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Well-known fighter, boxing coach and manager Wes Wambold, who has ties to the Rogue Valley, passed away Thursday morning.

He was 81 years old.

Upon moving to the Rogue Valley in 1994, Wambold helped start the Bulldog Boxing Club with Joe Pedrojetti and later founded the Cougar Boxing Club. He worked with several champions early in their careers, such as Ken Norton, James Kinchen and Terry Norris.

Wambold was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame and attended the ceremony last year.

He is survived by his wife Linda, daughters Linda Krone and Connie Neidt and sons Wes Jr. and Richard Wambold.

Wambold, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's, slipped into a come two days ago.

Saturday racing at Grants Pass Downs will return to its traditional 1 p.m. post time this weekend.

The Josephine County Fair Board voted unanimously to abandon the 4 p.m. experiment after horsemen, fans and members of the public denounced it at a meeting Tuesday. Critics cited low attendance and a general distaste for racing into the evening hours as the chief reasons to give up on the late start.

The meet itself appears to be financially healthy despite the small Saturday crowds. Fairgrounds manager Wes Brown assured the board that horse racing is at least breaking even and could be in the black. He attributed much of this success to management changes introduced by Lonnie Craig, assistant racing director

"We have five race days to go, and we need to do all we can to make this a successful meet," he said.

Brown announced that kids 17 and younger now get in free. Also, those who pay the $4 admission fee will receive a voucher for a $2 bet.