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Bruce Swihart Retiring As Fonner Park CEO; Chris Kotulak Named Successor

Bruce Swihart, 67, has announced his retirement as CEO from Fonner Park effective July 31, 2019. Swihart has been employed at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., for 43 years. His father Al Swihart was the Fonner general manager from 1956 until his death in 1983. Bruce also worked as assistant general manager under longtime […]

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Nebraska: Senator Scraps Controversial Tax Bill

State Senator Robert Hilkemann has withdrawn a bill he recently introduced in the Nebraska legislature that called to raise the taxes on wagers placed on live horse racing. The proposal would have placed a 5.5 percent tax on every dollar wagered in the state, according to an article in the Grand Island Independent. Currently, racetracks […]

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Nebraska Racetracks Facing Potentially ‘Devastating’ Tax Increase

A bill facing the Nebraska legislature has the potential to end horseracing in the state altogether, according to Fonner Park general manager Bruce Swihart. He told theindependent.com that the proposed bill would increase taxes on his track by $420,000, a number Swihart calls “not sustainable.” “Financially, the burden it would place on all of the […]

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Update: Fonner Park EHV-1 Confirmed, Prairie Meadows Restricts Five Barns

Fonner Park, located in Grand Island, NE is officially under quarantine, not allowing any horses in or out of the facility for the next 21 days, due to three positive EHV-1 test results. CEO Bruce Swihart indicated that one horse in trainer David Anderson’s stable has died after demonstrating neurological symptoms Sunday afternoon. Three horses […]

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