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Emerald Downs To Begin Racing June 22 With No Fans, Monday-Tuesday Schedule

The Washington Horse Racing Commission on Friday voted to approve a 44-day season for Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. Racing was originally scheduled to begin on April 18 but has been delayed because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The new opening day is scheduled for Monday, June 22. Initially, races will be conducted every Monday and Tuesday with no fans in attendance.

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Riders, start your equines: Assiniboia Downs gets green light to reopen to empty stands

Assinboia Downs is racing to start up again — and may become the first horse racing track in the country to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. In just two weeks, jockeys will be competing at the Winnipeg horse racing track three nights per week — but the stands will remain empty.

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Grants Pass to Open Backside May 15

Grants Pass Downs' management has announced it will open the backside of the southwest Oregon track May 15. The dates of May 15-17 will be used for shipping horses in and getting barns, stalls, and hot walkers, etc., ready for training and racing. The first official training day will be May 18.

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Ruidoso horse races may be held without fans

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s health order prevents horse tracks from even opening. Ruidoso Downs doesn’t plan on canceling its season. It’s going to run races as scheduled, with a catch. ... Ruidoso is looking forward to the Downs Race track to open as planned on May 22 for races. There will be no fans or owners allowed in but only the horses, jockeys and their trainers. Even though fans will not be allowed, businesses and trainers are thrilled to be able to start making money again.

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2020 California State Fair Cancelled

It appears that this year’s California State Fair and Food Festival won’t be happening due to the challenges created by COVID-19. At the most recent meeting, Cal Expo’s Board voted to cancel the 2020 California State Fair in accordance with directives issued by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health. The fair was originally scheduled for July 17 through August 2.

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Turf Paradise Owner Jerry Simms Donates $1 Million To Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund

Jerry Simms, owner of Turf Paradise Race Course, has donated $1 million to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund. The fund, part of the Arizona Together initiative established by Governor Doug Ducey, provides financial support for organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, including funding of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel, supporting non-profit organizations that help vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters and domestic violence facilities, among other services.

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No horse racing in Great Falls this summer

The Great Falls Turf Club announced Thursday that its 2020 races, scheduled to take place over five days in late July before and during the Montana State Fair, are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes on the heels of the cancellation of the Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City, which features two days of racing..

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Trainer given 34 years suspension by New Mexico racing commission

Quarter horse trainer Bobby Martinez was given a 34-year suspension and fined $480,000, the New Mexico Racing Commission announced in a release. The release stated the horses had eight positive tests for a Class 1 substance.

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Jockey dies after fall in race at Rillito Park Racetrack

A jockey has died after falling from his mount during a race at Rillito Park Racetrack. According to information from the Rillito Park Foundation, Richard C. Gamez was in the lead during the fifth race on Sunday, March 1, when his horse stumbled in the final turn, causing him to fall.

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Rillito Park extends season for Winter Meet 2020

Sound the bugle because quarter-horse racing returns to Tucson this weekend. Saturday, Feb. 8, will be opening day for Rillito Park’s Winter Meet 2020. The historic park, and birthplace of quarter horse racing, has hosted events for seven decades. ... This season is extended by a weekend, because Wells said there was a demand for it from fans and the American Quarter-Horse Association award Rillito Park Racetrack with two regional races.

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Mixed Signals in Arizona Simulcasting Dispute

The simulcasting stand-off between an arm of The Stronach Group (TSG) tasked with distributing the company’s signal and the Arizona Department of Gaming has nearly reached the two-week mark, and the affected stakeholders are sending out mixed signals of their own as to its impact.

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Mine That Bird visits Rillito Park Race Track

We are thrilled to welcome the legendary New Mexico horse MINE THAT BIRD to Historic Rillito Park Race Track! Join us March 6th & 7th to meet the 2009 KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER and get a look at the beautiful trophy this horse took home.

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Arapahoe Park's Bill Powers Dies at 65

he sudden death Jan. 4 of Arapahoe Park racing director Bill Powers has left the employees of the Aurora, Colo., racetrack dealing with a huge hole in their professional and personal lives that will be hard to fill.

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Turf Paradise 'Not Going Out of Business' Over Stronach Simo Signal Dispute

Three days into a state-mandated simulcast standoff that has resulted in Arizona horseplayers being unable to wager on signals distributed by a subsidiary of The Stronach Group (TSG), management at Turf Paradise issued a press release to try and quell rumors that the track would be closing because of its inability to accept wagers on popular winter tracks..

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Use of whips in horse races among topics CHRB discussed

A slimmed-down version of the California Horse Racing Board started the new year in its new winter home of Sacramento much like it ended the previous year with uncertainty as to how it would legislate the use of the riding crop, or whip.

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3 horses euthanized in 3 days at Santa Anita Park

Three horses were euthanized this weekend at Santa Anita Park, the famed Southern California horse racing track that gained notoriety last year for the deaths of dozens of horses.

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Guest opinion: Montana needs new horse wagering laws

 

[Due to the demise of simulcasting] the revenue scenario for 2021 and live racing is now in question. But, as always, in the midst of difficulty lies opportunity. This turn of events may be a silver lining in creating a sense of urgency that the Legislature often needs to act. The need for passage of the sports wagering and Historical Horse Racing legislation becomes much more compelling.

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Federal Judge Denies Injunction In Challenge To New Arizona Simulcasting Law

A simulcast distribution company owned by The Stronach Group suffered a setback in court on Dec. 20 when a federal judge in Arizona denied an application for a temporary restraining order that would block recently enacted legislation designed to regulate simulcasts of horse races imported into the state.

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Horse racing begins at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino on Dec. 26

The 61st season of live horse racing begins Thursday, Dec. 26 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Here is a look at some of the highlights for the upcoming campaign.

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Jockeys' Guild: Whip bans may result in 'drastic consequences'

Before the California Horse Racing Board takes action Thursday on proposed whip rules that could limit jockeys from using them in races "except when necessary to control the horse for the safety of the horse or rider," the Jockeys' Guild released a statement in favor of keeping whips in racing.

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