covid-19

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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‘Felt Like He Was Riding With Me’: Canchari’s Thoughts With Critically Injured Older Brother

Recount’s March 22 victory at Oaklawn was noteworthy because the gelding surpassed $700,000 in career earnings. It was noteworthy for jockey Alex Canchari, too, only for a much more personal reason. Recount represented Canchari’s first victory since his older brother, jockey Patrick Canchari, was critically injured several days earlier in an automobile accident in Arizona. […]

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Horsemen Are ‘Survivors’: Laurel Trainers Adjusting To Coronavirus Restrictions

After sweeping each of Laurel Park’s first two stakes for 3-year-olds this year, Euro Stable’s Lebda was on track to run later this month in the $200,000 Federico Tesio with a free pass to the 145th Preakness (G1) at stake. Lebda returned to the work tab March 27, two weeks after his triumph in the […]

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Stronach: Without Live Racing, Welfare Of Horses And Backstretch Workers Are At Risk

Editor’s note: The following open letter from Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, was distributed to racing media and was also run in the Los Angeles Times this week. The COVID-19 crisis has presented the United States and the world with an unprecedented challenge, one that requires personal sacrifice, a shift in […]

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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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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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