coronavirus

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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Australian Apprentice Banned Six Months For ‘Total Disregard’ Of COVID-19 Precautions

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) Stewards have disqualified apprentice jockey Zoe White for six months after she defied a Steward’s direction to stand down from riding. In a Stewards Inquiry held via telephone on Thursday, White was handed the strong penalty after she attended track-work in Rockhampton Wednesday despite being directed to stand down […]

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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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Tattersalls Adjusts Breeze Up Sale Schedule Amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Tattersalls has announced further provisional date changes for the forthcoming Tattersalls Group Breeze Up Sales owing to the continuing impact of the current government guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of racing in any form in Britain and Ireland. The amalgamated Tattersalls Craven and Ascot Breeze Sale which had been scheduled to […]

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Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-OIds in Training Sale Rescheduled Due To COVID-19

Fasig-Tipton announced today the rescheduling of its 2020 May Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, which will now be held on Monday and Tuesday, June 29-30, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Md. The sale’s under tack show will be held on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 24-26. “The latest data on the progression of […]

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BHA To Delay Jumps Racing Until July, Hopes To Resume Flat Racing In May

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced on Tuesday that it will delay the resumption of jump racing until the beginning of July. This decision was made following an initial proposal from the National Trainers Federation (NTF), with the aim being to provide clarity to the trainers and owners of jump horses and to assist them […]

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Fonner Park Trial Period ‘Exceeded Our Expectations;’ Racing Will Continue Through April

Nebraska’s Fonner Park raced Monday through Wednesday over the past two weeks in a “trial period” experiment, the results of which would determine whether the track continues to host racing through its scheduled end of the meet on May 2. According to the Grand Island Independent, Fonner’s trial period was a success and CEO Chris Kotulak […]

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