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California Trainers Hit With $1,233 Per Horse Invoices Due To Workers’ Comp Fund Shortfall

A shortfall in California’s self-insured workers’ compensation program caused in part by the temporary cessation of racing in the state has led to trainers being invoiced $1,233 per horse retroactively for the first quarter of 2020. A memo from the Post Time Self Insurance Group board of directors advises trainers they may be eligible for […]

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COVID-19: Trump Briefs Sports Executives, Including Breeders’ Cup CEO; Hoping For Full Stadiums By August

Drew Fleming, president and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, was one of a dozen major league and sports executives discussing the coronavirus shutdown on a Saturday conference call with President Donald Trump. During the call, according to published reports, Trump stated his desire for stadiums to be filled with fans as early as August and […]

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No Training In Louisiana? Trio Of Tracks Ignore Commission’s Emergency Order

Horsemen at three different Louisiana racetracks have been unable to train for nearly three weeks now, despite an emergency order from the Louisiana State Racing Commission (LSRC) handed down on March 20. Boyd Gaming, the entity that owns both Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs, attempted to order horsemen to leave its properties by Wednesday, March […]

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Kentucky Governor: Need To See Virus Slow Down Before Considering Spectatorless Racing

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear echoed the sentiments of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s racing dates committee in his daily address on Friday: It’s too soon to start planning for the return of live racing to the state. “It’s going to take as long to defeat this virus as it takes,” said Beshear at his usual […]

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Economic Indicators: Pandemic Sparks Dramatic Wagering Plunge In March

Equibase, LLC released its first quarter report on Economic Indicators in Thoroughbred Racing this Friday. While the overall quarter numbers were not as substantially affected, the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has made its presence felt through the month of March. Most tracks across the country have stopped racing altogether in the wake of the pandemic, leaving […]

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Report: Why The FBI Managed To Get Evidence Racing Investigators Couldn’t

Last month’s federal indictments of several trainers, assistants, veterinarians and others for drug misbranding as part of a horse doping scheme has raised the question for many fans of the sport: why did it take the FBI to do a serious investigation on cheating in racing? Where were the horse racing investigators? Daniel Ross, writing […]

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New Legislation Would Authorize NYRA To Build A State-Of-The-Art Drug Testing Lab

Part of this year’s spending plan for the state of New York includes a new drug testing laboratory for New York racing. According to a report from The Blood-Horse, one of the bills that is part of the spending plan authorizes the New York Racing Association to build a new lab based on the renowned […]

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Delaware Harness Owners Work Out Deal To Distribute Purses From Cancelled Cards At Dover Downs

The Delaware Standardbred Owners Association (DSOA) has been working to help our harness racing community during this Covid-19 pandemic while our racing has been suspended. We are happy to announce that Delaware Harness Racing Commission approved a plan on March 31 to distribute purses from the final two weeks of the Dover Downs meet that were […]

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Discover Florida: Florida Horse Park Serves Sport Horses And Thoroughbreds

The following sponsored article is from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Commissioner. The Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park is a 500-acre multi-purpose recreational, sporting and educational venue located in Ocala, Fla. Although it continues to expand, the facility currently includes four state-of-the-art Martin Collins fiber arenas, a 90,000 […]

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