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Western U.S. and Canada Horse Racing News

Gillespie: Horses back on track to open 2020 live pari-mutuel season

Sixteen races were run on Saturday and Sunday to open the 2020 season of live pari-mutuel horse racing at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. The two-day July Fourth Race Meet was sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. Over the two days, a total of $151,069 was wagered including $62,409 on six races on Saturday and $88,660 on 10 races on Sunday.

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  • Fredericksburg Standard
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Despite pandemic, global wagering at Assiniboia Downs is five times higher than usual in 2020

A few months ago, Assiniboia Downs CEO Darren Dunn was not sure if the local horse racing industry could survive the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his staff, in conjunction with the Manitoba government, set out to devise a plan to somehow stay afloat and it involved selling the local racing signal around the world in hopes of increasing online wagering. There would be no fans at the Downs in 2020 and they had to move their racing nights from weekends to Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays but at least there was an opportunity to bring in revenue from global wagering. They opened racing on May 25 and it didn’t take long to realize the plan was a stunning success. “What we drew up on paper we were able to execute in spades,” Dunn said Thursday, a day after the 18th racing day of the season at the Downs.

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  • Winnipeg Sun
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Horse racing to commence next month at Evergreen Park, with a slight deviation from the norm

From a horse-racing perspective, half of something is better than nothing at all. Late last week, Evergreen Park announced there will be a summer horse-racing card at the local track, located south of Grande Prairie. And while punters are certainly allowed to spend hard-earned cash, they won’t be permitted to witness, in person, the actual racing half of the overall betting experience.

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  • Daily Herald Tribune
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Grants Pass Downs Kicks Off Summer Racing Season

Grants Pass Downs kicks off today’s summer racing season with an eight-race opening day schedule featuring the Shady Cove Stakes, with a full field of 10 thoroughbreds running for a $12,000 purse five-furlong distance away. The meeting will feature more than 80 races scheduled for nine dates – June 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and July 1, 6 , 7 and 8 – with $60,000 in purses available per day.

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Marquis Downs cancels remainder of 2020 season

All bets are off for the 2020 season of thoroughbred racing at Marquis Downs. On its website, Marquis Downs says the decision was made with the safety of both staff and patrons in mind amid the COVID-19 pandemic. An earlier announcement indicated the first part of the season would be cancelled up until July.

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Arapahoe Park opens to horse racing, but without spectators

COVID-19 brought a halt to sporting events, including horse racing. Bruce Seymore is the general manager of Arapahoe Park, which celebrated its first-ever opening day with empty grandstands on Monday. “It’s surreal. Normally we would have between 3,000 and 5,000 people,” Seymore said. The only way to enjoy the races at Arapahoe Park this June is on a television screen. If you want to place a bet, you have to do it online, although only one of the major horse racing betting sites is currently accepting wagers from Coloradans even though online gambling is now legal in the state.

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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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  • Supabets News
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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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  • CBC
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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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  • Bloodhorse
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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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  • KRQE
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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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  • Ag News West
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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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  • Turf Paradise
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Thanks for the memories, Yellowstone Downs

The spacious MetraPark grandstand, overlooking the horse-racing track formally known as Yellowstone Downs, is scheduled to be demolished soon. It will truly be a sad moment for me when that part of the crumbling racing facility officially bites the dust. Crashing down with it will be any hopes of reviving the popular sport locally.

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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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  • Great Falls Tribune
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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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  • El Paso Times
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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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  • KOLD
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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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  • KOLD
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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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  • Thoroughbred Daily News
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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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  • Rillito Park via Facebook
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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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  • Bloodhorse
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