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Report: Dates Negotiations Underway As Keeneland Mulls July Meet

Keeneland and Ellis Park are in negotiations to facilitate Ellis handing over some live race dates, allowing Keeneland to run a July meet this year. The Daily Racing Form reports specific dates are still unnamed, but it would not include the full 17 cards Keeneland had been approved to run in April. Keeneland cancelled the […]

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Fonner Park Reduces May Schedule By One Race Day

Fonner Park has eliminated one of the twelve additional days within their second season of racing in May. There will be no live racing on Wednesday May 20th. Recently, a number of racetracks have opened their stable areas to resume racing operations or have announced dates for their intended resumption of racing in May or […]

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Canterbury Making ‘An All-Out Effort’ To Open Backstretch On May 4

Officials at Canterbury Park have filed a request with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture asking for a critical sector worker exemption, reports the Star Tribune, a move which would allow the backstretch to open for horses on May 4. The request includes detailed biosecurity protocols designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and […]

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Canterbury Pushes Back Saturday Post Times For 2020 Season

Canterbury Park’s 2020 thoroughbred and quarter horse racing season will run May 15 through Sept. 12, a 65-day meet approved Thursday by the Minnesota Racing Commission. Thursday and Friday racing in 2020 will begin at 6:00 p.m. Saturday post time, which has historically been early afternoon, has been moved to 5 p.m. while Sundays and […]

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Third Quarter U.S. Wagering Down From 2018 But Purses See Healthy Boost

The third quarter saw a nearly two percent drop in betting on horse races in the U.S., continuing a trend for 2019, according to numbers supplied by Equibase. At the same time, total purses and average purses per race both climbed about five percent. That’s also in line with the year-over-year trends so far. September […]

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Fairmount Park Adds 20 Race Dates To 2020 Schedule

Fairmount Park has been approved to host 60 races dates in 2020, an increase from the 40 held at the Illinois track this year. Track president Brian Zander told St. Louis Public Radio that the additional dates will require the track’s purse account to run at a deficit. “We’re going to pay it forward,” Zander said. […]

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‘Shocked And Thoroughly Disappointed’: Turfway Will Defend Winter Race Dates Against Churchill ‘Attack’

Churchill Downs, Inc. announced on Thursday it’s intent to build a new Northern Kentucky racetrack and pursue winter race dates traditionally held by Turfway Park. Mark Dunkeson, Chief Executive Officer of JACK Entertainment, released the following statement on Friday. “Following a lengthy competitive bidding process with a number of local and national companies, JACK Entertainment […]

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Additional Labor Day Card? Kentucky Downs Seeks Two More Race Dates For 2020

Kentucky Downs will run five days in 2019, but the track’s new owners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone are hoping to score an additional two days during September for the 2020 meet, reports Thoroughbred Daily News.  Senior Vice President and General Manager Ted Nicholson plans to put the request before the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission […]

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CHRB Approves 2020 Race Dates For Santa Anita, Del Mar; Los Alamitos TBD

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 22, at the Del Mar Hilton. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) […]

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