of the Cloverleaf Stan- dardbred Owners Association that represents Delaware horsemen. "It's impossible to do it if you're racing for $500 to $600." Eddie Davis, a native son with a national reputation, had been rac- ing recently at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, which leads all tracks on the continent with an av- erage daily purse of $149,000. One of the lures was the race track's share of income from slots. Dover has risen from the bottom of the ladder to the point where its current $75,000 in purses offered for each program places it behind only three tracks now, Mohawk in Canada, and New Jersey's Free- hold and Meadowlands. The quality of racing stock im- proves with almost each incre- mental rise in purses. CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, April 26 - May 2, 1996 - 61 Angle Moon photo Airborne on way to championship Cape Henlopen treshman jumper Janelle Savage goes air- borne on her way to last weekend's Co.Ed Relay long jump championship. Savage has been impressive in her first year of track and field as she captured three events Tuesday, April 23 against Caesar Rodney. For a story with complete results on the relays, please see Tim Bamforth's Running column on page 62. A RHONE-POULENC RORER CO. Manufacturers of Maalox  The #1 Antacid 40 Cape Henlopen Dr. Lewes, Delaware (302) 645-7761 ENDOSCOPY CENTER, INC. Offering Outpatient Endoscopy & Colonoscopy Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1539 Savannah Rd. Lewes, DE 644-0455 Affordable Health/ $10.00 office visits. $5.00 prescription cards ,. Full family coverage for less than $300 per month. /f',,' Let me compare "'-'= your plan. 227-6439 FIRST STATE BENEFITS I Save up to 60% or morel Free Delivery Copier Toner & lnkjet Supplies Printer Service R Repair lOO% Guaranteed Laser Printer Cartridges Laser Tone. Inc. (302) 422-2J2J ss LAWARE STATE TROOPERS OCIATION Office (302) 736-9958 AMENT LYNCIARR Dedicated Personal Service 645-4545 1-800-773-2599 (In DE) RED MILL CENTER, RT. ONE LEWES Evening & Weekend Appointments Listing of areas of practice does not represent oJJicial cerli)qcat/on as a specialist in those areas. 6II00[VE00i UNIFORMS - ACCESSORIES Fire. Police. Medical Career. Security Industrial 102 Savannah Rd. 645-7771 At The Canal (800) 441-8010 Lewes, DE M-lORE U/ITI:IOENTEi:IOLOQY AB,.ROCIATE' Harry J. Anagnostakos, D.O. & Robert C. Deckmann, M.D. in Diseases of the Dstioe System. ln-Offm'e Eturloscoples and Colonoscopies ouoJlable Your health matters to us. Call 645-9325 1539 Savannah Rd., Lewes No Deductible, Low Cost Health Insurance. ca//today; FIRST STATE .-,. BENEFITS  227-6439 24 Hour Customer Service -- -"