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Fonner Park Sets New Single-Day Handle Record; Live Meet’s Future Remains In Flux

Monday, March 23, 2020 was a monumental day in the history of Fonner Park for parimutuel handle. Unfortunately, that was not the case for purse contribution or for recouping expenses to conduct racing. “With today’s all-time record mutuel handle of $1,340,047, we have funded only four future races, plus we did not even cover our […]

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Fonner Park Set To Resume Racing Without Fans On March 23

The Nebraska HBPA and Fonner Park management have reached an agreement that will resume live racing on Monday, March 23. The Grand Island, Neb., racetrack will be racing without fans; so to maximize simulcast revenue, Fonner will race Mondays through Wednesdays for the foreseeable future. The current condition book and purse structure will remain in […]

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Penn National, Louisiana Downs, Fonner Park Suspend Live Racing; Gulfstream Casino Closes

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course announced Monday afternoon that live Thoroughbred racing will be suspended temporarily in conjunction with the previously announced temporary closure of all gaming operations at Penn National effective 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Updates will be provided […]

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Nebraska Judge Halts Historical Horse Racing Install At Fonner Park

A judge in Lancaster County, Neb., has issued a temporary injunction to prevent racetrack Fonner Park from putting in historical horse racing machines. The Nebraska State Racing Commission approved the addition of the machines, but Judge Andrew Jacobsen said this week the state Attorney General’s office would probably be able to reverse that decision. Fonner […]

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Nebraska’s Fonner Park Delivers A Snowy Opening Weekend Of Racing

Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., took a page from the United States Postal Service manual, when it adhered to the USPS motto of: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Heat certainly was not an issue and the only gloom present […]

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Battle Over Historical Horse Racing Rages On In Nebraska

In the face of mounting pressure from the state, the Nebraska Racing Commission this week reversed course and for now, is not allowing historical horse racing machines at Fonner Park. The commission voted last fall to permit the machines but has backed off following statements from Attorney General Doug Peterson, who said the commission did […]

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83-Year-Old Von Hemel Pushing To Extend His Win Streak At Oaklawn Park

One constant the last four decades at Oaklawn has been trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs. Actually, he’s been more like a sure bet. Von Hemel, 83, has at least one victory at every Oaklawn meeting since 1975, a lengthy streak he will try to extend with Cowboy U Know in Saturday’s first race. […]

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Nebraska Racing Commission Overturns Earlier Ruling; Simulcast Wagering To Continue Statewide

The Nebraska State Racing Commission reversed an earlier decision and approved agreements that will allow simulcast wagering at the state’s four racetracks to continue. According to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star, the decision was announced by Commission Director Tom Sage in a press release early Monday. The Omaha Exposition and Racing Inc., the simulcast provider […]

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‘Heartwarming To See Him Happy’: Millionaire Valid Retired By Jockey Nik Juarez

On Tuesday, jockey Nik Juarez officially announced the retirement of multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Valid. The 24-year-old Maryland native spent his own money to track down the 7-year-old gelded son of Medaglia d’Oro, and had him shipped back to a farm in Maryland to live out the rest of his days eating grass and occasionally […]

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