NBC Sports Cancels Horse Racing Coverage This Weekend

NBC Sports tweeted on Saturday that “due to ongoing Coronavirus uncertainty,” it would not be broadcasting this weekend’s coverage of TVG’s Trackside Live during the scheduled slot from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET. The broadcast planned to include live coverage of the Louisiana Derby from the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Instead, that time slot […]

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After Louisiana Derby Card, Fair Grounds To Cancel Remainder Of Meet

Multiple sources told the Paulick Report on Saturday that the Fair Grounds plans to shut down racing starting on Sunday, March 22. A mass text sent to trainers prior to the start of Saturday’s Louisiana Derby day card announced the news. Racing at the Fair Grounds was scheduled to continue through March 29. The Fair […]

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Due To Casino Closure, Florida Derby Purse Reduced To $750,000

Due to all casino closings and the lack of on-track handle, Gulfstream Park announced the purse of the Curlin Florida Derby (G1) will be $750,000. Other Florida Derby day purses will also be impacted: the Kitten’s Joy Pan American (G2) will be $200,000, the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) will be $200,000, and the Cutler […]

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COVID-19: Ontario Racing Creates Task Force To Address Horsemen’s Financial Burdens

In response to the many challenges horse racing and its horsemen are currently facing, Ontario Racing has created a task force, which includes representatives from all three breeds (Quarter Horse, Standardbred and Thoroughbred) in the province. “This newly-formed task force is committed to addressing the financial burdens that have arisen for the dedicated horsepeople of […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Cancels Florida Cup, Allocates Purse Money To Overnight Account

The Florida Cup, a series of six $110,000 stakes races for registered Florida-breds and Tampa Bay Downs’s annual showcase for the state’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries, has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The event had been scheduled for Sunday, March 29. The Tampa Bay Downs Racing Office reported 111 nominations […]

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Maxfield: Derby Delay Gives Walsh More Time ‘To Prepare Him Properly’

It was the kind of performance that leaves a racing fan just standing there, slack-jawed, staring at the racetrack but actually into the future, and thinking, “Now, that’s a Derby horse.” Last October, when Maxfield won the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, he delivered not only one of the best juvenile performances of the year, but […]

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Caldwell Excited To Get Southern Phantom Started Running Again

He’s got the face. Now, he’ll try to win the race. Media sensation Southern Phantom is scheduled to make his 2020 debut in Friday’s ninth race at Oaklawn, a maiden special weights event for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. Southern Phantom is winless in seven career starts, but the 4-year-old bay colt has […]

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Son Of Hall-Of-Famer, Reeve McGaughey Saddles First Winner At Oaklawn

Eight was enough for trainer Reeve McGaughey. McGaughey, the son of Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, recorded his first career victory in Thursday’s seventh race at Oaklawn with Franknjymme ($7.20). It was his eighth career starter. McGaughey, 30, went out on his own at this year’s Oaklawn meeting after working under his father and […]

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Ohio Racing Commission Shuts Down Racing Through March 27

The Ohio State Racing Commission announces that horse racing at all Ohio racetracks is officially cancelled effective immediately from March 20, 2020 through March 27, 2020. The Commission will be in contact with the permit holders and the horsemen to discuss further cancellations, if needed. Racetrack backsides are to remain open. The racetrack is to […]

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