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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Nebraska Tracks Offer Short-Term Help For Laid Off Employees, But Face Long-Term Challenges From COVID-19

Though they are a necessary part of the social distancing measures recommended to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the mandated limits on gatherings and the ensuing closures of racetracks and OTBs around the country has left many of the racing industry’s seasonal and hourly employees without their source of income for the foreseeable future. The financial […]

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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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Relax: Nebraska 14th State To Deregulate Equine Massage

In the past, people wishing to practice animal massage in Nebraska, including dog, cat and equine massage, had to obtain a license, which meant additional years and money in schooling and qualifications. If a person was practicing massage without a license in Nebraska, they could be accused of the “unlicensed practicing of veterinary medicine” — […]

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Loosen Up: Nebraska Trying To Remove Licensing Restrictions For Equine Masseuses

If a horse in Nebraska is in need of an equine masseuse, they’re out of luck as there isn’t a single masseuse in the state. However, Nebraska lawmakers are trying to help the horses by working to overturn a law that requires equine massage therapists to have a license to practice. In Nebraska, to practice […]

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Veterinarian Hebert, Kohll’s Pharmacy Fined, Sentenced In Dermorphin Criminal Case

On Nov. 7, 2017, a federal jury found a Lake Charles veterinarian and a Nebraska pharmacy guilty of conspiring to sell an unapproved opioid drug 40 times more powerful than morphine for the purpose of improving the performance of race horses. Kyle James Hebert, 42, of Lake Charles, La., and Kohll’s Pharmacy & Healthcare Inc. […]

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Horses On Midwest Farms Positive For Influenza D Antibodies; No Danger To Humans

  Researchers at South Dakota State University have found antibodies against two strains of influenza D in the blood of two horses from the Midwest. The strain of flu found is not a threat right now, but more studies are needed, said professor Feng Li, who works in the Department of Biology and Microbiology. The […]

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Nebraska: Petitions Aim To Put Gaming At Racetracks

Three new petitions are being circulated across the state of Nebraska, reports Their aim is to allow gaming at licensed horse racing tracks in the state, like Omaha’s Horsemen’s Park, which only races a few weekends out of the year. “I think people really understand the need for this,” says Scott Lautenbaugh with the […]

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