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Vaccarezza Raising Funds To Help Fellow South Florida Horsemen

South Florida horseman and restaurateur Carlo Vaccarezza has supported a number of different causes in recent years, holding fund-raisers for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, flood victims in Houston, Texas, and families of mass shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Now, Vaccarezza is raising money for fellow horsemen in South […]

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Ontario Racing Task Force Unveils Financial Support Program For Standardbred Owners

Ontario Racing has announced financial support in line with existing race cancellation practices aimed at the Canadian province’s Standardbred horsepeople in light of the COVID-19 virus pandemic which has resulted in the cancellation of live Standardbred horse racing in Ontario. Financial relief, a total of $300 per horse, is being offered to those involved with […]

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California Regulators Re-establish 48-Hour Rule On Certain Medications

The California Horse Racing Board conducted two separate meetings on Thursday, March 26, by teleconference. The public participated by dialing into the teleconference and/or listening through the audio webcast link on the CHRB website. Both meetings were chaired by Dr. Gregory Ferraro, joined for the first meeting by Vice Chair Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis […]

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Arlington Park Delays Opening; Will Not Race In May Because Of Coronavirus

Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., will not open on May 1 as scheduled and an email from track officials to season box holders indicates there will be no live racing throughout the month of May because of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. The email states: “Taking into consideration the continued public health crisis posed […]

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‘Fluid Situation’: Ruidoso Downs Delays Opening Of Stable Area

All American Ruidoso Downs, LLC, the partnership consisting of Stan Sigman, Johnny Trotter, and Chicho Flores, which operates the track and casino, have decided to postpone until further notice the arrival of horsemen and horses to the Ruidoso Downs barn area. Ruidoso Downs Race Track in New Mexico originally planned for an April 15 opening […]

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County Officials Shut Down Live Racing At Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park released the following statement on Friday afternoon: In accordance with instructions received from the Los Angeles County Health Department, Santa Anita Park will temporarily close for live racing effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We apologize for the late notice affecting Friday’s racing program, but Santa Anita is abiding by […]

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Responds To New Government Restrictions By Banning Owners

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is in steadfast support of Hong Kong to address the unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19 outbreak. Not only has the Club implemented various precautionary measures for the protection of its employees and customers in the racecourses and other facilities, but also relentlessly collaborated with the Hong Kong Government on its […]

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Racing Officials Accreditation Program Extends Continuing Education Deadlines

Due to the extenuating circumstances created by COVID-19 and the uncertainties of moving forward with educational programming, the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) announced Friday that it has extended the dates for completion of required continuing education (CE) hours by one year for all accredited racing officials, stewards, and judges. Those who have already completed […]

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CDI Workers Furloughed, Salaries Of Remaining Employees Cut

According to multiple media reports on Thursday, Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) has furloughed an unspecified number of employees as many of its gaming facilities have been closed due to COVID-19. The measure impacts employees who worked at: Derby City Gaming (Louisville, Ky.) Calder Casino (Miami Gardens, Fla.) Fair Grounds Slots and VLT operations (New Orleans, […]

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