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Keeneland Requests Five-Day Summer Meet In Early July; Blue Grass Stakes On July 11

Keeneland has submitted a request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee for a five-day Summer Meet, to be held Wednesday, July 8 through Sunday, July 12. Under the current safety protocols, the Summer Meet would be held without spectators. The summer dates accommodate a portion of the 16-day Spring Meet that Keeneland […]

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‘Huge Step Forward’: Prairie Meadows Approved To Open Backside On June 1

According to the Iowa Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors held a board meeting on Friday which resulted in granting authority to the Executive Management of PMRC to open the racetrack to begin allowing for horses to come onto the backside beginning June 1. The June 1 date is still […]

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Canterbury Park Announces Revised Stakes Schedule, Purse Structure Decrease

After last week submitting for approval to the Minnesota Racing Commission a revised 52-day race meet schedule beginning June 10, Canterbury Park officials today announced an estimated $10 million purse structure and stakes schedule. Daily purse distribution will average nearly $200,000 per race day and the stakes schedule has been reduced to a total distribution […]

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2020 Royal Ascot Meeting: Six New Races Added, Schedule Adjusted

Ascot Racecourse has unveiled the Order Of Running for the behind closed doors 2020 Royal Meeting (June16th to 20th). In this unprecedented year, there are several alterations to the programme, including six extra races being added to the fixture. There will be seven races staged on the first four days, and eight on the final card. […]

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Minimum Purse Requirements Lowered For Non-Listed Black-Type Races

The North American International Cataloguing Standards Committee (NAICSC) met Thursday and voted to lower the minimum purse requirement for existing non-listed black-type races by 20 percent for the remainder of 2020. Given the negative economic impacts of COVID-19-related restrictions on available sources for purse funds, the minimum purse value for non-listed black-type races that ran […]

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May 25 Shoemaker Mile Opens 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series In The United States

As Santa Anita Park has resumed live racing at its current meeting, the Shoemaker Mile (G1) on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day), will be the first race of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series in the U.S. The Breeders’ Cup Challenge, now in its 14th year, is an international series of stakes races whose winners […]

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Lone Star’s Bar & Book To Reopen Friday At 25 Percent Capacity; No Spectators For Racing

Lone Star Park’s Bar & Book will reopen Friday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. with occupancy limited to 25% capacity and all appropriate physical distancing measures in place. The health and safety of our patrons and employees continues to be our top priority. We continue to monitor closely all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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America’s Day At The Races Now The Exclusive Broadcast Home Of Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet

America’s Day at the Races, produced by the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) in partnership with FOX Sports, is now the exclusive broadcast home of the Churchill Downs spring meet, which will include 26-days of live racing and runs through Saturday, June 27. The acclaimed national telecast presenting coverage and analysis of the best […]

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Kentucky Horsemen’s Group Sues Churchill, Keeneland, Commission Over Lasix House Rules

This week would begin the first 2-year-old races of 2020 in Kentucky, and is meant to mark the start of a partial phaseout of furosemide on race day. The Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is hoping to put a stop to that phaseout. The horsemen’s group filed a civil suit in Franklin County Circuit […]

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